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Free Red SOLO Cup BBQ Party Printables

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! |

Since nothing says "summer BBQ" like red SOLO cups, we thought it would be fun to give away a set of SOLO cup party printables just in time for your Memorial Day parties. All you need to do is download the files (links below), print them out, cut them out, and decorate! The best part about party printables is you can print as many as you like.

The collection was designed by Michelle at Printabelle exclusively for us! I think the "party" banner is my favorite item, talking about setting a fun mood... :)

The collection includes: cupcake toppers, SOLO cup "party" banner, BBQ welcome sign, straw flags (that will look great in your SOLO cups), and menu/place cards.


Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! |

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! |

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! |

Now take a look at the whole collection...

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ party printable decorations! |

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! |

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! |

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! |

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! |

Have fun this summer with all your cookouts and BBQs, and if you use our SOLO cup printables, please add your party to our site. I'd love to see what you do!

This is a sponsored post by SOLO cups, but all ideas are mine!  To learn more about SOLO cups and see other great ideas, head to the SOLO cups Facebook page.

Summer BBQ Tiered Serving Tray DIY

BBQ Tiered Serving Tray DIY |

I wanted to make a quick and easy tiered serving tray that would look great at any outdoor summer BBQ! I made this in about five minutes using some plastic SOLO Squared plates and bowls, two shot glasses (you can use small candle stick holders instead), and some Glue Dots. I love how picnic-y and fun it turned out!

I set mine up as a chips and guacamole tray, but this would work great as a cupcake or dessert stand too.

BBQ Tiered Serving Tray DIY |

  • 1 large (10.24 inch) SOLO Squared plastic plate
  • 1 medium (9 inch) SOLO Squared plastic plate
  • 1 SOLO Squared plastic bowl
  • 2 shot glasses
  • Glue Dots

BBQ Tiered Serving Tray DIY |


Add four Glue Dots to the bottom of the shot glass. Affix to large plate to be your base.

BBQ Tiered Serving Tray DIY |

Wrap 8-10 Glue Dots over the top of the shot glass and continue to stack.

BBQ Tiered Serving Tray DIY |

And here's the finished product! It is actually quite stable, but just be careful not to add too much heavy food in the top tier.

BBQ Tiered Serving Tray DIY |

What I love about this idea is that you can make different variations depending on what you need, then you take them apart, and make more!

BBQ Tiered Serving Tray DIY |

This is a sponsored post by SOLO cups, but all ideas are mine!  To learn more about SOLO cups and see other great ideas, head to the SOLO cups Facebook page.

Patriotic Free Printable Sign + Blog Roundup

Patriotic free printable BBQ sign, perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th! |

Patriotic free printable BBQ sign, perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th! |

I wanted to create a playful patriotic printable that would look great decorating your Memorial Day or July 4th BBQ.  All you need to do is download the file, print it out, put it in an 8x10 frame, and set it out to add a little whimsy to your party!


Also, I've teamed up with seven amazing bloggers to bring you more free Mother's Day and Father's Day printables. Check them out here and download below...


blog hop Free red, white and blue printables for summer! |

Kori Clark - Summertime BBQ invitation

Summer BBQ Candy Table DIY

Easy summer BBQ candy table |

I love summer entertaining, especially when it's easy and casual.

I came up with this idea for creating a quick candy table for a picnic or BBQ using these personalizable “It’s My SOLO Cup” yellow cups. You just peel off the label, write the name of your candy on them by scratching (I used a ballpoint pen with the tip retracted), and stuff with treats.

Easy summer BBQ candy table |

To give height to the back row (like on a real candy table), I stacked the cups on upside-down SOLO "For Kids On-The-Go" cups (which are a little smaller) and used Glue Dots to affix them. They were sturdier than I thought they'd be.

Easy summer BBQ candy table |

Easy summer BBQ candy table |

Wouldn't this be perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic at the park? And think how easy it is to clean up.

