Our Best Summer Menus
Use our guide for planning the best summer parties. From juicy burgers to a Lowcountry boil, we have you covered so you can enjoy the flavor and fun of summer.
Perfect Picnic Menu
Recipe: Lemonade Iced Tea
Recipe: Baked Bean Crostini
These portable dishes are not only easy to take outdoors, but the prep work and make-ahead tips allow for a stress-free and delicious summer afternoon.
Lowcountry Boil Menu
Recipe: Hoppin' John Hush Puppies
Recipe: Cobb Potato Salad
Recipe: Shrimp Boil Skewers
Recipe: Mike's Cocktail Sauce
Recipe: Rémoulade Sauce
Recipe: Easy Garlic Rolls
Recipe: Chocolate Pudding
Celebrate summer with a Lowcountry boil. You can serve the main course on sheets of newspaper and let everyone dig in, arrange on skewers for a fun twist, or fill up portable cups to encourage the guests to mix and mingle.
Backyard Burger Menu
Recipe: Barbecue Bean Dip
Recipe: Homemade Orange Soda
Recipe: Barbara's Big Juicy Burgers
Recipe: Potato Cobb Salad
Recipe: Marinated Green Tomatoes
Recipe: Grilled Red Onions
Recipe: Five-Bean Bake
Recipe: Over-the-Moon Banana Pudding
Entertain guests with this impressive yet easy backyard burger menu. From serving refreshing homemade soda and juicy burgers to finishing with decadent banana pudding, you'll be known as the block party queen or king.
Recipe: Green Goddess Dip
Recipe: Summer Fruit Salad
Recipe: Sweet Pea Crostini
Recipe: Gorgonzola-Grilled Pear Crostini
Recipe: Shrimp Salad-Stuffed Endive
Recipe: Chicken-and-Tortellini Salad
Recipe: Bacon-Parmesan Tassies
Recipe: Asiago-Pecan Shortbread
We love the no-fuss vibe of a wine and cheese party, but something about a big block of Cheddar feels too hearty for 90-degree days. Consider this our just-as-relaxed summer alternative: an appetizer-driven menu that pairs well with crisp summer whites (linens and wine). Cheers!
Game Night Menu
Recipe: Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Recipe: Chalupa Dinner Bowl
Recipe: Poblano Fish Tacos
Recipe: Spicy White Cheese Dip
Recipe: Pico de Gallo
Recipe: Mango Salsa
Recipe: Oven-Baked Churros
This fresh and flavorful menu offers a twist on traditional Tex-Mex fare with plenty of make-ahead options so you won’t miss out on the fun.
Recipe: Summer Grilled Peach Salad
Recipe: Grilled Corn
Recipe: Grilled Banana Splits
These tasty summer recipes will have your mouth watering before you have time to fire up the grill. Choose pork chops or chicken thighs as the main course, or make both for a variety if you're serving a large crowd.
Barbecue Done Right Menu
Recipe: Southern Sweet Tea
Recipe: Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs
Recipe: Herb-Topped Bread
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad
Recipe: Grandma Gwen's Beans
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
These lip-smacking, fall-off-the-bone ribs will steal the show at your summer party. Pair them with our BBQ side dishes and delectable desserts for a surefire hit.
Seaside Supper Menu
Recipe: Peach Mojitos
Recipe: Topless Oysters
Recipe: Garlic-Herb Bread
Recipe: Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto
Recipe: Vanilla-Buttermilk Tarts
If you can't escape to the ocean for a seaside vacation, bring the sea to you! Make the dessert tarts a day ahead to cut down your time in the kitchen on the day of your summer party.
Fresh Garden Finds Menu
Our Summer Fish Fry Menu
Recipe: Beer-Battered Fried Fish
Recipe: Malt Vinegar Mignonette
Recipe: Buttermilk-Ranch-Herb Sauce
Recipe: Peach-Ginger Slaw
Recipe: Hush Puppies
Recipe: Sparkling Cherry Limeade
Recipe: Peanut-Cola Cake
Fancy up your fish fry with a summery mix of sturdy blue-and-white tableware.
Grill Up a Backyard Feast
Recipe: Lemon-Mint Sparklers
Recipe: Tomato Salad With Grilled Shrimp
Recipe: Margarita-Brined Chicken
Recipe: Grill-Smoked Summer Peas
Recipe: Smoky Chopped Salad with Avocado
Recipe: Bourbon-Soaked Plums
Recipe: Key Lime Curd Cones
Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Ice-Cream Cake
Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione know how to wow a crowd. It stars at the grill with a casual family-style menu.