Perfect Summer Party Foods

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This is the easiest pasta salad ever:  Mix 3/4 lb cooked pasta with 1 batch Best Dressing, 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved), and 3 scallions (thinly sliced).  Perfect pool party food!

As kids, the one thing my sister and I wanted during summer was a pool.  (Ok, that’s a stretch.  We also wanted a dog.  And a cat.  And a boatload of Fla-vor-ice freeze pops to eat, and a backyard “fort” to camp out in.)  But really, we begged and pleaded with my parents for a pool for as long as I can remember.Now that her kids are all grown up and moved out, my mom made an announcement this year:  she’s getting a pool.  What she didn’t realize is that now that her kids are all gone, her free labor is gone with it and she’ll have to tend to the upkeep herself.  (One of the biggest arguments my sister and I had when we were trying to convince our parents to get us a pool was that we’d take care of keeping it up ourselves, and they wouldn’t have to do anything but enjoy it.)  Somehow I doubt she’ll mind though, especially as she’s leisurely floating in her new pool enjoying a cold beverage on a scorching hot day.  But, the good thing for my sister and I is that we can enjoy using the pool without having to worry about taking care of it.  The tables have turned, lol.

Here’s a quick list of ideas for putting together good food for a pool party…you could even make it pot luck-style and ask people to choose a dish to bring.

Strawberry Spritzers 


Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta


Pineapple-Almond Slaw Salad

Salads and Veggie Side Dishes

White Bean-Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Bean, Pasta, and Potato Salads

Cheeseburger Pie

Main Dishes

Cherry-Vanilla Cheese Danish Cupcakes


And here are a few more delicious looking recipes from around the web that would be perfect for a summer party:

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  1. says

    Faith, you are a wonder. :-) You have SO many good ideas for summer, I love it. :-) My brothers and I hankered for a pool too – and actually got one for a couple of years at a rental we stayed in. We absolutely loved it. :-)

  2. says

    I LOVE these summer party ideas! And had to laugh about the pool and your mom…maybe now that you’ve all moved out she’s just trying to lure you in to visit more with the pool? :P

  3. says

    Hi Faith,

    I’m giggling at the pool story. Enjoy it:) All of the recipes in this roundup are perfect for summer. I love pasta salad with tomatoes in the summer.

    Glad to hear your book will also be available in Kindle format. Can’t wait to get my copy:)

  4. says

    Amazing post & ideas! I love your photographs, simply beautiful! Loving the cheese danish cupcakes! What a great idea. Your white bean red-roasted pepper salad looks really delicious. What a feast!

  5. says

    Dear Faith, you have presented a beautiful array of light and delicious dishes!! Everything looks like a delightful treat. Blessings my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

  6. says

    You are too funny about your Mom! You *will* have the best of both worlds :D And I love your round-up of summery recipes – the cheeseburger pie looks fab. And, I didn’t realise I was included in your links until I saw my name, so thanks so much!

  7. says

    What a wonderful roundup of summer party foods. It is 92 degrees today so everything on this list sounds good! Thanks for including my popsicles.

  8. says

    Loving each and every one of these ideas. I’ve been at a bit of a loss because the seasons switched over so quickly, but this aught to set me straight again! I’m all over the idea of a pasta salad that looks so good for so few ingredients. Just have to make that dressing first!

  9. says

    I think all the things you and your sister wanted as children were perfectly reasonable! I would have loved the same. :)

    You’ve put together such a mouthwatering collection of summer foods. I’m drooling over each one. Great idea!

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