There's nothing more fun than eating outdoors, whether you're having an all-American BBQ or channeling a more exotic dining experience. Although spring and summer months are perfect for enjoying backyard entertaining, a little decor and your favorite foods and drinks can make outdoor dining an enriching experience any time of year.
Inspiration for dining alfresco can come from anywhere. Simply pair your love of great cuisine with pleasant weather conditions, and you have everything you need for successful outdoor entertaining. Plan around holidays or special occasions like Easter brunch or a Fourth of July BBQ. Take your que from other cultures and enjoy our wide variety or global food delicacies, or simply celebrate the return of warm weather with an outdoor feast.
Grilling can be as versatile as the occasion. Our sauces, spices, and marinades can turn your standard BBQ fare into haute cuisine. Salads and easy-prep side dishes, appetizers, gourmet snacks and small plates are also perfect for backyard entertaining. Foods can be kept fresh longer and free from pests with our mesh food domes and festively colored food covers. Coolers of your favorite bottled and canned drinks are essential for serving thirsty guests, or you can always go with a classic drink dispenser for fresh-made iced teas and lemonades.
Traditional outdoor desserts like popsicles and ice cream are great, but try making these summery treats healthy or gourmet twists. Cakes, cookies and other handheld desserts are also ideal for outdoor festivities. A simple solution to serving desserts like souffle, custards and fancier fare is to prepare single servings. Outdoor dining - when made convenient and comfortable – can be a rewarding and timeless experience for hosts and guests alike.