Ralph Anderson / Styling Buffy Hargett / Food Styling Alyssa Porubcan
These busy parents rely on friends to pull off a mucho grande get-together. "We never deny anyone the fun of hanging lanterns in trees, setting tables, and lugging ice from car to cooler," says Julie, flashing a smile of appreciation.
Just before sunset, guests head to the Nesbit home to enjoy a unique menu. Olé!
- Beer 'Garitas (triple the recipe)
- Smoky Hot Sauce
- Tomatillo Sauce
- tortilla chips
- Smoked Lemon-Chipotle Chickens
- Wheat Berry Tabbouleh
- green salad with Avocado-Ranch Dressing
- Lemon Chill With Raspberry Sauce
- Oven-Roasted Lemon-Chipotle Chickens
- Corn on the Cob
- Fresh Pepper-Balsamic Salsa
Look for the Deal
"Always look for the deal" is Julie's motto as owner of Celebration Creations.
- The portable tents were an end-of-season clearance bargain at a home-improvement store.
- Shop the farmers market. A large box of produce often costs less than $10 and is fresh from the field. Use any leftovers to decorate.
- Most ingredients are available at a supercenter grocery store.
- In many cases, it's cheaper to rent dishes than to buy paper products. Plus they're sturdier and more pleasant for guests. The rental company picks them up dirty, saving you cleanup time.