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.
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.
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 www.JacksGrilling.com. 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. http://bit.ly/114eJMa
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.