5 Simple Steps to Summer Fun
Summer get-togethers are all about a casual, last-minute vibe. Simply assemble the trifecta of tasty food, cold drinks and good company and you’ve got it handled. Even the most chill gatherings require a minimum amount of prep work. Follow these steps to get the most out of your summer fun!
We’re not talking about polishing the silver or sending engraved invitations—but if you’re planning on entertaining, no matter how casually, it’s a good idea to have a good go-to selection of easy, tasty recipes and shopping lists to go along with them. Feeling really ambitious? Group recipes according to type of gathering: barbecue, cocktail party, family-friendly, pool party, etc. Be sure to have a supply of disposable plates, napkins and silverware, too.
It’s always a good idea to have a quick and simple cleaning routine down pat. You can always do a quick stash-and-dash if your place isn’t quite ship-shape. If you’re behind on the dusting or vacuuming, dim the lights, or better yet, head outside.
Having party-ready foods on hand eliminates a lot of the stress of entertaining! Keep these go-to items on hand at all times and you’ll be ready to toss together a party-perfect spread in no time flat.
- Pasta and sauce
- Precooked frozen shrimp
- Ready-made dips like hummus, baba ghanoush, guacamole, salsa, pesto and bruschetta
- Crackers and flatbreads
- Nuts and dried fruit
- Different cheeses (some can even be frozen to keep longer)
- Ice cream and chocolate sauce
- Whipped cream
- Variety of berries
- Frozen pound cake
It’s perfectly acceptable, and even expected, to ask casual party guests to BYOB. It’s also a good idea to have a few bar staples in your cabinet. Be sure to stock up on non-alcoholic options like still water, sparkling water, fruit juice and soda, too.
The right soundtrack can provide an instant atmosphere to any party. Create a party-ready playlist of crowd-pleasing favorites, or visit pandora.com and let the experts create one for you.
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