The Super Summer Outdoor Party Menu!

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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!

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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 favorites like corn, tomatoes and berries!   Follow our simple steps for preparing and sharing this special meal with friends and family and enjoy outdoor living!  In addition, we got to partner with Kmart to help bring you tips for creating an amazing outdoor space for your party, check out our tips here>


This menu features a mainstay of summer entertaining – GRILLING. Grilling allows the host to get out of the kitchen and away from a hot stove – make no mistake, this menu doesn’t trade the kitchen for slaving over a hot grill. Prep everything before guests arrive and spend minimal time at the grill cooking it up.

We took basics everyone loves, made them affordable and easy to prepare and dressed them up in a special way. Fresh summer produce (tomatoes, onion, basil, corn, scallions, parsley, lime and berries)  is front and center on this menu only giving way to the main dish – a Fired-Up Mixed Grill featuring steak and chicken.


GRILLING/OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING TIPS – A great summer party starts with a great grill.

  1. Start with a great grill.  When selecting a grill make sure to think about added features like a steamer and burners.  Kmart Outdoor Living carries a wide variety of affordable grills from names you can trust like Kenmore, Char-Broil and Weber.  (see our tips for how to set up your party space here>)
  2. Make sure your grill is working properly in advance of your party. Don’t forget to check the level of your propane tank.
  3. Before preheating your grill, brush off any residue on the cooking grates and grease them sufficiently so your food won’t stick.
  4. Have a plan for keeping any young guests away from the grilling area.



SUMMER MOSCOW MULE:  This summer cocktail was inspired by the classic Moscow Mule. Our twist is substituting fresh squeezed juice from an orange for the traditional lime. The combination of the orange, ginger and fizz makes for a fun, light and summery cocktail that is sure to tickle your guests’ tastebuds and appetite.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 2 tsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. ginger beer
  • 1 orange slice (garnish)


Juice oranges and set juice aside. Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add fresh juice, followed by the vodka. Top with ginger beer and garnish with an orange slice.


GRILLED SUMMER BRUSCHETTA: This light version of bruschetta features the flavors of fresh produce. We went light with the olive oil because there’s nothing better than fresh produce and we wanted it to shine right through. This flavorful appetizer is both affordable and easy to prepare, making it a “must-serve” all summer long.

Ingredients (serves 10-12)

  • 1 loaf Italian bread (sliced into ½” slices)
  • 1 clove garlic (cut in half lengthwise)
  • 4 plum tomatoes (rinsed, sliced thinly and chopped)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • olive oil
  • coarse sea salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil (ribbon-cut/thinly sliced), to taste


Preheat grill. Spray or brush both sides of each slice of bread with olive oil, then rub each side with cut side of garlic. Combine tomatoes, onion, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Set aside. Grill bread on medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side. Mix in basil to tomato mixture. Top each slice with a generous tablespoon of tomato mixture. Serve.



Using a few basic spices from your pantry, it’s easy to mix it up a bit and add some pizzazz to popular grilled favorites (chicken breast and London Broil). Simply prepare a dry rub, sprinkle your chicken and steak with the rub, let it marinate in the refrigerator and then grill it up.

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

Dry Rub:

  • 4 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp. minced onion
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper


  • 1 London Broil (2-3 lb. piece)
  • 6 Skinless Chicken Breasts



  1. Mix dry rub ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. Note: the last 3 ingredients provide the kick to your rub – if you want to decrease “the heat/spiciness” of your rub, decrease these amounts according to taste.
  2. Remove steak and chicken from packages and arrange on separate platters. Sprinkle both sides with dry rub – pressing the rub gently into the pieces. Cover and refrigerate until ready to grill. Preheat grill on high. Cook London Broil and chicken breasts 10-12 minutes/side, or until desired degree of doneness (cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the cut and the temperature of your grill). The juice on the chicken should run clear.
  3. Remove steak and chicken from grill to platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut each item in hearty slices, arrange on platter and serve.


GRILLED CORN COUSCOUS SALAD: This side salad is the perfect cool complement to the spicy Fired-Up Mixed Grill. The fresh flavors from the produce brighten up this wholesome grain resulting in a refreshing and tasty salad. It’s an easy and affordable salad to make – a little couscous goes a long way!

