After the parents and family leave, get together with your friends for one last backyard BBQ
For the recent college graduate, after the parents and extended family head home it’s time to celebrate your accomplishments (and those completed theses) with a group of your room/housemates. Start with drinks: stock the cooler with beer and read our guide to making beer cocktails, and then whip up a batch or two of this easy sangria (best served in a handy dispenser). Then host one last backyard barbecue at your house — or if you’re armed with this cool picnic essential, at a nearby beach or lake — with this simple menu.
Pigs in a Blanket
A classic appetizer that can be made in advance (just don’t forget the mustard for dipping).
Savory Pepper Jelly Cheesecake
This is one of my favorite go-to appetizers for a party. If I am having over eight people or more, I’ll make the full…
— Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley
Burgers on the Grill
From a plain old patty to a juicy bacon cheeseburger, nothing beats a flame-grilled burger. Stock up on all your favorite fixings then let each guest customize their own burger.
Because grilling isn’t complete without this picnic table favorite.
A delicious alternative to the classic mayonnaise-laden picnic side dish.
My mom first made this dessert at some time during my childhood. It was as awesome then as it is now…
— Big Girls Small Kitchen
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