Did you know fresh air actually aids in digestion?
This is all the more reason for you to round up family and friends for an afternoon of eating tasty food in the great outdoors.
Let’s take a look at 15 outdoor dinner party ideas perfect for your gazebo.
Casual Outdoor Dinner Parties
If you’re looking for a casual day of snacking and chatting underneath your gazebo, the possibilities are endless. From healthy vegetarian to hearty meat dishes, you can make an outdoor setting that’s sure to please any palate.
1. Vegetarian Autumn Cuisine
The weather’s cooling down and what better way to celebrate the cooler temperature than with a vegetarian spread in your own backyard.
Prepare some scrumptious leek and potato soup and mouth-watering Italian apple tarts to meet the needs of even the pickiest eater.
Not a fan of leeks? Try creamy carrot cumin and pecan soup. With a hint of savory along with your sweet, this is a dish that will meet your expectations.
2. Savory Autumn Array
You can also combine the savory flavor of creamy garlic soup with vibrantly colored roasted beets, dried cranberries and caramelized onions. To add a little protein to the mix, bring fresh pancetta to the mix.
3. Tooth-picked Tasties
For a lighter dinner, use toothpicks for your guests to spear any number of delicious morsels. Some ideas are fresh fruit, roasted veggies, a variety of cheese or sausages. You can have brat bits, spinach, banana and grape bites or roasted sweet potatoes.
4. Apple-Craze Spread
For the apple-lover, prepare an apple-bathed roasted pork tenderloin, along with a winter squash and apple side. And don’t forget the creamy apple soup with honey for a sweet and savory dessert.
5. A Fruit-Filled Affair
For those of us who love our fresh fruit without too many frills, a simple fruity spread with sliced kiwi, diced apples, slices of orange and green grapes can go a long way. With a little nuttiness on the side, you’ve got quite a filling meal.
6. Brats and Roasted Veggies
Bring together the beer of your choice with cheese-filled brats on a bed of veggies, and you’ve got quite the tummy-pleaser. With a side of roasted veggies such as potatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onion and garlic, you have yourself a tantalizing array.
7. Salad Delight
You can also prepare a roasted carrot dish over a bed of garlic and hummus with pistachios, shallots and cilantro. Accompanied by your favorite beverage and warm biscuits, this dinner idea definitely satisfies cravings.
8. Pumpkin Ravioli
Bring together a pumpkin ravioli using pumpkin puree, sage, nutmeg, walnuts, pine nuts, parsley, chicken broth and Parmesan cheese.
9. Roasted Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Bites
Wrap salted and peppered asparagus with bacon, roast to perfection and serve along side a bowl of rosemary mashed potatoes and baked chicken.
10. A Fall Cocktail Party
For the fancier affair, prepare Welsh Rarebit morsels with cheese, scallops and apples, alongside sweet potato puree and onion marmalade to satiate your guests. Add your guest’s favorite fruity juice cocktails, and you’ve got a win-win every time.
11. Dinner Party Al Fresco
Along with your favorite wine, prepare smoked meats of your choice to complement brie, blue cheese, smoked gouda or true mozzarella cheese. Throw in some red grapes and pecans, and you have a beautiful dinner al fresco.
12. Wine and Cheese Party
What better for the cooler weather than a wine and cheese party? Ask each guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine, and you can provide the pairing of cheeses and chocolate. With mixed nuts and water to refresh the palate between tastes, you can create an event your guests won’t soon forget.
13. Farmer’s Market-Inspired Fall Dinner
Fresh from the Farmers Market, you can create a kale and Brussels sprout salad to complement your rosemary-rubbed beef tenderloin and piping hot buttery rolls.
14. Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Bruschetta topped with goat cheese, fresh rosemary, black pepper, and walnuts does wonders to an entree of tortilla crusted baked chicken with pineapple kiwi cilantro topping.
15. Mushroom Quesadillas and Bacon-Stuffed Chicken Ranch Rolls
And last but not least, you can make up mushroom quesadillas alongside a spread of bacon-filled chicken ranch bites for a balanced meal of yumminess.