How to Host a Perfect Pop-Up Dinner Party

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What to Serve

Because you’re likely going to be hosting your pop-up dinner party outdoors, you won’t have access to a stove or even microwave like you would at your home, so you need to choose a menu full of dishes that can be made in advance and easily packed into container, like dips, salads or a a summery Yellow Tomato Gazpacho (on joylicious.net), or quickly assembled at the party site, like this Strawberry, Brie Cheese, Honey & Basil Crostini (on cookincanuck.com). While your guests enjoy appetizers, a portable electric grill like Calphalon HE600CG Grill with Removable Plate ($129.99 on macys.com) comes in handy for quick grilling, like this eight-minute Grilled Skirt Steak With Red Wine Chimichurri (on countryliving.com). For dessert, keep a cooler handy if you’re serving frozen treats like ice cream, sorbet or pretty parfaits like this Mixed Summer Berry and Yogurt Parfaits with Toasted Coconut (on delish.com).

For your imbibing pleasure, bottles of wine or beer are obviously convenient and easily transportable, or if you want something homemade, fill a portable Glass Drink Dispenser ($59-$79 on potterybarn.com) with your favorite sangria or punch. Just make sure to study  up on the open container liquor laws in your area—if you can’t consume alcohol in the area, swap out that sangria for some sensational iced tea!

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