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5 Crowd-Pleasing Summer Recipes (Plus, Entertaining Ideas on a Budget)

July 17, 2023

Summer is an amazing time to entertain in Colorado (when we’re not experiencing large hail and tornadoes – hello, summer of 2023). The best part is that it can be easy to do on a budget. Here are some ideas (and recipes) to help get your party started!

Plan Ahead

The key to hosting a successful summer party on a budget is planning ahead. Start by deciding on your guest list and the type of party you want to throw. Once you have a general idea, start keeping an eye out for sales on party supplies, food, and decor. You can also save money by making your own party favors or decorations. There are plenty of DIY tutorials online that are easy to follow and won't cost a fortune.

CHECK OUT 24 Cheap Outdoor Party Ideas That Look Expensive.

(I’m saying yes to the self-serve sangria bar.)

Host a Daytime Party

Hosting a daytime party can also save you money on food and drink expenses. Consider hosting a picnic in a nearby park or throwing a pool party during the day. You can serve simple snacks like chips, dips, and fruit, and guests can bring their own drinks.

Entertainment Ideas

When it comes to entertainment, there are plenty of budget-friendly options. Consider setting up lawn games like cornhole or bocce ball. You can also create a playlist of your favorite music or stream a movie outdoors. For a fun and interactive activity, set up a DIY photo booth with props and backdrops. Your guests will have a blast taking silly photos and making lasting memories.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Summer Recipes

These summer recipes are sure to be a hit!

Banana Pudding in a Sack – Super cute, portable, and you can make it ahead!

Chicken Tortellini Salad – Omit the chicken or serve it on the side to make this vegetarian.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Summer Succotash – This elegant dish comes together in a flash and would be great for an intimate get together with friends.

Grilled Vegetable Platter with Yogurt Mint Sauce – Who doesn’t love a gorgeous platter of grilled vegetables?

Croque Monsieur Pie – Having friends over for brunch? This recipe is a WINNER.

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