An All-Star MLB Cookout

 

Nothing goes together like summertime and baseball, America’s favorite pastime. So why not invite a bunch of friends over to celebrate the 84th annual All-Star Major League Baseball game coming up on July 16, 2013?

We love Rachel Ray‘s idea for throwing a baseball cookout in your backyard. With the right decorations, you can make your guests feel like they’re right in Citi Field. You can even fashion your own JumboTron with a rented projector and a blank canvas or suspended white sheet. If you don’t want the hassle of renting equipment, simply set up one or more TVs outside with plenty of speakers so guests don’t miss a pitch. To mimic stadium seating, arrange seating in tiers. Or if you want to make it more casual and extra comfortable, create seating areas with chaise lounges, floor pillows and blankets. Don’t forget to put out bug spray and sunscreen, too.

If you don’t already have some, pick up some inexpensive bats, mitts and a few baseballs and set them out so guests can play an impromptu game during the 7th Inning Stretch. Better yet, borrow some equipment from friends and neighbors or ask guests to bring their own.

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Create your own concession stand by continuing the baseball theme with your food spread. One great idea it to set up a buffet table and cover it with a strip of Astroturf, which you can find at your local home improvement store. Then, scatter some baseball cards around serving platters and table settings.

Another idea is to create your own mini pendants with construction paper in your team’s colors and use them as food labels. Come up with a fun way to keep track of beverages like with decorated koozies that your guests can take home with them. And we love this idea from Heart Tree Home – cut the corners off of large white dinner napkins to turn them into home plate napkins. So easy, yet so cool!

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Make sure your players and spectators are well fed!  A spread of gourmet meat and cheese from Hickory Farms with Our Signature Summer Sausage is sure to hit a homerun with guests. And for dessert, you can serve our Italian Ice Cream Truffles. You can even draw baseball stitches on them, or let kids decorate their own ice cream baseballs! Head over to the Hickory Farms online store to start preparing for your All-Star cookout.

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