How to Make a Statement at Your Next Casual Cookout

November 12, 2013 by Lucy Collins  
Published in Beauty

The invite says smart casual and having accepted the invitation, the challenge is now to choose the right clothes and gift to make a stylish statement.

Here are some ideas on what to wear and what to take with you when you attend your next causal cookout.

Guest list and venue


As a general rule, the choice of clothes that you wear for a cookout is determined by where the event is being held and who is on the guest list.

Make sure that you take a note of if there is any particular theme to the party and also find out if there are any activities going on in the evening and importantly, try to gauge what the weather is going to be doing.

At a smart casual event, a La Martina polo looks great worn with a matching polo bag, so you can combine an element of practicality suitable for the evening ahead with a stunning classic look that is considered to be so chic and timeless.



A stylish polo shirt with some comfortable shoes would be a great choice of casual wear especially if the cookout is expected to have some activities going on throughout the evening.

If you know that there are going to be some sports activities going on it is probably a good idea to avoid wearing predominantly white, as that could relegate you to the sidelines and you could miss out on the fun.

Healthy dishes to take


If you offer to take some food or everyone is asked to provide a dish to bring with them then it makes sense to offer a healthy dish that looks great and tastes even better.

A real winner for good looks and healthy options is to make up some fruit skewers, made up of fruit that is sturdy enough to go on the grill. A fruit skewer made from items like peaches, watermelon, pineapple, bananas and nectarines really looks amazing and tastes amazing.

If you want to be a bit different and want to bring something along to the party other than a bottle of wine, why not make up a mango-peach sangria, which will no doubt be appreciated by everyone.

It is the perfect drink for a cookout and ideal for sharing too, served over ice.

Gift for the hostess


It is always good to show your appreciation to the hostess in recognition of the time and effort they have put into making the evening happen.

Flowers or wine are of course always welcome gifts, but why not try and personalize your gift and take along something that you have crafted yourself. It is not about how much you spend on the gift it is the thought that has gone into it, and making a gift based around something you know the hostess likes, like scented candles for example, will always be warmly received an appreciated.

Choose the right stylish but casual clothes to wear, bring along a healthy dish and take them a memorable gift and you will certainly make a statement at your next causal cookout.

Anthony Jensen is an adept businessman. He writes from experience how he pulled ahead of his peers.

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