Outdoor Entertaining: Put the ‘Great’ in Your Party on the Lake

Sophisticated recipes, guides, and tips for a nautical brunch


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Michigan summers are so fleeting, but they are worth every second. The cool summer nights, the sun smiling down upon you as you savor an ice cream cone — it’s moments like these that tether you to reality during the dead of winter when the skin on your face burns from the biting winds and you’re sweating after shoveling snow off your driveway for the 10th time.

One summer tradition we Michiganians fully embrace is any outing that involves a boat, which is the inspiration for this boozy brunch party. Dishes and silverware are optional with this menu, which features hand-held items such as mini tarts and quiches and a toast bar with ingredients that you can mix and match to make your own or try one of our favorite combos.

There are a lot of steps to this fete, but we have a game plan for you to make sure you spend maximum time relaxing on the boat and making the most out of those precious summer moments.

The Menu

Yogurt Parfaits

Fresh fruit
+ Cardamom-ginger granola

Toast Bar

Salmon Toast:
Gin-cured salmon
+ Scallion cream cheese
+ Pickled red onion
+ Everything seasoning

The Obligatory Avocado Toast: Guacamole
+ Smashed black beans
+ Queso fresco
+ Radish
+ Cilantro
+ Pickled jalapeño

B.A.T. Toast:
Pesto mayo
+ Maple-glazed bacon
+ Heirloom tomatoes
+ Shredded arugula

Fig Out Toast:
Fig jam
+ Whipped ricotta
+ Candied togarashi walnuts

Spicy Honey Almond Toast:
Almond butter
+ Banana
+ Chili-infused honey

Golden Yogurt and Mango Toast:
Lime yogurt
+ Chili mango slices
+ Pistachios

Mini Quiches

Feta Cheese and Spinach
Spicy Bacon Cheddar
Crab and Asparagus

Tart Trio

Strawberry-Rosé Jam and Whipped Mascarpone
Sweet Corn and Blueberry
White Chocolate Matcha Coconut

The Drinks

Blueberry Lavender Mimosas
Smoky Red Snapper


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