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?

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!

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?

Celebrating the Arrival of Summer

Memorial Day weekend is here again, which means sunshine and sundresses, watermelon and, of course, barbecue! This weekend throw the perfect barbecue for all your friends to start off the summer.

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For ideas on what to eat and drink, check out the Huffington Posts’ hunger-inducing slide-show of Memorial Day recipes. Of course we all know that it’s not all about the food. Create a lovely picnic tabletop with Linnea’s Light’s Magnolia scented candles – they’re perfect for an early summer weekend – and some fresh flowers.

Happy barbecuing!