Contributed by: Lois Mead
Summertime is here... time to fire up your grill and invite some friends over for a backyard/pool party. Dust off those tiki candles from last year and put some new citronella candles in them to ward off unwanted insects. You can find inexpensive tableware and decorations at a store like Paper Warehouse, Target or Wal-Mart. Make it bright and vibrant to match the season.
Now, how about some bright and vibrant foods? For the main course, why not grill your favorite hamburgers, steaks, hotdogs or ribs. For some exciting side dishes, drinks, and desserts try some of the following or your favorites. Remember, the theme is "bright and vibrant."
The Pink Shrink,
Bahaman Rum Punch,
Cole Slaw and
Hawaiian Mocha Dream Squares.
To keep things easy and simple, if you want an additional appetizer, why not just make up a huge fruit plate of seasonal melons, strawberries, cherries, bananas, mangos, peaches, apples, kiwi, etc. If you don't have a favorite recipe for a dip to serve with the fruit
here's a simple one that tastes super:
- 8 oz. Block of cream cheese
- 8 oz. Container of sour cream
- 4 oz. Container of vanilla flavored yogurt
- 1 tsp. Vanilla flavoring
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. If desired, garnish with sprigs of fresh mint.