Sharing good times is what outdoor living is all about. Here are some tips to help make your get-togethers more memorable.
The Perfect Deck Party
These tips provide a great starting place for planning and hosting the perfect deck party:
Create an outdoor space conducive to conversation. Remember the different seating, standing and table options commonly found indoors and offer the same mix on your deck or patio.
Get your lawn and garden in shape. Your deck party guests will likely spill over into the yard, especially if it's a big party. Make sure your grass is trimmed, and clean up after pets.
Plan ahead for uninvited guests. Stock up on citronella candles or mosquito-repellant yard pellets before your deck party.
Decorate with style. Umbrellas, table linens, seat cushions, lighting, flowerpots and planters make fabulous decorative additions.
Serve simple refreshments. Look for prepackaged beverages or drinks you can make in large batches, as well as finger foods or foods you can throw on the grill without fussing over numerous ingredients.
Sunny Day Menu
A warm, sunny day is the ideal time for lighter fare with fresh and zesty flavors. These ethnically inspired recipes fit the bill perfectly.
Guacamole Grilled Chicken Club
Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini
Agua Fresca de Jamaica Hibiscus Flower Water
Vanilla Bean Flan
Family Feast Menu
When friends and family gather together, you naturally want to make it memorable. These delicious dishes provide the perfect way to do just that.
Baked Spring Ham with Apricot Glaze
Walnut Terragon Green Beans
Raspberry Rhubarb Tart
Date Night Menu
A casual evening on the deck often turns out to be the most romantic. Try these unique recipes when sharing quality time with a loved one.
Corned Beef & Irish Cheddar Sliders
Guiness Onion Rings
Lemon Curd Cupcakes
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Chef Tim Creehan
Executive Chef/Owner Tim Creehan is living the dream. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and spending most of his childhood and young adult life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tim discovered his calling at a very young age. Enjoy his recipes at your next deck party. For more information, visit the website at www.beachwalkcafe.com.
The Food Channel®
Preparing and enjoying meals is one of the greatest joys of Outdoor Living. But before you fire up the grill, click on over to www.foodchannel.com.