Top 10 Best Ever Summer Party Recipes

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Top 10 Best Ever Summer Party Recipes to get your summertime fun started. Including burgers, crockpot meals, cold sides, vegetables and knock your socks off easy desserts!



Nothing quite says summer like pool parties, barbecues and beautiful days at the beach/pool. We headed back to Florida (where I grew up) last week. Florida holds all of my childhood summer memories, I have to say being in the pool all week and driving past all the beaches really brought back some fond memories.

We spent a lot of time at the beach growing up. Most of the time we would hit Boca Grande beach on the weekends and I fondly remember eating lunch at the picnic table area with my family, and the friends we brought along. We were so hungry after hours of beach play; beach volleyball, football, frisbee and of course seashell collecting. My mom always had something simple and delicious prepared. Good times.

Summer is one of my favorite times of year as preparing summer food is so easy.  We usually start out our menu with something to grill or toss in the crockpot.  Burgers and crockpot sandwiches are great choices. Then a couple cold sides are perfect to accompany the main dish. A sweet treat or two and a of course we need a few cold drinks.

Dr Pepper is always a crowd pleaser. Their summer flavors are absolutely perfect. Dr. Pepper Cherry® is our favorite DP flavor.  As a matter of fact I am loving it so much I have started developing recipes with it. Have you tried our Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake? It is perfect for summer. It comes together with just 5 ingredients and tastes so good it will blow your mind.

Don’t feel like baking? How about a fabulous Dr. Pepper Cherry Ice Cream Float? A few scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream and some DP Cherry and you have yourself a fantastic treat. No muss no fuss, my favorite kind of treat.  Grab Dr. Pepper Cherry® at select Safeway and Alberstons stores.

We have put together our top 10 best ever summer party recipes. They are all favorites. Our family and our readers go crazy over these and you will too.


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Best Ever Simple Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches are incredibly moist, tender and delicious.  Loaded with flavor from a homemade barbecue sauce and Dr. Pepper.  Dr. Pepper?  Yep.  You would never believe all the flavor that DP imparts into this pork.

Smokehouse Smoky Barbecue Beer Burger with Caramelized Onions is a simple recipe that comes together in just 30 minutes.  The burgers are a really beefy, steak-like burger prepared with a dark and smoky beer, this one is loaded with beer caramelized onions and your favorite barbecue sauce.

TSRI’s Barbecue Bacon Beer Cheddar Smokehouse Burger is our #1 all time burger recipe.  It is a sensationally smoky burger loaded with homemade barbecue sauce and beer cheese sauce you are going to flip your lid over this burger.  Can you feel love for a burger? Well if you can this is the burger to love!

Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake
is a incredibly flavorful cake with just 5 ingredients. From top to
bottom, this recipe takes just 5 ingredients and it is perhaps the
easiest and tastiest cake ever. The rich, decadent and perfectly tender
cake melts in your mouth. Topped with homemade maraschino cherry
frosting is it truly a flavor explosion. And it is and ready to toss in
the oven in a flash.

Orange Honey Rainbow Fruit Salad
recipe is like a party for your senses.  The orange honey dressing
includes a secret ingredient that brings this salad to life.  Perfect
make ahead cookout dish.  Prepare fruit the night before and store in
plastic baggies in the refrigerator.  Assemble and drizzle with dressing
when ready to serve.

The Best Ever Tropical Fruit Salad
is the only recipe you’ll ever need.  My entire picky family devoured
this fruit salad. The dressing is truly magical. The combination of
citrus juices with honey are phenomenal. Then we added a few special
ingredients that give it a little nuttiness and a touch of zestiness to
kick it up a notch. Perfect any-occasion dish.

simple macaroni salad recipe in floral serving bowl

Nana’s Southern Style Macaroni Salad is the best ever macaroni salad of all time.  It is creamy with the perfect crunch and a little tang.  It is exactly what I think of whenever summer sides come to mind.  This recipe is so easy you can whip it up in less than 30 minutes.

Greek Tortellini Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables and tortellini pasta, making this Greek Pasta Salad  almost perfect.  Add a sweet and tangy dressing to the mix and you have yourself a perfect must try recipe! An easy make-ahead recipe.  Simply layer salad and pack dressing separately.  Add dressing and toss to coat when you are ready to serve.

The Best Ever Oven Roasted Corn is prepped and ready to go in the oven in just 10 minutes.  This recipe is so simple you will be making it all summer long!  Easy to cook ahead and take with you.  Awesome served warm or room temperature.

The Best Ever Broccoli Salad is a simple recipe combining broccoli, bacon, raisins, onion and nuts.  They come together in the most amazing summer salad yet.  The sweet and creamy dressing really makes this the perfect summer side that you won’t be able to get enough of!

Recipes developed by Donna Elick – The Slow Roasted Italian

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. The opinions and text are all mine.

One Comment

  1. Wow, these summer party ideas are just great. The food looks amazing especially Outrageous Cherry Dr Pepper Cake. I am craving on it. Pretty soon I will be hosting my birthday party at party venue rentals in Brooklyn and would like to have this pretty cake in the party.

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