Now that summer has officially hit (yes, even in Wisconsin we are ready to get rid of the jackets and sweaters) it is now what we call "Grilling Season". That time of year when the smell of burning charcoal just makes you all warm and cozy inside. The more relaxed atmosphere and the countless hours outside give us the perfect setting for a mid-summer BBQ. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for planning that perfect summer cookout!
Keep food simple, but yummy. - Hot Dogs, Brats and Burgers are simple, so dress them up with a variety of toppings: cheese, onions, relish, dill pickles, sweet pickles, sauerkraut and avocados.
Drinks are a must! - Again, simplicity is great so purchase packages for lemonade or make a pitcher of sun tea (literally it sits in the sun). A variety of beer and wine (or wine coolers) are always a necessity. Everyone will find something to enjoy with beer or wine. If you want to go out on a limb, make a special pitcher of Sangria or a signature cocktail.
Decor...not necessary! - The summer months are so beautiful with the green trees and flowers that it might be best to reserve your hard earned cash for the food and drinks. A few Chinese paper lanterns with LED lights would be nice, but don't go crazy. It's a cookout, remember?
Somewhere to sit! - It is absolutely necessary that you have enough outdoors chairs for your guests. You don't want them to be forced to sit with the kids on the grass, unless they truly prefer that...
Most importantly, have fun! - Summer is about letting go and enjoying that short amount of time each year to soak up the sun, relax with friends and let the kids run wild. Those winter months sure give us cabin fever here in Wisconsin. Don't stress and let loose! Make Memories!