Plan a Mad Men–inspired soiree, a faux pool party, and more with these inventive ideas for backyard bash menus
Pull up a chair by the pool and enjoy some refreshing, fruity sippers alongside some grilled bites and a sweet-spicy fruit platter.
Caramelized Tomato Bruschetta
Grilled Meatball, Halloumi, and Baby Squash Skewers
Fancy Fruit Platter (pictured)
Stock up on the martini and highball glasses and serve plenty of finger food with the booze—you don't want too much scandal! Put on your curve-hugging knits or that skinny tie and flirt like it's 1963.
Death Valley Martinis
Boozy Olives (pictured)
Smoked Oysters on the Half "Shell"
Lemon Drop Chicken Wings
Celebrate the big day with crowd-pleasers: mini steak tortas, classic guacamole, cheesy stuffed peppers and, of course, some big, bold drinks for toasting the grad.
The Party Starter
Pulaukotok's Spring Punch
Chile and Lime Steak Tortas (pictured)
Mini Peppers Filled with Goat Cheese and Asparagus
Borrow some tips from the gorgeous PBS series and put out your best serving pieces for this classy do. Maybe even pass around a few of the appetizers, in grand manor style.
Deviled Cucumber Cups
Spiced Beef Tenderloin with Crusty Rolls and Chutney
Yogurt Honey Jelly with Strawberries and Roses (pictured)
Japan's answer to tapas—a spread of savory morsels you can't seem to stop eating. Hang up some paper lanterns to set the mood, and bring on the sake, the Kirin lager, and the shochu.
Sesame Spinach Salad
Hard-Boiled Quail Eggs with Dipping Sauces
When you're thinking comfort food, but not the same-old same-old, here's how to wow your guests.
Brandy Shakes (pictured)
Pine Nut-Salad Spears
Puttanesca Meatball Sliders
Sweet Potato Fries
Think big, bold flavors, rich tomato accents, dirty martinis, and lots of red wine to finish it off.
Your favorite red wine
Puttanesca Meatball Sliders (pictured)
Broccoli Rabe Fritto Misto
Get your eggs, sweets, and toast in appetizer style, and enjoy some twists on our favorite breakfast cocktails, the mimosa and the Bloody Mary.
Sea Breeze Mimosa (pictured)
Garden Bloody Mary
Tomato Breakfast Toasts
Mediterranean Deviled Eggs
Queue up Bride and Prejudice and try out your dance moves for this celebration of Indian flavors.
Grapefruit Mimosa (a.k.a. Madras Mimosa)
Frozen Mango Lassi
Spicy Indian Snack Mix
Potato-Chutney Crisps (pictured)
Cauliflower Panko Pakoras
Here's what to serve when your eco-conscious pals show up to party.
Apple of My Iced Tea
Eggplant with Mint Bruschetta
Spiced Potato and Cauliflower Samosas with Two Chutneys
Tofu Fries with Gingered Ketchup (pictured)
Slip on a flighty little cocktail dress and some wine-dark lipstick, put on some jazz, and invite your friends over to your very own speakeasy.
Blue Cheese Cocktail Crackers
Okay, so it's a little decadent. But hey, you can always skip dinner, right?
Ruby Port Sparklers
Chocolate Chip Shortcakes with Berries and Dark Chocolate Sauce (pictured)
Chocolate Panna Cottas
Chocolate Candied Almonds