Today’s post is brought to you with the help of CK Mondavi Wines. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
I love a good BBQ get together, don’t you? Food smells amazing, it’s a nice day, you’re together with your group of friends, what could you not love about that?! Over our decade of Army life, David and I have hosted more than our fair share of BBQs and attended more than our fair share of BBQs.
So today, I thought I’d share with you some BBQ hosting tips as well as a simple dessert because game days and BBQ season are upon us!
Plan: I make a list of who we’re inviting and what food we want to make. Sometimes we have people bring things, and sometimes we don’t. Make sure you have a full menu, and appetizers, and desserts. People at BBQ love food. The more, the better. You’ll want drinks as well. Don’t forget something for kids, and adults.
Our typical menu includes:
Appetizers –> Veggie tray, Chips & dip, Devilled eggs.
Meal –> Burgers & Hotdogs, (the meat usually depends on the amount of people we have coming). Potato salad, Macaroni, Corn cobs,
Desserts –> Anything from ice cream to cake or cookies. It just depends on my mood, who’s coming, how many kids, etc etc. If it’s a larger BBQ, more people = more food, we usually skip desserts. I like simple desserts, grab & go. (This Monkey Bread is one of my go-tos)
Drinks –> We always offer up whatever we have in the fridge (juice, milk, water) but for BBQs we also set out beer, soda, and wine. (You know for wine, I’m gonna recommend CK Mondavi)
CK Mondavi has a game day special promotion going on until March 31st! It’s the perfect game-day wine, amazing quality and great taste! (Keep reading to see which pairs best with your food choices)
Next up, prep your yard. You don’t want people to hang out in your backyard if the grass hasn’t been cut, or if the dogs haven’t been cleaned up after… take a bit and just do some yard work. Make it look appealing, the best you can.
(tidy up inside too if you plan to entertain inside – if not, at least tidy up your bathroom)
Don’t forget the kids.
If you know that there will be kids, try to plan something fun for them as well. I like to set up a DIY bubble station and I always stock up on chalk.
Entertainment –> Assuming there isn’t a game on to be watched, you’ll want to provide your guests with some entertainment of some sort. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. We usually just pull out the cornhole boards and people take turns with that. Other options include cards, darts, board games, etc etc. Just know your guests and plan for what they enjoy.
See, simple tips. Nothing major. Now onto the recipe I promised above.
Mini No-bake cheesecake bites
To make the crust you will need:
1 package of graham crackers (crushed up)
5 tablespoons of melted butter
1 tablespoon of sugar
Crush the graham crackers.
Stir in the melted butter and sugar. Spread into mini muffin pan.
Let sit in the fridge while prepping the filling.
For the filling you will need:
8 ounces of cream cheese (room temp)
1/2 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8th cup lemon juice
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese (medium-high) until smooth. Beat in condensed milk slowly, followed by the lemon juice and vanilla.
Spoon into crust, cover and refridgerate for an hour.
Top with whatever you feel like topping them with.
This time, I topped them with diced strawberries and caramel syrup.
CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is always a crowd pleaser and pairs well with almost any food which is why its goes great with appetizers.
CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio
Tasting Notes: Pinot Grigio is bright with balanced acid and pairs well with seafood, chicken and light sauces.
CK Mondavi Moscato
Tasting Notes: Moscato is a sweet and juicy wine. Delicious with spicy foods or fruit.