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A Time to Grill

Summertime… and the livin’ is easy. Especially when you’re chilling in the sunshine, sipping on some icy libations, and chowing down on some tasty grilled fare. Take a cue from the celebs to ensure your summer BBQ rocks.

A Time to Grill

Make crowd-pleasing plates

For the Food Revolution Day BBQ held outside his Shoreditch restaurant Fifteen, Chef Jamie Oliver stuck to simple, yet tasty crowd pleasers like personal grilled pizzas. Want to hit it out of the park like Jamie? Try a few of his party food favorites. Click on our picks below to go to Jamie's recipes: 

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A Time to Grill

A Time to Grill

Think kid-friendly

Kids and BBQs go together like peanut butter and jelly, but the key to keeping them happy is coming prepared. You’ll be exposed to harsh UV rays all day, so — first things first — don’t skimp on the sunscreen!

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A Time to Grill

Keep guests entertained

Granted, most of us don’t have the kind of cash required to book Billy Gibbons for our BBQs like Rachael Ray did for her Feedback Party at Stubbs BBQ in Austin. But having music on hand is always smart — even if it’s just summer tunes streaming from your iPod.

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A Time to Grill

A Time to Grill

Dress cute, but comfy

When you’re spending the day outdoors, comfort is key. You don’t want to be preoccupied with keeping your fancy new duds spotless and miss out on the fun and festivities. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! Think sundresses, linen pants, and other breezy — but beautiful — options, like those worn by Regina King and Minnie Driver.

Super-cute summer BBQ styles >>

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