Easy Outdoor Entertaining


A successful summer gathering doesn’t require much. Just easy food, an inviting setting, and the company of close friends and family. Here are a few easy tips to help you achieve the perfect get-together, while staying out of the kitchen and far away from cleanup duty.

Label your table. Cover your table in parchment paper before setting out appetizers, cheese, meats, mixed nuts and any other pre-meal snacks. Once your array is set, label each item by writing in black permanent market on the parchment table covering. This is an easy way to add a touch of creativity to your gathering, and it helps guests know exactly what they’re grabbing for.


Choose biodegradable. Chinet® Classic White® products are made from 100% recycled and FDA-approved paper, so you don’t have to feel bad about using them for your backyard fiesta. All the while, they’re still sturdy enough to stand up to your heaviest, messiest dishes. Friendly on the environment and on cleanup? Sounds like a win-win to us.

Mango Black Bean Salsa in Square Chinet Bowl with Tortilla Chips

Helping hands. When feasible, choose simple, seasonal recipes that can be served in individual Chinet® Cut Crystal® cups or are handhelds. This not only makes it easier for guests to mingle and move about, but also helps cut down on cleanup. Here are a few of our favorites:

Cooking for a crowd? Check out our handy quantity guide and grocery store checklist to help take some of the stress away.

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Hydration station. Set up an outdoor bar complete with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. But instead of just throwing cans in a cooler and calling it a day, set up a DIY drink station that will not only impress guests, but help set the perfect tone for your get-together. How fancy to get with it? That’s up to you. Check out these different outdoor bar setups for inspiration.