Features June 2016

Take the Party Outside

By: Jennifer Solomon

Summer is here. The warm summer sun and mild breezes means it’s time to take the party outdoors for some poolside entertaining. We’ve got you covered with some fun backyard games, food tips to keep the bugs away, and easy summer recipes the kids will enjoy.

Jenga

BACKYARD GAMES

Giant Jenga
How fun does this giant Jenga set look? This is a giant version of one of America’s favorite party games. The Tower starts out at 2.5 ft tall and can grow to over 5 ft during games. You can either purchase the giant toppling tower or make one of your own. All you have to do is buy some 2x4s at your local hardware or lumber store, and have them cut them to the size you want.  Sand down the edges so they are smooth. You can even paint the blocks fun colors.

Balloon Dart Board
Try bringing your dart game outside with this fun balloon version! All you need is a large piece of cardboard, some balloons, and some tape to secure the balloons to the board. Then, if you already have darts, use those, and if not you can usually find some in toy sections at the dollar store that might be safer for kids to use.

Ping Pong
Ping pong in the pool is the way to get your summer game on. Perfect for adults and kids, this floating ping pong game includes a floating board, net, two paddles, and two balls.

Food Tips

FOOD TIPS
When your party is outside, bugs believe they have an open invitation. Here are some tips on keeping those pesky bugs out of your food and beverages.

Put your salads in large glass jars with lids.

Protect your drinks from bugs using a cupcake holder.

SUMMER RECIPES

Appetizers

Food Tips

Nutella Dipped Grapes
These are so easy to make! You literally just wash the grapes, dip them in Nutella, and the grape in nuts. Recipe provided by Make the Best of Everything.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon and asparagus… a dream come true! Who doesn’t love food wrapped in bacon? This quick and easy recipe is from Slim Sanity.

Entrée

Food Tips

Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps
No bun for these cheeseburgers! These yummy wraps are filled with lean ground beef, lettuce, tomato, a little cheese, and wrapped in a flour tortilla. Recipe provided by Life in the Lofthouse.

Pizza Pinwheels
What kid doesn’t love pizza? The kids will go crazy for the pizza pinwheels and they can also help make them. Recipe provided by Butter with a Side of Bread.

Desserts

Food Tips

S’mores Bites
No firepit necessary. Enjoy s’mores during the summer without the firepit. You can use a grill, microwave, or stove. Recipe provided by The First Year Blog.

Apple Pie Bites
These have now become my go-to-dessert. You can whip up these applie pies in less than 30 minutes. Recipe provided by The Blond Cook.

Beverage

Food Tips

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade
This frozen strawberry lemonade is sure to cool you off this summer! It’s easy to make, full of fresh strawberries and bright, tart lemons. Not too sour or too sweet, just perfect! Recipe provided by As Easy As Apple Pie.


Jennifer Solomon

Jennifer Solomon is the publisher of North Phoenix Family Magazine and the owner of Inspire PR & Marketing, LLC, a public relations and marketing firm. She has more than 16 years of experience in public relations, marketing and event management. Jennifer is a mom of two kids, ages 8 and 9, who inspired her to start a local family-friendly online magazine for other parents. She loves coaching kids in sports, decorating, and gardening. Follow North Phoenix Family on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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