Here are some fun recipes for a “Garden Party” menu. Some are very simple. Remember, pretty presentation can make a simple recipe seem very special. 


Veggie Cups

This a super easy way to serve veggies. The individual cups make it easy for guests to grab. We usually like ranch dressing at the bottom, but you could use a squeeze of any dressing flavor. Use veggies with a lot of color for a beautiful presentation. 

toadstool tomatoes

Tomato Toadstools

These are also a super-fun veggie to serve. Although, these are a bit more time-consuming than the veggie cups. Check out the recipe card below.

Toadstool Tomatoes
A darling veggie treat to serve in the summer on a platter or as a garnish on a dinner/lunch plate.
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  1. cocktail-sized tomatoes (I got mine at Costco. They are bigger than cherry or grape tomatoes.)
  2. white string cheese
  3. herb cream cheese (make your own by adding fresh garlic, chives, salt, pepper, etc. or buy a tub at the store)
  4. Fresh cilantro leaves (or parsley)
  1. Hollow out tomatoes and try to get most the seeds out. Place them upside down on a paper towel to drain out some of the liquid.
  2. Using a butter knife, smear in some herb cream cheese.
  3. Cut a stick of string cheese in half. Then, insert the stick into the center of the tomato top.
  4. Insert the stem of a cilantro leaf into the cream cheese center to hold it in place.
  5. To make the specks on top, put plain cream cheese into a small zip lock bag and snip the corner off. Then, squirt little specks on the top.

Chocolate-dipped strawberries

These always go fast at a party. Everyone loves strawberries AND chocolate. This blog has a great post on how to make them. 



Quiche is basically egg pie. You can combine any type of meat, cheese, veg or seasoning to create a savory flavor. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Below is my recipe. I like to add a bit more egg than many recipes do. You can make your pie crust from scratch or make things simple and just buy pre-made pie dough at the store. Simpler still? Just purchase a two-pack of quiche at Costco!

Serves 6
Quiche is really a fancy word for egg pie. It's a perfect savory dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 6 eggs (for a 9-inch pie)
  2. 1 cup half and half
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. prepared (uncooked) pie crust (homemade or purchased)
Your combination of flavorful ingredients
  1. Cheese: feta, Swiss, Gouda or cheddar cheese
  2. Meat: bacon, sausage, ham
  3. Veggie: broccoli, sauteed green onion and mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes, bell pepper, asparagus
  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle/layer your cheese, meat and veggie ingredients in the bottom of the pie shell. P
  4. our the egg mixture on top.
  5. Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes or until the egg is “set.”

Banana Muffins

Muffins are also another great garden-party food, again, because they are easy for guest to grab. I’ve shared this recipe before because they are seriously our VERY favorite.

Banana Muffins
Yields 12
Banana muffins freeze beautifully. Perfect for an after school snack.
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  1. 1/3 cup melted butter
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1 1/2 Tbsp. strong coffee
  6. 4 ripe bananas
  7. 1 1/2 cup flour
  8. 1 tsp. baking soda
  9. pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
  2. Mix together all the wet ingredients. Then, add the dry ingredients.
  3. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray the muffin tin with cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter into the tin and bake for 20 minute or until very light brown.

10 thoughts on “Garden Party Recipes

  1. Janna

    Those mushrumes look so cute and dealises . I can’t wait to try them.The veggie cups look good.And on top of that banana muffins sound so delicious.


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