Backyard Grilling Party

Summertime means ‘outdoor eating,’ and there’s nothing better than having a group of friends over for a casual evening barbecue.   Break out the clay pots & fill them with sand for easy decor (candles sit in there easily).  If it’s breezy, place hurricane glass around the candle.  A simple ribbon strip glued around the edge of the pot adds some color.  All of those things can be purchased rather cheaply at WalMart or craft stores.  I like to start w/ a white tablecloth and add color from there.  A brightly colored runner (check the clearance sections in home stores!) or a long strip of material can easily add all of the color you need.

Everything can be prepped ahead of time for this menu… the steak and salmon marinate & are thrown on the grill as the gratin comes out of the oven.  The dessert can be served at room temperature.   For recipes with photos, click on recipe titles below.

Menu:

Featured Beverage:
Watermelon Mojitos

Appetizers:
Fruit Kabobs (long toothpicks strung with 3 pieces of fruit)
Baked Brie with Blueberry Sauce

Main Dishes:
Lime-Marinated Flank Steak
Barbecued Salmon

Sides:
Orzo Salad with Corn, Green Beans with Tomato
Summer Gratin

Dessert:
Rustic Strawberry Galette

.pdf copy of menu can be printed out here:
backyardgrilling-menu

How about rustling up a hot air balloon to fly over your backyard barbecue?