Summer Entertaining

Summertime, and the hosting is easy. We're here to prove it. Whether you're throwing backyard barbeque, a tropical luau, or a pool party, we offer everything you need to make it memorable for you and your guests. Try our easy recipes, cool cocktails, effortless decor, grilling tips, and table-setting tricks, and guaranteed: you'll be ready to party all season long.

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12 Tasty Sides to Serve with Burgers (Other Than Fries!)
You love a burger, but you're not always in the mood to enjoy one with a pile of fries. Are they your only side option? We think the simplicity of a classic burger makes it an ideal canvas for pairing with all manner of easy dishes. These are our favorite ideas.
30 Easy No-Bake Desserts That Are Sure to Delight
When you want to keep the oven off but still want something sweet and decadent, these no-bake desserts—from cheesecake to bar cookies to crème brûlée—are delicious solutions.
20 Sangria, Summer Punch, and Cooler Recipes for Hot Summer Days
A pitcher of cold, refreshing sangria or punch is the perfect way to cool off on the hottest days of the year.
21 Tropical Drinks to Sip All Summer Long
These recipes are equal parts refreshing and delicious.
Summer Picnic Recipes That Aren't Sandwiches
For summertime meals on the go, think beyond the sandwich. Anything that can be served cold or at room temperature has picnic potential. Here, we share our favorite easily portable recipes for picnicking, including chilled soup, summer slaw, flank steak, and tempting desserts.
How to Transform Your Outdoor Summer Entertaining Space Into a Cozy Fall Retreat
Prepare your space for shorter days and festive nights with these simple swaps.
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10 Beautiful Outdoor Spaces That Will Make You Rethink Your Current Backyard
Plus, tips from landscape architects and designers for creating a comfortable outdoor area you'll want to spend more time in.
Martha's 12 Favorite Picnic Recipes
Dining in the great outdoors doesn't have to mean roughing it, you can eat exquisitely when you pack your basket with some of Martha's favorite picnic foods.

How Outdoor Entertaining Expert Linda Ly Hosts Al Fresco—Plus, Her Top Tips for Your Own Backyard Gatherings

The blogger behind Garden Betty and author of the popular The Backyard Fire Cookbook and The New Camp Cookbook shares her tips for cooking and eating outdoors.