There’s something so magical about summer nights. The relaxing vibe, the late nights hanging out in the backyard and of course eating el fresco every chance we get. One of my favorite things about summer is the opportunity to host a backyard BBQ with friends. My hosting style tends to be casual with a minimalist vibe. I like to create an inviting atmosphere with fresh flowers, plenty of warm lights and serve meals family style. Today I’m sharing a blue gingham summer tablescape and homemade Coca-Cola™ BBQ sauce recipe.We recently had a small get together with friends. It was the perfect opportunity to create personalized table settings and Share an Ice Cold Coke with friends. I placed the personalized Coca-Cola bottles inside small metal pails along with silverware. The name bottles are so fun!
I picked up some baby’s breath from the store and added hydrangeas from our garden to create a simple centerpiece. My hydrangeas are thriving this year and I thought they would complement the blue gingham tablecloth.
I picked up a few galvanized tea light holders from the Target dollar spot to place around the table. These are going to be great for our 4th of July party! I used battery operated lights to create a warm atmosphere around the table. It’s always great to have extra beverages on hand. I placed a galvanized bucket inside of a wooden pail to fill with ice and extra soda bottles. My theme was a little rustic/farmhouse with the white vase, reclaimed wood and galvanized metal.
Mason jars will always be a party staple for me! Guest could add a cherry or lime to their Coca-Cola or simply enjoy as is.
Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup Coca-Cola
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup steak sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Store in airtight container.
The Coca-Cola barbecue sauce is a family favorite! You could use it with ribs, chicken wings or kebabs.
This look delicious! YUM! I’m going to have to try this. Your photography is amazing as always too.
Thank you very much for posting this recipe! I’m making it for the second time now in a larger batch. One thing I really appreciate is that it tastes great.