Today: Host a barbecue soirée and savor the last warm nights of summer.
You've already hosted the refined, candlelit dinner indoors. Now you're looking for something to keep you outside: a barbecue. Invite your friends over and enjoy the last of the warm summer breeze from your patio or deck -- especially if you've been in an air-conditioned office all day.
More: Don't want to use paper plates or bring your ceramic plates outside? Here's a stylish compromise.
We're not talking about a last-minute burgers-and-hot dogs type of barbecue -- rather, a sophisticated menu that just happens to be prepared entirely on the grill, aside from a cool drink and a no-bake dessert. The majority of prep for these dishes can be done before your guests arrive so that you can finish them outdoors while nursing a cocktail. Ready your tools and get your char on.
What's your favorite thing to grill when entertaining? Tell us in the comments!