Nice weather calls for a BBQ--there's nothing easier and more pleasing to a crowd!

  • Grilled Tri Tip Roast
  • Baked Beans with Crispy Onions
  • Potato Salad with Bacon
  • Overnight Cabbage Salad
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Carrot Cake

Barbecue Tip

To judge the heat of the coals, hold the palm of your hand 6 to 8 inches above them. If you can hold it there for 2 to 4 seconds, the heat is high; 5 to 7 seconds, medium; 8 to 10 seconds, low.

Bean Tip

Add brown sugar and barbecue sauce to canned baked beans and bake for 1 hour. Sprinkle the top with crushed French fried onion topping.

Salad Tip

To give purchased potato salad a homemade touch, stir in canned bacon bits and a touch of mustard. Sprinkle extra bacon bits on top. Tuck in cleaned spinach leaves around the sides of the bowl to add color. Add a few cherry tomatoes arranged in clusters next to several of the leaves for color.

Décor Tip

To hold tablecloths down if it's windy outdoors, tie large washers or nuts from the hardware store to ribbons cut approximately 18 inches longer than the length and width of the table. Place two lengthwise and several widthwise to form a grid effect. The ribbon grid will add color and dimension to the table. Place canning jars filled with colored water and fresh flowers in the center grid. Tuck additional flowers and greens around the base of the jars. Add votive candles in candleholders if the party is in the evening.