How Do You Host an All-White, Stain-Free BBQ?

Coryanne Ettienne talks summer grilling parties without the mess
With the grill going, who wants to think about a mess?
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With the grill going, who wants to think about a mess?

Coryanne Ettiene is a kitchen living and entertaining expert who appears frequently on-air, in print, and across multiple social media channels sharing her love of kitchen living and entertaining in style. Each week Coryanne answers questions from The Daily Meal’s readers on the dilemmas they face while entertaining at home and celebrating the holidays, offering tips for being a confident and modern host.

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Question: How do you host an all-white BBQ where both the guests and the host feel comfortable and leave stain-free?

Coryanne: White BBQs are a great summer theme and simple to achieve despite the reservations about seeing your guest leave with BBQ sauce spilled on their fabulous white trousers. Keep the theme of your white linens and dishes going by offering a clear or white menu that will leave everyone relaxed and enjoying the party.

Offering clear drinks like sparkling wine cocktails, white sangria, or summer favorites like gin or vodka tonics keep the drinks light and stain-free. Simple summer salads like orzo and mozzarella or the classic Waldorf salad are elegant dishes that your guests will love, while sticking to a menu of BBQ fish or chicken marinated in a citrus sauce offers a stain-free option to grilling that won't spoil the white theme. Finish your meal with a palate-cleansing lemon sorbet or freshly made lychee meringues that are not only a delight to eat, but keep that stain-free theme running all through the meal.

For that extra added white element, don't forget to add a few "white" songs to your playlist. The ever popular "White Wedding" by Billy Idol, "White Lines" by Duran Duran, "Nights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues, "Black or White" by Michael Jackson, or go broader by playing anything by Barry White.