Outdoor Patio Parties: Recipes

Last week we talked about the steps to take when planning your perfect outdoor patio party. Today we'll cover some fun recipes as you're planning your menu!

Recipes for your Outdoor Patio Party

It's always fun to try a new recipe when you're hosting a fun party. Especially in spring, when you can introduce colorful drinks and fun appetizers. Below are a few favorite recipes from readers at AllRecipes.com. They've given these recipes rave reviews, and they just might be a perfect fit for your outdoor patio party!

Appetizer Recipes for your Outdoor Party

Appetizers are a great way to kick off your outdoor party. Set up your pub tables, and let guests enjoy these yummy treats as the party gets going.Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon ChipsThis recipe is super simple and full of tons of fresh fruit! It uses kiwis, apples, raspberries and strawberries mixed with a bit of sugar and fruit preserves. Bake tortilla chips for a great dipper! It serves 10, and is a great party starter. Download the Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips recipe! Homemade GuacamoleThe benefits of avocados go on and on, and making a tasty guacamole dip is one of the many! Try this homemade guacamole recipe to impress your guests (and save money on the pre-made stuff at the store! Download the Guacamole Recipe!

Recipes for your Outdoor Grill

The smell of meat and veggies cooking on an outdoor grill makes any mouth water. Try these new ideas for your next barbeque!Grilled SalmonTry this unique option when grilling outdoors. This recipe uses a simple marinade and hints of lemon and garlic to give you a perfect salty-sweet combination. Download the grilled salmon recipe!Grilled Baby Back RibsThese pork ribs do not only taste great, but they are a great way to impress your guests! Create your own marinade, and take pride in creating a delicious, fall-off-the-bone set of ribs. Download the baby back ribs recipe!

Drinks and Dessert Recipes for your Outdoor Patio Party

No outdoor party is complete without a fun drink and dessert! Try some of these great spring selections as the fruit comes in season and the weather heats up!Champagne PunchFor a fun occasion, try this yummy punch. Mix cranberry juice, lemonade and limeade with your favorite white wine and champagne and garnish with yummy fresh fruit! Download the Champagne Punch Recipe!Fruit PunchFor a non-alcoholic option, try this homemade fruit punch! Download the fruit punch recipe.Homemade Chocolate CakeFew things in life are better than a homemade chocolate cake. Enjoy this easy, yet delicious, recipe that uses a devil's food cake mix, pudding and sour cream. Download the chocolate cake recipe!Let us know if you try any of these new recipes and what you think!

Have any other great outdoor party recipes? Let us know!