Memorial Day BBQ: Tips from Redbook Magazine & Katy Lee

Image courtesy of Getty Images and Redbook Magazine

Image courtesy of Getty Images and Redbook Magazine

Each Memorial Day weekend, I look forward to kicking summer off with a big family BBQ at the house. I couldn’t resist sharing Redbook Magazine’s fun hosting tips from celebrity chef and food critic, Katie Lee. No champagne and white tablecloths needed; just a few original touches that keep this holiday weekend fĂȘte low-key.

Some of my favorite ideas:

1. Frozen Fruit: For a refreshingly sweet twist, use frozen fruit in lieu of ice in soda and seltzer. Up your game with adorable ice cubes: Place a berry in each cube of your ice tray before freezing.

2. Corn on the Cob: Throw some corn on the grill and then jazz up the classic BBQ side dish with Parmesan cheese and chili powder.

3. Zucchini Chips: Leave the prepackaged chips on the shelf! Thinly slice a zucchini, coat with egg and flour, then fry slices in a Dutch oven until golden brown. VoilĂ !

What will you do to celebrate the long weekend?

Now Playing: A BBQ Playlist from top designer, Rebecca Minkoff

Image courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

While making our plans for Memorial Day this weekend, I realized we had all the fixin’s for a great BBQ but one thing was missing… a killer playlist! Thankfully, the always cool designer Rebecca Minkoff had just the thing on her blog: a great playlist perfect no matter what your weekend plans bring.

Click here for the mix I can’t get enough of!