summer bbq menu


Hello Creative Indexers! I'm Nikki and I blog over at Perpetually Engaged. I was delighted when Jessica asked me to guest blog, it's like a mini vacation. When I got here there was even a mint on my pillow. She's such a host.

Speaking of hosting, if you live in any other state than Washington I bet you're thinking about Summer bbq's. I'm still thinking about soup and pot roast, go away rain. But lets talk about bbq. I can tell Jessica doesn't eat enough (or at least she doesn't share every morsel), so I thought I'd throw a recipe your way... and then I decided to throw a menu, and then I decided to upgrade it.

Sometimes summer calls for a last minute "quick there is the sun" bbq and occasionally you have a little time to think things through. So you have your regular bbq and your fancy bbq. Both with the same main dish though because I really want you guys to make these chicken thighs. You won't regret it.

1. Spicy honey chicken thighs. You can not mess these little guys up.
Simple greens and avocado salad. Light, refreshing, so easy your Husband can make it.
3. Spiked lemonade. A bottle of lemonade and your favorite hard stuff...rum, vodka, tequila??
4. Strawberries with marsala cream. You will be licking the bowl with this one.
5. Marinated olives. Open a few jars, or visit your local olive bar...mine's at Safeway ;)
Bruschetta! No need to serve your guests, let them pile on their own tomatoes.


1. Olives in a bowl not enough? Wrap yours in anchovies and skewer them with fancy toothpicks.
2. No one will notice their eating anchovies after a few blackberry pineapple mojitos!
3. Who could resist these no bake strawberry cheesecake parfaits, serve in wine glasses if you're really fancy...
4. Move over bruschetta, this cherry tomato puff pastry tart will wow your crowd.
5. I really meant it when I said make these spicy honey chicken thighs.
6. Couscous may sound like a bird call, but this salad is delicious. Leave out the raisins...they're for kindergartners.

Thanks for having me Jessica!
Feel free to stop by my blog and say hello!

What are some of your summer bbq favorites?


  1. oh my gosh!!! love BOTH of these! and now feel like I MUST try the chicken thighs! ;)
    xo::Lauren @ tickled.

  2. You're killing me, Smalls (Nikki)! all of those look incredible. I'd comment on one in particular, but... I can't choose!

  3. mmmm, great ideas!! i love summery bbq's :)

  4. Thanks for the ideas, I have to come up with something to take to a cookout tomorrow night and this will make it easy.

  5. Thanks again Jessica! Gosh you make everything so pretty with your graphics. Come back to us soon!

  6. Looks mouthwatering - love it! :-)

  7. Yum! Defo gonna do some fancy pancy bbq this summer as well.


  8. OK, it's official... we need to have a virtual blog party and serve up all these yummy treats!!

  9. It ALL looks so delish!! Great images too!

    I am hosting a super giveaway!

    Art by Karena

  10. wellll, I live in Washington, and today is SUNNY therefore I can say I'm looking forward to summer barbeques! ;) love these pretty entertaining ideas!


  11. OhEmGee...that all looks phenomenal!!

  12. I love summer bbqs and that avocado salad looks delicious and I have to try that spiked lemonade asap. Wish you both a lovely Monday morning. Kisses

  13. Everything looks amazinggggg! Yummm!!

    xo Michelle @ A Little Bit of This & That

  14. A BBQ has never looked so divine.

  15. I'm sure I had some (other) bbq favorites but that was until I saw your amazing pictures and creative choices.
    I'm in heaven with the way you "messed" the olives. I love olives. We are lucky for having lots but they never looked that good... up until now as I'm adopting your ideas.
    Thank you and thank you Jessica for knowing and bringing us the most interesting people :)

  16. Love this, love that there were 2 ideas, very nice layout design and great choice of pictures. Refreshing post!

    DoublClik Photo Blog

  17. Please come cook for me? This ALL sounds wonderfully incredible!! :)


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