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Stuff to Do in Houston’s Guide to Planning the Ultimate Summer Soiree

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Sweet Summertime is here!  It’s time for fun in the pool, tan lines, family vacations, and of course backyard BBQs. That’s why UNATION’s Stuff to Do in Houston Team is here to help you plan the Ultimate Summer Soiree to make this summer in Houston amazing!

To have the Ultimate Summer Soiree you’ll need a few things; food, drinks, and of course a set of TripleThreat Cornhole boards.  This combination is sure to create the perfect get-together this summer in Houston. Here are a few of our favorite spots to grab the necessities for a Summer Soiree. 

A Summer Soiree must have is meat for the grill!  B&B Butchers has all of your BBQ necessities and more.  Stop by to get some dinner (we love their steaks and seafood), and grab everything you need for the Soiree.

To make the process even easier, B&B offers grilling packages that can be ordered 24 hours in advance. This package includes everything you need to grill up a tasty BBQ feast! 

Not a meat-eater? Never fear! Hit up your favorite Farmer’s Market, like the Houston Farmer’s Market, and throw some veggies on the grill.  We love a grilled Portobella and Zucchini! 

Looking for an easy way to season your steak? Here’s Whitney’s favorite seasoning.  Rub each side of the steak with Fiesta Brands Uncle Chris’s Gourmet Steak Seasoning and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce, then get to grilling!

MON–THURS | 4PM–9PM

FRI–SAT | 4PM–1-PM

SUN | 11AM–8PM

📍 1814 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Next, Head to El Bolillo for Buns & Sweet Treats

“Let Your Conchas be Your Guide” at El Bolillo!  This bakery has some seriously sweet baked goods that won’t disappoint.  Grab some buns for your burgers and some dessert, too!  El Bolillo creates so many great baked goods like tres leches, pan de Muerto, Rosca de Reyes, and more. 

Want to make your burgers unique?  Try slicing a concha in half and using it as the bun for your burger! This is the perfect mix of savory and sweet.  Your taste buds will thank you!

DAILY | 6AM–10PM

📍 2421 S Wayside Dr, Houston, TX 77023

Can'f Forget the Sides! H–E–B is the Place to Be!

In true Texan fashion, we love our H–E–B.  You can find all of your side dish needs or pick up a premade side if you prefer.  H–E–B offers all kinds of great sides that can be thrown on the grill like stuffed mushrooms, veggie kabobs, potato salad, and of course guac! 

Not only do they have great sides, but they also have great pregame and post-meal snacks like charcuterie boards, cheese balls, fruit trays, and more.

Here at Stuff to Do in Houston we love guacamole!  Here’s an easy recipe to try:

Easy Guacamole 
You will need 4 Hass Avocados, a lime, a red onion, a Roma tomato, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a jalapeno.

Halve & de-seed avocados and mash in a bowl
Dice 1/2 of the red onion and add to mashed avocado
Dice Roma tomato and add to mixture
  • Leave the tomato’s juicy center out of the mixture

Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, and lime juice to taste
*Optional* For a little spice dice Jalapeño and add to the mixture

Serve with Tortilla Chips & enjoy!
 

DAILY | 6AM–11PM

📍 2300 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008

We all love a tasty cocktail, especially during the summer in Houston!  This is why Stuff to Do in Houston is sharing two of our favorite cocktail recipes with you! These drinks give us all the H–Town vibes!  Be sure to stop at OST Liquor to get all of your cocktail needs beforehand.

Kelci’s Strawberry Mojito: 

1/2 Lime cut into 4 wedges 3 wedges cut 1/2, save the last wedge for garnish
4 Mint leaves
4 Strawberries 3 large, cut quarters for muddling, 1 berry for garnish
1oz Simple Syrup cooled
2 oz White / Light Rum
Crushed Ice
Club Soda

In a highball glass, layer the cut lime wedges, mint leaves, and three quartered strawberries.
Pour in the simple and muddle the mixture for about 30 seconds. The goal is to squeeze out the lime juice, mash the berries and to allow the mint to release its oils. There should be bits of strawberries left when muddling is complete.
Add the light rum to the muddled mixture, then add crushed ice (I fill mine almost to the top). Top off with Club Soda. Stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge, medium strawberry, and mint stem. When finishing the mojito, have a spoon on hand to dig out the delicious strawberry bits!!

Sasha’s Signature Paloma:

1 grapefruit wedge
1/4-1/3 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (or more, to taste)
1 teaspoon agave nectar (or more to taste)
1/4 cup Espolon tequila

1/4 cup Topo Chico

Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, and agave nectar in a shaker over ice (or stir in highball glass). Pour into iced cocktail glass of choice, top with Topo and grapefruit wedge. Cheers!

MON–SAT | 11AM–9PM

📍3928 Old Spanish Trail E, Houston, TX 77021

The final step that will complete your Ultimate Summer Soiree is a Triple Threat Cornhole Tournament!  This backyard BBQ favorite is more challenging and more fun than ever before with Triple Threat!

It’s game time! Who doesn’t love a game of Cornhole?  We tend to get pretty darn competitive when we play, so we love that Triple Threat Cornhole changed up the game and gave us a challenge!

Cornhole is a game that consists of two teams, two cornhole boards, and eight bean bags.  Players stand behind the boards with one member from each team per side and throw their team’s bean bags to try to score. The objective of the game is to be the first team to reach 21 points, without “busting” .  Usually, players receive 3 points for making the bean bag in the hole and 1 point for landing the bean bag on the board. Official cornhole rules can be found here.

Triple Threat’s Cornhole boards up the ante by adding an additional two holes to their boards.  Each hole has a different point value, making scoring and winning that much more challenging!  This version of cornhole is so much better than the original and makes for the ultimate backyard competition. 

All Summer Long!

📍 Your Backyard!

Whitney Ellis

Whitney Ellis

Whitney is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in San Antonio City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the San Antonio area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinSanAntonio on Instagramand Facebook.

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