Cookouts are so much fun in the summer, especially in your DSLD home. Below are some of our top 5 tips for hosting the best summer event!Tip 1: Choose classic recipes
We all want to enjoy our time spent with family and friends. So, choosing delicious, yet easy meals during your event is key. Here are a few of our favorite dishes - your classic BBQ chicken, smoked sausage, grilled corn on the cob, baby back ribs, baked beans, and don’t forget that veggie option! (Click here to print DSLD’s Ultimate Grocery List)
Tip 2: Perfect punch
We all love to stock up on a few of our favorite sodas for the cooler. However, how great would it be to also offer a refreshing fruit punch? We found the perfect recipe that should be a hit with all of your guests. * And don’t forget to stock up on ice!
Plan a few activities that will guarantee to entertain your guests, as well as bring everyone into a festive mood. Keep in mind, entertaining is not just about the delicious food that you prepare but also about a carefree yet lively atmosphere. Adults and kids alike love a little game of horseshoe, potato sack races, and bean bag toss, just to name a few. Don’t worry, there is no need to spend a lot of money planning your backyard festivities, keep it simple and fun! (Remember the egg and spoon race)?
Tip 4: Dessert time
Let’s face it, most of us love dessert. Every party should have a sweet treat, so why not cool down with something fruity and cold? Popsicles and ice-cream are always a nice way to end a party! Check out this delicious and easy way to make strawberry popsicles that will be sure to impress!
In a small sauce pan make simple syrup by combining the sugar and water, then cook on medium high heat just until the sugar is dissolved completely. Do not boil. Set aside to cool. Once simple syrup is cooled, fill up your blender with half of the strawberries and pour in the simple syrup. Blend until you get a smooth slurry, then add in the other half of strawberries and blend again until smooth. Pour the mixture into the molds, then freeze for 12 hours or overnight. ENJOY! (Full Recipe)Tip 5: Relaxed atmosphere
The joy of hosting a cookout is that it is usually pretty casual. There is no need to overdo it with lavish accessories, decorations, and furniture. Cut the lawn, grill up some grub, put on some good tunes, and enjoy some backyard fun in your DSLD home!