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Hosting Series: Summer Cookout

Ahh, summer: the time for sharing sharing chores, sharing foods, and sharing colds. Husband and I shared all three this week and today, we are filling each other with DayQuill and reflecting on the fabulous cookout we hosted on Tuesday. Cookouts are great for a crowd and do not need to be daunting. With a few tips, you can be ready to host your own next week!

Here we go!

First, the menu:

Appetizers: Veges & Hummus, Chips & Guacamole, Mini Farro Salads

Dinner: Hamburgers, BBQ Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Watermelon Salad, Green Salad

Dessert: Cheesecakes in Jars, Roasted Peaches with Caramel & Sea Salt

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Second, the schedule:

Monday: grocery store, house cleaning, yard work, food prep, table design

Tuesday: slicing, chopping, assembling, straightening, finishing, and PARTY!

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Third, the details:

I organize all my serving trays in one cabinet, which makes for an easy grab when the party starts. Setting out my dishes the night before saves me so much last-minute prep time. Cookouts mean a casual layout, with food served across all kitchen spaces. I repeat: food does not need to be complicated to be delicious. Our bungalow is small, so seating is always open. Husband and I tag team food with him on the grill while I serve drinks. Be sure to turn up the air because lots of bodies paired with oven use makes for a hot bungalow!

I borrowed a basket of kiddo toys to be prepared for any underage visitors. A good playlist is mandatory (I used Pandora’s Hipster BBQ).  Individualized portions take about three extra minutes and earn about five times the compliments, so try them! I tell guests to make themselves at home and then let them, which takes so much stress off me.

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There you go! We still have more summer, so time for more cookouts! Send me pictures!

Lindsay Sig

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3 comments on “Hosting Series: Summer Cookout

  1. Lovely pictures!!

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  2. Wow! You must have organised such an awesome cookout! ♡ Thanks for sharing.
    Nice to meet you, you have a great blog, followed, shall be eager to read more from you.
    Take care, best wishes 😄

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  3. Pingback: Tasting Tuesday: Skewers | The Love Bungalow (a thoughtful lifestyle blog)

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