Usually when I plan a party, I base the colors around the invitation. But this week's invite — for an end of summer barbeque — was a hot dog, and I don't want neutral shades to set the tone for a warm weather bash. So I've decided to use a watermelon as my inspiration and create a look with bright green, hot pink, white, and black. Set the tables with white tablecloths and pink floral arrangements in over sized margarita glasses. Watermelon shaped candles are festive and fun. Plate the nacho potato skins on plates stamped with a watermelon print. Serve the white peach margaritas in classic marg glasses and let guests make their own burgers on lime serving platters. Stack green and pink striped linen napkins next to the food to wipe messy condiments off lips. Night falls earlier at this time of year, so hang green paper lanterns from the trees and deck. Use moss green crepe paper to create garlands and line tables. What decorations are you using this weekend? Share your ideas with us below!
Nothing says end of summer barbeque more than a big batch of margaritas. Ok, ice cold beer also screams end of summer bbq, so be sure to have plenty of both at the fiesta. Depending on how many guests you have attending, you may consider getting a keg. If it's less than 20, just stock up on your favorite beer at Costco.
Margaritas are wonderful because large quantities can be made in advance, and are always a crowd pleaser. However, instead of serving the classic lemon-lime marg, take advantage of the season and make a white peach version. Water, soda, and lemonade should fill the non-acoholic ice chests. Let your guests know you will have beer and cocktails, but if they want wine to bring it themselves. If the peach margarita recipe sounds enticing, you know what you have to do to get it: read more
A scrumptious fruit pie is the perfect conclusion to an end of summer barbeque. As guests may expect a cold ice cream dessert, a perfect pie can be a pleasant surprise. It can be made the day before the party and becomes a spectacular centerpiece during the event. Enjoy the pie when the sun is setting and everyone is lazy from the main course. This recipe is for blueberry pie, but feel free to substitute your favorite summer fruit — peaches, raspberries, and blackberries all make for absolutely delicious pies. To see the recipe, read more
During my end of summer barbeque, I want guests to relax, mingle, and enjoy the last long days of the season with some delicious dishes. I'll serve store-bought dips and chips for appetizers, along with one homemade treat: nacho potato skins. Next, I'll set up a burger bar and give each guest a grilled burger and a variety of options for toppings ranging from the classic lettuce and tomato to the gourmet caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms. Guests can assemble the burgers to their own liking. All toppings can be made ahead and warmed just before serving. A pesto pasta salad filled with fresh basil and bursting cherry tomatoes will pair perfectly with make-your-own burgers. For these tasty recipes please, read more
This is my least favorite party of the entire year. Summer is, in my opinion, the best part of the year, so hosting a party that heralds its bon voyage always puts me in a depressed mood. However planning a party, no matter what kind, always puts a smile on my face. Labor Day is this weekend so I plan on throwing together a blow out bash. To start things off, learn how to make these childlike hot dog shaped invites. Just read more