10 Best Menus for Summer Entertaining

What to make for all your summer celebrations

Summer entertaining is is fun and simple with these easy menu ideas.

When the temperatures rise and it stays light out a little longer, we often find ourselves entertaining guests with greater frequency. Maybe you love the feeling of standing barefoot while grilling in the backyard with lush, green grass in between your toes, or picnicking at the nearby park under the shady tree. Lucky enough to have a pool and patio? How can you resist not having friends over for brunch (and a dip) when the wisteria is blooming?

This year, add some fresh flavor to your favorite warm-weather gatherings. To celebrate the season (and that new dining "room" that is your deck, patio, backyard, or garden), we’ve pulled together ten menus that we’re looking forward to sharing with friends this summer.

From a ladies-only shower luncheon to a late-night menu of snacks to make for your kids (or yourself) now that school's out, there is something for everyone. Looking forward to christening that new roof deck? Host a sunset cocktail party. Extended family visiting from out of town? Celebrate with a delicious menu of small bites, perfect for any gathering.

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This story was originally published on May 20, 2011.