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

(Expecting a larger crowd – simply double the recipe to serve 12-16)

  • 1 cup tri-color Couscous (you can substitute plain couscous)
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 ears of grilled corn on the cob (kernels removed)
  • 6 scallions, sliced thinly
  • ½ dry pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • coarse sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat grill. Remove husks and silks from corn. Grill corn on medium heat 15-20 minutes turning midway through. Allow corn to cool thoroughly and then using a knife slice off the kernels from the cobs. Set kernels aside.
  2. Add chicken broth and grilled corn kernels to a pot, cover and bring to a boil. Remove pot from heat, add couscous, stir and cover. Allow couscous to sit for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork until fluffy and all clumps are removed. Add scallions, tomatoes and parsley and gently mix. In a separate bowl, prepare dressing by mixing fresh lime juice, canola oil, salt and pepper – mix thoroughly and then dress salad.


GRILLED POUND CAKE ALA MODE:  We love this dessert because it’s so simple to make, but looks so special (and it tastes just as special.) The grilled pound cake serves as the base – its crunchy exterior hides a soft buttery interior, both tastes and textures are equally delicious in combination with the refreshing sweet flavors of the berries and the creamy rich ice cream.

Ingredients (serves 8-10)

  • 1 large loaf pound cake (cut into ¾” slices)
  • 1 16 oz. package strawberries (rinsed and sliced)
  • 1 dry pint blueberries (rinsed)
  • 1 dry pint blackberries (rinsed and sliced in half)
  • confectioners’ sugar (powered sugar)
  • 1 1.5 quart carton French vanilla ice cream


Preheat grill. Rinse and dry berries. Mix together in a bowl and set aside. Put slices of cake on medium heat grill, grill on each side 3-4 minutes per side until cake is heated through and grill marks appear. Remove from grill, top with berries, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and a mini scoop of French vanilla ice cream.

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We received compensation from Kmart for our original tips, recipes, photos and ideas.  We hope you enjoy them!



29 Responses to The Super Summer Outdoor Party Menu!

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  7. Dawn says:


    -Create some ice breakers.

    -Seat people instead of letting them sit with those in there comfort zone.

    -As the hostess, try to facilitate mingling by introducing guests and getting them started on conversation. Talk about something you know they both have in common like “Diane did you know Kate also loves to paint, or also grew up on the west coast, or has a boy that plays lacrosse too”

  8. Marina Klima says:

    I am having a mixed group party. I do not know how to handle two close knit group and afraid they will not mingle. what should I do?

  9. Sunshine says:

    Your dry rub makes the chicken and beef really pop in taste. The grilled dessert is a great idea. I will try it with the berries and with peaches and brown sugar.

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  18. Shanaka says:

    That’s a great menu. I have to try the grilled pound cake. We need a new grill.

  19. Dawn says:

    That’s the idea – wait till you make and taste it Naomi!

  20. Dawn says:

    Thanks Pam! – Love the picture you sent of the dessert and so happy to know you loved it!

  21. Dawn says:

    Karen – You are most welcome, I hope you enjoy! Dawn

  22. Karen says:

    Great ideas for BBQ. We grill a lot so I will cool all of these ideas.
    Thanks for all the ideas that partybluprints bring to us.

  23. Pamela Pinta says:

    We are BBQ’ing for Mothers Day, sending this to my sister now and I am in charge of dessert so guess what we are having!! Off to buy the ingredients today. Thanks for helping and Happy Mother’s Day!!

  24. Dawn says:

    Made it all last summer. The berries are great and I have done it will grilled peaches and brown sugar too. Put the peaches and the brown sugar in foil, seal tighly and throw it on the grill, then put it on top of the cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To die for!

  25. Katja of Skimbaco says:

    Grilled pound cake – are you kidding me? HOW did you even think of it? Sounds amazing! Everything looks so good, but grilling the cake… so innovative, I would have never thought of it!

  26. Dawn says:

    that’s the idea – thanks for sharing Naomi!

  27. Naomi says:

    I am drooling.

  28. I’m having the family over this weekend for Mother’s Day. I am going to try a few of these recipes, thank you!

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