Hosting 101: Memorial Day Cookout

My go-to cookout recipes and summer hosting essentials

Memorial Day is quickly approaching, can you believe it?! What better way to celebrate than with a cookout? I receive many questions inquiring about what my go-to menus look like when hosting during the summer months. In honor of Memorial Day and summer hosting on the horizon, I have compiled a list of recipes that are staples on my entertaining menus. From refreshing drinks and easy desserts to delicious main courses, these dishes are sure to impress your guests and make hosting a breeze! After many years of hosting both personally and professionally, I feel like I’m a self-proclaimed expert. Over the years I’ve created a standing list of items I keep on hand when hosting a group of people or events. I’ve included a few of my absolute must-have items for summer entertaining below, but you can shop the full list on my Amazon Storefront HERE! Happy Memorial Day and Happy Hosting! 

My Go-To Hosting Recipes

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Beef Skewers, Guacamole & Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Charcuterie, Smoked Queso 


Tex-Mex Street Tacos, Grilling the Perfect Steak, Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs 


Peach and Blueberry Galette, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Spiked Berries, The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie


Skinny Margarita, White Wine Sangria, Rosé Lime Spritzer, My Favorite Sangria

My Favorite Summer Hosting Items

Table Top Torches | Mosquito Repellent

One of the worst parts of Texas summers… mosquitos! My husband and daughter are mosquito magnets, so mosquito repellent is a staple in our home… especially when hosting outside. I absolutely love the TIKI Table Torches and Mosquito Repellent Torch Fuel. These clean-burning torches are such an effective way to keep unwanted guests away, all while serving as a piece of outdoor decor! 

Fly Repellent Fan

A pet peeve of mine when hosting outdoors is the need to constantly wave flies away from food and beverages. To minimize this, I use an Outdoor Fly Repellent Fan. Simply turn it on and place it next to your food to keep flies away. It truly works like a charm!

Reusable Ice Cubes

Regular ice cubes melt… it’s a fact of life. Especially in the summer months, the Texas heat expedites the melting process and leads to quickly watered-down drinks. I love using Reusable Non-Melting Ice Cubes. They eliminate the problem of ice melting, which means no more diluted drinks… such a great way to keep the original flavor of your summer beverage!

Drinking Glasses

Over the years I’ve lost a fair share of glassware to outdoor hosting. To avoid shattered glass and the cleanup that comes along with it, I’ve started opting for shatterproof cups when hosting outside. There are so many different shatterproof drinkware options to choose from for your outdoor hosting! 

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