— Throw a memorable corn roast feast —

Nothing says summer like a big corn roast party. Gather together family and friends to celebrate the sweetest part of the late summer season: corn. While throwing an outdoor party for a crowd can be a little daunting, it doesn’t have to be with a little planning and some festive DIYs. Here are 10 tips and ideas to help you throw the perfect corn roast party.

Set the mood

  1. Write out your invitations on corn husks, like dried corn husk tamale wrappers.
  2. Create corn-roast-themed lighting by filling Mason jars with a scoop of popcorn kernels and topping with votive candles.
  3. Pick up a few bales of hay to decorate the backyard (ordered through your florist or local farmers' market). Hang paper lanterns and strings of white fairy lights.
  4. Even the drinks you serve can feature corn by using baby corn as a garnish for martinis and Bloody Caesars.

Cook it in a cooler

Did you know shucking corn is much easier if you cook it first? Simply place fresh corn with husks still on in a large cooler and cover with boiling water. Close the lid and let sit for a good 20 minutes. When you are ready to serve the corn, cleanly remove the husks and silk by either peeling them off or cutting off the end of the cob and sliding it through. You prefer roasted corn? Leave it on the BBQ a few minutes before serving it and voila!

For more flavourful corn on the cob, cook shucked ears of corn in half water, half Natrel Lactose Free, along with a little Natrel Salted Butter and your favourite fresh herbs. Cooked this way, the corn will also be much sweeter and very tender!

Send everybody home with a corn-filled gift

The most memorable parties end with thoughtful parting gifts for your guests to take home. Fill little loot bags with caramel corn or your favourite sweet-salty mix of popcorn as a treat for their ride home.

Jazz up your toppings!

Wow your guests with an impressive selection of fun toppings to choose from. Be creative: shredded cheeses, spicy mayo and crispy chopped bacon. Make flavoured butters by creaming together room-temperature Natrel Salted Butter, spices (like chili powder, cumin or garlic powder) and fresh herbs (such as tarragon, basil or chives).