Summer Beach Bash Recipes

This colorful seaside picnic brings friends together for an enticing feast for the senses.

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Tips for Easy Summer Entertaining
Photo: Anne Liles

Tips for Easy Summer Entertaining

  • Forget chairs. People like to stand when they're mingling. When it's time to eat, set up low tables so people can relax on blankets in the sand.
  • Consider the wind. Choose sturdy, shatter-resistant tableware in substantial plastic, tin, or melamine.
  • Go for pretty and practical. Make sure centerpieces are heavy enough to keep your tablecloths in place.
  • Get creative with serving dishes. Kingsley uses newspaper or linens right on the table if she doesn't have a large enough platter for foods like boiled crab.
  • Avoid fork-and-knife foods, especially when people are eating picnic style.
  • Prepare items that taste just as delicious at room temperature as they do piping hot or ice-cold.
  • Ask for help. Always have friends get involved—it's more fun for everyone.

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