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21 Super Tasty + Equally Easy Summer Party Appetizers

One of the most popular requests I receive (both here, on Instagram and from my friends and family) is for more party appetizers! People love an easy party appetizer recipe, so I decided I would take a moment today to round up 21 of the best summer appetizers perfect for all your upcoming summer parties.

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Americana Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

Ok, admittedly I’m kind of a sucker for a well done red, white and blue 4th of July dessert. Does it get any more patriotic than that? I’m saying no! I made this sugar cookie fruit pizza with rows of blueberries and strawberries intended to mimic some kind of cool, vintage Americana quilt and I’m kind of thinking I hit the nail on the head with this one. (Feel free to chime in and commend my efforts should you feel so inclined!) The topping is a whipped cream and cream cheese combo spread over top of a sugar cookie base. A sugar cookie base that I made from a mix, because simple is as simple does and I wanted this one to be especially easy and quick for you to pull off. The result is a sincerely tasty dessert that you can bring together in under an hour, and you can even prep the berries and the cookie crust the night before. This also makes a perfect bring-along dessert if you’re attending a 4th of July party instead of hosting so make sure you give this a try! You’ll love it. Promise.

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A Summer Neighborhood Lawn Party

When we moved into our neighborhood a year ago we were thrilled to discover that we had unknowingly bought a house on the coolest block in town. Our neighbors have become incredible friends and we love that they all have kids, and that they also share our family-centric yet fun-loving ways. This time of year the afternoons mean nearly a dozen kids running up and down the street riding bikes, throwing lacrosse balls and chasing down the ice cream truck. When JOLLY TIME asked if I wanted to host a fun summer party for our neighborhood crew, there wasn’t a chance I’d turn that down.

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Summer Essentials: A Backyard Dinner Party

Last week we talked about summer essentials for a day at the beach, and today we’re talking about backyard summer parties! I find summer entertaining so joyful and, frankly, so easy. It doesn’t take much more than food on the grill, frosty drinks and a few well-placed candles to make a crowd happy. But if …

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Shop Sweet: Summer Party Supplies

Over the last few days we’ve been talking a lot about our summer plans around here. A lot of it revolves around spending as many long lazy days together as possible, but we’re not without our fair share of summer festivities. From camping trips to birthday parties and impromptu backyard barbecues, we’ll definitely have a …

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A Stargazing Party

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Now that summer is unofficially upon us, it’s time to talk summer parties. Specifically this morning, stargazing parties. Created for Leaf Magazine, the talented team behind Lumina Portrait shared this awesome party idea featuring a cozy stargazing platform atop a VW van and loads …

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