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A Backyard Lunch

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A Backyard Lunch

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Entertaining at home doesn't mean that you need to bring out your best china and silver every time. There are times when a more casual, relaxed get-together is just the thing.

This Backyard Lunch is perfect when you're having a few friends or family members over or just as a simple meal for you and the kids. I like to serve menus like this when my son and I have a play date with my sister-in-law and her son. The menu is simple, light and easy to put together.

Serve this meal indoors or out. On the table, add a pitcher of fresh flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit or vegetables for the centerpiece. Or, if you want to get really creative try a watermelon centerpiece that will really wow the crowd.

Backyard Lunch Menu

Crazy Cucumber Dip - Serve this dip with veggies, pita chips or crackers.

Cold Cucumber Soup - Cucumber soup is wonderful on a hot summer day. It is light and refreshing and is a perfect beginning for lunch.

Raspberry Sun Tea - You'll want to make this the day before as it needs to sit in the sun for a few hours. If raspberry is not your style, try berry-watermelon lemonade or Caribbean rum punch.

Red Potato Salad - A wonderful alternative to traditional potato salad. Make this the night before your lunch.

Layered Italian Sandwich - Dress this up any way you choose. You can also use fresh Italian rolls instead of the dough.

Lemon Crispies - A perfect ending to this light lunch.

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