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The backyard beckons us to host the perfect summer soiree

It’s summer, and when the temperature rises, the parties get hotter. Whether it’s an end of season bash or a simple summer evening with friends, there always is a great outdoor party to be had. 

Karen Garlough of My Chef Catering in Wheaton says the latest party trend is to give guests a hand in the preparation, with a “create-your-own” option on the menu. Slider bars get party-goers building their own mini burgers using an array of tasty toppings and even different sandwich options, like grilled Portobello mushrooms, pulled pork or tilapia.

Do-it-yourself sundaes remain a cool choice, or for a twist on the dessert favorite, try a shortcake bar filled with fanciful fruits and whipped cream. 

If you’re looking for a menu option that truly takes advantage of the warm breezes and sultry evenings of summer, Garlough suggests some popular trends, such as tropical themes that embrace roasted pork and pineapple with a full-on Tiki decor, or a casual barbecue taste testing, encouraging  guests to slather their favorite foods with regional sauces, taste-testing their way from Kansas City to the Carolinas.

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