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One of the ways my family loves to take advantage of gorgeous summer days is by firing up the grill for a good, old-fashioned BBQ. After all, what's better than ice cold drinks paired with burgers, dogs, steaks, or even grilled chicken or veggies? Add to that family, friends, and some killer tunes, and you have the perfect recipe for summer fun.
Normal dinnerware is generally made from glass or ceramic, and this can equal disaster for those outdoor soirees. Luckily, there are some absolutely gorgeous dinnerware and serving pieces made specifically for outdoor use. These are typically made from melamine or acrylic, which means they're both durable and VERY hard to break. Dropped a cup or plate? No problem! When choosing to use outdoor dishes, you won't be stopping the party to clean up sharp shards of glass.
Kids often have eyes that are bigger than their stomachs. At least in MY home this is the case. My kids often want to eat the same things as the grown-ups, but their appetites just can't handle adult serving sizes. Rather than wasting 3/4 of a burger, I make sliders for the kids. They LOVE these mini-burgers, and they enjoy topping them with their favorite veggies and condiments. If you're not into ground beef, you could certainly substitute with ground chicken, turkey, or even a blend of beans and spices for a crave-worthy veggie burger. Get creative! Cooking out should be fun!
When we BBQ, we often find ourselves scrambling to find enough table room for everybody, especially if we are entertaining guests. One way to combat this issue is by offering guests more portable options for their meal, such as classic burger baskets and liners, as well as a self-serve beverage station. This allows people to easily wander our property with food in hand, chatting it up while enjoying their meal. Not to mention, burger baskets are adorable and have such a summery, retro feel.
One thing we have found can be a challenge is keeping the kids away from the hot grill while it's in use. I am SUPER paranoid about accidental burns, so I always try to distract the kids and keep their attention as far away from the fire as possible. One great way to do this is to offer water play! For one, water will help kids stay cool in scorching summer heat. This can involve anything from a Slip N' Slide to a baby pool to an awesome inflatable water slide like the one seen above. Of course you will want to have an adult on "Kid Duty" to make sure that no water-related accidents occur. By adding water play, the kids will be excited and engaged, and your Grill-Master can cook in peace. It's a win-win situation.
When we BBQ, we often mingle and chat for a couple of hours before our main meal is served. We like to keep several nutritious, delicious snacks on hand for everyone to munch on. One of our absolute favorites are Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites.
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These snacks come in a generously sized 20oz resealable package, which makes them ideal for get-togethers or even snacking on the go. These delicious, crunchy morsels are also gluten-free, which makes them a great choice for households that have gluten-restrictions in their diets.
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