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Outdoor party with BBQ
We asked party pros to share their go-to hosting tips for summer entertaining. These clever food hacks will ensure you have everything you need.
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Outdoor party with BBQ
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Find Inspiration

We asked party pros to share their go-to hosting tips for summer entertaining. These clever food hacks will ensure you have everything you need.

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Get Creative

Everyone tops corn with butter, salt, and pepper—but why not try toppings that are a little more unexpected? Whether you like spicy, sweet, or somewhere in between, we have six surprising combos that will make your kernels taste even better.

Couscous With Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, and Mint
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Let Your Sides Shine

Whether you’re hosting the potluck or headed to a friend’s, you want side dishes that go beyond fruit salad. We have 13 delicious picks that can withstand the heat and feed a crowd.

Skip the Grill

Tiny apartment? No patio? No problem. You can cook corn on the cob to perfection right over your stove. See our foolproof method here.

Blue Diamond Crafted Gourmet Almonds
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Take Gourmet Shortcuts

Heat-proof snacks, like Blue Diamond Crafted Gourmet Almonds, are the ideal hostess hack (unless you like replacing brown guacamole every 30 minutes or so).