Outdoor entertaining is one of my greatest passions. Yes, it is a passion. I couldn't be happier than to bring together a group of friends to drink and dine on the grass and under the summer sun. (It's also a rare opportunity where I sometimes entertain...barefoot!)
I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite tabletop brands, Villeroy & Boch to host a fabulous (and functional) picnic that celebrates the very best of summer flavors, colors and the bright sun! Their new BBQ Passion collection is the perfect fusion of form and function. The white premium porcelain plates are durable and are both microwavable and dishwasher safe - a domestic goddesses prerequisite! And, their plates and serving platters are carefully constructed and designed, all to maximize the flavors of summer grilled food!
I gathered five of my fabulous friends and had a long summer lunch by the pond. I wanted to be able to cook and chat, so I had Ascanio and Giulio bring the grill on the back of a Gator!
Hors d’oeuvres started off with Mediterranean olives, freshly made bruschetta and grilled asparagus – all served on tiered platters that helped me maximize on table space.
Sips of crisp cold rosé and a few Kalamata olives sparked our appetites for a meat-heavy BBQ!
Baby back ribs and tender steak that were marinated in homemade BBQ sauce were served on my favorite BBQ plates.
I served the Mexican-style street corn on a practical platter – fit with skewer grooves so that they wouldn’t roll around. Can anyone say, form meets function?
The greatest thing about these plates is that they have dedicated sections so your BBQ sauce and salad dressing don’t run off into each other. And a little condiment groove so that your mustard doesn’t pepper your salad!
The day turned out to be absolutely glorious. Everyone was so happy – even Zorro who not only got to play in the pond, but who got some leftover pieces of steak as well!
If you absolutely adore this table setting and these functional plates, click here to get a set of your own! Have a wonderful Fourth of July celebrating with family and friends and grilling outdoors!