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August 23, 2010 08:00 ET

Easy Outdoor Entertaining Quick Tips for an Effortless Get-Together

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - August 23, 2010) - (Family Features) Whether it's simple dinner for a few friends or a big bash for a crowd, taking the party outside takes entertaining to a whole new level. If you're planning an outdoor get-together, don't spend all your time in the kitchen. These quick and easy tips will help you spend more time with guests and ensure your gathering is an effortless success.

  • Preparation is key. Prepare any appetizers you're serving the night before and keep in the fridge. This will allow you to focus on any last minute arrangements on the day of your party.
  • Think outside the box. If you're worried that you may not have enough serving dishes for your get-together, look for cups and glasses that may double as a dip bowl or unique container for fruits or vegetables.
  • Embrace the idea of "family style" dining. Serve appetizers on large platters or set a buffet where everyone can serve themselves. This way, guests can take what they want and eat at their own pace.
  • Make sure you have music. Loading up your iPod with fun songs, both new and old, will provide a fun atmosphere for your guests.
  • Candles are always a quick and easy way to add ambiance and class to any space. Keep several on hand to grab when the sun goes down, but the party is still going strong.
  • Serve a delicious iced coffee cocktail. These cool drinks provide guests with a sweet treat that no one will be able to resist. Plus, they're so easy to make you'll have plenty of time to tend to all of your other host duties. Just double brew your coffee in the morning and stick in the fridge until you're ready to mix and serve.

Try these easy, indulgent recipes below to host a party all of your friends will be talking about.

Visit for more recipes, and videos of top baristas and bartenders from around the country making delicious iced coffee cocktails.

 Baileys Original Iced Coffee  
 Makes 1 serving  
  3.5 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream
  7 ounces iced coffee
  Pour ingredients over ice in a tall glass.   
 The Simple One   
 Makes 1 serving  
  1 ounce Baileys Original Irish Cream
  3/4 ounce cognac-based orange liqueur
  3 ounces iced coffee
  Pour ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
 Guatemalan Spice  
 Makes 1 serving  
  3/4 ounce Baileys Original Irish Cream
  1 3/4 ounces iced coffee
  1 1/8 ounces rum
  1/16 ounce cinnamon syrup
    Pinch of freshly ground cinnamon
  Add Irish Cream, rum, cinnamon syrup and iced coffee to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously with ice, strain into a Delmonico or other glass of your choice, and garnish with freshly ground cinnamon.
 Fresh Guacamole  
 Makes 16 servings  
  2 avocados
  1 small onion, finely chopped
  1 clove garlic, minced
  1 clove garlic, minced
  1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    Salt and pepper, to taste
  Peel and mash avocados in a medium serving bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper. Chill for half an hour to blend flavors.
 Strawberry Parfait  
 Makes 1 serving  
  1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  1 cup whipped cream
  1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  Layer ingredients in a parfait glass.  

Tips for making the best iced coffee cocktail

  • The type of roast used to make your iced coffee is more important than you may think. Using a medium roasted coffee bean will produce the best flavor for your iced coffee cocktail. The result is a blend that offers balance, sweetness and a mild acidity.
  • Another easy way to ensure your iced coffee never gets watered down is to freeze coffee ahead of time in an ice cube tray. Use these instead of ice to ensure your iced coffee cocktail is perfection.

Please enjoy Baileys Responsibly.

BAILEYS Irish Cream Liqueur. 17% Alc/Vol. ©2010 R & A Bailey & Co. Imported by Paddington, Ltd., Norwalk, CT. All drink recipes contain no more than 0.6 fl. oz (14 g.) of alcohol per serving, equivalent to one standard U.S. drink.