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A Few Lovely BBQ Ideas

June 29, 2017 (Last Updated: June 22, 2018)

I threw a lovely Brooklyn BBQ for some friends, and wanted to make some standards a little extra fancy! Here are some BBQ food ideas for your next party! 

Uncooked BBQ skewers with sausage, peppers, onions covered in minced garlic.

I love throwing barbecues big and small in the summer! It’s a chance to try new things, new desserts, new drinks, new sides and some very tasty skewers! Here are a few ideas for your next BBQ!

No Matter What Anyone Says, Cheese Plates Are For BBQs Too

I like having a few treats set out for folks as they arrive. It can get pretty torturous standing beside the BBQ just waiting for the skewers to be done. I also don’t like to fire up the grill until everyone has arrived, so a simple cheese plate with olives, berries, chocolate and, of course, cheese is nice to snack on, and makes the party a little fancier.

A cheese plate with cheese, olives, berries and chocolate.

Deviled Eggs Are Nice, But Deviled Eggs With Daisies Are Nicer!

My little two-tone daisy deviled eggs were such a hit! I use mayo, mustard and creamy horseradish for the filling, then I split it into two bowls and add curry to one of them. I separate the two flavors onto plastic wrap, roll them up, then fit them together in my pastry bag. Once I squeeze, I get the lovely little two toned egg! If you want to see exactly how, take a look!

12 deviled eggs on a marble plate garnished with daisies and mustard caviar.

Why Not Make Treats Sunshine-Themed?

It’s Summer! Time to celebrate the sun. These Sunshine Lavender Lemon Bars are just like a burst of sunshine! I was afraid they’d be too rich for my guests, so I cut them into teeny tiny bars… little did I know, each guest ended up having about 4 each. They’re out of this world!

12 lavender lemon bars on a white marble table garnished with fresh lavender and powdered sugar.

Don’t Want Folks Eating Burgers Off of Laps? Make Skewers!

They take a little more time to prepare, but if you don’t have a big picnic table where guests can sit and lift their burgers with both hands, make skewers! They’re easy enough to eat with 1 hand so they can be carried around on small plates. I made skewers with sausage, shrimp, mushrooms and onion with a soy sauce, mustard, Sriracha and garlic glaze.

A plate holding a pile of BBQ skewers with shrimp and sausage.

Add a Tasty (Easy to Make) Side!

Dill potato salad is such a great side dish at a BBQ. I like using colorful little potatoes for my potato salads. It just looks more jolly that way. I also use radishes, celery and fresh dill.

A hand holding a plate with potato salad and a skewer with Q shrimp and sausage.

My potato salad mixture is so easy, and SO TASTY! Just a cup of mayo, 3 tablespoons of dill mustard, salt, pepper, a tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar and a half cup of fresh dill.

A bowl of mayo and mustard, garnished with dill next to a cutting board and a large bunch of dill.

Spruce Up Some Standards

Why make boring old corn on the cob when you can add butter, mayo, grated queso fresco and a spice blend of Cheyenne pepper, chili powder and smoked paprika?

BBQ corn covered in spices and cheese on a paper plate.

Include a Delicious, Easy to Make (and Affordable) Cocktail!

Sangria is my BBQ cocktail of choice because I can make a bunch of it and not break the bank. Since it’s full of juice, it goes a longer way than a cocktail that’s only alcohol. But be careful, cocktails like my Tropical Watermelon Sangria are deceptively dangerous. It’s so delicious and refreshing that you’d think you can drink glass after glass. Tiny sips are highly recommended.

A silver tray with 4 glasses of fruit-filled watermelon sangria, garnished with mint, next to a full pitcher.

Oh, what a tasty day!

If you try this recipe or any of my tasty drinks or treats, make sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram! I love to see your creations! And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more loveliness, too.

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