Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season, it brings the promise of carefree days and long summer nights. This year kick off the summer season with a Memorial Day cookout.
Outdoor entertaining is one of our favorite things because it doesn’t have to be elaborate or costly, you just need simple food, great company and a festive atmosphere. Gather your friends and family and grill up an outdoor feast to celebrate the red, white and blue.
With Tuesday Morning it’s easy to host the perfect backyard party. Start by creating the right ambiance with themed decorations. I picked up lots of red, white and blue decor and incorporated them into my centerpiece, table setting and buffet. Don’t forget comfortable cushions and throw pillows on chairs to encourage guest to linger longer and savor the good food and conversation.
When I’m entertaining outdoors I like to set up stations where guests can help themselves. I frequently use my DIY lemonade stand to serve as a buffet for the food. Add vintage Coca-Cola crates or boxes to create height, which will also give you extra space for platters and dishes.
It can get hot hanging out under the warm summer sun, make sure you have a drink station with essentials to keep guests well hydrated. Use a large tray and keep it stocked with essentials like an ice bucket, pitchers of flavored water, lemonade, cups and paper straws.
When it comes to outdoor entertaining make sure you have outdoor safe dinnerware. You don’t have to stick to paper plates, Tuesday Morning has a huge variety of stylish melamine dinnerware. I was swooning as soon as I spotted these blue and white plates, and the best part is they can even be used all year long. Fill a metal bucket with paper napkins and drink coasters to keep them from blowing away.
Keep the food simple. Fire up the grill and toss on your favorite meat. Serve up mouth-watering sides like, Cucumber & Onion Salad and Grilled Mexican Street Corn. Fill treat cups with fresh fruit and white chocolate covered pretzels for a tasty red, white and blue snack. Don’t forget to stock up on lots of other snacks like Tyrrell’s hand cooked potato chips and Popseas kettle corn, I just love that the packaging coordinates seamlessly with our party theme.
When I host a party I love sending my guests home with a little party favor so they can remember all the fun they had while celebrating with us. I filled berry baskets with the Chipotle Citrus BBQ rub we used on the grilled chicken and my famous homemade Spicy Chipotle BBQ sauce.
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