Make the most of summer with this long weekend menu that’s a snap to put together when entertaining for a crowd. From grilled steak served on platters to Mexican corn with a built-in husk handle to party-starting tea cocktails, this backyard dinner party menu sets the mood for a stellar warm weather gathering.

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The Appetizers

Mexican Grilled Corn with Cotija Cheese and Lime
Nothing quite marks barbecue season like grilled corn on the cob. This version features fresh and salty cotija cheese and a splash of lime. Warning: this appetizer is highly addictive, so plan to make a lot of it.

Ina Garten’s Watermelon and Feta Salad
Kick off the long weekend with a fruity spin on a classic summer menu opener. Ina’s sweet and cool watermelon salad with salty feta cheese and peppery arugula ticks all the right flavour boxes.

The Cocktails

Charred Pomelo Twist
Grill grapefruit until it’s slightly charred and muddle the juice together with cilantro in a cocktail shaker. Add ready-made lemon tea, plenty of ice and shake until well chilled. Garnish with a smoked salt rim and cilantro leaves and don’t share.

Peach Tea-lini
Peach season is short. Make the most of it by indulging in these fresh and easy tea cocktails. The best part? They can be made ahead of time and garnished with wedges of peach just before serving.

grilled flank steak

The Mains 

Grilled Flank Steak with Cilantro Chimichurri
A casually elegant way to stretch steak for a crowd, this grilled flank steak is thinly sliced on the same cutting board it’s served on and paired with a flavour-packed fresh cilantro chimichurri dipper to keep things interesting.

Jamie Oliver Chicken Skewers and Spicy Noodle Salad
We can’t get enough of Jamie’s crowd-friendly, fork-free chicken skewers with a crunchy peanut satay sauce, but it’s this fiery noodle salad that really kicks up the heat.

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The Dessert

Anna Olson’s Lemon Berry Cake with Bumbleberry Sauce
There will be no post barbecue dessert slicing flubs when you serve these gorgeously bright, fruity mini meringue cakes with a sweet and citrusy bumbleberry sauce.