Fire Up The Grill | Backyard Entertaining Ideas

04.09.2015 + Upper Canada Mall + No Comments

Enjoy the last of the perfect summer evenings and sunny afternoons by hosting as many backyard bashes as you can. Whether it is for a large party, few select friends or just a family (or couples!) night in, we have just the right backyard entertaining ideas – from recipes, drinks to updated outdoor décor that will make you want the good weather to last forever.


The success of a good party always comes down to what guests ate and how memorable it was, which is why we love backyard entertaining! You have free reign to choose the theme, the menu and how you want to create the experience. And let’s be serious, eating food is always an experience – good or bad depends though! We love heading into Oil & Vinegar because they have a marvelous selection of party favourites for appetizers, entrees and desserts.


A classic cheese board and antipasto go a long way as a little bite before the real meal brings people together and prepares the palette for more to come. The guide to a luxury cheese board perfectly explains how to create the artistic platter. A grissini is not just a bread stick! It can be transformed to a delicious appetizer by adding beef or fish carpaccio around it. Plan the perfect hors d’oeuvre platter with camembert from the oven and pair with Roquefort ham rolls.

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It wouldn’t be summer without grilling some traditional foods like burgers and salmon! These mini BBQ burgers are just the perfect size to accompany all your other dishes and with options to make smoky, Italian or French, everyone will have a fill of their favourite. We adore this simple cedar salmon dish grilled in wooden BBQ wraps are made from 100% Canadian Western Red Cedar wood. It is surprisingly easy to use and requires little effort without sacrificing that subtle, smoky flavour from using a real cedar plank!

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The perfect accompaniment to any dish, these jacket potatoes will be a hit with everyone. Throw the spicy seasoned packets on the grill and dress with your favourite garnishes! Grilled veggies are always a must and the balsamic vinegar just adds a hint of exotic to this dish, pair with the spicy guacamole because who doesn’t love guacamole?

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No party is complete without some beverages! Get your guests in a festive mood with some of these fun drinks we found over on Hudson Bay’s Pinterest. Enjoy a spicy grapefruit margarita, grapefruit sage mimosa, citrus pomegranate tea and rose infused lemonade with friends and family before or after a meal. With or without alcohol, these will surely stir up a great conversation.

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Now that the menu planning is out of the way, all that is left is décor. Creating the right atmosphere will not only set the mood but also enhance the vibe and feel of your backyard BBQ. Soft lights, comfortable seating and space to mingle will make your evening go smoothly and beautifully. You don’t need a professional decorator to create your perfect space, we love finding décor inspiration from Hudson’s Bay patio pinterest board and have chosen a few of our favourite images below.

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Happy grilling this long weekend! Tag us with #GorgeousUCM to show us your BBQ style and follow us for more backyard entertaining ideas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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