Tuesday, August 21, 2012

labor day bbq...

Although we're back to school, I never really think of summer as officially on it's way
out until after Labor Day...only 12 more days.
 We'll happily be saying farewell to the hottest summer on record by hosting a family bbq.
I'm sharing my usual do-ahead-style menu along with some simple table decor ideas
 early enough so you can use them if you'd like.

 Grilled Beef Sliders on Bakery Rolls with Assorted Toppings
Caramelized Onions
Sauteed Mushrooms
Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack Cheese
Chipotle Mayonnaise
Blue Cheese Dressing
Pickles, Lettuce, Tomato


Individual bags of Assorted Boulder Potato Chips
(Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt...my guilty pleasure!)

Southern Baked Beans single serve jars ~ Paula Deen's recipe here.
(I tweak the recipe a bit by adding an extra 1/2 cup of brown sugar and cooking the beans covered
 at 300 degrees for a couple of hours, then I'll transfer to the jars and keep in the warm oven.)

country theme - baked beans in a mason jar

Apple and Cherry Pie a la mode ~ in a jar!
I found this recipe 3 years ago from Our Best Bites here.
You can make ahead and freeze them - they go from freezer to oven to table perfectly!
Aren't they the cutest?

I like using these old fashioned plastic burger baskets, I found mine at a restaurant
 supply store years ago, I purchase paper liners there as well. I think I've seen them at Target.
I purchased the red & white check napkins from Sur La Table, I mix them with solid white.

Simple decor ~ Black-eyed Susans from our garden, placed in empty wine bottles in my
old Pepsi crate will be the centerpiece. 

Are you ready to say farewell to summer?

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Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh, how I would love to be a dinner guest! What a fun tablescape and yummy menu. Much fancier than our usual hot dogs and hamburgers!

Anonymous said...

It all looks lovely. I like the idea of the individual portions in the jars.
We had the summer that never was, so nothing to say farewell to!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I always love your entertaining ideas Pam!
HOW cute are the little jars for beans and for the pies? I have to find the little glass jars for freezer to oven somewhere - that is such a cute serving idea!

Jo said...

I too hold on to summer until the very last day! Such fun party ideas ... those jars are so sweet and your menu sounds delish! I'm always looking for suggestions that allow for planning ahead so I can enjoy my quests.


Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I won't miss this summer weather, either....but I will miss summer. That burger recipe has me wanting one now...its 7:30 in the morning. Have you ever tried jalapeno chips? My fave.

Dana Frieling said...

We had a very cool day yesterday that gave me a little taste of what's to come. Gotta say I'm looking forward to it. Once again, you've knocked it out of the ballpark with your beautiful party design. You truly have a gift, my friend.

Holly Gruszka said...

Yum, you're making me hungry. We have stores around here that stock Boulder potato chips and they are awesome. My favorite are the BBQ but I will have to try the salt & vinegar - chips are my guilty pleasure as well. Do you guys have Herr's potato chips out there? They're my local PA favorite. This is great Pam and sounds like a perfect way to end the summer and roll into Fall (my favorite season).

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

We are planning our big meal Labor Day weekend as well- Our team plays the first football game {away in Atlanta} on Friday night so we are planning a "tailgate", but it will be indoors with a TV! :)

Unknown said...

What can I bring? You are the party maven, every time you throw one the decor is perfect, perhaps this is a calling???!!! This is fun, happy and simple and of course your photo styling is spot on...

Cassie Bustamante said...

can i come, too! i make a mean salad!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love your vignettes. They look wonderful and it sounds like your going to have some yummy food.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Can't believe that Labor Day is just around the corner...Sounds like you have a great plan for the BBQ...Love the pie in the jar!

Lori said...

Your photos always look they belong in a magazine. Love the pie and beans in jars! Would you adopt me?!

Sew a Fine Seam said...

NO. A big loud resounding NO - I am NOT ready to say good-bye to summer. I don't like winter AT ALL so I'd be glad to see summer stay till spring!

Unknown said...

I AM COMING.. This is so cute. You put on the cutest parties! I love the food in a jar entrees, and freezable pie in a jar, get out! awesome.
Im sad to see summer leave, that's for sure, but this party will welcome fall.
xo Nancy

Joanne B. said...

Looks and sounds yummy! Please share whatever recipes you have(carmelized onions, mushrooms, chipotle mayo. Would love to try this idea! We live in south Florida so the end of summer is a l o n g way off for us!Would love to have your recipes to try out! We grill alot and this sound slike a nice way to shake it up a bit! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy @ a curious gardener said...

Perfect picnic, the recipes and the presentation! You just inspired me when planning our weekend.

Love your photographs, styling is great, really appealing!

Sarah said...

I'm always ready for summer to end because fall generally means milder temps here in TX. Your Labor Day BBQ looks like a delightful event. Those sliders are making me hungry! I like the simple bottles in the crate, and the black eyed Susan blooms are the perfect touch.

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

What a charming set up for a cook-out! I love the use of the burger baskets! And the bottles in the crate are so cute! ...and the food, oh my, sounds and looks so yummy! Individual baked beans, that's unique and a wonderful idea! Hope ya'll have a wonderful time! :)

Leslie said...

Boulder Chips are my favorite and I love those sliders! Perfect for a Labor Day BBQ .. love you display of goodies!

Debbie said...

The summer has flown by! Love your ideas!

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