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 fête 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. Voilà!

What will you do to celebrate the long weekend?

Hostess Gift Ideas for a Beach House Getaway

Memorial Day house guests, take note: Linnea’s Lights Summer scents like Ocean, White Coral, new Sea Salt and our Cote d’Azur gift set (which includes  Lavender, Mimosa and White Coral mini votives) come in host gift-ready boxes, with matches tucked in. Just add a summery raffia ribbon, and it’s ready to go, perfect for your next beach house escape!

Do you have any travel plans for this Memorial Day weekend?