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Forget the Meat: How to Host an All-Seafood Summer Barbecue

Forget the Meat: How to Host an All-Seafood Summer Barbecue

Swap the steak for seafood at your summer dinner parties

Swap the burgers for grilled octopus this summer.

Summer barbecues are typically incredibly meat-heavy. On these hot summer days, dinner regularly consists of steaks, ribs, sausages, burgers, and chicken, simply cooked on the grill, which have an incredible taste, having absorbed all those wonderful smoky flavors. There’s no doubt that all this meat makes for the most mouth-watering of meals, however, this year, try expanding your barbecue repertoire by allowing the grill to impart its charred flavor on to your favorite seafood. Shrimps, salmon, squid, and sea bass all make delicious, refreshing, and easy to prepare warm-weather dishes.

Forget the Meat: How to Host an All-Seafood Summer Barbecue (Slideshow)

If you love shellfish, the barbecue is the best place to cook it this summer. From miso-coated shrimp, to clams tossed in spicy jalapeño butter, to wonderfully decadent lobster tails in lobster jus, these shellfish recipes range in difficulty level, and in flavor profile. If you’re not so much of a shellfish fan, there are still so many quick and tasty dishes you can make. The easiest is to simply marinade your favorite fish and throw it on the grill. Swap beef steaks for swordfish steaks, and fill your tacos with grilled tilapia instead of pulled pork.

Cooking seafood is often considered to be challenging, but we promise that grilling fish is no harder than cooking any of your favorite barbecued meat dishes. Serve with your most loved side dishes, whether that’s slaw, corn, potatoes, or crunchy bread, and dig into a fish-focused feast. Summer dining has never been more refreshing, or more delicious.

Read on to see our favorite barbecued seafood dishes, which are perfect for every warm, sunny, al fresco dinner party you’re hosting this summer.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.


8 Tips for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ

The sun is shining. The grill is smoking. It’s time to host an epic barbecue.

There’s no better way to entertain in the summer months than a casual get-together involving friends, burgers, and picturesque sunsets. Make your backyard barbecue party one to remember with these 8 tips.

Keep it Simple
The key to a great barbecue is to keep it casual. Don’t go overboard on the menu: focus on a few tried-and-true recipes. Think quality, not quantity. Pick one or two meat-oriented meals (burgers, steaks, or sausages are solid bets), and an easy veggie option (roasted veggie skewers are always a win). Provide fixings and a salad or two—or just go with the barbecue classic, corn-on-the-cob.

Take a Seat
You don’t need to coordinate a formal sit down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating for your guests. If necessary, break out the beach chairs and camping chairs—just don’t leave your guests standing around, balancing their plate of food as they attempt to dine!

Get Groovin’
Set the atmosphere with a killer playlist, and keep the tunes going all night long (or at least until your neighbors put up a fuss). Aim to provide upbeat background music that’s loud enough to set the mood, but not so loud that guests need to shout over one another to be heard. Include a few cheesy classics: the Beach Boys, some Jimmy Buffett, and so on.

Avoid a Condiment Catastrophe
It’s nearly impossible to serve up condiments without making a huge mess—and where did the lid to the relish go? Skip the fuss and portion out condiments into the empty cups of a muffin tin.

If you’re serving a veggie platter, here’s a tip that will look good and will cut down on clean up: use hollowed out peppers instead of ramekins to serve the dip.

Stock the Bar
Don’t leave your guests high and dry: keep the cooler well stocked, and don’t forget to replenish it throughout the evening. The pros recommend assuming a 1.5 alcoholic drink per hour per guest ratio, but you know your audience best. Provide non-alcoholic options like iced tea and lemonade, and always offer water.

Above all: don’t forget the ice!

Entertain the Masses
Provide a few low-key activities for guests to partake in, if they choose. Horseshoes, bocce, and croquet are a sure bet, so put out some sets and let attendees play at their leisure. Provide sidewalk chalk for kids, and let them take care of the evening’s décor.

Bugger Off
Don’t let wasps crash your party: avoid setting out the food too early, and pack it away as you finish with it. Keep the trash far away from your guests.

Use citronella candles to ward off mosquitos—as a bonus, they’ll help create a cozy atmosphere when the sun sets.

Two Words: Sundae Bar
Remind your guests to save room for dessert, and wow them with the ultimate sundae bar. Ice cream just tastes better at the end of a sweltering day, especially when it’s covered in scrumptious toppings. Set up a topping bar and let guests customize their sundae. Avoid a literal melt-down by keeping the ice cream in the freezer until the sun has gone down.