Taste Inspiration | Patio Party

After finding Style inspiration for our Patio Party earlier this week, we are now focused on finding the perfect menu items. Our main goal is to take advantage of the summer season and use fresh ingredients wherever possible. Cocktails Impress your guests with a signature cocktail. Not only will it set your patio party apart, it’s a simple way to serve a fun cocktail without offering a full bar – saving you both money and giving you that time back to spend with your guests instead of playing bartender. This Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler looks refreshing yet simple and offers the perfect blend of sweet and tart, with fresh watermelon, cucumber, honey and vodka.

watermeloncucumbercooler

Source: Martha Stewart

Appetizers
Choose something light and simple to snack on while enjoying your cocktails and conversation with your guests. BLTs are one of our favorite summer meals, so we think these BLT Stacks are genius and will definitely please the crowd. And bonus - they look festive!

bltsnacks

Source: Rachel Ray Magazine

Salad
Summertime in the midwest is the perfect season to take advantage of local produce. Farmer's Markets offer lettuce, corn, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and more. Fresh cucumbers and home-grown herbs would make this Spicy Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts taste just that much better.

cucumbersalad

Source: Williams-Sonoma

Main Dish
My favorite summer dish is Beer-Can Chicken. Using the grill and a can of beer is an easy way to roast a chicken, and results in a flavorful, tender and moist main dish. The savory smell will fill the air and your guests’ mouths will salivate with anticipation. Our favorite way to prepare the chicken is with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and a few dashes of Weber’s Kick’n Chicken seasoning, with whatever beer you have on hand.

beercanchicken

Source: Simply Recipes

Dessert
We think these Lime Sorbet Margaritas would serve as the perfect dessert and end to the evening - both refreshing and palate-cleansing.

margaritas