You’re Invited: BBQ

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We knew that our entire weekend would be spent watching college football, so we invited our neighbors over for a BBQ cookout on Friday night. BBQ’s are one of the easiest types dinner parties you can throw. There is a natural comfort surrounding this southern food that makes your guests feel at home while also allowing you to feed larger quantities.edit-bbq-4We brought out our red gingham table cloth for this perfect occasion. We also matched our red plates on top of our wicker chargers from Pier 1 for more of a rustic and casual feel. When hosting a BBQ make sure that in addition to a napkin at each seat, you have a roll of paper towels available for messy hands and faces!edit-invite-2How cute are these invitations, place cards, and menus by Barefoot Creations. They make custom invitations for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and other celebrations as well! What a great way to tie in the entire party theme. edit-sauce-2We love making our own secret BBQ sauce! For this dinner party we emptied (drank) a bottle of white wine and removed all of the labels for a clean look. After washing the inside, we funneled our sauce into the bottle and put a cork in top. To personalize the bottle, we labeled the BBQ sauce and wrapped it with natural raffia. Having extra sauce on the table is a must for my family that drown their pulled pork and ribs!edit-bucket-1To serve our beers, we brought out our favorite acrylic beverage bucket that holds about 6 beer bottles or 2 wine bottles. Instead of making our guests go to the refrigerator, we keep beverages available in on the table during dinner to ensure no guest has to remove themselves from the table. Click here to purchase. Monogrammed Beverage Bucketedit-slaw-1 edit-pickles-1Adding bowls of condiments such as pickle spears and barbecue sauce allows your dinner table, and plate feel more full. Don’t have time to make sides? Pick up premade cole slaw, potato salad, and even baked beans at your local grocery store in the deli section. None of your guests will know that this recipe didn’t come from a long line of great grandmothers. If you think you’re starting to run out of food, add potato chips to the front of your buffet line to fill space on plates before they reach the heavier foods.edit-sliders-3We added toothpicks adorned with diecut pigs to our pulled pork sliders complete our barbecue theme. Choosing mini sliders instead of large sandwiches made our meal more kid-friendly and to be honest, was so much cuter!

We hope that you enjoyed our party!

Southern Hospitality Company

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