The Great American BBQ {& $130 Amazon Giveaway}

welcome to the Great American Barbecue!

everything you need from drinks to dessert for the perfect BBQ!  {and a $130 Amazon giveaway to help you plan!}

The Great American Barbecue - Everything You Need from Drinks to Dessert for the Perfect BBQ

So excited to be at this virtual BBQ with some of my favorite blog friends! The Great American Barbecue is a virtual potluck hosted by 13 fabulous bloggers to bring you wonderful picnic recipes and ideas. I have been drooling and pinning away just looking at these, and now I’m ready to throw another party! We’ve taken all the work out of planning a fabulous BBQ for you including drinks, appetizers, meats to grill, side dishes and desserts.  We even included an easy DIY utensil caddy and a fun outdoor activity for the kids. If that’s not enough, we’re also giving away a $130 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the party so one lucky winner can buy any remaining supplies you might need to throw your party!

My good friend Angela and I brought the main dishes, and everything looks amazing. I hope you enjoy!

Refreshing Drinks to Welcome Your Guests

Whether your guests arrive from across town, out of town or from the house next door, the first thing a good host always does is offer them a cool, refreshing beverage.

Make Ahead Lemon Berry Slush - One Krieger Chick
Make Ahead Frozen Lemon Berry Slush {adult and kid versions}

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Ariean from One Krieger Chick

Ariean from One Krieger Chick

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Fresh Fruit Ice Cubes - Oh My! Creative

Fresh Fruit Ice Cubes

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Susan from Oh My! Creative

Susan from Oh My! Creative

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Get the Party Started with Appetizers

With a beverage in hand, your guests will need something to munch on while the main dish is cooking on the grill.

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini - This Silly Girl's Life

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini

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Dana from This Silly Girl's Life

Dana from This Silly Girl’s Life

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Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia - The Grant Life

Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

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Kelley from The Grant Life

Kelley from The Grant Life

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The Main Event – Fresh from the Grill

What would a barbecue be if you didn’t have meat to throw on the grill? For the Great American Barbecue, we’ve got two fabulous options for you!

Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs - Handmade in the Heartland

Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs

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Angela from Handmade in the Heartland

Angela from Handmade in the Heartland

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Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch - Color Me Meg

Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch

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Meg from Color Me Meg

Meg from Color Me Meg

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Perfect Potluck Side Dishes

A barbecue always needs a few great side dishes to accompany the main meal. We’ve got pasta, potatoes and a green salad all ready for the making!

Easy Macaroni Salad: Classic Summer Potluck Recipe - Kenarry.com

Easy Macaroni Salad

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Carrie from Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

Carrie from Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

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Best Strawberry Spinach Salad from Play. Party. Pin.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Britni from Play. Party. Pin.

Britni from Play. Party. Pin.

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Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes from The Best Blog Recipes

Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes

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Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes

Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes

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Delicious Crowd-Pleasing Desserts

How many of you head straight for the dessert table when you get to a barbecue? With desserts like these, it’s easy to see why.

Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Belle of the Kitchen

Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen

Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars from Made to Be a Momma

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

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Katie from Made to Be a Momma

Katie from Made to Be a Momma

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Serving Your Guests in Style

Once you’ve got the food prepared and set up along your buffet, you’ll need to make the silverware easily accessible for your guests. Here’s an easy way to do that with something you already have on hand!

Upcycled Utensil Caddy from View from the Fridge

Upcycled Utensil Caddy

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Katie from View from the Fridge

Katie from View from the Fridge

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A Fun Activity for the Kids

No detail has been spared as we planned the perfect barbecue for you. We even have a fun game for the kids that’s easy to make!

Tin Can Toss Game from Crafts by Courtney

DIY Kids Tin Can Toss Game

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Courtney from Crafts by Courtney

Courtney from Crafts by Courtney

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Enter to Win an Amazon Gift Card

We’ve tried to think of everything from drinks to desserts for the perfect Great American Barbecue, but now’s your chance to win a $130 Amazon gift card so you can buy all the supplies you need.

The Great American Barbecue - Everything You Need from Drinks to Dessert for the Perfect BBQ

Giveaway Rules:The prize has been sponsored by the hosts of the Great American Barbecue. No purchase necessary. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on September 2, 2014. All entrants must provide a valid e-mail address and be 18 years old. The giveaway is open worldwide. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen from among the entrants and notified via e-mail. The winner has 48 hours to respond via e-mail to claim the prize or another winner will be selected. The $130 Amazon gift card will be issued via e-mail by Carrie at Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. The hosts and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Please read the complete terms and conditions on the Rafflecopter form. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie at ideas at kenarry dot com before entering the giveaway. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at colormemegblog@gmail.com to work with me!

23 comments on The Great American BBQ {& $130 Amazon Giveaway}

  1. Amy
    August 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm (3 years ago)

    There is so much that I want!

  2. Amy
    August 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm (3 years ago)

    There is so much!

  3. Chris Martinez
    August 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm (3 years ago)

    My wife makes a fantastic macaroni salad.

  4. amy pugmire
    August 21, 2014 at 5:25 am (3 years ago)

    I love to bring potato salad.

  5. Jessie
    August 21, 2014 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

    I love a good pasta salad. Lately I have been trying caprese and greek variations.

  6. Holly Storm-Burge
    August 21, 2014 at 8:19 am (3 years ago)

    I do an awesome sweet, creamy cole slaw!

  7. Jamie
    August 21, 2014 at 8:32 am (3 years ago)

    A big pasta salad.

  8. Natalie
    August 21, 2014 at 9:16 am (3 years ago)

    I love to bring a cold fruit salad!

  9. Mai Drummond
    August 21, 2014 at 10:21 am (3 years ago)

    I love bringing either a fruit salad or dessert (usually cookies!).

  10. HS
    August 21, 2014 at 11:21 am (3 years ago)

    I like to bring potato salad.

  11. Tammy
    August 21, 2014 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    I have had a BBQ meat thermometer for my husband in my Amazon cart for months that I keep pushing “Save for Later”. Every time he grills chicken I regret not having that thermometer! Thanks for the chance to win 😉

  12. lotu
    August 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm (3 years ago)

    fruit salad or baked dessert

  13. Suzanne B
    August 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm (3 years ago)

    My lemon-orange mandaran salad. I love it and it is always gone at the end so I guess everyone else does too.

  14. nikki robak
    August 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm (3 years ago)

    potato salad

  15. Annalise
    August 22, 2014 at 8:47 am (3 years ago)

    I love to bring a yummy pasta salad with a lemon-thyme dressing. It’s so light and perfect for summer!

  16. Marta K
    August 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Chicken wings! 😛

  17. Justin Disher
    August 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Potato Salad

  18. Anna
    August 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Potato salad and ice cream.

  19. Judy Thomas
    September 1, 2014 at 6:27 am (3 years ago)

    My fave dish to take is my home made bread and buns with pasta salad.

  20. Lynda Thomas
    September 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Potato Salad and deviled eggs are my favorite things to bring! :) Yum!

  21. Irene Newstead
    September 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I like to bring fried chicken. Everyone loves it and it is the first container emptied, even if it isn’t the healthiest dish.

  22. Melanie S
    September 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm (3 years ago)

    For our family bbq’s I am always asked to make the potato salad