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Party in Five: Retro-Inspired Picnic in the Park for Two


We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

Gorgeous weather often infects people with a specific spontaneity — the impulse to cancel those dinner reservations, head to the park and soak up as many sun-filled minutes of the day as possible. I love taking a tried-and-true concept like this one and giving it a few gourmet touches. When you factor in homemade food, this picnic in the park captures a timeless American spirit. The cross-generational tradition offers a way for people to get outdoors and enjoy public spaces — and an excuse to indulge in that most classic of picnic customs, fried chicken. So locate a shady spot in your favorite neighborhood park and gather some vintage-inspired elements to host your own picnic reminiscent of summers past.

To host this retro picnic in the park, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Party in Five: Nautical Backyard BBQ


We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

Typical backyard barbecues are often simple, undecorated affairs. But when you’re going to the effort of planning a menu, a bar and maybe an array of games for your party guests, why not take the time to add some decorative touches that’ll make it feel like a themed event? No imagery is quite as evocative of summertime as nautical elements like ropes, seashells, sand, and blue and white colors. So whether you’re seaside, lounging by a lake or pool, at the park or in your own backyard, you can transform your party space into a beach-inspired retreat. The wistful touches and low-key hands-on menu will transport guests to an instant vacation.

To host this nautical backyard barbecue, you’ll need five essential ingredients:
• a build-your-own burger bar
• classic blue-and-white pinwheels
• seashells (authentic or from a party store)
• paper cones for popcorn (download the template here)
• watermelon wedges

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Classic BBQ Playlist

We love ribs. We love sauce. And we love to lick our fingers, too.

It’s BBQ time.

There’s pork butt! There are baby back ribs! There are collard greens! There are Grilled Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches (thank you!).

And, of course, there are the tunes. We compiled a great list of tracks to make your barbecue jam, including our favorites from Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker and Elvis Presley.

Press “play” on this great playlist and enjoy (just make sure your hands are clean before you touch your device!).

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You can learn more about Andrew and The Beat Advisory at www.facebook.com/thebeatadvisory

Beach Picnic Playlist

Nothing says summer more than the beach. Some people like to lie out and relax, read a book or just take a snooze.

But here at The Beat Advisory, we tend to turn our trips to the beach into daytime disco parties.

So in between bites of the Peach Salad With Tomatoes and sips of Strawberry Pina Coladas, get down to some of our latest and greatest summer grooves, including new tracks from Daft Punk, Capital Cities and Empire of the Sun.

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You can learn more about Andrew and The Beat Advisory at www.facebook.com/thebeatadvisory

5 Delicious Ways to Get a Hangover

It’s Friday. For most, it’s the last day of the work week we have to get through before we finally reach the weekend. For some, it’s a day for recovery. Hangovers are never fun, but if you are going to wake up tomorrow wishing you never turned 21, you may as well savor every sip as it goes down. In honor of The Hangover Part III, we’ve put together a list of the top five most-delicious ways to get a hangover.

1: Tequila Lemonade (pictured above) – For the tequila fans out there: Clear your schedule for tomorrow morning. You’re going to need some R&R after you gulp down a couple of these adult lemonades. Meyer lemons, fresh mint and a whole lot of tequila come together to make a refreshing yet simple cocktail with a kick.

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Backyard Picnic Playlist

It’s in our sights — finally. Summer.  And the time is right. For dancin’ in the backyard.

What’s the best way to kick off your summer? Hosting an intimate backyard picnic with good friends, good eats and, of course, good tunes.

We love the combo of Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Salad, The Ultimate Patty Melt, Blueberry Coleslaw and Peach Ginger Bellinis coupled with Talking Heads, Bill Withers, Edward Sharpe and Amy Winehouse.

Here’s a playlist of 10 great tracks to get you started on the first of hopefully many summer soirees at home.

Get our full Backyard Picnic Menu.

Get more easy summer entertaining tips.

Get 100 Ways to Love Summer.

You can learn more about Andrew and The Beat Advisory at www.facebook.com/thebeatadvisory

Thirsty Thursday: Our Summer Cocktail Party Playlist

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

The essential component to any summer cocktail party isn’t the right balance between tequila and salt, but the musical ingredients that create the perfect soundtrack. We enlisted expert musical programmer Andrew Wintner of The Beat Advisory, who curates musical experiences for dozens of restaurants, bars and hotels across the country, to round up a an eclectic collection of tunes that will make your soiree a memorable one. Here’s a taste:

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