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The Best Labor Day Weekend Party Menu!

The Best Labor Day Weekend Party Menu!

Labor Day Weekend is around the corner and we have the perfect menu for you! Why? It’s easy to prepare – allowing you to enjoy the party too! It’s budget-friendly so you can host a crowd for a holiday weekend BBQ. It’s DELICIOUS and incorporates all the fresh flavors of summer, like corn, tomatoes and berries! It’s special – after a summer of hamburgers and hotdogs this menu is a standout!   SUMMER MOSCOW MULE:  […]

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Grilled Corn On The Cob

Grilled Corn On The Cob

Cheers To Big Ears! Corn on the Cob is one of my favorite tastes of summer. But with the temperatures boiling the last thing you need to do is husk, clean and cook your corn on the stove. Since your grill is probably already on, use it and skip the work ! Here’s how and there’s no husking involved. Grill your Corn on the Cob – tastes great less work Completely cover the ears of […]

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Father’s Day Party Idea – FREE Printables!

Father's Day Party Idea - FREE Printables!

Have some fun this Father’s Day and show Dad he’s the Top Dog in your house! Get the BBQ going and grill up some hot dogs.  Wind Mill Hot Dogs are the favorite in our family, they’re made here in NJ, and for us there’s nothing better.  Make your favorite and then put out a fixin’s bar, so everyone, especially Dad can enjoy a dog their way.  HOW do you LOVE dressing your Hot Dogs?  […]

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“Make Ahead” Memorial Day Menu!

"Make Ahead" Memorial Day Menu!

We did some polling of friends and family here at The Party Bluprints Blog and discovered that a large majority of you participate in activities (parades, fairs, races, baseball games…) on Memorial Day, before heading home to host a celebration for family and friends.  With that in mind, we have come up with a stress-free party solution for you -  A “Make-Ahead” Memorial Day Menu!  It can pretty much be done the day before, leaving […]

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ABC’s of Outdoor Entertaining

ABC's of Outdoor Entertaining

Outdoor entertaining can be easy as A, B, C!  Here are a dozen tips for you. • Keep Your Guests Comfortable & Clean A. Banish the bugs – 1 hour before guests arrive, light bug bomb and citronella candles. Set out individual bug spray wipes and/or spray for guests’ convenient use. B. It’s a picnic, so while you’re “roughing” it, offer your guests the opportunity to “wash up” with wipes and/or hand sanitizer – a […]

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Great Grilling Menu with 5 Recipes and Free Download!

Great Grilling Menu with 5 Recipes and Free Download!

  May is National Barbecue Month and Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer.  So here’s a fired up party menu that puts your BBQ to work, and gets you out of the kitchen! Get out of the kitchen and away from the stove this season. We have come up with an easy, affordable and delicious Outdoor Party Menu: including appetizer, main, side, dessert and cocktail! Each recipe features grilled ingredients and stars […]

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The Super Summer Outdoor Party Menu!

The Super Summer Outdoor Party Menu!

Fire Up the grill and bring the Party Outdoors  with our Outdoor Entertaining Party Bluprint™.  It’s time for some easy summer grillin’ – Let’s get this party started! FREE Download with all the recipes here> Get out of the kitchen and away from the stove this season.  We have come up with an easy, affordable and delicious Outdoor Party Menu: including appetizer, main, side, dessert and cocktail!  Each recipe features grilled ingredients and stars summer […]

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Easy Backyard BBQ: Grilled Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Easy Backyard BBQ:  Grilled Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Grilled Italian sausage, peppers and onions is classic combination and a perfect choice for an easy backyard BBQ.  It you need a break from hamburgers and hot dogs, mix it up Italian style and mangia!  You can grill everything together and then serve it up on the same platter.  Let guests dish it up the way they like. Include a basket of fresh Italian rolls (to make a sandwich) and toss a nice green salad […]

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Hot Dogs Your Way On Independence Day – 10 Regional Recipes!

Hot Dogs Your Way On Independence Day - 10 Regional Recipes!

Grilling up franks is as American as apple pie and there are so many delicious ways to top them.  Here are some fun regional hot dog recipes from Ball Park Franks.  Add to the festivities this 4th of July and pick you favorites to offer guests. Create a toppings bar with the ingredients from each and let friends and family make them their way. Make it your way Regional Recipes from Ball Park Franks> Alabama-style […]

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Super Summer Recipe – Grilled Steak Tostadas!

