Staff Dream Picks: Summer Appetizers For Outdoor Parties

With the outdoor party season upon us, comes seasonal favorites, so the Dream Team hand-picked our absolute tastiest summer appetizers for outdoor parties. We decided that an ideal summer appetizer for an outdoor party had to have each of the following components:

  • No utensils needed
  • Not super filling
  • Rich in flavor
  • Fresh flavor combinations

Below are our top summer appetizers for your outdoor soirees, parties, weddings, and gatherings. We love how each dish is surprisingly unique and a crowd-pleasing must for your summer events.

Dreamy Summer Appetizers: Spring Rolls

Cool, crisp, and available in a variety of flavors (from shrimp to vegan), our spring rolls with a tangy peanut sauce are a colorful and delish hors d’oeuvre that is perfect passed or displayed at your summer parties.

Dreamy Summer Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos

When salty bacon meets spicy jalapenos stuffed with cheese, you know you have a crowd-pleasing appetizer that your summer party guests will devour. Bonus Tip! Skip the bacon for stuffed jalapenos for a vegetarian version. 

Dreamy Summer Appetizers: Lamb Lollipops

Freshly grilled and topped with herbs and cool cucumber sauce, lamb lollipops come with a built-in ‘fork’ making it a dreamy & delicious summer party appetizer.

Dreamy Summer Appetizers: Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp

More bacon! This time wrapped around luscious, garlicky shrimp. This tasty hors d’oeuvres can be serve hot or chilled. We recommend a squeeze of lime to add bright summer flavor!

Above Photos by Jen and Chris Creed Photography

Dreamy Summer Appetizers: Beet Hummus with Crudite

A staff and client favorite, our Beet Hummus with Crudite is a tasty vegan or vegetarian appetizer that makes for a stunning food display at your outdoor parties.

Photo by Brian Dorsey.

Are you planning an outdoor party in Nashville? We’d love to create a fresh and crowd-pleasing menu for you! Send us an email at