Easy summer BBQ candy table |

This is a sponsored post by SOLO cups, but all ideas are mine!  To learn more about SOLO cups and see other great ideas, head to the SOLO cups Facebook page.

15 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

15 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes |

I love cooking in summer. All I have to do is throw something on the grill, add a simple marinade (or not) and whatever I cook, typically ends up tasting good. And for entertaining, it's such an effortless and casual way to go. Plus, I like that it usually gets messy, which I think just adds to the fun. I always make sure I have plenty of napkins available.

Charred smoky flavors make my mouth water. To me, there's nothing better than the smell of grilled food -- from steaks to hamburgers to shrimp to chicken to veggetables... and even fruit. That's why I loved compiling this collection of grilled dishes from Foodie.

From the collection, you'll see that I'm a big fan of skewers. You can make them beforehand.  Then when the time comes, just put them on the grill and they're pretty foolproof. Since I'm always looking for ways to dress my skewers  up, I will definitely be trying the tequila shrimp skewers and the Sriracha-glazed chicken skewers.

Plus, I love grilled fruit desserts in summer. That's why I included in the collection, the grilled peach and vanilla cake trifle and the recipe that I think is actually the most interesting... the chocolate and marshmallow BBQ bananas. You actually cook the marshmallows and chocolate chips inside the banana on the grill. Get out!

I hope this collection makes you as hungry and happy as it does me...

This is a sponsored post by Foodie but all opinions and ideas are ours.

Kimchi Relish Recipe Perfect for Labor Day!


We had an early Labor Day party at our house last weekend with one of my oldest friends and her family. The weather here in Palo Alto couldn't have been better and with great food and great company, we all had a fantastic time!

I was asked by Hebrew National to come up with an interesting way to serve hotdogs at our party. Since my husband loves spicy, I decided to try my hand at homemade kimchi relish. We love kimchi at our house! For those of you who don't know, kimchi is a Korean fermented side dish made with cabbage and other vegetables. It's spicy, sour, and delicious!

This recipe is simple, but you do need to wait three days for the kimchi to ferment. And I don't know if you've heard all about the probiotics in fermented foods, but kimchi is actually super healthy! So here's how I did it:



  • 1 napa cabbage
  • 5 green onions (scallions)
  • 1/3 cup coarse Korean red pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • About 12 cups warm water, plus more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 4-5 large garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


Cut the bottom off the cabbage, then cut it in half lengthwise. Cut into 1/2 inch strips. This is smaller than you'd cut for a traditional kimchi, but I wanted people to be able to easily spoon it onto a hot dog bun.

Put the cabbage in a large bowl, add the salt, and cover with enough water to cover the cabbage. Use saran wrap to cover, and press it down so it is touching the cabbage. This keeps it from floating. Let it sit for 3-4 hours.


Strain and rinse the cabbage. You can squeeze the cabbage with your hands to get some of the excess water out.


Add the cabbage, hot pepper, chopped green onion, diced or pressed garlic, and grated ginger in a bowl and stir with a spoon or spatula until the cabbage is thoroughly coated. Transfer the mix to a glass jar. We used two ball jars (1 pint size). Close and let sit in a cool dark location for at 24 hours.


After 24 hours, open the jar (you should get a small release of gas). Reseal and move to the refrigerator for another 2 days. It should last for at least 1 month!


And now onto the party... We have a Weber grill that we like to use because it gives food a real charcoal flavor. We grilled Hebrew National hotdogs (our favorite), onions, and peppers.


kimchi-relish-recipe-59A Inside, I decorated for Labor Day using fresh flowers and these 1950's retro cool free Labor Day printables I love from our site.


I put the kimchi relish out, and so people knew what it was, I printed out an editable free Labor Day food label from our site.


The hotdog with kimchi tasted delicious! The kimchi added a great spicy sourness that went perfectly with the salty hot dog.


No Labor Day BBQ would be complete without beer, chips, watermelon, and dessert.


For dessert, I went with a pie theme: apple pie and whoopie pies! We have the most amazing whoopie pie recipe on our site if you're interested in trying them.


