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Party in Five: Mediterranean Dinner Party


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.

During the summer, it can be a challenge to find interesting alternatives to the typical backyard dinner party. Next time you find yourself playing hostess, take inspiration from the ultimate sunny getaway — Greece. The bright white houses and azure seas of romantic coastal towns easily inspire blue, white and natural-hued decor, but just the same as it is in Greece, the food is really the star. A menu filled with salty olives and cheese, warm bread and herbed meat will transport guests to the Mediterranean (and if you’re lucky, you might just catch a pink-hued sunset).

To host your own Mediterranean-inspired dinner party, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Sifted: Best Summer Apps and Snacks + Homemade Bagels

Montreal Bagels by My Second Breakfast

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. I thought New York had the best bagels, but My Second Breakfast swears they’re in Montreal. Try her favorite recipe for Montreal bagels and decide for yourself.
  2. Don’t be fooled by their simplicity; these minted snap peas by Lottie and Doof are addicting.
  3. For an easy appetizer that’s sure to please everyone at the party, go with Domestic Fits’ fried ravioli caprese stacks.
  4. Pour this fresh blueberry sauce by Annie’s Eats over waffles, ice cream, french toast, cheese cake — pretty much  anything and everything.
  5. Kumquat’s mango coconut lassi is healthy, blends together in flash and sounds pretty good right about now.

Craving More?

  • Dips and small bites are the way to go for big gatherings. Find the best here.
  • Did you know it’s Ice Cream Week, AKA the best week ever, on Cooking Channel? Grab a pint and tune in.

Party in Five: Hawaiian Luau

In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!

 

With summer’s days waning and the temperatures continuing to rise, I’m itching to get in some last outdoor parties — but with a light menu and minimal effort required. To satisfy this entertaining urge, I decided to embrace a classic theme — a Hawaiian luau — and give it a bit of a sophisticated twist. Sure, there’s room for a paper parasol or two, but this affair is all about a clean color palette, natural materials and a light, fresh menu. With Polynesian- and tiki-inspired elements and an island music soundtrack, we felt transported to Hawaii as we toasted and feasted late into the night.

To host your own luau, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Party in Five: Rustic Pizza Night

In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!
 

One of my absolute favorite ways to spend a summer evening is grilling pizzas in the backyard with my husband. It’s a fun, interactive way to enjoy cooking together, and the end result is so delicious. Recently we invited a few friends to join in on our tradition — letting everyone know that they’d be expected to participate in the cooking process. I set a simple, rustic table filled with fresh seasonal ingredients and woodsy elements for my farmhouse-inspired fete.

To host your own pizza night, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Party in Five: Mexican Fiesta

Photo: Melanie Grizzel

In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!

 

Here in Texas, we eat a lot of Mexican food; Tacos, enchiladas and guacamole are such a staple on my dinner table that they practically constitute their own food group. So when the outdoor temps heat up, I love to make these favorites feel a little more festive by throwing a south-of-the-border fiesta complete with frosty margaritas, colorful maracas and a candy-filled piñata. I recently celebrated summer’s arrival with such a fête in my backyard, and jazzed up my normal outdoor setup with vibrant flowers, a spicy menu and décor that channeled a Mexican beach town.

To throw this fiesta at home, you need five essential ingredients:

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Party in Five: Beer Tasting

Photo: Melanie Grizzel

In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!

 

The increasingly hotter temps and slower pace of summer here in Austin has encouraged me to take an even more laid-back approach to entertaining than usual. So when Cooking Channel asked me to come up with fun summer parties that could be executed using only five essential “ingredients,” I jumped at the chance to tackle this challenge. The first subject of my party-throwing prowess? A beer-tasting party: summer’s toned-down version of a more traditional wine tasting event.

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How to Host a Crawfish Boil

Crawfish Boil

It seems every part of the country has its own unique type of seafood extravaganza, whether it’s a Low Country boil in Charleston, a clambake in Maine, or a crawfish boil down in New Orleans.  I’ve been to quite a few in my day, but this year it was high time I hosted my own.

Crawfish season, which usually runs from late April through June and sometimes into July, just so happened to coincide with my boyfriend’s birthday. As if I needed another excuse to celebrate!

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