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Gourmet {& Stylish!} Summer Grill-Out Party

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Sometimes, the best way to say thanks is to throw a party… I’m definitely on board with that idea! ;) Meredith of MJ Paperie & Party Design styled this fabulous Gourmet Summer Grill-Out for the Downtown South Bend Board of Directors – as a special thank you for all of their support. With a festive and perfect-for-summer palette of aqua & orange + seriously delicious looking food by Chic Eats Catering, I’m guessing this gesture of appreciation was VERY well received! {P.S. This design would also make for a lovely bridal shower or adult birthday!}

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini weber grills used as a pedestals for decor & mouth watering mac-n-cheese!
– Orange dipped wooden utensils (LOVING this trend!)
– Table centerpieces accented with mini “thank you” chalkboards
– Cute custom dry rub favors with labels reading “Spice up your next cookout on us!”

orange bamboo utensils

mason jar drink printables

dessert and drink bar

gourmet summer grilling party buffet

grill-out burgers with sandwich flags

aqua and orange tablescape

grilling party spice jar favors

summer gourmet grill out


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Meredith

Recently, I was asked to design an upscale grill-out party for the Downtown South Bend Board of Directors as a “thank you” for all of their service and support. The event was held on Saturday, June 16th at a private residence and about 40 people were in attendance. The host wanted to be able to mix and mingle and engage in conversation with each member, not having to worry about standing at the grill so we worked with Chic Eats Catering to take traditional grilled foods and put a gourmet twist on them! It was lovely!


For decor, we started with a cool, summer aqua and orange color palette with some darker turquoise accents, tied off with twine. We then used assorted, seasonal orange potted arrangements in mini galvanized buckets and scattered them throughout for an additional pop of color. Chalkboards were a fun method of signage directing guests and also thanking them with “thank you” notes on each flower arrangement on the tables. My favorite decoration of all were the miniature Weber grills scattered throughout, which made for great elevation on the tables, as well as functional storage space for food and floral arrangements. We also fanned large grill tools out of a wicker urn, which provided a nice tie-in to the grill theme.


For the main menu, we served Petite Peppered Beef Tenderloin Sandwiches with Balsamic Onions & Blue Cheese Horseradish Spread, Tangy Pulled Chicken BBQ, Mini 4 Cheese Mac-n-Cheese, Roasted Asparagus Potato Salad and Asian Crunch Cole Slaw. Delicious! Dessert items included mini strawberry shortcake parfaits, mini oreo cheesecakes and chocolate truffle pops, but had to be moved inside due to abnormally high temps outside! Drink items included Orange-Infused Water, Iced Tea, an assortment of beers, wine and an easy-to-make Orange Citron Cocktail.


For the paper goods, we started with a hand-delivered invitation tied to a root beer bottle with twine. Guests loved them and it was a clever way to get guests engaged with the idea! We then created a banner, which was strung in two directions above the food table. jar toppers for the favors, food tents and more.


For the favors, we wanted to send each guest home with something grill-related, something local and something from the downtown area so a local high-end Grill (LaSalle Grill) concocted a dry rub just for the party and provided a delicious recipe to go along with it. We packaged it in small, 4 oz jars with toppers that said “Spice up your next cookout on us!”



– Party Event Design & Desserts: Meredith Lee Party + Event Design
– Photography: Hemmerlein Photography
– Catering: Chic Eats Catering
– Paper Goods + Straws + Cutlery: MJ Paperie
– Favor Dry Rub: LaSalle Grill

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

One response to “Gourmet {& Stylish!} Summer Grill-Out Party”

  1. Aspen Jay says:

    What a classy BBQ! I love it!