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So you’d like to spend the last few weeks of Summer with friends, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen or standing over a hot grill? It may be time to roll out some beautiful appetizers and give burgers and hot dogs a break.

Imagine bringing out a tray of crostini with dried fig paste and goat cheese, spicy lemon shrimp skewers or fig and prosciutto roll-ups. Use the late Summer produce to make a colorful fava bean and corn salad with fresh mint. And of course you need a pitcher of fantastic cocktails! I loved these links for their versatility. They’re easy to customize for seasonal ingredients and your personal taste.

If you’ve tried some of the Tapas Party links, the additions below will finish your table.

Keep it fresh. Keep it elegant. Keep it loose! Enjoy!