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Jun 15, 2021


Summer Party Menu

Summer Party Menu: Delicious Dishes for a Stress-Free Get-Together


Summer is the perfect season for hosting parties and enjoying the company of loved ones. However, as a host, you don’t want to spend the entire event slaving away in the kitchen. That’s why I’m excited to share with you a delightful summer party menu that can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to relax and have fun with your guests. With flavors that evoke the essence of summer, this menu is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. So, let’s dive into the recipes for sloppy joes, broccoli cauliflower salad, and sunshine cake, and discover the secrets to a stress-free and mouthwatering summer gathering.


Sloppy Joe’s for a Crowd

Sloppy joes are a classic comfort food that everyone loves, and they are an excellent choice for a summer party. Here’s a simple and delicious recipe that will leave your guests craving for more.


  • 5 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 1/3 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder


  1. Brown ground beef and onion together.
  2. Drain grease then add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve on your favorite bun.
  5. You can make it ahead of time and reheat it the day you are going to serve it.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

A summer party wouldn’t be complete without a refreshing and vibrant salad. This broccoli cauliflower salad is not only colorful but also bursting with flavors that complement the main course perfectly.


  1. 1 bunch broccoli (cut into florets)
  2. 1 bunch of cauliflower (cut into florets)
  3. 1 medium onion (diced)
  4. 1 cup craisins
  5. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  6. 4 strips bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  7. 1 cup mayonnaise
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 2 tablespoons vinegar


  1. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and craisins.
  3. Pour sauce over the vegetables and stir to combine.
  4. Chill in fridge.
  5. Right before serving add sunflower seeds and bacon.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

Sunshine Cake

To round off your summer party menu on a sweet note, treat your guests to a delightful and Sunshine-inspired cake that captures the essence of the season.


  • 1 (18oz.) box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 (18oz.) can of mandarin oranges with juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1 (16oz.) container cool whip
  • 1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 (16oz.) can of crushed pineapple (drained)


  1. Combine cake mix, mandarin oranges, eggs, and oil. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Put some of the mandarin oranges in right at the end so you have some larger chunks of fruit.
  3. Pour into a 9×13 greased baking dish.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Mix cool whip, pudding mix, and crushed pineapple.
  6. When the cake is cool frost and decorate the top of your cake. Enjoy!

Final Touches:

To make your summer party menu a guaranteed hit, complement the main dishes with a variety of fresh fruits and a selection of chips. Watermelon slices, pineapple chunks, and berries are all excellent choices for a summer-themed fruit platter. And for the chips, consider offering a mix of tortilla chips, pita chips, and vegetable sticks with an assortment of flavorful dips.

In Conclusion:

With this make-ahead summer party menu featuring savory sloppy joes, refreshing broccoli cauliflower salad, and irresistible sunshine cake, you can enjoy the festivities alongside your guests without any stress. The flavors and colors of these dishes will transport everyone to the joys of summer, making your get-together an unforgettable experience. So, gather your loved ones, prepare these delectable recipes, and savor the taste of summer!

This is Renee “Doing what I Love”

To see how I made it live click the links below.

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad (1) Facebook

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Hi there! My name is Renee Dalton. I'm not a professional chef but a self taught cook and baker. I have loved to cook and bake for as long as I can remember. Cooking and baking for others is one thing that brings me a lot of joy.

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