Summertime is the perfect time for get-togethers and parties! What better way to celebrate than with some sweet treats? In this blog post, we will share some of our favorite recipes for summertime parties. Whether you are looking for a sweet and simple treat or something more elaborate, we have you covered. So gather your ingredients and get ready to party!
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Dessert has to be on the menu when you’re hosting an outdoor party — as it’s one of the things people like to gather around and enjoy with friends and family. The ice cream truck is playing its song, a grill sizzles alongside, and the dogs and kids run wild. Now isn’t that just the image of a perfect summer afternoon?
Summer desserts are just as easy to make and serve as any other dessert, but they’re also great for parties. They’re perfect for summertime and can be made ahead of time, making them an ideal option for a busy host or hostess who needs to put together a menu quickly.
What Do You Need for Easy Summer Desserts?
To make sure you’ve got all the ingredients and equipment you need to pull off a successful dessert party, take a look at the list below.
- summertime fruits like berries, peaches, and watermelon
- whipped cream or ice cream
- cake or pie crusts
- cool whip
- summer fruits, or your favorite fresh fruit
- cookie dough
- store-bought or homemade cookies
- And other pantry staples.
- serving platters or trays
- cake stand or pedestal
- pitchers for summer drinks
- Food processor
- Oven or Toaster oven
- Cutting board
- Paring knife
- Sheet pans (if you’re baking cookies or sheet cakes see below!)
- Forks/spoons etc.
Our Favorite Easy Summer Party Desserts:
We like summer party desserts because they are easy to make and can be made ahead of time, making them an ideal option for a busy host or hostess who needs to put together a menu quickly. Here are some of our favorite summer desserts.
This tasty treat is a huge hit with kids and perfect for pool parties.
refreshing and cooling on a hot day, this is the perfect dessert for when those temps hit the mercury!
This recipe is perfect for summer parties! So easy and so delicious!
This is an easy recipe that’s fun for a summer bbq.
This is a refreshing summer dessert for super hot days.
Great thing about these cups is that you don’t even need to light a fire to bring that smore taste to your summer cook out.
A hot summer day needs a cool easy dessert.
This is a good dessert to serve for guests who are looking for that classic summer taste.
Don’t let the name fool you these are really fun summer desserts.
Great summer dessert recipes have to satisfy your guest’s sweet tooth, making this a must-serve.
A perfect recipe for a no-fuss easy make ahead for your next summer party.
Seasonal fruit like mango really makes for some great summer desserts.
Long summer nights call for a sweet no-bake berry delight!
This can really be a summer meal if you get creative with the fruit. Be sure to use fresh fruits and seasonal juicy fruits.
These are such a clever and unique desserts for birthday parties or other special occasion.
For more awesome no bake July Fourth dessert ideas be sure to check out this post.
The summer months were made for desserts like this.
Perfect for memorial day or any other patriotic holiday!
The perfect way to use all those fresh fruits from the farmer’s market haul! Serve this after cooking a lazy summer dinner idea.
This is definitely a top summer dessert in our house.
Any citrus fruit for a summer dessert really makes it super refreshing and summery.
Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy this classic English dessert! Layers of fresh berries, pound cake, and custard come together to create a truly shows-stopping summer dessert.
Fresh strawberries or frozen can be used in this easy recipe.
Try not to eat the whole thing!
A classic, be sure to serve this at your next party.
This is a great spin on a classic recipe that allows you to not turn on the oven in the hot summer days.
A classic icebox cake is really refreshing in the summer!
I love a strawberry angel food cake, it is such a great dessert for a party that also makes it look like you really put in a lot of effort.
Ten out of ten, this is one of the best summer desserts.
This is hands down the best way to bake a cake. Fast. Easy. Delicious.
Strawberry shortcake is one of those top summer desserts that always makes me feel like it’s really summer now!
Make it even easier with portable desserts like this!
The lemon zest really adds something to these delicious blondies.
Use plastic wrap to roll these bad boys up and slice and serve!
Smoked Peaches and Whipped Cream (*with Spiced rum!)
The addition of spiced rum is pretty spectacular.
Vanilla ice cream, strawberry ice cream, and chocolate ice cream are the stars of this fresh dessert.
Check out the lemon curd in this awesome recipe.
Delicious and perfect for outdoor parties.
This is an awesome no bake summer dessert.
Only thing better than this cake will be the rave reviews you get after.
A delicious twist on a classic recipe.
These are the best desserts for serving to party guests. Easy and portable too!
These are so much fun for kids to help with as well.
Quick, simple, this is one of those is it too good to be true make-ahead summer dessert.
Fresh blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries (or raspberries!) need we say more?
These are a summertime favorite! And my son’s favorite dessert treat so much so that it was his birthday treat (forget cupcakes at a summer birthday party and opt for these bad boys instead!)
Pro tip add them to small mason jars to make them even easier.
A strawberry shortcake is a dessert that has strawberries, cake, and whipped cream. It is a summertime classic that can be made with fresh or frozen strawberries.
These easy summer party desserts are quick to make and serve, and they’ll be a big hit!
Have you ever made a summer trifle before? What’s your favorite summer dessert? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out our other blog post for more summer party inspiration: Lazy Summer Dinners for When it’s Too Hot To Cook!
Happy summer eating!