Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Entertaining Tips’

Late Night Entertaining With JACK’S Pizza

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

What a fun summer this has been working with JACK’S Pizza and getting to share some tips on great outdoor entertaining. If you have missed my first two posts, I would love for you to check them out as I have covered everything from the basics of outdoor entertaining  to rethinking your outdoor entertaining altogether.

While you are out browsing, be sure to check out the JACK’S Facebook Page or for some fun strategies for outdoor entertaining. You will love their great grilling tutorial and just how easy it is to grill out back with JACK’S Pizza.

Speaking of outdoor entertaining, do you ever do any late night entertaining? We love to spend the later hours in the summer out on our patio with friends. With that in mind, this month, I wanted to share with you some easy tips for making late night entertaining fun for the whole family.

Late Night Entertaining With JACK'S Pizza

Add A Little Sparkle to Your Patio

It is always nice when you can have friends over in the evening and not have to sit in the dark. Consider adorning your patio or deck with inexpensive twinkle lights to extend the hours of your outdoor entertaining. Just two strands of twinkle lights brightened our entire patio and allowed us to entertain for longer hours outside.

With the patio lit for the adults, have kids capture their own twinkle lights by providing good old-fashioned mason jars with perforated lids (so the bugs can breathe!) to catch fireflies in the evening hours. Encourage the kids to have a contest to see who can capture the most twinkles in the jar. Just make sure to have the kids set their new friends free before bedtime!

Add Glow-In-The-Dark Fun

If there is one thing my kids love in the summer months, it is getting the chance to stay up late and play outside with their friends. You can purchase glow-in-the-dark bracelets and glow sticks at your local dollar store that kids can use to play with as the sun goes down.

A Little Something Sweet

Who doesn’t want something sweet after dinner? S’mores are a fun treat to indulge in no matter what hour of the night and a s’mores bar is a fantastic way to spend an evening with friends.

Try a new spin on entertaining with s’mores and prepare them on the gas grill for speedy and delicious results. Set up your gas grill for indirect cooking over medium heat.  Simply put eight graham-cracker halves on a piece of aluminum foil and place on the cooler side of the gas grill. Top 4 graham-cracker halves with chocolate and the other four halves with marshmallows. Cover your ga grill and cook until chocolate melts and marshmallows soften. This should take a mere 3 to 5 minutes.

Leave the halves open and allow everyone to add their own fun additions to make their own favorite s’more combination. By doing them on the gas grill, there is no need to tend a fire or worry about kids around it, and it gives you a chance to make a large batch at once.

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And A Little Something Savory

While your gas grill is nice and hot from all of your s’more making, consider grilling up some JACK’S Pizza for any guests who could not make dinner. Did you know that you can grill JACK’S Pizza on your gas grill? To learn more about this easy grilling technique just head to to find out how. The  “JACK’S Summer Grilling” cooking directions explain how to cook up the same great tasting, crispy-crust JACK’S Original Pizza on the gas grill that the family has come to love from the oven. Consider preparing a few of these delicious pizzas for those late-night guests and enjoy the savings and convenience of affordable pizza at home while you enjoy the company of friends and family.

It has been such a pleasure sharing information about JACK’S Pizza with you and to get to work with this fantastic company this summer, sharing tips and strategies for outdoor entertaining. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to work with them and to share my experience with my readers. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as me!

For more information about how to enjoy JACK’S Pizza on the gas grill visit


As a spokesperson for the JACK’S Summer Grilling program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Easy Outdoor Entertaining Tips with Jack’s® Pizza

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013


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If there is one thing that you know about me, it is that you know how much our family loves to grill and how much we love our pizza. That is why I am excited to share with you that I will be teaming up with Jack’s® Pizza this summer on the “JACK’S Summer Grilling” program to share just how easy it is to grill their pizza.  Yes, they’re compensating me for this, but I’m a genuine fan!

As a mom, I am always looking for easy meals to entertain with in the summer months and that is why I am excited to share with you how easy it is to grill and entertain this summer with minimal effort, minimal cost and minimal time. If your family is anything like ours, I know these are three requirements for mealtime and JACK’S has you covered.

With a smaller home, the great outdoors allows us to offer a comfortable place for our guests to spread out and enjoy themselves, while basking in the beauty of the outdoors.  Backyard barbecues can be made practically effortless with a little bit of planning and preparation. I wanted to showcase some easy ideas for achieving a successful and fun backyard bash that will long be remembered.

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Create a Fashionable Spread

Outdoor entertaining can be very fun and chic with a few fun and inexpensive pieces in your arsenal. Use simple, clean and unused terra cotta pots for displaying your pretzels and chips, fill a clean wheelbarrow with ice to display the drinks, use jars for serving old-fashioned lemonade, and fan finger foods out on wooden cutting boards for a fun display.  I also love to visit the summer display section of a local store for inexpensive and fun outdoor dishes to add a splash of color to your outdoor entertaining.

Offer Ample Seating

If you have a large gathering coming, don’t be afraid to bring your indoor seating outside to add extra chairs to the mix. Create gatherings of seating areas outdoors using your lawn chairs and, if you are short on seats, ask guests to bring their own chairs so everyone is comfortable. Folding tables and chairs can provide additional seating and quilts or blankets can provide fun seating for the younger children.

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Bring on the Games

The key to a fun outdoor party are a couple of great outdoor games to keep the guests entertained. Our family loves to play badminton and a few rounds of bean bag toss for a little outdoor fun and to get fun conversations flowing. These are fun investment pieces to make for outdoor entertaining and will provide additional entertainment even in those fall months for tailgating season. Inexpensive sprinkler toys, a sand box, coloring books, crayons, sidewalk chalk and bubbles are fun items to have on hand for the smaller guests at the party.

For a creative idea for keeping the children entertained, create a game of Ring Toss from simple items from your recycle bin.  Fill empty, plastic two-liter soda bottles with colored sand and fasten the tops on tightly. Obtain a package of plastic rings (in the outdoor section of your superstore) for the children to toss on the bottles. Have the kids stand behind a tape line to throw the rings. If they get three rings around the bottle, they win the game.

Take the Night Off

Looking for an easy meal that is perfect for entertaining? Did you know that you can grill a JACK’S Original Pizza? It couldn’t be easier to-prepare a pizza on the gas grill and with some simple additions of a salad and fresh fruit, you have a meal that offers effortless entertaining. My favorite part? The clean-up just couldn’t be easier!

For more information about how to enjoy JACK’S Original pizza on the gas grill and for your chance to win great grilling prizes, visit JACK’S pizza is available nationwide at your local grocery, drug and convenience stores. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., 18 and over. Ends: 7/29/13. Void where prohibited.  Click here for Official Rules.

 As a spokesperson for the JACK’S Summer Grilling program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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