When planning for your get-togethers this summer, why not put together a few memorable treats that will be sure to impress? If you're stuck on ideas, check out our guide to the perfect "foodie" treats for summer below. But don't limit these ideas to just a summer party, they're so good they're actually perfect for any time of the year.
Sweet Snacks You Will Love
Are you looking for a refreshing cookie recipe? Chocolate chip cookies are great but it is nice to change things up!
Lemon is the perfect zingy taste for summer. They are refreshing and taste great any time during the day. Country Home Creations' Lemon Cooler Cookies are perfect for nibbling on pool side or when entertaining friends on summer evenings. They also make perfect picnic treats! When you're done, wash them down with another summertime classic like freshly made lemonade - our Front Porch Lemonade is second to none.
Skip the Stove, Create A Smorgasbord Of Treats
No need to sit down to a formal dinner during summer parties. Keep things casual. Instead of slaving over a hot stove while your friends are enjoying themselves, prepare easy-to-make dishes ahead of time. The focus of entertaining is spending time together not hiding the kitchen cooking! Prepare a variety of tapas ahead of time and serve them buffet style.
Cilantro is a refreshing herb that's perfect for summer. We often add it to curry or Mexican-style dishes. But did you know that it makes a great addition to salads? Lime and cilantro are a match made in heaven. Check out this lovely salad recipe that includes both. Your taste buds will thank you for it (and so will your guests!).
Here is another dish that is perfect for summertime entertaining in the garden. Chipotle and Garlic Beef Barbacoa makes a fantastic flavor combo with your salad. It sounds exotic but won't take you very long to prepare. Best of all, you can make it ahead of time and then serve it in a slow cooker accompanied by rice, tortillas, and lime wedges. What could be easier than that?
It is a super easy recipe and you can easily double it up when you are expecting a large number of guests.
What About Something To Drink?
Of course, cold craft beer is part of the celebration of summer, but it is always nice to mix it up!
We've found two summer cocktails that you are going to love. Our "Go Naked Lemonade Cocktail" sounds risque, but it’s actually the perfect partner to a summer BBQ or party. What's more, it contains everyone's favorite summer drink - beer. Make it in a pitcher and your guests can help themselves when they find out how delicious it is.
Derby Day cocktail is another drink you can make in a pitcher and is sure to be a crowd favorite. It combines bourbon and our perfectly sweet tea, lemonade combo - Tea’Le’Mo Drink Mix.
Both make great treats to serve up when you are having your summer party a little bit later in the day. But then again, there is no reason why you should not enjoy them during the day.
Derby Day Cocktail - https://countryhomecreations.com/blogs/recipes/derby-day-cocktail
Summer Is Not Summer Without Strawberries
The truth is that summer would simply not be the same without the taste of fresh strawberries. Fresh sliced strawberries are great but why not try making some cookies instead? Together with a cup of coffee, strawberry whoopie pie cookies - the perfect way to finish off your summer feast.
Summertime treats do not have to be complicated. They should be fun and full of new exciting tastes and twists on classics. Go ahead and surprise your friends and family!