This Summer's Best Outdoor Menu
Outdoor Party Secrets
There are three secrets to a great outdoor dinner party. The first is the grill. The second is the grill. The third? You guessed it: the grill. To make the easy, delicious recipes in this gallery, all you really need are those “three” secrets―and, of course, a little prep work. (But only a little. We promise.) So gather your friends and family, follow our tips and tricks, and try this vacation-friendly menu that will let you laze in the sun while keeping all your guests happy. Oh, and if they ask you how you did it? Just tell them it’s your little secret.
Lemonade Iced Tea
Recipe: Lemonade Iced Tea
Lemonade Iced-Tea is a fun, thirst-quenching update on two classic Southern favorites.
Set a Pretty Table
Set a simple and pretty table with natural bamboo plates topped with plastic patterned ones. Inexpensive dish towels as napkins complete the look.
Easy Silverware Bundles
Wrap your silverware in simple rubber bands to add both convenience and a pop of color.
Budget Summer Flowers
When it comes to decorating, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Just pick up summer flowers (only a few bucks), and place in an old colander.
Peppery Grilled Okra With Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce
Start the party off with Peppery Grilled Okra With Lemon-Basil Dipping Sauce. It is a tastier and healthier alternative to the standard chips and dip.
Flank Steak Sandwiches With Blue Cheese
Serve a gourmet sandwich that will certainly impress your guests. Flank Steak Sandwiches With Blue Cheese are loaded with grilled onions, peppers, and arugula.
- Recipe: Flank Steak Sandwiches With Blue Cheese
Flank Steak Sandwiches With Brie
Herb Chicken Sandwiches
Herb Chicken Sandwiches With Grilled Peaches
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Double Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Double Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are a delicious kid-friendly alternative to this holiday menu.
- Recipe: Double Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Baked Bean Crostinis
Double Peanut Butter Candy Bites With Granola
Peanut Butter-Caramel Candy Bites With Colorful Candies are so easy to make. Our time-saving secret: refrigerated cookie dough.
- Recipe: Double Peanut Butter Candy Bites With Granola
Double Peanut Butter Candy Bites With Peanuts
Peanut Butter-Caramel Candy Bites With Granola
Peanut Butter-Caramel Candy Bites With Colorful Candies
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