While we love to entertain friends in our home all year round, summer is especially our favorite. The beautiful weather, relaxed schedules, and long days set the perfect atmosphere for incredible sunny memories. The kiddos have full run of the backyard with the summer sun shining above and water activities galore. The ladies can be found prepping food and chatting while the guys are never far from the grill—which brings me the most important element to summer entertaining, the food!
No matter what activity you have planned, food always brings an event together. And with an open flame and dad at the grill wearing his “grill master” apron, you can pretty much bet it’s going to be amazing. The aroma alone with have neighbors stopping by to see what’s cookin! While all of this sounds amazing, there is one part of summer entertaining that is a little frustrating—the lack of baked goods!
Why have watermelon and ice cream been dubbed the only desserts of summer? We need more baked treats! I know what you’re thinking…it’s crazy hot out, why would I want to heat up that oven? Nobody really wants to be working away in a hot kitchen while family and friends lounge outside. So let me share my little summer entertaining hack. Bake ahead and freeze! Instead of baking fresh the day of, I generally bake summer treats several nights before and then freeze. Most baked goods can be frozen by wrapping in plastic wrap and then a layer of foil and depending on the item can remain frozen from a few days to a few months! Just before serving I pull them out to thaw. This helps me serve yummy breads, cakes, cookies, muffins and more over the summer!
Let’s take a look at a few summer recipes you can prep ahead of time so you can have you can and not let it melt too!