Summer Party Menus

Whether you want to fire up the grill, pack a picnic basket, or set a poolside table, we've got your menu covered.

Picnic on the Beach

Picnic on the Beach

Spread out a blanket at the beach, park, or on a boat and enjoy an easy, portable meal. To ensure the safety of your food, pack your cooler with the coldest food at the bottom, and don’t open it until you’re ready to serve.

Picnic Menu

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Start with: Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Picnic on the Beach

For island flavor, substitute chopped pineapple for the grapes, macadamia nuts for pecans and stir in ½ cup coconut. If you bring along this adults-only lemonade, be sure that alcohol is permitted at your picnic spot.

Picnic Menu

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Serve: Veggie Ranch Wraps

Picnic on the Beach

To keep them from getting wet, wrap these in parchment paper and place in gallon-sized plastic storage bags.

Picnic Menu

Photographer: Alan Richardson

Don't Forget Dessert: Sugar Sand Cookies

Picnic on the Beach

The dough can be made and frozen up to one month ahead, and different colors of sanding sugar are festive for many occasions. Pack them in a hard container to prevent crushing.

Backyard BBQ

Photographer: David Tsay

Backyard Barbecue

Fire up the grill for one of summer’s best-loved traditions. Keep the menu fresh by serving the season’s best offerings.

Backyard BBQ Menu

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Start with: Grilled Shrimp Panzanella Salad

Backyard Barbecue

This simple summer dish can be made and refrigerated up to two hours ahead. Use whatever varieties of peppers and tomatoes you can find, and try offering it to your guests in stem-less wine glasses as they arrive.

Backyard BBQ Menu

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Serve: Cedar Plank Salmon

Backyard Barbecue

The sweet and salty rub and smoky flavor from the cedar plank create a memorable dish, while the easy kebabs keep things light

Backyard BBQ Menu

Photographer: David Hillegas

Don’t Forget Dessert: Grilled Summer Fruit Cobbler

Backyard Barbecue

Top this treat with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tropical Flavors

Photographer: Jean Allsop

Tropical Flavors

Treat your guests to a mini vacation with this island-inspired menu. Use tableware and linens in bright colors to compliment the exciting flavors.

Tropical Flavor Menu

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Start with: Grilled Shrimp Gazpacho

Tropical Flavors

A cool soup is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day. This popular Spanish dish pairs well with Latin American flavors.

Tropical Flavor Menu

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Serve: Spiced Fish Wraps with Chile-Lime Slaw

Tropical Flavors

Keep guests up and mingling by serving the wraps and yucca fries wrapped in parchment paper. Grill the corn with the husks pulled back and secured with twine to provide a convenient handle.

Tropical Flavor Menu

Photographer: Con Poulos

Don’t Forget Dessert: Grilled Glazed Pineapple with Coconut Sorbet

Tropical Flavors

Chopped fresh mint is an ideal garnish to this light, refreshing dessert.

Wine-Tasting

Photographer: Rick Lew

Wine-Tasting

Enhance your dinner party with our hand-picked selections for each course.

Wine-Tasting Menu

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett, Wine Selection: Julia Rutland

Start with: Coconut Shrimp with Maui Mustard

Wine-Tasting

A variety of white wines (and even beer) will be great with this melt-in-your-mouth appetizer, but specifically try a Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Columbard.

Wine-Tasting Menu

Photographer: Iain Bagwell, Wine Selection: Julia Rutland

Serve: Grilled Tuna with Orange-Fennel Relish

Wine-Tasting

Tuna pairs well with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, or vin gris.

See our Wine Guide for more great wine-and-food pairings.

Wine-Tasting Menu

Photographer: Jean Allsopp, Wine Selection: Julia Rutland

Don’t Forget Dessert: Waialua Chocolate Tart with Sable Crust

Wine-Tasting

A glass of port is the perfect compliment to this creamy dark chocolate confection.

Light & Fresh Poolside Party

Photographer: Rick Lew

Light & Fresh Poolside Party

Invite your girlfriends to a relaxing afternoon by the pool. This easy-to-prepare menu means there will be plenty of time for catching a few rays of your own.

Pool Party Menu

Photographer: Jennifer Davick

Start with: Cold Avocado Soup

Poolside Party

Process the ingredients in a blender at least two hours before the party to allow the soup sufficient time to chill. Consider serving it in martini glasses and garnishing with chopped fresh chives.

Pool Party Menu

Photographer: Tara Sgroi

Serve: Grilled Trout with Garden Zukes and Herb Aioli

Poolside Party

The fresh flavors of zucchini and trout need little more than lemon and a little seasoning.

Pool Party Menu

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Don’t Forget Dessert: Blood Orange Sorbet

Poolside Party

Start your electric freezer well in advance of your guests’ arrivals so this flavorful treat is well-chilled. Garnish with fresh mint leaves for a pretty presentation.

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