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Oh man, is it nice out! 

The sun is shining, birds are chirping and people are just feeling good. You can go outside without multiple layers and soak up some much-needed vitamin D—it’s definitely time to get out there and enjoy the weather.

If you're from a northern climate like me, we have mere months to enjoy the burning ball in the sky’s blessings until a frozen blanket of snow and ice covers the land once again. Not to be a Donald Downer or anything, but you have got to get out there!

What better way to capitalize on these fleeting golden outdoor moments than to host a sweet outside shindig? Here’s a list of food and drinks that will pair well with your outdoor fun times.


1. DIY Wine Coolers

DIY Wine Coolers

Pinot Grigio, a little bit of ginger ale and orange juice, and sweet, ripe blueberries make for a splendid summer thirst quencher.


2. How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag

It’s going be hot outside and you’re going to need to cool it down! Plus I know you’re always looking for ways to increase your MacGyver-style skills. You may not be able to make a missile with a paperclip and some chewing gum, but you can make ice cream with a plastic baggie. This is an important life skill.


3. Turkey on The Grill

Turkey on The Grill

Yes, an entire turkey. This is a “big kids” party and you’ll need turkey leftovers for ridiculous sandwiches later. Add some Cajun spices for optimal flavor.


4. How to Grill Corn

How to Grill Corn

Yesssssssssss! Corn might be my favorite summertime treat and it’s so good right off the grill. Take that, taste buds!


5. How to Make Beer Can Chicken

How to Make Beer Can Chicken

Apparently adding beer to chicken makes it magical. You didn’t even know, did you? I didn’t know; I’ll admit it. But now you can know—furthermore, now you can do! This chicken will be so good your guests will beerly believe it (ahahhahaahhaha!).


6. A Summer Sensation: Vodka Watermelon Slices

A Summer Sensation: Vodka Watermelon Slices

The sweet bliss of a boozy melon is yours for the making! Simply follow these easy-peasy instructions for a watermelon that’s out of this world.


7. How to Make Your Own Beer

How to Make Your Own Beer

The coolest thing about learning to make your own beer is that you get to be the decider! You get to steer your own beer boat down the beer river of destiny. You likely it hoppy—you can make that! You like it dark and chewy, maybe with a hint of roasted marshmallow—you can totally DO that! And here’s how.


8. How to Make a Watermelon into a Keg

How to Make a Watermelon into a Keg

How fun! Turn that summer melon into a functional drink dispenser! It’s so charming and clever—just like you.


9. 6 Great Veggies to Grill

6 Great Veggies to Grill

You need about a million servings a day, right? Well, you can make them extra delicious by cooking those veggies outside on your grill!


10. DIY Ranch Dressing

DIY Ranch Dressing

Be prepared —and awesome! Maybe one of your fabulous guests kindly brings a veggie tray to share at your outdoor get-together. Have some super-delicious homemade ranch dressing on hand to dip all the things in!


11. 5 Best Fish to Grill

5 Best Fish to Grill

Did I mention that this is a big kid party? Leave those weenies on the shelf and impress your guests with some good-for-them eats! Here are the 5 best fish for cooking over an open flame.


12. How to Infuse Your Own Vodka

How to Infuse Your Own Vodka

You can pick the your favorite flavors and infuse your own vodka to create your own signature summer martini! Just to give you an idea, I had someone make me a lilac martini one summer. Yes, it was as delicious are you are imagining.

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