Make a beautiful spread
Baby red potato salad
Green salad with bacon and dates
Flank steak with tomatoes and basil
Cedar plank salmon
Vanilla cake with summer fruit
The game plan
Day before: Bake cake. Cook bacon and make vinaigrette for green salad.
Morning of: Make potato salad. Frost cake. Grill steak and garlic, then slice steak and refrigerate. Combine garlic with tomatoes.
Hours before: Slice peaches for cake and combine with berries. Soak cedar planks for salmon. Set the table.
During cocktails: Take steak out of the fridge and top with garlic and tomatoes. Grill salmon. Finish off green salad.