3 Fun and Easy Recipes for Summer Parties

As summer comes to a close, we have to make each party better than the last. Here are three recipes that are sure to make yours is a hit!
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As summer comes to a close, we have to make each party better than the last. Here are three recipes that are sure to make yours is a hit!
Tortellini Caprese Skewers

Can you believe it's August already? Because I, for one, am totally in denial. I'll continue clinging to summer until the day I step foot on campus again, and I suggest you do the same.

Even though we only have about a month of summer left, we should live it up instead of focusing on the start of classes quickly approaching us. And what could be a better way to enjoy ourselves than hosting a summer party?

Here are three fun, easy, and crowd-pleasing recipes that were made for summer entertaining.

Chilled Gazpacho

Chilled Gazpacho

A small portion makes this soup party-friendly.

First on the menu, we have a chilled gazpacho– the perfect summer entertaining solution. It's really easy to make, which leaves you with more time to have fun with your guests, plus gazpacho is cool and fresh, so it's the quintessential summer soup.

What You'll Need:

  • 6 large ripe tomatoes (cut into chunks with the seeds removed)
  • 1 peeled cucumber (3/4 cut into pieces for the blender and 1/4 cut into tiny pieces to garnish)
  • 1 green bell pepper (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 handful of cilantro leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • A pinch (or two) of salt

How to Make It:

Combine all of the ingredients (except the 1/4 cucumber and green pepper) in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. If you prefer your gazpacho to be on the chunkier side, just leave it in the blender/food processor for a shorter amount of time.

Once it's all blended together, add in the chopped cucumber and green pepper. Then, pour the gazpacho into tiny bowls, cups, or even shot glasses and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil on top. If you like to live on the spicier side of life, feel free to add a fresh red chili pepper or jalapeño pepper to the mix. And, there you have it! Your gazpacho will be ready faster than you can eat it. 

Green Goddess Hummus

Green Goddess Hummus

You'll definitely feel like a goddess when you try this.

Even the name of this dish sounds inviting. For all of you hummus lovers out there, here's a recipe to kick the flavor up a notch. 

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup peas
  • 3/4 cup canned chickpeas (on the side, reserve a shot glass full of the canned liquid)
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • A pinch (or two) of salt
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. pine nuts (for garnish)
  • Whole wheat pita (or pita chips)

How to Make It:

This is another super-simple recipe. Start by combining the peas, chickpeas, chickpea liquid, parsley, garlic, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Once you get the right consistency, add the olive oil and pulse again until combined. When you're ready to serve, top the hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of pine nuts. Add whole wheat pita (or pita chips) on the side and you're ready to party!

Tortellini Caprese Skewers

Tortellini Caprese Skewers

Looks good, tastes good, it's bound to be a hit.

Last but certainly not least, we have a playful recipe that everyone will love. Tortellini. Caprese. Skewers. Need I say more?

What You'll Need:

  • Water (to cook the tortellini) 
  • Tortellini (I used cheese, but feel free to play around with different flavors)
  • Ciliegine mozzarella (cut into halves)
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut into halves)
  • Basil
  • Wooden skewers
  • Optional: Pesto (to dip on the side)

How to Make It:

First, fill a pot with water and add some salt. Bring the water to a boil. Next, add the tortellini to the boiling water and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to overcook it because that will make it harder to get the tortellini on the skewers.

Once the tortellini have finished cooking, strain them and let them cool for a few minutes. When the tortellini are ready to be handled, assemble the mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and tortellini onto a wooden skewer. Feel free to get creative with patterns! Lastly, if you'd like, pour some pesto into a tiny saucer or bowl and serve with the skewers so people can dip. 

So, when's the party?

You have the winning recipes, now all you need to do is schedule the party! I hope these tasty ideas will make your next get-together simple and enjoyable. Will you be trying any of these recipes out? Let me know what you think in the comments.