Love good friends, good food, and the great outdoors?
Sounds like you're ready to host a backyard cookout. Here are 6 steps to pull it off.
Keep Your Menu in Season
Check local farmer’s markets, butchers or fish markets for the freshest veggies, fruits, meat, and seafood to serve.
Make a Drink Station
Offer lemonade and lots of water. Keep drinks in cans and bottles chilling in plenty of ice
Set the Table
Provide enough plates and napkins for everyone—arrange cutlery in decorative cups or bundle them with ribbon.
Place serving forks and spoons beside side dishes.
Know how long your grill takes to get going and how much time each type of food needs to cook.
For example Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken Wings
take a few minutes longer than Sesame-Soy Glazed Corn on the Cob.
Veggie Cups for Everyone
Set paper cups full of vegetable sticks and small bowls with dip. This gives guests something to snack on while other food is grilling.
Customize a dessert table with an
Old-Fashioned Cherry Pie , fruit salad,
Grilled Peach Cobbler and a cooler full of frozen treats.
Looking for a clever theme for your cookout? Get started with these ideas.