Best Desserts for a Summer Party

When you think about summer, what are some of the first things that come to mind? Probably summer parties and barbeques, beaches and swimming pools, and all things outdoors. However, you can’t plan those summer activities without also considering refreshing drinks and delicious desserts.

If you’d like to wow your friends and family members at your next get-together, present delectable treats they’ll never forget. Keep reading to get the scoop on the desserts we recommend for your next gathering! Whether you’re trying to satisfy chocolate lovers or fruit fanatics, we’ve got you covered with options everyone will enjoy.

Easy No-Bake Summer Desserts

It’s kind of hard to imagine baking in a hot kitchen in the summer months, which is why no-bake summer desserts are a great option. At your next cookout, strawberry pretzel pie and mixed berry tiramisu are two warm-weather treats that’ll earn you bragging rights.

Strawberry Pretzel Pie

If you’re looking for a dessert that you can make with pantry staples, you’ll be pleased with this one. Preparation takes approximately 45 minutes, and the end result is 16 servings. To make strawberry pretzel pie, head over to your pantry or grocery store and grab the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups of miniature pretzels
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 package of strawberry gelatin
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 pound of strawberries, hulled and divided
  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 jar of marshmallow cream
  • ⅔ cup of whipped cream cheese
  • ⅔ cup of sweetened condensed milk

Mixed Berry Tiramisu

Requiring only 35 minutes of prep time and chilling overnight, mixed berry tiramisu is sure to be a hit at your next summer gathering. This refreshing dessert makes 12 servings and is sure to have your guests asking for the recipe!

Healthy Alternatives To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

This might be surprising, but not all desserts have to be unhealthy and full of sugar. There are tons of recipes out there that are just as tasty and delicious — while also being nutritious.

Fruit Pizza With Cookie Crust

For instance, you can serve a giant oatmeal cookie fruit pizza at your next cookout, but be prepared to watch it disappear. Your guests will want seconds of this lightened-up dessert served on a white rounded plate. Imagine a large oatmeal cookie topped with a cream-cheese yogurt sauce, fresh blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi slices. Mouth-watering, right?

Chocolate & Strawberry Froyo Bark

Who doesn’t love a chocolate and strawberry team-up? On a hot summer day, this delicious treat will hit the spot. Strawberry and chocolate frozen yogurt bark can be prepped in just 10 minutes and then frozen for a minimum of 3 hours. Kids and adults alike will enjoy biting into sweetened Greek yogurt covered with chocolate chips and fresh strawberries. This particular recipe serves 32, so it should be enough for your guests to get seconds! Serve on a rectangular porcelain platter to really impress the crowd.

Allergy-Friendly Blueberry Cakes

Sometimes guests want grab-and-go desserts, and Blueberry Oatmeal Cakes are an excellent option for that. If you have friends with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity, opt for gluten-free oats. Serve on a three-tiered cupcake stand to really show off your healthy dessert dish.

Ice Cream: The Queen of Summer Treats

There’s nothing like eating ice cream on a sunny day! This tasty treat is truly a summer staple and deserves a special place on our list. Scoops of ice cream, waffle cones, and a limitless list of toppings make ice cream the most refreshing (and customizable) summer treat. With so many options to offer, every guest — from kids to grandparents — is guaranteed to smile at the sight of ice cream on a hot summer day.

Keep Your Cool

Melted ice cream may be the only downside of this perfect summer treat. Fear not! We have all the hot tips to keep it cool.

When transporting ice cream to a party, coolers and ice are your best friend. Place ice cream and other frozen treats at the very bottom of an insulated cooler, surrounded by regular ice or ice packs. This should keep your ice cream from melting for at least four to six hours.

Bonus tip: Dry ice will keep your ice cream cold for about two days! If you have kids who may try to sneak some without protective gloves, it’s best to skip this one.

Make It Guilt-Free

Ice cream doesn’t have to be loaded up with chocolate fudge and candy to be a delicious summer delight. Opt for dairy-free ice cream for a lower-calorie offering or to accommodate lactose intolerant and vegan guests.

Keep toppings healthy by offering fresh fruit, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or freeze-dried fruit instead of sprinkles, fudge, and candy. Kids will be so excited to see ice cream after a fun summer day, they likely won’t even realize they aren’t eating loads of candy toppings!

Homemade Crowd Pleasers

Level up your party game by making your own ice cream and frozen treats! Serving ice cream at a summer party is always a crowd pleaser, but making your own earns you even more bragging rights.

Keep kids entertained and amazed by trying out this 15-minute Ice Cream in a Bag recipe. Kids can make their very own ice cream with just five household ingredients and two resealable snack bags!

Popsicles are an easy, refreshing, and healthy summer sweet for all ages. All you need is a set of popsicle molds and your favorite juices. Use orange, grape, cranberry, apple, or a blend of multiple juices, pour it into the popsicle molds, and freeze for at least four hours. That’s it! You can even blend a smoothie with lots of fruit and Greek yogurt for a more sophisticated popsicle experience.

Homemade slushies, sorbet, and even bubble tea are other easy crowd favorites that are sure to impress your guests.

Ticklebelly's Here for All Your Summer Dessert Needs

One thing is certain: quality desserts will never go out of style. However, preparing such desserts for a party, especially in the summertime when the kids are running around, can be quite a hassle. Instead, look to the professionals with top-notch ingredients and years of experience to do the hard work for you.

At Ticklebelly, we strive to make delicious desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you’re having a large gathering or a party for one, we can deliver high-quality, thoughtfully sourced, and clean ingredients that come together to make an irresistible dessert. Our Vanilla Cakeball will surely be a hit at your next gathering — the buttercream and natural vanilla cake is melt-in-your-mouth good. We’ve also got a nice selection of cookies, cookie bars, and edible dough you don’t want to miss. See our selection of summer desserts at

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