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 61 effortless summer dinner party ideas—from easy appetizers to impressive desserts—that taste (and look) spectacular.
61 Low-Maintenance Summer Dinner Party Ideas
A seven-ingredient entrée that comes together in a single skillet? Be still our heart. This one features strawberries for a pop of seasonal sweetness.
We’re suckers for grilled fruit, but we’ve never seen it like this. The tahini adds creaminess and a subtle nutty, savory flavor that would pair great with grilled fish.
Well, isn’t this a delicious (and effortless) excuse to not do dishes. It’s inspired by one of our favorite lazy summer meals, sausage and peppers.
Pasta is always a good idea, and this vegetable-forward one is ready in an hour.
You had us at halloumi. Mark our words, it’s the new burrata.
It’s juicy, sweet, tangy and ready in five minutes. Store-bought fruit salad, see ya never.
Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City restaurants. She used to sling sugary desserts in a pastry kitchen, but now she’s an avid home cook and fanatic baker.