Oh dear, sometimes it’s so hard to write these posts without wanting to eat …but tonight I will indulge!   This is a delicious and nutritious meal that my boys (all 4) will love.  The Bonus:  If I marinate the meat this morning, (although you only need 16 minutes, my feeling is that  you can’t overdo this) I can serve this up before we run to sports in just 30 minutes! Not only do I […]

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Homestyle BBQ Potato Salad

No BBQ is complete without potato salad and this recipe from McCormick is a real standout. Its sweet and tangy taste makes it perfect for grilled meats and it will definitely get noticed by party guests!   This simple but special recipe takes just about 30 minutes to prepare and for pennies a person it’s an economical way to feed a crowd! Recipe from McCormick.com Homestyle Barbecue Potato Salad – Makes 12 servings. Prep Time: 15 […]

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Cowboy Caviar – The Perfect BBQ Side Dish!

This just may be the perfect BBQ Recipe! When I think of “Cowboy Cooking”, I think of Chuck Wagons and hungry cowboys huddled over the campfire starving after a long day of driving cattle.  Cowboy Caviar incorporates the same ingredients (corn, beans and onions) used on the Chuck Wagons in the 1800′s however, it’s a bit more refined. It doesn’t require a campfire, in fact, it doesn’t require an oven, stove or grill either! Although […]

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Hot Ideas For Serving Up Cool Drinks At Your BBQ Bash!

BBQ season is upon us, our cover came off the grill last weekend and we attended our first BBQ party last night!  It’s got me thinking and I wanted to share some bright ideas for your next BBQ bash, so here is one I love… Use mason or jelly jars to serve cool drinks to your guests.   The idea has been hot for weddings for a while now, but I think it’s also perfect for […]

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“Make-Ahead” BBQ Menu

Labor Day is the last chance to celebrate summer, so invite friends and family over and head to the backyard for some fun! Try this “make-ahead” menu and be a guest at your own party! Ribs are a great idea after a summer of hamburgers and hot dogs, your guests will welcome the change (and they can be cooked ahead of time). Add a Tomato Salad, Napa Style Cole Slaw, Corn Bread Poppers and sliced […]

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Grill Your Dessert!

I love this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.  Why not grill up dessert when hosting a BBQ?  While the grill is on and hot, use it and stay out of the kitchen.  This dessert takes just about 5 minutes to prepare and only 10 minutes on the grill.  The result is a delicious and impressive dessert for guests, served up hot and fresh, right before their eyes! Simple and special is the way to […]

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Cubano Quesadillas

From Good Housekeeping This recipe received 5 stars from users! Image by James Baigne This appetizer recipe is from Good Housekeeping is it is simple and delicious for summer entertaining.  It makes a perfect appetizer with cocktails or a quick and easy lunch.  All of the recipes from Good Housekeeping are triple tested to insure that that you are successful when replicating them – this makes me one of their number one fans!  If you […]

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Fourth of July

Rock the red, white and blue this Fourth of July with family and friends and pay tribute to America with an old fashioned day of fun.  Bring your party back to basics and discover how easy it is for you and how much fun it is for your guests. The Basic Rules: Respect LIFE: Spend the day with family and friends and invite those you love to celebrate the Fourth of July. Celebrate LIBERTY: Send […]

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Beer Can Chicken

Wow, burgers are hot right now. Every restaurant I go to has a specialty version and mini burgers or sliders seems to be the in vogue appetizer. Quite frankly, I am getting a little bored of the burger. It happens at some point each summer to all of us, it just came sooner for me this year. So, when the feeling hits you, get your chicken kickin’ with a brewski! Beer Can Chicken is a […]

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Chinese BBQ – No Stress Summer Entertaining

Chinese BBQ - No Stress Summer Entertaining

Going Chinese is a delicious and easy way to spice up a BBQ when you’re tired of Hamburgers and Hot Dogs – but still don’t want to spend all day preparing for a party. Here’s an idea that will keep you out in the sun and having fun, yet still allow you to entertain in a special way the same day! What to serve: Sesame-Garlic Flank Steak Ingredients 1 beef flank steak ( about 1 […]

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Staycation Key West Party – Cocktail BBQ

Staycation Key West Party - Cocktail BBQ

  If economic woes have you grounded this summer, host a Key West Staycation Party! Key West is the perfect location for a staycation “Come as You Are” Cocktail BBQ. Surprise your friends and family with a tropical twist on the typical barbeque and host a mini-vacation for all right in your own backyard. Treat guests to the specialties of Key West where nothing is too important or pressing, except enjoying a cocktail (or two), […]

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