Can you believe that late August is already upon us? Shorter days and cooler evenings may mark the bittersweet close of summer; but don’t write off outdoor entertaining just yet! I can give you several reasons to host a gathering to celebrate back to school, Labor Day barbecues, lazy weekends, or simply an excuse to spend time with your closest family and friends.
Tips for an effortless late summer party
1. Prepare the jams: Create a chill, summer playlist for all ages to enjoy.
2. Stock a bar cart with essentials: Glasses, ice bucket, a cocktail shaker, straws, utensils, cutting board, napkins and mixers.3. Set up yard games: Keep guests entertained with cornhole, horseshoes, croquet, bocce, or badminton.4. Keep food simple: Cheese platter, hot dogs, hamburgers, and fresh fruit. Ask guests to bring their favorite salad or side dish to share.5. Ensure easy clean up: Use disposable plates and cook in foil. Skip the tablecloth to avoid the wind blowing it away. And keep waste baskets in sight for less mess.
6. Pair your grilled delights with a refreshing JaM Cabernet: This luscious, berry-ripe, easy-drinking Cab doesn’t need to wait for a gourmet meal. It’s right at home in the sunshine, at sunset, or with a burger. Pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes before guests arrive to serve slightly chilled. Indulge in a rich, velvety taste and vanilla oak notes on the finish.Enjoy JaM Cellars range of easy-to-love, everyday California wines: Butter Chardonnay and Toast Sparkling too. Find JaM Cellars wine at your local store for under $20!
7. Ward bugs away as night falls: With citronella candles and natural bug sprays. Gather around the fire pit as the sun goes down.
8. Insulate and protect glass bottles: Colder beer is better with handy Bottle Keepers.9. Create inviting ambiance: If the festivities last into the evening, having your patio properly lit with paper lanterns ans tiki torches will offer an intimate mood.
10. Prep as much as possible ahead of time: So you are able to relax and enjoy the day!I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.