SUMMERTIME (AND THE MENU’S EASY)!

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Simple-to-prepare, no-fuss fare perfect for an outdoor dinner party

Nothing says it’s summer like an outdoor party. Sultry afternoons and warm, starry nights lend themselves to al fresco dining. And if you’re planning on having a few guests over for a summer get-together, this easy, breezy menu fits the bill perfectly: scrumptious appetizers, a soup and salad bursting with seasonal produce, light seafood entrée, and even a (guiltless) chocolate dessert.

Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Peppers
Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Peppers

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Antipasti Platter

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Spinach, Basil, and Strawberry Salad; Sweet Corn Soup with Thyme

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Click here for the Sweet Corn Soup with Thyme recipe

Raw Chocolate-Raspberry Mousse

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Decorate on a Dime

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to entertain. Try these tips for a festive fête on the cheap.

String lights such as white twinkle lights around the dining area, or add some ambiance with candles.

Skip the disposable dishes and invest in an inexpensive set of plates, bowls, and napkins in bright colors. Check your local thrift shop or second-hand store for cheap finds.

For background music, create a playlist on iTunes, check out Pandora.com, or select some CDs at a thrift store to fit your theme.

Arrange wildflowers in a tall glass vase with some sliced oranges for a summery centerpiece.

Or search the Internet for other low-cost or no-cost table toppers.

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