Labor Day signals the end of summer, and a traditional time to enjoy a warm-weather cookout with friends and family. Short on time or party-throwing experience? Not to worry. Entertaining is a breeze with these quick and easy ideas to help you celebrate the final backyard party of summer.
Delegate the menu.
Overwhelmed by the thought of catering an entire end-of-summer soiree for your friends and family? Suggest that guests contribute side dishes, appetizers or desserts while you handle the main course. Creating a pot-luck event will allow guests to experience a more varied menu, not to mention relieve you of some party-hosting stress!
Entertaining involves more than just serving food. Backyard games like horseshoes, croquet and bocce ball are simple to set up and provide entertainment for kids and adults alike while food is cooking or after dinner is finished.
Incorporate summer flavors.
Choose BBQ recipes that feature seasonal flavors to really capture the end of summer.
Here are few simple, tasty ideas:
A unique take on a classic BBQ recipe, these ribs from the chefs at the Food Network get top marks.
Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotija
Take advantage of the last of the summer corn harvest with this easy, five-star grilled corn salad from Bobby Flay.
Add a touch of luxury to your backyard party with a signature drink. Try this refreshing, kid-friendly strawberry lemonade from Martha Stewart that invokes the sweetness of summer.
Summer Fruit Pie
This delicious recipe from Real Simple capitalizes on the sweet, tangy flavors of your favorite summer fruits.
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