1. Start with a simple salad
Whether you can cook, bake, grill or none of the above, this gorgeous Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad can be made in advance and assembled at the last minute. It's simple and fresh but still has that "wow" factor that dad will love.
Recipe: Try our Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad
2. Night-before prep is key
It's a lot easier to cook up some meat and toss it in an already-made dressing than it would be to have one hand on the grill and one mixing up a vinaigrette. You can make the Vietnamese Vinaigrette for this grilled shrimp the night before. Just grill, toss and serve the day of!
Recipe: Try our Grilled Shrimp with Vietnamese Vinaigrette
3. It's all in the family
Keep it family style. You can eat at your leisure and guests don't feel like they have to finish everything on their plate.
Recipe: Try our Grilled Pineapple Skewers with Coconut-Caramel Sauce
4. It's better with butter
Make and chill a flavored butter up to two days in advance for grilled steak. Be sure to make an extra batch for crusty bread!
Recipe: Try our T-Bones with Steak Butter
5. Keep it cool
Save yourself time and space in the kitchen: It takes about three hours to chill bottles in the fridge, but only 30 minutes in a bucket filled with ice and water.