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4 Food-Themed Outdoor Party Ideas to Spice Up Your Summer

As we finally begin to re-open society after three long months of quarantine, the summer might yet be salvageable. People have been starved of their social lives and are in need of some familiar comforts. There is no better way to socialize than by sharing food and drinks with family and friends.

Although restrictions have eased significantly, many people are still eager to practice some level of social distancing. There are still many vulnerable members of society who aren’t ready to fully embrace regular life again. Restaurants, cafes, bars, and even other people’s homes are off-limits for certain sections of the population.

However, outdoor parties and events provide inclusivity and allow people to socialize in an environment that they feel comfortable in. What’s more, it encourages people to make the most of the beautiful weather that summertime has to offer.

If you’re planning a social gathering for you and your foodie friends this summer, here are four outdoor party ideas to spice up your summer.
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Backyard BBQ

There are few better ways to spend a summer’s afternoon than enjoying an old fashioned barbecue. Classic barbecue food is enjoyed by many, and if you’re hosting vegetarians or vegans, there are now fantastic plant-based alternatives.

The key to a great barbecue party is that everyone has a seat, ample space, and enough food. Try your hand at some fruit juice or a refreshing batch of summer cocktails. For the foodies, piece together some tasty sides, such as homemade slaw, grilled corn on the cob, or a barbecue fish dish. 

Outdoor dinner party

If you regularly host and attend dinner parties, you may have to try your hand at an outdoor version. Outdoor dinner parties can provide marvelous moods. As the sunlight dims, ensure that you have atmospheric lighting to set a peaceful outdoor vibe. Create a rustic look by serving drinks in mason jars and decorating the table with flowers.

Due to the party being outdoors, you should consider adapting your regular menu and dinner time. Try hosting an earlier party with a focus on fresh and summery tastes. Prepare an amazing salad or a zingy lemon pasta to fully capture the summer feel.

Garden brunch

What’s better than a delicious lunch shared with a friend? How about a combination of breakfast and lunch shared with a friend?

Brunch has become a favorite social meal in recent years. It brings together the best aspects of breakfast and lunch and gets your day off to a great start.

Inviting a friend or group of friends to your home for a garden brunch is a fantastic weekend party option, particularly for those who have busy evening schedules.

Spruce up some homemade lattes, and don’t be afraid to experiment with eggs and avocados.

Evening drinks and snacks


If you don’t have the time or space to host a large outdoor gathering at your house, it’s perfectly fine to host a scaled back evening. Buy-in or make some delicious nibbles and take the pressure off. It’s important that you can enjoy the evening too.

Depending on your preferences, you could host a wine or beer tasting night among friends. Alternatively, you could give the party a theme and make some matching drinks. Did someone say margaritas?

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