Host an Appetizers & Sangria Alfresco Party

Appetizers & sangria served al fresco may just be the easiest way to entertain. Backyard parties are in full swing as we enjoy warm temperatures and lazy days. This casual gathering is a great way to spend happy hour or watch the sun go down. It’s all part of our summer entertaining guide to celebrate in style.

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Sangria & Appetizer Party

My favorite way to entertain friends has always been with appetizers and drinks. And setting up a fun happy hour party al fresco is just the ticket!

Host a backyard gathering and invite a few neighbors over to enjoy some delicious appetizers and a carafe of sangria. Or, host this adult party theme for a birthday celebration.

Start the planning process with easy food options like hummus and queso dip and let the menu evolve from there.

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dipping into queso dip

I’ve got snack ideas, appetizer recipes, serving suggestions, and tips to dress up packaged foods like cheese dip. I’ve also used refried black beans w/chilies to make a flatbread pizza that’s fantastic! You’ll find the recipe to that and more, linked below.

Easy Snacks with Sangria

These are the easy appetizers I set out for this party, but check out the links below for EVEN MORE appetizer recipes that go well with sangria.

  • Make black bean chorizo flatbread pizza bites cut into small triangles. They are fantastic and easy to make!
  • Dress up store bought queso dip with Mexican chorizo and other fresh add-ins. See complete instructions at bottom. Serve tortillas in a rustic wood bowl.
  • Set out a bowl of mixed nuts or savory pecans for easy noshing.
  • Provide two kinds of hummus. Make one the classic version and the other with a flavorful twist like roasted red pepper or spinach.
  • Dress up hummus by drizzling extra virgin olive oil and topping it with pine nuts.

PARTY TIP: Keep non-perishable pantry items on hand for easy last minute entertaining. Crackers and chips, refried beans, unopened cheese dips are all good options.

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appetizer pizza bites

Appetizers to Serve with Sangria

Sangria is lightly sweetened with multiple layers of flavor. The best food pairings are those that are savory or lightly salted. Southwestern flavors are also a natural pairing.

These are some of my favorite simple recipes for a casual party.

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bistro chairs for outside party
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Terrific Sangria Recipes

You can’t have a sangria party without a big batch of sangria! Here are some mouth watering sangria recipes for you to try.

PARTY TIP: Serve sangria from a large wine carafe like I did here, instead of a traditional pitcher.

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Party Ideas

It’s always fun to add some style to a party, even if it’s a casual gathering. Incorporate wooden elements to complement the outdoor setting, and use a neutral color palette with pops of gold and amber.

  • Serving appetizers & sangria outdoors is a great way to wind down after a day at work. To make it easy on the host start with packaged dips (these are from Pacific Foods) and dress them up with fresh ingredients.
  • Create a pretty display with wooden serving pieces and golden accents. Buy a bunch of sunflowers and put them into a pitcher vase to decorate the table.
  • Use wood cutting boards to serve the pita crackers and hummus.
  • Fill a large carafe with red wine sangria and use vintage glasses to serve it in. This is an unexpected touch from using regular wine glasses, and adds extra color to coordinate with the party.
  • Set up a few chairs so guests can sit if they want. And bring a small indoor table outside so guests can place their drink down when needed.
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queso cheese dip

Salsa Con Queso with Chorizo

  • 1 carton Pacific Foods salsa con queso
  • Cooked Mexican chorizo, about 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced green onions
  • Sliced jalapeno, seeds removed

Combine salsa con queso and chorizo, and heat in microwave for about 30 seconds or until heated through.

Top with tomatoes, green onions, and a few slices of jalapeno, and serve with tortilla chips.

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  1. This is all so beautiful and that Salsa Con Queso with Chorizo sounds absolutely delicious! The perfect way to end summer…but I’ll never be ready for snow! 😉

  2. Salsa con queso is one of my guilty pleasures! My husband is French and they don’t really do Mexican food, but I grew up eating it all the time and whenever my hubby is on a biz trip, I make salsa con queso for myself! Love the photos, definitely would want to come to one of your parties!

    1. Thank you, Andi! I can’t believe your hubby won’t eat Mexican, although French food is pretty amazing as well!

  3. As always, absolutely stunning, Chris! The recipes are awesome and the styling is gorgeous! Can you rub off on me just a little?!?

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE Mexican food & Sangria is my fav! thanks for the ideas. Never thought to make a Mexican flatbread. I will definitely be making that!

  5. Chris, love this looking for a way to end the summer with some of my friends and neighbors perfect idea appetizers and sangria. Can’t wait to try your flatbread pizza recipe

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