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Summer Party Ideas: Grilled Sandwich Bar Menu

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I’ve never considered myself a beach bunny but now that there’s a beach right across the street from our house, I might have to add that description to my resume. I’m learning people who live near a beach have lots of company whose appetites are enhanced by sunshine and water. What a great intro that makes for a fun backyard party!

Summer Party Ideas: Grilled Sandwich Bar Menu

Tasty sandwiches are a major player in our current menu, whether for our family or friends. Especially for party time, you can take it up a notch with a BBQ/grill idea.

Fun Summer Party Food

I’ve found a grilled sandwich “bar” is simple to do and full of comfort food, yet it’s a special way to serve guests a satisfying meal. A sandwich bar menu is also very flexible—it’s easy to add more cheese and toppings for those extra, impromptu guests.

Toppings for Sandwiches

A sandwich bar is great when you’re having mixed ages, too. Adults can make their sandwiches as sophisticated as they like and picky eaters can limit their options.

Sargento Provolone Mozzarella

Quick, easy and delicious is my summer mantra. Sargento® Sliced Cheese is conveniently pre-sliced and ready-to-use—and I do!

Sargento® offers a unique variety of flavors which includes mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, Colby, gouda, Havarti, pepper Jack and more. With so many choices, everyone is sure to get just the big flavor they prefer in each little bite.

BBQ Grilled Cheese Recipe

Sargento® Sliced Cheese is made from real, natural cheese and it tastes great on all sorts of sandwiches, hot and cold.

Fun Family BBQ Food Menu Ideas

For casually impressive presentation, use a parchment paper table runner and simply label everything with a sharpie. Arrange a selection of cheeses, artisan breads, and lunch meats.

Sandwich Bar Ideas

Summer Party Food Ideas

Unique Sandwich Toppings

This time I offered Sargento® Provolone-Mozzarella and Pepper-Jack Sliced Cheeses with ham, turkey and bacon and sour dough or French bread—so good!

Sargento Pepper Jack

My local Kroger has a great selection of the Sargento® Sliced Cheeses, but it’s such a popular brand you can find it at many grocers.

Spreads for Sandwiches

Along with mayo, honey mustard and balsamic vinegar, add accompaniments like spinach, tomato, onion, basil, and avocado so everyone can customize their creation.

Don’t forget everyone is thirsty after a summer’s day. A signature homemade lemonade is a choice beverage for all ages.

Make a batch in a fun ice cube shape and keep it in the freezer in lieu of plain water ice cubes and you’ll always be ready to chill out with guests.

Sandwich Recipe Ideas

Food Ideas for Family Gathering

Even if I’ve been at the beach all day, I can’t bear to just hand guests a plain, paper plate. Colorful tableware is a must and there are so many fun choices these days.

Tomato Basil Caprese Sandwich

BBQ Sandwich Recipes

Pull out chairs with soft cushions, maybe smooth out a blanket on the ground, and add globe string lights to up party ambience at the end of the day.

BBQ Grilled Sandwich Ideas

My final advice? Make it easy on yourself and make mealtime a summer sandwich occasion!

Grilled BBQ Sandwiches

Grilled Sandwich Ideas


To Grill:

  • Preheat grill to medium and then reduce to low heat. Low heat is important for this one, especially when a grill goes to high temp quickly.
  • Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread before you assemble your sandwich.
  • Build your sandwich and place it on the grill; close lid. Flip over in 2-3 minutes.


Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.