Thursday, June 17, 2010


I love the idea of a late afternoon BBQ on the beach. Warm sand, cool water and a brillant sunset make for a perfect evening. 

 With Father's Day fast approaching, why not plan a beach or park picnic dinner for dad. Grilling will be a snap with this  chic fire-engine red BBQ grill bucket.

 photo credit-istock

The key to a successful destination BBQ or Picnic-
Plan Ahead- your menu should include items that require little prep work and are easy to transport.
Keep It Simple-use fresh local ingredients- they always taste the best!
Dress For The Weather- bring a sweater and keep the designer duds at home.
Signature Drink- I like to premake a batch of margaritas and transport them in a cooler. No glass bottles to break!
Fun and Games-bring a ball or frisbee and some music for beach fun

 Quick Shade Tiki Hut instant canopy gives your instant shade and is so chic!

One of my favorite summer BBQ Menus:

Grilled swordfish and vegetable kebabs
Rotini pasta salad with feta, Greek olives and tomatoes
Fresh fruit salad
Chocolate chip cookies, brownies and marshmallows

String fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions and swordfish on these fire wire flexible skewers from Broadway Panhandler. Marinate for few hours before the picnic and they are grill ready!

Pasta to go- make a hearty pasta salad that doesn't require refrigeration. This Greek pasta salad can be made in the morning. Delicious!

Go Green-these eco-friendly 100% bamboo plates are sturdy enough for steak, corn on the cob and a hearty helping of potato salad. Best of all-they look fantastic and are biodegradable.

Creative Packing- Chinese takeout containers are great for transporting cookies and brownies. 

Think outside the box-carry all your picnic needs in wooden crates.  Flip them over and you have instant seating! 

Have Some Fun-Bring glow necklaces, sparklers and marshmallows for the night.

 Greek Pasta Salad 


  • 1/2 pound fusilli (spirals) pasta
  • Kosher salt
  • Good olive oil
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes, medium-diced
  • 3/4 cup good black olives, such as kalamata, pitted and diced
  • 1 pound good feta cheese, medium-diced
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped

For the dressing:

  • 5 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 teaspoon capers, drained
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley, chopped


Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water with a splash of oil to keep it from sticking together. Boil for 12 minutes, or according to the directions on the package. Drain well and allow to cool. Place the pasta in a bowl and add the tomatoes, olives, feta and chopped sun-dried tomatoes.

For the dressing, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, capers, salt and pepper in a food processor until almost smooth.

Pour the dressing over the pasta, sprinkle with the Parmesan and parsley, and toss well.

 Happy Father"s Day!


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Looks yummy to me! I'd stop by your picnic anytime!

Suburban Princess said...

All of this is reminding me of Barefoot Contessa episodes when she would make picnics for different events! I love all of these ideas!

Jeannine 520 said...

Mmmm..., that looks good! Thanks for the recipe, I'll try it this weekend.

Town and Country Mom said...

I love this idea, and thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to give it a try!

red ticking said...

delightful post... wish i could be with my dad this weekend... but will be soon... have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Mary Ann said...

looks delish, thanks for sharing the recipe. hope you have a great weekend! verbena cottage

Harrison Howard said...

Like all your other recipes these ones sound great too. My wife wanted me to send the first recipe I took from your blog for pasta with spinach and boursin to one of her sisters, so I just wanted to say thank you again for providing all the great recipes. By now you clearly have enough for your own cookbook.

Rene@bargainhoot said...

This looks so delish!! I am new to your blog and just became a follower. We have talked about coming to the Hamptons and up near Maine for our 25th wedding anniversary this year :)We've never been :)

Roxanna said...

Sounds great! I like the idea of using wooden crates and flipping it in the beach for instant seating. We've been to the beach last week and we had so much fun. My husband told me to have the same picnic idea when there's vacant time. He wants to cook barbecue using gas. Barbecue accessories and marinated pork ribs sounds very essential for a successful beach party, I must say. My homemade barbecue sauce was also a hit. Since it was so yummy, we received good bbq reviews from the kids and my sister-in-laws boyfriend who attended the picnic.

Thanks for the awesome tips, Hampton Hostess! I'm really thrilled with those amazing picnic ideas that you've shared.