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When it’s hot outside, we face a classic dilemma: entertaining a crowd with ease. Lugging around three bags of groceries and turning out a five-course feast in 90-degree heat? Not gonna happen. So when you’re in the mood to entertain but really don’t feel like cooking for hours, try one of these effortless summer dinner party ideas—from easy appetizers to impressive desserts—that taste (and look) spectacular.
Looks fancy; is secretly so simple.
The secret ingredient? Balsamic vinegar.
It turns out you can have it all.
A delicious excuse to not do dishes.
The definition of elegant.
They’re served cold instead of hot—how refreshing.
If you can make whipped cream, then you can make this.
We never knew it was possible to make paella in one hour.
The surface of your trusty cast-iron skillet gets extremely hot, which is the secret to the crispy pizzeria-style crust.
Freeze, puree, freeze.
Aren’t these little guys the cutest?
Ready in half an hour. Devoured in seconds.
The ’mallows will be toasty and the chocolate melted just enough—without all the fuss. (You’re welcome).
This one-pan meal is ready in half an hour.
Tequila in sangria? We’ll start chilling the glasses.
This is everything a cobbler should be—be still our summer-loving hearts.
Let’s face it: Everyone’s just eating around the lettuce to get to the avocado anyway.
This recipe perfectly combines white chocolate and coconut with tart lime juice, transporting you to the tropics with just one bite.
Save this one for a rainy day. It’s definitely a project, but the results are delish.
We paired two of our favorite in-season vegetables into one summery side dish. Behold the corn and tomato salad.
Need we say more?
Puff pastry makes dinner look so fancy.
A light yet satisfying side that won’t take all day to make.
App season is in the air.
We wish all of our meals looked like this.
This dish is practically no-cook, feeds a crowd and won’t wilt in a hurry.
Fancy enough that it will elicit oohs and ahhs.
All you have to do is roast strawberries, crush graham crackers and scoop ice cream.
A handful of ingredients and just three simple steps are all it takes.
You eat veggies every day, but you’ve never had them like this before.
This creamy, delightful dish just so happens to be vegan.
Stew doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. This one is ready in around 30 minutes.
Just add the tortillas and extra guac.
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