5 appetizer & drink party themes
Choose from easy menus for alfresco entertaining––make one drink and one appetizer, and just buy the rest
Coconut Lime Shrimp Skewers
A squeeze of lime adds zing and toasted coconut contributes crunch to this easy make-ahead crowd-pleaser. You’ll need at least 24 wooden skewers (6 in.).
Recipe: Coconut Lime Shrimp Skewers
Lemonade meets daiquiri in this refreshing cocktail.
Recipe: Frozen Lemonade with Coconut Rum
Honey-Sesame Grilled Chicken Wings
Finger-lickin' sweet replaces blazing buffalo as the flavorings for these tasty wings.
Serve any remaining juice mixture over ice for guests who prefer a nonalcoholic drink— or make extra so guests can have both.
Recipe: Watermelon and Cucumber Tonic
Creamy Artichoke Dip
This simple no-cook dip starts with cream cheese and puréed artichoke hearts, then adds parmesan, parsley, lemon, and garlic for flavor.
Recipe: Creamy Artichoke Dip
A thirst-quenching, supremely summery drink from England.
Recipe: Pimm's Cup
Chèvre and Mango Steak Bites
Sweet, savory, and creamy elements make this an hors d'oeuvre to remember.
Recipe: Chèvre and Mango Steak Bites
A twist on the classic Spanish drink comes in the form of unexpected fruit choices.
Filo Tomato Tart
Cut the tomatoes very thinly so the juice evaporates while baking, or dough will be soggy.
Recipe: Filo Tomato Tart
Move over, mint: Basil's spicy flavor puts a fresh spin on the traditional gimlet. Flavoring your cocktail is so easy―the basil steeps for 20 minutes in a simple syrup.
Recipe: Basil Gimlet