Non Labor-Intensive Labor Day BBQ Recipes

Non Labor-Intensive Labor Day BBQ Recipes

The three day weekend is upon us! And so is the end of summer, unfortunately. With barbeques firing up all over the country to send out summer on one last hurrah, many are looking for a Labor Day BBQ menu that’s not only tasty and crowd-pleasing, but easy. Here are three great Labor Day BBQ recipes to celebrate getting the day off that won’t leave you feeling like you just put in a full day’s work: Foil Packets Keep clean-up to a minimum with these effortlessly easy foil packet recipes. No messy grill, no messy tongs, and guests can even eat right out of the foil since they’re a complete meal in and of themselves. Just add ingredients to foil, wrap up in packets making sure to seal tightly, and cook over a medium grill for 15-20 minutes to achieve pro grill-master status without the work, maintenance, or mess. Score! Here are some delicious combinations to try: Clam bake with shrimp, corn, clams, kielbasa potatoes white-wine & butter Spicy chicken sausage with chipotle sweet potatoes, bell peppers and asparagus Chicken thighs with yakisoba noodles, veggies and bottled teriyaki sauce Scallops with jarred avocado-mango salsa, carrots, onions and zucchini Chicken breasts with jarred pesto, cherry tomatoes and portobello mushrooms Find more great packet ideas here.   Grilled Pizza Did you know you can make pizza on the grill? It’s also waayyy easier than it sounds and makes for a fun party where guests can essentially create their own personal pizzas exactly how they want them. With a little set up beforehand, they get to create their own favorites and you get to kick back...
The Ultimate Summer Picnic Planning Guide

The Ultimate Summer Picnic Planning Guide

Summer picnics are pretty much inherently fun no matter what – gather some friends and food, plop down a blanket on a grassy patch on a sunny summer day and let the good times roll. But, with a little more forethought and effort, it’s not hard to turn a good picnic into the ultimate picnic. You won’t want to go back to your old picnics after you put some of the ideas in our summer picnic planning guide into practice:     Keep the bugs at bay Nothing ruins a picnic faster than the annoying buzz of flies and mosquitos flying overhead, especially when they bite! Keep flies away with this simple trick using just a few household items you already have. Make a DIY natural bug repellent, or try one of these other budget-friendly ways to keep bugs at bay.       Invest in a huge blanket, and make sure it’s one that stays dry. Nothing’s worse than a damp behind while trying to enjoy delicious food outside so think ahead to make sure you avoid this unfortunate situation. A great option is a blanket that’s soft on one side, and lined with waterproof material on the other. Or, you can DIY your own solution by laying down a shower curtain liner or tarp beneath the blanket.  Do this, and your soggy butt nightmares will dry up and disappear forever.       Serve smart food Minimize messes and awkward eating situations by serving food that’s super easy to pick up and handle while sitting cross-legged on a blanket. Just say no to balancing a precariously perched paper plate filled with...
How To Host a Blind Wine Tasting Party

How To Host a Blind Wine Tasting Party

Blind wine tasting parties are a super fun twist on the typical gathering of friends over food and wine. If you’re on the hunt for some fun wine party ideas, these tips will go a long way towards making sure your party is one guaranteed to be a fun wine-filled night of discovery, and probably some hilarity at completely wrong guesses. Read on for our recommendations for how to make sure your party goes down in history for all the right reasons!   Pick a Theme, And then Pick Your Wines  Some great theme ideas include an “around the world” theme with wines of the same varietal from several different countries, wines from only one country or region known for it’s distinct varietals, like France or Chile, wines of all one color but with very distinct varietal characteristics such as all reds, rosés or whites, or wines under a certain price point, like $20. We’ve even heard a rumor of a very mean trick one host played on guests when five bottles of the exact same wine were put out and devilishly revealed guests had described the “different” wines in hilariously different ways. Try this one if you’re the prankster type!   Be Considerate When Choosing Your Wines While picking the wines, it’s important to consider the wine knowledge level of your guests. Don’t choose a super rare or unknown varietal in a group of guests fairly new to wines. Likewise, if you know your guests are practically sommeliers, make sure the wines you choose challenge them a bit to keep things interesting. Or, don’t worry about picking the wines at all and ask each guest...
Hot Summer Birthday Party Ideas

Hot Summer Birthday Party Ideas

If you’re someone (or know someone) with a June, July or August Birthday, you know that sometimes summer birthdays get the short end of the stick. You never got to bring cupcakes to school as a kid, you never got the fun of passing out party invitations at school , and all your friends were in summer camp or on family vacations the day of your party. Well, we say, summer birthdays can be some of the best around, if you put some key ideas to work! The days are longer, the nights are warmer, and a whole new world of party possibilities unfolds. Read on for 5 hot summer birthday party ideas: 1. Outdoor Carnival With Games A summer carnival birthday party theme doesn’t need to be expensive to be fun! Party guests can enjoy easy to put together outdoor games where they can win prizes or collect tickets and choose their own prizes at the end. Games such as corn hole, a ping pong ball toss, and even a DIY dunk tank are fun choices! Pinterest is packed with ideas for outdoor games you can make and set up yourself like Giant Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe Frisbee, and Outdoor Bowling. Pick a few, set them up, and have an adult at each game to supervise kids and pass out prizes or tickets to winners. A DIY face painting station, temporary tattoo station, and photo booth along with a concessions stand including popcorn, hot dogs, soft pretzels, caramel apples, and store-bought cotton candy would be great additions to round out the party theme.     2. Outdoor Movie Night with Popcorn Snack Bar An outdoor movie night is such a...
7 Fun Bridal Shower Ideas That Rock!

7 Fun Bridal Shower Ideas That Rock!

1. Pick a fun theme and stick to it (and don’t use the wedding’s theme or colors!). The bridal shower should be it’s own wonderful event with details matching a color or overall theme. Some fun ideas are a stock the kitchen theme where guests bring kitchen utensils, décor and gadgets, Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a brunch theme featuring décor in that classic tiffany blue, a sweet floral garden party held outside plenty of fresh flowers and fresh finger foods, a mad hatter’s tea party featuring décor of tea cups, books and little cakes that say “eat me” and drinks that say “drink me”, or simply go all out with a color scheme such as gold or silver with lots of glitter and shine. For over 50 theme ideas, try this post from Pop Sugar.   2. Plan games and activities throughout the party to keep guests entertained. An always fun and often hilarious game is to ask the groom a list of questions about his bride, their relationship and the wedding. Reward the bride with a $5 gift card for each answer she matches with her groom, and make her wear or do something silly for each answer she gets wrong. A fun take on this game along with a list of questions can be found here. A series of “minute to win it” games is a great icebreaker among guests that don’t know each other – these rowdy games will get everyone into the celebratory spirit! Split the group into two teams and go head to head with silly challenges that only last a minute each and award...