A couple days ago sis and I were walking home on Sunday afternoon. We were in our Sunday dresses enjoying the sunshine, and I was dangling my heels from my hand while walking home in a pair of flip flops I’d brought to change into. In the Bay Area everything turns “golden” during the month of May, so while here in Utah being able to walk through beautiful green grass has been one of my recent small pleasures. As we strolled through the neighborhood our tummies were rumbling because the air was full of delicious aromas, because a Sunday summer afternoon means grilling time!
For me though, every day is grilling time, and today I’m so excited to show you a recent backyard BBQ party I put together. I’m sharing how I upgraded a classic BBQ shindig with especial thanks to Diet Coke® and Target. My favorite thing about this party is how EASY it is, guys. I think that BBQ parties for the most part should be unassuming and uncomplicated, just a gathering of friends and family to celebrate summer. So that’s what this party is: just one trip to Target for some supplies and Share A Cokes, and you have a glam party that’s ready in a flash! Some of the main party elements include: a low picnic-style table with gold cushions to sit on, DIY hot dog trays, spicy Korean pork skewers, the cutest gold palm leaf plates and gold cutlery, a grilled pineapple salad, and of course sharing these ice cold Coca-Cola™‘s will make your guests feel extra special when they see their name. Keep scrolling to get all the deets:
Share A Coke:
Summer means Share A Coke is back! Sharing these ice cold Coca-Cola’s is such a fun and easy way to make your guests feel special. Imagine each of your friends walking in and being surprised to see you found their name on a bottle of Coca-Cola! This year they have 1,000 NEW names including both first and last names! We are super hardcore Coca-Cola fans in our house, so it’s always a thrill whenever these Share A Cokes come back, they become the star of any summer party. Make sure you don’t miss out on this Cartwheel deal for 20% off.
Okay, food and drink are obviously the most important elements of any backyard shindig, so I pulled out all the stops with some of my favorite dishes, to include:
Keep reading for recipe tips!
Target is sooo amazing for decor. Just one trip there and I had everything I needed. In the party supply section (you know, between the greeting cards and office supplies) I found all sorts of glam gold decor like these super cute scalloped palm leaf plates, gold cutlery, cups, napkins, and lanterns to hang from my lights. I also snagged gold cushions to sit on and this gorg marble serving tray. I absolutely love all these little gold details against the classic red gingham.
Spicy Korean Pork Skewers
Korean BBQ has to be present at any of my BBQ’s and it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Last time I shared my recipe for Korean Short Ribs and this time I’m doing theses spicy pork skewers. They’re a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, and look perfectly party-ready strung along the skewers. Get the recipe HERE.
Hearty Italian Pasta Salad
This is a recipe that I make a ton, it’s a perfect side (or sometimes main) dish full of color and texture. My one tip for this is to use good mozzarella. I always go to the deli section where they have the gourmet cheeses, because a quality mozzarella just can’t be beat. Recipe HERE.
Grilled Pineapple Salad
Look at those grill marks! Instead of a typical fruit salad I went with this simple pineapple salad where the fresh pineapple is the star. Just add feta, chopped mint, and my simple sauce, and you have a beautiful dish ready for any party. Recipe HERE.
Hot Dog Trays
The hardest part of this party is not hard at all. I put together some customized gold hot dog trays and had them all done in one afternoon. Your guests will again be stunned by this fun DIY that actually takes no time at all. Tutorial below!
How to Make Hot Dog Trays
What You Need:
- this template
- thick paper
- double-sided tape
1. Print out the template on card stock or thick paper.
2. Cut out the template.
3. Cut along the short end of the corners like in the above photo, making slits.
4. Trace the template onto the back of your paper, including the slits.
5. Cut out each traced template, including the slits.
6. Use a ruler and scissors to lightly score lines between the corner of each slit, like so.
7. Use double-sided tape to attach the slit edges, like so.
8. The final product should look like this.
9. Repeat for as many trays as desired.