Outdoor Party Menus

Outdoor party menus....think laid back, weekend relaxation, no commute, no job!

We all love outdoor parties, barbecues, picnics and family cookouts. Most grill masters have a long list of their favorite barbecue recipes for ribs, chicken and burgers.

Treat yourself and the gang to special drinks, summer salads and grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. Open your imagination to something a little different on the grill.

You will definitely see smiles and hear accolades when you serve a sizzling backyard BBQ menu like Down Home Elegant with trout wrapped in prosciutto and fiery T-bone steaks.

Watch your guests' mouths water when you host a Luau Party and serve honey grilled shrimp and grilled bananas and pineapple. Or plan a Simply Stylish menu and serve savory and sweet Island Chicken and grilled asparagus.

If burgers are your thing, host a Burger Bash and serve juicy sliders, nutty veggie burgers and fragrant salmon burgers all on the same menu.

And don't forget the classic tailgate party! Watch the fans cheer for onion smothered brisket sub sandwiches and lamb skewers with a mustard dipping sauce.

outdoor party buffe

These backyard BBQ menus are designed for entertaining when the day is filled with warm breezes and blue skies.

The time to consider an outdoor party menu is for: baby showers, birthday celebrations, wedding receptions, anniversary parties and bridal showers.

Many of these menu items can also be broiled or pan-roasted instead of grilled. So if the weather doesn't cooperate or you don't have outdoor space, you can still enjoy your party feast indoors. These dishes will also work well on any outdoor or indoor buffet

Go to party planning for more information and tips. Then come back here to sample our collection of tasty cookout menus for your next outdoor party.

Recipes, helpful hints and make ahead advice are all included

Outdoor Party Menus

Sunny Seafood Outdoor Party Menu
This menu is fresh and bright

Drunken Grilled Salmon

Spicy Shrimp Tacos  

Grilled Corn with Herbs and Cheese

Orange and Avocado Salad

Quick Lime Pie

Simply Stylish

An easy filling menu - something for everyone's taste. Serve with nibblers and other favorites

Savory Sweet Island Chicken

Royal Rice Salad

Grilled Asparagus with Herbs and Cheese

Simple Tossed Salad

Roasted Corn

Banana's Foster Crisp

Cool and Comfy
This lovely menu doesn't require a grill and can be enjoyed on a balcony, terrace or shady deck.

Easy Gazpacho
With or without crab

Toasted Shrimp Rolls

Bacon Caesar Salad
Adjust servings and substitute bacon for the shrimp

Corn on the Cob

Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Economical Extravagance
Well, you know what I mean. Thrifty but with just a touch of class. Start with skewers of cherry tomatoes, bocconcini and basil leaf. See skewer appetizers for more ideas. Also add Easy Ambrosia

Summer Holiday Punch or Sangria

Hamburgers Au Poivre
Try fixins' such as sautéed mushrooms, blue cheese and arugula

Creole Potato Salad
Serve with tomato slices on a bed of lettuce

Chips, dips, snack mixes, etc

Cream Pie Recipe

Seafood Savvy

The combination of fish and olives is brilliant and quite tasty. Pair this menu with a sweet white wine and good friends and your evening is made

Cucumber Cream Canapés

Buttery Grilled Trout With Olives

Zesty Potato Salad

Papaya, watermelon or cantaloupe slices.
Sprinkle with Kosher salt for extra flavor


Lemon Sherbet

Easy Does It

This simple outdoor party menu can be put together in less then an hour. Start with easy appetizers if you wish. Add your favorite breads, tortilla chips and salsa. Also enjoy any time of the year...indoors.

Grilled Spicy Sausages
Go for chorizo, brats, spicy smoked kielbasa or hot links. Pre-cook in wine or skip this step and head straight for the grill

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Spinach Salad with Mango
Substitute mango chunks for the strawberries in this recipe

Berry Easy Cream Pie
Frozen Yogurt with Mixed Fruit

Vegetarian Grill
Who says veggie lovers can't enjoy the great outdoors? This menu can be served as is or as accompaniments to grilled meats or seafood or just because it is sooooo good!

Watercress Salad with Grilled Red Onions and Cheddar

                                         Creole Potato Salad

Lemon-Garlic Grilled Vegetables

Watermelon and Feta Salad


Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Outdoor Parties
 Are a Great Way to
Serve a Crowd!

"Cooking for a Crowd
The Ultimate Guide"

All the information you will ever need 

Outdoor Party Furniture

Outdoor Party Menus

Outdoor Surf and Turf

Backyard BBQ Menus

Tailgating Party

Recipes for Cooking Outdoors

These dishes work well on any outdoor or indoor buffet. When dining outdoors be aware of foods and dishes that may spoil if left out of refrigeration too long.

Great Grilling Recipes

BBQ Chicken Recipes

Hamburger Recipes

Our Favorite Barbecue Sauce Recipe