Again I used our free printables to dress up the whoopie pies.


And there you have it... our little backyard party!


Happy Labor Day, everyone! Here's to a great end of summer!


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{RECIPE} Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips


Want a quick, fun, yummy treat to serve at your Memorial Day barbecue? How about homemade cinnamon sugar pita chips? I promise your guests will love them!



  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 stick of butter at room temperature
  • 2 pita
  • 1 pinch of salt
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut each pita into 8 slices.

Combine butter, sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt in a small bowl. Mix until creamy.

Spread the mixture on top of each slice and in the middle. 

Bake for 12-15 minutes checking often. The longer you bake, the crispier they will get.


Enjoy, and Happy Memorial Day!!

{TRENDS} Memorial Day Parties

Need some ideas for your Memorial Day parties this weekend? And how about some free Patriotic and BBQ printables? Take a look at these incredible parties!

(To see the whole party click on the photo or the link...)

Made By a Princess' Patriotic Picnic


Melissa N's Memorial Day/Patriotic


 Eye Candy Event Details' Americana Luau


Caroline T's Memorial Day Party


Claudia S's Memorial Day Family BBQ/Julians 6th Birthday


Brittany S' Memorial Day Shrimp Boil


Free Patriotic Printables by Printabelle

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Free BBQ Printables by WCC

free-summer-bbq-printable-decorations-580x757For more inspiration, check out all the great Memorial Day parties on our site! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Can't wait to see your parties!!

FREE Patriotic Party Printables from Printabelle


With Memorial Day and July 4th on the horizon, I wanted to give away some printables to help you celebrate this year. Michelle at Printabelle designed this fireworks set that will look fantastic at your parties and BBQs!

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, banner, mini candy bar wrappers, welcome sign, thank you and menu/place cards, treat toppers and water bottle labels.


Here are the individual files...









Thank you Michelle, for such a explosive collection! Sorry, I had to. :)

If you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Labor Day Party Ideas and a Great Summer Grilled Corn Salad Recipe

To give you some ideas for your Labor Day BBQ, I wanted to post my recipe for delicious summer grilled corn salad and show you these cool retro 1950's Labor Day printables we're giving away.

First, the corn salad...

This is my go-to summer salad because there's no better time to find delicious sweet corn and delicious cherry tomatoes. Plus, this salad is simple to make, and tastes a little like vegetable candy. :)



For the salad

  • 5 ears of sweet corn
  • 1/2 basket of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package of arugula
  • 1 poblano pepper (poblanos are also commonly called "pasillas")
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Cotija cheese

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 lime juiced and zested
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Shuck the corn, and lightly coat it with vegetable oil (I used olive oil). Put the corn on a grill (or in a large frying pan on medium heat), and rotate them every few minutes until the corn starts to turn a golden color. I like to let it blacken in spots for some extra flavor.

Let the corn cool for a couple minutes, then cut off corn off the kernels and put them in a large bowl.

You can grill the pepper along with the corn. Let it cook until it softens, turning it periodically. Cut the pepper open and scrape out the seeds.

Poblanos aren't that hot, but the seeds can still burn if you touch them, then touch your eyes, so be careful. Dice, and add to the corn. If you want to add some extra heat, you can also add a jalapeno in addition to the poblano.

Since Cotija is a strong cheese, I like to cut my pieces into 1/4 inch cubes so the flavor is more evenly distributed when I add it to the salad.

For the dressing, combine olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, red wine vinegar, and mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cheese, arugula, cilantro, tomatoes, and dressing. Mix well and you've got summer in a salad! It tastes great served warm, or you can keep it in the refrigerator overnight, and serve chilled the next day.

If you want to add some 1950's retro styling to your Labor Day BBQ, check out these fun party printables  by Clickable Party we're giving away.

The collection includes: an 8x10 inch party sign, party circles, and tented cards that you can type your own text into. DOWNLOAD THEM HERE.

Happy Labor Day, everyone! (Can you believe it's almost time to welcome fall??)

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