Holiday Help: A Sparkling Fourth of July BBQ

Summer is here, and that means time spent with family and friends outside. Are you planning a cookout that complies with social distancing guidelines? You’ll still want to make a splash and have fun to take your mind off of current events. Here are a few ideas to help you have a sparking summer BBQ.

Drink up

On a hot day, nothing is better than a nice refreshing drink. Soda cans and water bottles are a thing of the past. Grab some fruit and slice and dice. Blend them up and get creative. Your own signature cocktail just might come to life by experimenting.

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What’s cooking…

While friends and family and making memories are the point of a cookout, we can’t forget about the star of the show… the food. Of course you can always go with your typical hotdogs and burgers, but it’s time to shake things up. Grab some avocado and get to muddling for your own homemade guacamole. Chop up some veggies to throw on the side of the grill. Go all out and wrap something in bacon or stuff a pepper. The possibilities are endless.

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…Good looking

Presentation is everything! It’s time to head to your local arts and crafts or dollar store. Instead of using plastic cups, switch it up and use mason jars. Have each person label with their names to avoid confusion and alternatively serve as a cute take home gift. If you’re ambitious, lay your food out in creative shapes such as the sun, a palm tree, or the ever popular unicorn. Organize by color or by size to create a visually appealing spread. Think about a matching theme for plates, napkins, cutlery, and any decorations you might want. With a little bit of a creative eye, you can transform any space for a few dollars.

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A sweet escape

Pigging out at a cookout is one of the best parts, but with the summer heat, desserts will melt fast. Think about what will satisfy a sweet tooth but not be soup in a matter of minutes. Chilled fruit is always a delicious, healthy choice in situations like this.

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No matter what you choose to do, remember to have fun and stay safe. Provide hand sanitizing options, disposable cutlery and keep guests to a minimum. We’re not out of the woods just yet.

 

Until next time…

– Jae Marie

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