With summer at my house in full swing, I’m finding that my door is always open and friend and family are always stopping by. For me, that means the need to discover some easy inspiration for entertaining, whipping up delicious meals and satisfying the appetites of everyone who comes through my door. While I love having a house full of people, it’s those often unexpected guests that sometimes surprise me and leave me scrambling for a quick and easy meals and a few summer entertaining tips that makes having company in my home look flawless. So when Babbleboxx reached out to me and asked if I’d like to participate in a blogger only sampling of hot summer products that are perfect for everything from cook outs to dinners in the garden, I was more than game to up my entertaining skills and try out some hot new summer products that are sure to make entertaining easy!
Within my Babblebox, I found an amazing array of items that are perfect for all our summer time entertaining. I’ll admit, some are items I’d expect and some were pleasantly surprising! Want to see what I received and how it inspired me to entertain easily this summer? Of course you do!
Be Prepared with Easy Grilling Options (and Don’t Forget the Marinades)
In my home, summer means grilling. I try to always keep a variety of meats and fish on hand that can be thawed quickly and easily in order to grill up a drool-worthy dinner feast on the fly. Some of my favorite summer ideas are chicken, steak, fish and scallops! All tend to grill quickly and easily and are simple favorite that everyone is sure to enjoy! However, to really be a grilling master (and pro at entertaining) it’s important to remember that true summer grilling means it’s time to marinate delicious flavor into each and every bite with Newman’s Own products!
Two Newman’s Own items that I’m totally crushing on right now are Newman’s Own Barbecue Sauce and Dressings! When I reach for chicken to throw on the grill, I also reach for my Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce that retails for just $2.99! Available nationwide, this delicious sauce contains no high fructose corn syrup and is made with only the highest quality ingredients such as cane sugar and back strap molasses. With a touch of sweet and a dice of spicy, it’s sure to satisfy any type of Barbecue lover and is perfect for grilling, dipping or marinating!
However, when I reach for fish or scallops, my perfect fresh summer marinade is Newman’s Own Dressing which retails for $3.79. While Newman’s Own is know as a leader in the dressing category for over 35 years, their tasty, on-trend flavor is perfect for marinating as well! The Citrus Splash Dressing features a fruity blend of citrus flavors including lemon, lime and tangerine and has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and is Kosher certified! Whether using it to top a salad, as a marinade or even as a dip, the flavor and quality of Newman’s Own products ensures that I’m always serving up meals that will having everyone drooling!
Stick with Simple Sides
While the meat tends to be the main focus for me when entertaining (we are a grilling family after all), it’s important to remember that serving up quick and easy sides can turn a regular meal into a truly unforgettable experience! Now, I’ll tell you that for our cook-outs, there is never a time that I don’t reach for baked beans! But now, it’s easier than ever to serve up perfectly delicious, Slow-baked to perfection™, Green Giant Baked Beans!
That’s right, the iconic vegetable brand that families have loved for years has released the perfect summer side…amazing baked beans filled with rich, deep flavors that other cooking methods just can’t deliver! Available at Food Lion, Schnucks and Giant Eagle just in time for summer, these baked beans that are slow-baked to perfection in traditional iron post and brick ovens capture the delicious rich flavor as only Green Giant can! With the perfect blend of splices in each bit and options like Original, Maple, Vegetarian and Country style, they are great for incorporating into recipe (pork and beans fireside anyone?) or serving up a a deliciously simple side!
Keep Plenty of Snack-Worthy Items on Hand
While the main meal seems to always be my focus when entertaining, I’ve upped my game this summer and am ensuring I have easy snacking foods on hand for before meals, after meals and just any time anyone needs something to snack on! I love to put on a simple tray with finger foods that always satisfy and on my tray I try to ensure I have two essentials. For me, crispy and salty go hand in hand so I love to create a simple snack station that features Mario Olives, NEW Ritz Crips & Thins and some simple dips!
My hubby is a HUGE olive fan (he’ll pop them by the handful) so having Mario Olives on hand is always essential for me. With pop-able olives that are easy to grab and go and are low carb and have zero cholesterol, Mario Snack Olives are individually packed without the bring and are mess free! With four amazing flavors including Garlic, Savory Pepper, Sea Salt Gree and Sea Salt Ripe that only have 60 calories and 3 grams of healthy fat per serving, these are a much have summer snack option! I love to lay them out on a tray and serve them up as a great finger food that’s perfect for munching!
Paired with my Mario Olives, nothing is better (or crisper) that NEW Ritz Crips & Thins! With the richness of Ritz Crackers in each bite and 50% less fat that the leading regular fried potato chip, these new snack options are perfect for dipping, dunking and just crunching! With flavor varities like Sea Seat, Cream Cheese & Onion, Bacon and Salt & Vinegar, Ritz Crisp & Thins are available in 7.1 ounce bags at retailers nationwide and in singer serving packs at convenience stores! Be sure to stock up to create easy snack centers that will bring everyone running!
Don’t Forget a Drink for the Adults
I’ll admit that for my friends and family, food is the main focus but it’s always nice to have a drink on hand for the adults who want to relax. While I know everyone has different preferences, there’s nothing better than SVEDKA Vodka’s Limited-Edition Party Bottle for Summer 2017! This Limited Edition bottle features colorful stars and stripes BOOM on the packaging and brings the party to life!
As a perfect adult beverage for summer entertaining (4th of July especially), the mixture options are endless! Try SVEDKA’s American Dream Punch which is made with SVEDKA, orange curacao, simple syrup, lime juice and a dash of grenadine! Or choose your favorite mixer to turn the #1 Imported Vodka in the US into a playful drink that all your adult friends are sure to love!
So there you have it….all my newly discovered summer must haves for entertaining! I’m so glad that Babbleboxx sent them to me and helped me discover new and amazing products that are perfect to turn my summer parties into an absolute hit!
Now it’s your turn! Try all these fun and delicious items at your next summer cookout! Stock up today and discover flavors that truly embody the taste of summer.
Now tell me, which of the products that I received are you most excited to try?