Summer Party Recipes

Master summer entertaining with Cooking Channel's party recipes and menus, including easy appetizers, classic cocktails, sweet treats and themed meals. Deck your backyard with simple centerpieces and DIY decor, and find ideas for fun games and activities.

Backyard Bash 101

Refreshing Summer Cocktails

Entertain effortlessly this summer with small-bite sweets and meats, easy decorating ideas and a bounty of fruity, colorful cocktails.

Your Summer Party Guide

Planning Tips From a Pro

Tips from Camille Styles on Hosting a Summer Party

Stay stress-free while hosting a sophisticated yet laid-back bash with planning tips from entertaining expert, Camille Styles.

Count Down to Your Party, Week by Week

More Easy Entertaining Ideas

Perfect Party Menus

Kelsey Nixon's Easy Summer Menu

Kelsey uses quick-cooking techniques to stay out of the kitchen and in the backyard, where she's feasting with friends.

Get Kelsey's Party Menu + Tips

More Menu Ideas

Fun Games + DIY Projects

Make Your Own Cornhole

Offer guests low-key entertainment, like a classic corhhole game. (You can even get them in on building the board.)

How to Make Your Own Cornhole Game

Great Group Activities

Summer Classics

Stick a Stick In It

Peanut-Ginger Chicken Skewers

These portable, quick-cooking skewers are ideal party apps or mains.

Peanut-Ginger Chicken

Cross Your Teas

Homemade Peach Iced Tea

Mix your brewed black teas with fruits and herbs for a summery spin.

Chuck's Peach Iced Tea

Well, Aren't You a Peach?

Peach Ginger Bellini

The juicy, sweet stone fruit reduces to a fruit puree that's ideal for drink-mixing.

Peach Ginger Bellini

Pucker Up

Watermelon Jalapeno Lemonade

Balance this favorite drink's sweet-tart flavors with earthy herbs and spicy peppers.

Watermelon + Jalapeno