It's getting warmer out and we are slowly being able to socialize in small groups!!!! I don't know about you but, I need to hang out with my friends and family and outdoor parties are an easy way to social distance and get that human connection that we all crave. Today I am sharing some tips to make your next BBQ safe, fun, and of course yummy!!!!
Tips to Keep the Bugs Away:
Use cupcake liners over your glasses and insert a straw in the center (pretty and keeps bees and what not from taking a swim)
Put your salads and sides in pretty covered mason jars and covered glass jars
(Put a basket with bug spray on a side table (away from the food)
Tips to Keep the Food and Drinks Cold:
Use a kiddie pool filled with ice to keep drinks and food cold
Freeze water balloons for a colorful cooler
Freeze berries, lemons, oranges, and limes in ice cubes to put into your beverages
Tips to Keep the Germs Away:
Wrap everyone's silverware in their own napkin to prevent lots of fingers touching everything.
Hand sanitizer at the start of the buffet or on the tables
Bathrooms- replace your hand towels with paper towels so that nobody has to share.
Here is one of my favorite summer salads and it is so easy!!! Enjoy!!!
Caprese Pasta Salad
3 cups rotini pasta cooked
1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup ciliegine mozzarella (little balls of mozzarella)
6 leaves of basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
pinch of salt
Place the cooked pasta in a large serving bowl
Slice up the tomatoes and add to the bowl with the mozzarella
Chiffonade the basil and add to the dish (stack it, roll it, slice it, and separate)
In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, basil, parsley, black pepper, and salt.
Pour the dressing over the salad and mix until combined.
Serve with a drizzle of the balsamic glaze.