I love the summer time. It is a great opportunity to enjoy the extra time with your kids and a great time to enjoy the outdoors as well. When I think of summer memories, most of them include feasting on yummy foods while gathered with friends and family for outdoor time, whether in the backyard or at the lake or beach. Today, I will share a fun dirt cup recipe and some Summer Party Food Ideas with you to make your next summer gathering a breeze. I hope you enjoy this summer entertaining menu. This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.
Summer Party Food Ideas To Help You Entertain With Ease
All of these summer party food ideas are selected with flavor and ease in mind so they you can relax and enjoy the party without too much worry about preparing your summer entertaining menu. These summer flavors are sure to be crowd pleasers.
1. RITZ Crisp & Thins
Every get together needs an appetizer or easy snack. New RITZ Crisp & Thins offer the richness of RITZ Crackers in a thin and crispy, oven-baked chip. And yes, they really do taste like chips but they have 50% less fat than the leading regular fried potato chip! They are so crispy and rich in flavor. Plus they come in four delicious varieties: Sea Salt, Cream Cheese & Onion, Bacon and Salt & Vinegar. They are available at retailers nationwide. You can learn more at ritzcrackers.com
2. Mario Snack Olives
These Mario Snack Olives step your game up a bit for a super easy, healthy, and delicious appetizer or compliment to your meal. At only 60 calories and 3 grams of healthy fat (plus low carb & zero cholesterol), Mario Snack olives are guilt free. They are individually packed without the brine, so they are liquid and mess-free! The easy to grab snack pouches can be packed in your picnic basket or set out on tables. They are available in four delicious varieties: Garlic, Savory pepper, Sea Salt Green, and Sea Salt Ripe.
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3. Green Giant® Baked Beans
I just loved baked beans. They are so satisfying. Green Giant, the iconic vegetable brand, has introduced a new line of baked beans at Food Lion, Schnucks and Giant Eagle just in time for summer. Nothing says summer liked Baked Beans. They are a great side for any cookout party. Sometimes, I even eat them in a hot dog bun! Green Giant Baked Beans are slow-baked to perfection in traditional iron pots and brick ovens with just the right amount of spices to capture a full, rich flavor. I love the maple sweetness with the little chunks of bacon in tha Maple Baked Beans. Green Giant Baked Beans are available in Original, Maple, Vegetarian and Country Style varieties. You can learn more or find where to buy at greengiant.com
4. Newman’s Own: Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce and Citrus Splash Dressing
Well, that is sort of two things but they are both Newman’s Own prepared sauces that make things tasty and easy. You know barbecue something is on almost every Summer Party Food Ideas list because it is just so quintessential summer! Just in time for grilling season, this new barbecue sauce is available nationwide. Newman’s Own Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce contains no high fructose corn syrup and is made with only the highest quality ingredients such as cane sugar and back strap molasses. Sweet with a touch of spicy, this sauce goes great with anything you want to grill up. I used on my grilled chicken breast.
Another summer entertaining menu staple has got to be a good salad. They are just so cooling and fresh and tasty and a great way to enjoy summer produce. You will love the Newman’s Own Citrus Splash Dressing as the tangerine and lime flavors are such a delicious summer time dressing. These on-trend flavors will bring any salad, side dish or marinated meat to life. It contains no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and is Kosher certified. I give this two thumbs up if you are looking for a delicious store bought dressing to keep things simple.
Newman’s Own donates 100% of Profits to Charity! You can learn more about Newman’s Own Dressing and Newman’s Own Barbecue Sauce or use the store locator at newmansown.com
5. SVEDKA Vodka
So now you have most of your summer entertaining menu complete but it wouldn’t be complete without some good drinks! SVEDKA Vodka has debuted their Limited-Edition Party Bottle
for Summer 2017. It features colorful stars and stripes on the packaging and it is a fun addition to summertime parties. Looking for a crowd pleasing cocktail recipe? Try SVEDKA’s American Dream Punch-
2 parts SVEDKA Vodka
1/2 part Orange Curacao
1/2 part simple syrup
1 part fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients in a pitcher and top with ice. Garish with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and/or mint (optional).
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To complete any summer entertaining menu, you must offer desserts. I suggest one healthy option and one indulgent option. Which of these summer party food ideas would you choose?
Couldn’t be easier- just chill, slice, and serve. Watermelon makes a delicious healthy way to end out your summer feast.
7. Dirt Cups Recipe
Want something a little more sweet and festive for the kids? Try this fun dirt cup recipe! You can make it ahead of time and just pull it out to serve at your summer party. You’ll thank me later!
Who likes dessert? I know I do! Desserts are so much fun to eat, and since there’s a large variety of desserts out there, there is surely something for everyone. This Dirt Cup recipe is super fun to make and really delicious to eat, so when it comes time to making dessert, you can gather both kids and adults together so they can make their very own Dirt Cup!
The idea behind the dirt cup dessert is that the pudding and Oreo cookie crumbles are brown like the color of dirt so why not add a few gummy worms and let kids have fun with the idea. They are a great dessert for summer themed parties or they are also perfect as Halloween dirt cups!
How to Make Dirt Cups
First, make sure you have all the ingredients out to make the Dirt Cup. The following is a list of the usual ingredients, but feel free to experiment!
-Cool Whip or Whipped Cream (optional)
-Clear Plastic or Glass Cups (small mason jars work great too)
-Baggie (for crumbling cookies)
Have the kids create their Dirt Cup by making layers of pudding and Oreo cookies. When done, crumble a little Oreo cookie on the top layer to make it look like dirt and then add a couple worms. Presto! A delicious and fun Dirt Cup to enjoy! Add a dallop of whip cream or cool whip and serve.
For Adults- Take It Up A Notch!
Take this simple kids dessert to another whole level by making all the ingredients gourmet! Simply buy a fancy pudding or mousse and your favorite cookies (the ones that are usually considered a splurge) and you just may be surprised at how delicious this adult Dirt Cup will be!
Printable Recipe Card For Chocolate Dirt Cups
Pudding Dirt Cups Recipe
- Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding 5.9 oz Box package
- 3 cups Cold milk
- 12 Oreo Cookies
- 12 Gummy Worms
- 1/2 cup Cool Whip or Whipped Cream
- Make pudding according directions on the back of the Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding & Pie Filling Mix, 5.9 oz Box package by whisking it together with the 3 cups of cold milk it calls for and allowing it to sit for 5 minutes to set up in the fridge.
- Place Oreo cookies in a baggie and smush into large crumb size using a rolling pin.
- Spoon a 1/2 cup of pudding into a small bowl. Sprinkle with Oreo crumbs. Then add 2 gummy worms and a dollop of whipped cream.
- Serve and enjoy!
Pudding Dirt Cups Recipe
Amount Per Serving:
|% Daily Value*|
|Cholesterol 16.0 mg||5.3%|
|Sodium 430 mg||17.9%|
|Sugars 24 g|
|Protein 13.11 g|
|Vitamin A||Vitamin C|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Bonus: Crock Pot Chicken Wings– They are so easy and sure to be a hit!
So there you have it, a complete summer entertaining menu with seven summer party food ideas to help you celebrate any occasion with ease. Which ones have you tried?
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