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Summer outdoor entertaining is so much fun. To make this seasonal event a success, I’ve prepared a “hands on food” event with some delicious smoked ribs and the perfect finger snacks for my guests.


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Ribs for me are the iconic summer food and this easy dry rub recipe will bedazzle everyone at your party. All you’ll need are:

-2 tbsp of salt
-2 tsp of garlic powder
-3 tbsp of brown sugar
-2 tbsp of ground coffee (I found mine at HomeGoods and decided on beans to ground at home for a fresher taste)
-ground pepper to your taste

Mix all of these ingredients and dry rub your ribs. Next, place them on a pre-heated smoker at 250° F for 3 hours (or if you prefer, use a pre-heated oven at 300° F for 3 hours).


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Although I prefer my ribs without sauce, I know for a fact that HomeGoods has a wonderful selection of BBQ sauces. So, choose your combination!


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While waiting for those ribs, I set up my drinks and appetizers station. At HomeGoods, I found two simple but beautiful beverage dispensers — perfect for a cold sangria and a fresh lemonade. These came with a stand that can also be used as an ice bucket!


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After preparing some of my guests’ favorite drinks in the back, I placed an arrangement of tropical leaves on a corner of my gardening-table-turned-party-station to brighten up the area. I used two wooden pedestal boards as my serving trays, and all of the appetizers (including the olives) were great finds from HomeGoods.


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This amazing, boat-shaped galvanized ice bucket held some imported bottle ginger ale and blood orange soda. (And all of this is also from HomeGoods!)


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These appetizers deserve a cute plate, and I found the perfect ones with a beautiful tropical palm design that matches the arrangement. I have to say that this party was off to a good start. Just take a look at those ribs!


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I hope you’re having a wonderful summer so far, and enjoy hosting your own seasonal party!

Gloribell Lebron is paid blogger. She’s an interior stylist and designer with a strong background and knowledge in graphic design. View more of her work at I Don’t Know How She Does It. (Find her on InstagramPinterestTwitter and Facebook.)


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