MorgueFileBefore the heat of the summer sets in, spring garden parties are a fun way to celebrate longer and sunnier days. Once the yard is clean and the deck is furnished, it is time to invite guests over to appreciate the beautiful weather. Consider these tasty snack ideas for spring garden parties, including all the bridal showers being held before summer weddings. The dishes are all easy to prepare, making it simpler to plan informal and formal gatherings.

Baby Cheeseburgers with Bacon

If you are planning, consider serving yummy baby cheeseburgers with bacon. Simply fire up the indoor or outdoor grill and make small versions of regular burgers. Get mini buns to match the smaller burgers. Top them off with a small slice of cheddar, a slice of cherry tomato, a slice of cucumber, a bite-sized bit of bacon and a piece of arugula.

Salty and Sweet Sticks with Crunch

With cheese in mind, put out appetizers that require no preparation at all. Use a party tray with three sections. In one section, pile crunchy cheese sticks. Fill the other two with cheese crisps and sweet sticks. The combination of salty and sweet is sure to be irresistible.

Vegetables with Nut Butters

Another easy-going appetizer is a tray of vegetables with nut butters for dipping. Slice long vegetables, such as celery and carrots. Serve them with small dishes of peanut butter and almond butter. Add two cups of cream cheese, one plain and one flavored, to really spice up this healthy snack.

Kabob It

While the grill is still fired up, toss on some pieces of cubed chicken and steak. Put them on kebob sticks with pieces of cherry tomato, pineapple and other favorites to tantalize your guests on-the-go. Even the guests who move around the most can grab a stick and have something to eat without the need for plates or utensils.

Get Roasted

Roasted snacks are savory and usually involve finger foods. Better Homes and Gardens has a mouthwatering recipe for roasted garbanzo beans. You can also roast your favorite nuts with spices such as garlic, paprika and rosemary.  If you’re feeling lazy, make your own snack mix with canned nuts, pretzels, cereal and other favorites.

Spring parties are the best way to get warmed up for summer fun. Adding these basic yet delectable snacks is sure to make your party more inviting.