Back-to-school sales might be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you have to shelve your carefree summertime attitude. September brings some of the summer’s best weather, perfect for entertaining your family and friends outdoors with a Caribbean-inspired dinner.
• Open up a few bottles of light-bodied red wines, chill some southern hemisphere whites, and fire up the grill for Caribbeanstyle dishes—like jerk chicken, lime- and chili-rubbed shrimp and spicy baby-back ribs.
• Lighter reds like Rosso di Montepulciano, Barbera d’Alba and young Beaujolais pair perfectly with late summer fare. Pinot Noirs from Central Otago, New Zealand, and Burgundy, France, are also light, fruit driven and flavorful.
• Piña coladas, mai tais, and rum punch are three tropical drinks that keep the beach vibe pulsing. Just don’t forget the cocktail parasols.
• Lay the table with bright tablecloths and napkins. Pull out your colorful serving platters and dishware. Seashells, driftwood, tropical flowers and tall hurricane lamps help evoke that summer feeling.
• Add some reggae, calypso and steel-drum music to your playlist. Play Jimmy Buffet and The Beach Boys (vintage and recentlyreleased albums); their tunes will set the mood and get guests dancing.