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HELP! Suggestions for Peak-of-Season Summer Party?

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HELP! Suggestions for Peak-of-Season Summer Party?

Maya | Aug 20, 2007 03:45 PM

I'm throwing a birthday party for my husband in a couple weeks and am hitting a brick wall with ideas. He's no help at all with the menu beyond saying he would love everything to just be the peak of season. I live near several wonderful farmers markets, so accessibility should not be an issue.

It's for about 20 people, and the main dish(es) should be prepared on the gas grill

So far I'm contemplating:

Insalata caprese with heirloom tomatoes
Assorted grilled veggies (not sure which kind would be best right now, though)
Some kind of pasta or orzo salad
Strawberry tart
Vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches and champagne

I'd like to have some easy/elegant appetizers, a buffet of salads I can make in advance, some kind of mixed grill (wide open - seafood, beef, lamb, poultry, pork...) and maybe add a chocolatey dessert.

I'm pretty desperate for some ideas. Anything that screams "summer" would be a VERY welcome suggestion! Thanks...

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