Easy Party Food Recipes and Tips
No One Wants to Drink Lukewarm Beer
How to handle the ice situation, according to Denise Gee, the author of the cocktail book Porch Parties (amazon.com, $17).
- For pitcher drinks and mixed drinks: 1 to 1½ pounds of ice per person. Double this amount if the temperature will top 80 degrees.
- For chilling beer and soda: At least four 10-pound bags for each large (40- to 60-quart) tub or cooler.
- Is your plastic cooler an eyesore? A galvanized bucket is more fun and will still keep the ice icy, says Gee. She also likes to use planter boxes, plugged with wine corks (trimmed to fit if necessary) or lined with plastic, and a curvy trowel for the scoop.
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