For the recent college graduate, after the parents and extended family head home it’s time to celebrate your accomplishments (and those completed theses) with a group of your room/housemates. Start with drinks: stock the cooler with beer and read our guide to making beer cocktails, and then whip up a batch or two of this easy sangria (best served in a handy dispenser). Then host one last backyard barbecue at your house — or if you’re armed with this cool picnic essential, at a nearby beach or lake — with this simple menu.
Pigs in a Blanket
A classic appetizer that can be made in advance (just don’t forget the mustard for dipping).
This is one of my favorite go-to appetizers for a party. If I am having over eight people or more, I’ll make the full…
— Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley
From a plain old patty to a juicy bacon cheeseburger, nothing beats a flame-grilled burger. Stock up on all your favorite fixings then let each guest customize their own burger.
Because grilling isn’t complete without this picnic table favorite.
A delicious alternative to the classic mayonnaise-laden picnic side dish.
My mom first made this dessert at some time during my childhood. It was as awesome then as it is now…
— Big Girls Small Kitchen