Your Ultimate Summer Party Menu, Delivered

Stick with this crowd-pleasing menu from The Kitchen for enjoyable seasonal entertaining.
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A photo from the production of "The Kitchen" in Montclair, N.J., on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Photo: David M. Russell/BSTV

Photo by: David M. Russell ©2015 Watershed Visual Media, LLC

David M. Russell, 2015 Watershed Visual Media, LLC

The key to enjoyable summer entertaining is to keep the party simple, from the ingredients you shop for to the dishes and drinks you serve. On this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast came together to create the ultimate, one-stop guide for seasonal bashes, featuring recipes for crowd-pleasing dips, a bold chicken dinner and, because "it's five o'clock somewhere," of course, a fruity cocktail from Geoffrey Zakarian.

Since most summer soirees take place outside, perhaps around the pool or picnic table, keep the appetizer spread easily accessible with a trio of dips. Jeff Mauro's Strawberry and Mango Guacamole comes together with just a handful of ingredients, letting the fresh fruit complement the spicy jalapeno add-in. For a classic mayonnaise-based option, stick with Geoffrey's 20-minute Bacon and Egg Dip, a play on classic deviled eggs. In her Roasted Garlic and Frozen Veggie Dip, Sunny Anderson adds the warm flavor of roasted garlic to a cream cheese-laced mixture of processed vegetables for rich results.

When it comes to the main course, chicken is a perennial people-pleaser, and Katie Lee's all-in-one recipe for Grilled Butterfly BBQ Chicken with Macaroni Salad (pictured above) is a must-try pick. To guarantee bold flavor in the meat, she seasons the chicken with a mixture of chili powder and garlic powder before grilling it until juicy and slathering it in barbecue sauce. The macaroni salad celebrates the traditional flavors of the beloved dish, which includes a tangy, sweet dressing spiked with yellow mustard and a pinch of sugar.

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The Kitchen

A photo from the production of "The Kitchen" in Montclair, N.J., on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Photo: David M. Russell/BSTV

Photo by: David M. Russell ©2015 Watershed Visual Media, LLC

David M. Russell, 2015 Watershed Visual Media, LLC

You know a margarita will quench your thirst come happy hour, and GZ's Watermelon Margarita with Espelette Salt (pictured above) is a next-level twist on a classic, with a fruity mix-in and spicy salt garnish.

Tune in to an all-new episode of The Kitchen on Saturday at 11a|10c.

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