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7 Tips for Hosting a Successful Outdoor Party

7 Tips for Hosting a Successful Outdoor Party. With the weather warming up, it means time to get family and friends together to officially kick off the summer.

7 Tips for Hosting a Successful Outdoor Party + #recipe #JvilleRecipes

 About two weeks ago, we hosted a small gathering with friends where I made Sausage & Pineapple Kebab using Johnsonville Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese Chicken Sausage.  The best part about the recipe is, it’s easy to put together and it’s flavorful.

Sausage and Pineapple Kebab #JvilleRecipes #recipe #Summerrecipes

Sausage & Pineapple Kebab

  • 1 package of Johnsonville Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese Chicken Sausage
  • 1 lb. pineapple chunks
  • 1 large sweet red pepper
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cumin, coriander, & cinnamon
  • Salt to taste

 Sausage and Pineapple Kebab #JvilleRecipes

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix oil, minced onion, garlic and spices set aside for basting
  2. Cut sausage, pineapple, peppers and onion into 1-inch pieces
  3. On pre-soaked wooden skewers, alternatively thread the sausage, onion, red pepper, green pepper and pineapple; brush with the seasoning mixture
  4. Grill the kebabs, uncovered, over medium heat for 5 – 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender and sausage has an internal temperate of 165, turning occasionally.
  5. Baste frequently with seasoning mixture

Sausage and Pineapple Kebab

The combination of the spicy chiptole pepper in the chicken sausage and the sweetness of pineapple is perfect.  It’s not too sweet, and it isn’t too spicy.

Johnsonville Chicken Sausage has 50% less fat with 100% of the juicy Johnsonville taste. Johnsonville Sausage is proudly made using only premium cuts of naturally lean chicken to pack in the real flavor. Johnsonville has been served with pride since 1945. Learn more about Johnsonville sausage & brats visit www.facebook.com/Johnsonville

If you’re thinking of hosting an outdoor party this summer, below are helpful tips that will help in planning a successful party.

7 Tips for Hosting a Successful Outdoor Party

  1. The Location
    If you have a backyard that can accommodate your guest then this will be ideal. If you don’t, consider renting a space at your local park. Some parks has a built-in grill and activities for kids. Don’t forget to have a backup plan in case it rains. You can either rent a tent or be prepare to move the party indoor if it rains. We host a yearly backyard BBQ and to be on the safe side we always order tents. Not only as a preventive measures just in case it rains, but it can also acts as a shade if the weather gets too hot.
  2. Theme
    Decide on a theme, you don’t have to but it’s part of the fun in hosting a party. Besides picking a theme also helps you in decorating the venue. When picking a theme, there are lots of options to choose from based on your style and preference – Hawaiian Luau, Nautical, Barnyard, All American, Carnival, Surf and turf, the list is endless.
  3. The Invite
    Plan ahead, make sure you send it out at least two weeks before the party to allow enough time for your guest to respond. It’s an outdoor BBQ, no need for fancy typography an electronic invitation will suffice.
  4. Perfect Menu
    An outdoor BBQ isn’t complete without the right food. Traditional BBQ food are hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, coleslaw, potato salad, cold beverages, ice cream sundaes, fruit salad, etc. If you’re up for the challenge, consider making it a potluck. Ask your guest to bring desserts, side dish, drinks or appetizers.  It’s a fun way to get the guest involve; just make sure you’re aware of what everyone is bringing so you can plan the rest of the menu accordingly. Set up it up buffet style and watch as your guest digs in. Don’t forget to stock up on water and lots of extra ice.
  5. Ambiance/Décor
    Since this is an outdoor event, use the natural palette you’ve been given and add items to enhance your surrounds. Depending on your party size, you might have to rent tables and chairs. Also have some extra lawn chair and blankets available just in case. If you have a theme selected for the event, purchase a few decorations that compliments the theme. If you’re having a luau party, consider setting up a tiki bar. Set up tiki torches as lights when it gets dark. I have a small rose bed in my backyard, so I usually pick some fresh roses and use them as my centerpieces. Don’t forget insects’ repellents, citronella candles, and mosquito spray. Also don’t forget to stock up on paper fans to keep your guest cool. If you have a fire pit, plan on setting this up as the party continues late into the evening. Make sure you have chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers so the kids can make their own s’mores.
  6. Entertainment/Games
    If you’ve pool, you can open it up for the guest to enjoy. Set up a waterside, twister, volley ball net, tug of war; have a few Frisbee on hand. Purchase a soccer ball, hula hoops, ring toss, chess, obstacle course, horseshoe, card games, bowling and supersoakers. If you’ve a karaoke machine bring it out; this could be a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all.
  7. Music
    If your guest are anything like mine, then the music is just as important as the food. Make sure you have a wide selection. If your budget allows, consider hiring a DJ.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Dawn Nieves

    June 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

    YUM!! These look delicious! I can not wait to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the great party tips!!

  2. Crystal

    June 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Those kebabs look delicious. I love cooking on the grill and Johnsonville sausage is one of our fave brands.

  3. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting

    June 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    We loooove Johnsonville Sausage! That looks really good, can’t wait to pick some up for our next cookout! 😉

  4. Sara P. (@SensiblySara)

    June 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Those pineapple sausage kabobs look AMAZING! We eat plenty of Johnsonville around here!

  5. Wendy

    June 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I love easy summer entertaining. Always use the grill- and make it as easy as possible. I also happen to love Johnsonville smoked sausage- may favorite it to grill it VERY well done, then eat it with spicy mustard!

  6. Digna D.

    June 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    We purchase Johnsonville products often throughout the year and I think that one with the pineapple is going to be on our list of summer “must make” items.

  7. Yoly

    June 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Those kebabs look so delicious! For us grilling is a year round activity (even when we get light snow) so we’ll have to try those sausages.

  8. Kimberly Grabinski

    June 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Oh wow those kebobs looks INCREDIBLE.

  9. Michelle

    June 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Great tips, and your kebabs look super delicious too!

  10. Shell Feis

    June 3, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Those are great tips- and those kebobs sound delicious!

  11. Liz Mays

    June 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    We use sausage a lot, but I never thought to put it on kebabs. I really like that idea!

  12. Melinda

    June 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

    those kebobs look amazing!

  13. Kat B.

    June 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    This makes me want to have a party right now. Yum at those kebabs.

  14. Denine Anderson-Regan

    June 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I heart chicken sausage. These look tasty – I haven’t tried grilling them yet, but any day now!

  15. Not So Average Mama

    June 4, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I bet my family would love that!

  16. Carrie Groneman

    June 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Love these tips and ideas. THANK YOU. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  17. Rosie

    September 18, 2015 at 11:39 am

    These kabobs alone make me want to launch an outdoor party!! Nice suggestions, as it can look easy, but without thought through planning likely to be much less fun!

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