Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Photos: Memorial Day BBQ

This year my honey's birthday landed smack dab on Memorial Day. It took us approximately 10 seconds to decide that a BBQ was definitely in order. 30ish friends and family joined us to celebrate. We, and by "we," I mean my honey, cooked up some bratwursts and chicken apple sausages on our new grill and we served them with ketchup, a selection of mustards, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, and sauerkraut. Our guests helped out the cause by bringing an incredible selection of appetizers, side salads, and desserts to add to those we prepared.

We had two families planning to bring their children so I picked up some inexpensive toys, including beach balls and bubbles, to give them when they arrived. The goody buckets got a thumbs up from both the littles and their parents.

Goodies for the littles.

How -- Food Labels/Place Cards: 
These food labels are so easy to make. All you need is decorative labels (two per food label or place card), toothpicks, and whatever you plan to stick them in. To hold the finished labels, I used lemons and limes, either halved or with just a little bit sliced off to create a "bottom." I also used some wine corks that had a nice flat end and stuck the toothpicks in the not flat end. To make them, first write the food or person name on two of the labels, stick a toothpick about 3/4 of the way up and in the center of one label and, carefully lined up so the labels match, place the sticky side of the second label on the opposite side of the toothpick.

DIY food labels.
Food Labels.

DIY label holders. You can also use wine corks.

We kept things pretty simple but I did try to bump things up a notch. You know, like with those food labels, tissue paper lined plastic cups as plastic utensil holders, and white wine sangria with pear and mango.

Left: Utensils in tissue paper lined cups.  Right: White wine sangria.

Crudités with Arugula Pesto.

Rosemary Roasted Almonds. Recipe.

Smoked gouda, fresh mozzarella, and manchego.

So much food, including marinated tomatoes and mushrooms.
(Recipes coming soon.)

Sausage toppings: roasted bell peppers, caramelized onions, and sauerkraut.

Caesar and spinach salads, made by family/friends.

Stella kitty spent most of the afternoon in a basket on top of shelves in our office but did make an appearance or two to charm the crowd.



P.S. We will be eating leftovers all week.


  1. Wonderful pics, and a wonderful party :-)

    Love the 'how to' for the labels, too!! Those looked *so cool*.

  2. Any chance you know the brand of the labels you used? Or where you got them? Thanks.