Picnic Party

Swing on By

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If you’re having an outdoor event, swing seating adds just a touch of whimsy and fun. Decorated with an over abundance of flowers gives it that picture perfect setting for your guests.

Beyond Cold Cuts

 

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Picnic style food does not have to be boring cold cuts and potato salads. We like these baked ham and cheese roll ups dressed up with poppy seeds, which taste great both warm or cold.

INGREDIENTS

1 tube crescent dough sheet
¾ lb. Boar’s Head SmokeMaster™ Black Forest Ham, thinly sliced
12 slices swiss cheese, thinly sliced
½ cup butter, melted {I use salted}
1 Tbsp. poppyseeds
1 & ½ Tbsp. yellow mustard
1 Tbsp. dried minced onion
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Roll out your crescent dough and press into an approximately 13×18 inch rectangle. Top with ham and cheese.
Starting on the long side, roll the dough up tightly. Pinch the ends together and place with the seam facing down. Cut into 12 pieces.
Place your rollups in your baking dish, evenly spaced.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the butter, poppy seeds, mustard, onion, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the sauce evenly over the rollups.
Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes until lightly browned.

Lemonade Stand Shandy

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Picnics call for a cool summer breezy drink. Lemonade often comes to mind and this lemonade pilsner mix is the perfect combination.
INGREDIENTS
For the Sparkling Lemonade:
3 pounds (1.3kg) lemons (10 to 14 medium lemons)
14 ounces sugar (2 cups; 400g)
24 ounces cold sparkling water (3 cups; 700ml)

For Each Radler (Shandy):
9 ounces chilled beer (265ml), such as pilsner
6 ounces sparkling lemonade (175ml)

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Sparkling Lemonade: Bring lemons to room temperature, then roll firmly against the counter to soften their rinds. Halve and juice; pour juice into a sealable container and refrigerate. Cut rinds into 1-inch chunks. Toss with sugar in a large nonreactive mixing bowl, cover tightly with plastic, and let stand at room temperature, stirring once every 45 minutes or so, until sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 hours. (You can let the mixture stand up to 12 hours, if desired.)

Add 10 ounces (1 1/4 cups) of reserved lemon juice. Stir well, then strain through a nonreactive fine-mesh strainer or piece of cheesecloth into a glass or ceramic container. At this point, the concentrated lemon syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

When ready to serve, add sparkling water to concentrated lemon syrup. Adjust to taste with additional sparkling water or lemon juice; bear in mind that a tart lemonade tastes best when mixed with beer.

For Each Radler: Add beer and Sparkling Lemonade to a 16-ounce pint glass. Serve immediately.

Stay Dry

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In summer it can be hard to beat the heat. Give your guests custom printed yoga towels, printed on site with patches and designs suitable for your event.

Tip Courtesy of Biz Bash

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