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Since Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us. Here are some good barbecue tips I’ve shared before, but bear repeating.

condiment rules

And no cook-out would be complete without following the 10 Rules of Condiments!

Whatever you do this holiday weekend, have fun and be safe!

She Who Needs to Host a Gathering

 

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Here we are heading into the Memorial Day weekend. How did that happen? Wasn’t it just Easter?

For those of you planning a barbecue or party this weekend, here are my top ten condiment rules.

If you are looking for other picnic, barbecue and summer party or entertaining tips, download a free copy of my Savvy Summer Entertaining guide.

You’ll find a bunch of fun ideas, useful tips and recipes!

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, be safe and have fun!

She Who Needs to Plan a Barbecue

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As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, I’m going to share some previous tips and hope you’ll still find them useful!

To get started, dust off those barbecues, clean off the patios and invite over some friends.

Keep your weekend entertaining simple but fun. Let the holiday guide you as a theme in choosing patriotic colors and decorations.

Proudly fly your flag and incorporate miniature flags into your decorations.

Use a white or blue tablecloth (inexpensive sheets work well) and top with red, white and blue accents such as streamers, ribbons and pots filled with red and white geraniums.

Use white dishes or serving pieces. They don’t have to match. If you have red and blue pieces, mix those in with the white.

Make large star-shaped sugar cookies or a star-shaped cake, frost then top with sliced strawberries on each arm of the star and a cluster of blueberries right in the center.

The cupcakes in all their berry bedazzled glory.

These patriotic cupcakes are a breeze to whip up!

Put votives in old glass canning jars and tie rims with a red or blue ribbon. If you want to play it safe, use battery-operated candles.

Purchase red poppies from the American Legion for everyone to wear or give them to guests as they are leaving the party.

Stock up on ice and have plenty of beverages on hand. Use a big bucket or container to keep beverages cold. Just fill with ice and nestle in individual cans and bottles. Another fun alternative is to fill a wagon with ice and set your cold foods or beverages inside.

Make sure you have garbage cans that are clean, empty and placed in areas handy for guests to find. Line with garbage bags as this will make your clean up go much faster.

Happy Entertaining!

She Who is Looking Forward to the Weekend

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With Memorial Day coming up and the fact that spring is maybe perhaps finally on it way, it seems like a great time to remind everyone about the 10 rules of condiments.

So here they are:

1. Do not fear the family-sized bottle of ketchup. Unless you are serving dignitaries, your guests will be happy with the big bottle.

2. You can please most of the people all the time if you have a good assortment of mustards.

3.  Plan to have mayonnaise handy at all times. Yes, it’s salty, and yes, it is bad for you, but everyone likes a dab now and then.  And don’t substitute salad dressing! I’ll hunt you down and slap your hand!

4. Find your own special sauce and serve it proudly. This could be something you make from scratch or a blend of pre-made favorites. Create a great sauce with plain yogurt, finely chopped cucumber, garlic and lemon juice.

5. Nothing tops a hot dog better than relish.  Have an assortment of  sweet relish, yellow relish and onion relish on hand.

6. Pickles are important and not everyone likes the same kind. Have an assortment of dill and sweet and make sure you identify them!

7. Have plenty of salsa – it goes fast!

8. Grill the onions for your guests’ burgers. The grill is already hot and it just takes a minute.

9. Explore several barbecue sauce recipes, find your favorite, and make it your signature.

10. Don’t be afraid to serve coleslaw. It’s not just a side dish. Try it on your hot dog.

Here is a handy-dandy download: 10 rules of condiments

Enjoy!

She Who is Ready for Some Chillin’ & Grillin’

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red-mugsMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance in honor of those who have died in service to our nation.

If you will be hosting a Memorial Day gathering, keep it simple and respectful. Fly the flag and think about incorporating red, white and blue into your celebration. Some very easy decorations can make a big impact and tie everything together.

Many also look at Memorial Day as the beginning of summer and barbecue season. So in light of that, here are 10 fun guidelines  for condiments.

1. Do not fear the family-sized bottle of ketchup. Unless you are serving dignitaries, your guests will be happy with the big bottle.

2. You can please most of the people all the time if you have a good assortment of mustards.

3.  Plan to have mayonnaise handy at all times. Yes, it’s salty, and yes, it is bad for you, but everyone likes a dab now and then.  And don’t substitute salad dressing!

4. Find your own special sauce and serve it proudly. This could be something you make from scratch or a blend of pre-made favorites. Create a great sauce with plain yogurt, finely chopped cucumber, garlic and lemon juice.

5. Nothing tops a hot dog better than relish.  Have an assortment of  sweet relish, yellow relish and onion relish on hand.

6. Pickles are important and not everyone likes the same kind. Have an assortment of dill and sweet and make sure you identify them!

7. Have plenty of salsa – it goes fast!

8. Grill the onions for your guests’ burgers. The grill is already hot and it just takes a minute.

9. Explore several barbecue sauce recipes, find your favorite, and make it your signature. You may even offer small bottles of it to your guests as parting gifts.

10. Don’t be afraid to serve coleslaw. It’s not just a side dish. Try it on your hot dog.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend and keep your entertaining simple!

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