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David Bromstad Style Lounge


Hot days call for BBQ, friends and an exotic theme taken straight from the streets of Marrakech.

When I think of kicking off the summer, the first thing that comes to my mind is a Summertime BBQ Gathering. It's a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the warm weather and enjoy life. I love to celebrate and I always make sure that my outdoor living space, no matter how big or small, is always an extension of my interior living space. My rule with any design, don't forget the lighting and accessories. As with indoors, lighting and outdoor décor finish and compliment the outdoor space as well. I am all about having fun, but when I have fun, especially in my own home, I do it with style and so should you!

David Bromstad - Summertime BBQ
Filigree Outdoor Lantern

I love to celebrate and I always make sure that my outdoor living space, no matter how big or small, is always an extension of my interior living space.

Pick a theme that strikes your fancy—and design around it.

It’s so much fun to create a theme for your BBQ. There are so many different options to choose from and it's super fun to plan! By choosing a theme, it helps making the menu planning easy. My favorite themes are destination themes for BBQ's; this makes it super easy for me to plan the menu and it's always fun. You can go simple by creating only the menu and drinks around your theme, or go all the way and customize your outdoor space and décor. All up to you!

Look at some cool ideas:
  • Underneath the Tuscan Sun
  • Summer Nights on The Champs Elysees
  • Grand Ole Opry Ho-Down
  • BBQ at Big Mama's House
  • Swine & Dine
  • My Big Fat Greek BBQ
  • Cape Cod Clam Bake
  • A day in Marrakech
The Streets of Morocco
Cardamom scents and cozy pillows: My Top Pick for Summer BBQ—A Day in Marrakech

Set up little floor tables in separate gathering areas, or put them together to create a large table if you wish. Add a large outdoor area rug, or two combined for bigger areas, to bring a warm cozy feeling to the design. Around each table layer tons of colorful floor/throw pillows to sit on or lounge. Frame the sitting area with giant Moroccan style candle lanterns in all sizes and shapes, and fill each with cardamom scented candles to ignite the senses and set the tone. If you like Moroccan traditional music, have that playing in the background; if not, any type of upbeat lounge music will do. I personally love Buddha Bar's lounge music, so sexy!

David Bromstad Outdoor Throw Pillows
A Moroccan inspired menu: Flatbread, olives, lamb, stuffed dates and mint tea.

When I think of a BBQ in Marrakech, the obvious comes to mind and that's lamb and couscous. In Morocco, cuisine always starts with some type of bread with each meal. Although they use utensils to eat, sometimes the bread is used as the utensil to scoop and eat the food. Moroccans also love olives, not only in cooking, but also as an appetizer or side dish. Meals are often finished with a sweet mint tea that's always refreshing. The tea is served from these gorgeous ornate tea servers that always impress me. You can find them on the Internet easily.

A simple Moroccan inspired menu always includes a shared appetizer platter that might include:
  • Grilled Pita bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with finely ground rock salt and lemon zest.
  • Assortment of fine olives
  • Lentil bean salad
  • Grilled tomatoes or Peppers sliced thin
The main course: Lamb as you like it.

There are so many different options when it comes to lamb. You can serve the lamb in appetizer portions depending how many people you have.

  • Ground Lamb burgers (You can add yogurt, fresh mint, sautéed onions, cardamom and some salt and pepper to the mix before you grill—it's fantastic)
  • Lamb Meatballs on a skewer
  • Lamb kabobs
  • Grilled marinated rack of lamb if you have some extra cash to spend—it’s one of my favorites
  • Cold Couscous salad with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, touch of mint and roasted diced zucchini and tomatoes
End on a sweet note.

I always love small finger desserts because you don't feel so guilty. This is a simple dessert you can do ahead of time and it's really delicious.

Moroccan Stuffed Dates:
  • Pit the dates and cut a slit lengthwise.
  • Make a mixture of soft cream cheese (room temp.) sugar, honey, cinnamon and chopped walnuts.
  • Stuff the inside of the dates with the mixture and place on a platter with some fresh cut fruit.

Simple and delicious!

Warm Mint Tea:
  • Pick a favorite tea and add some fresh chopped mint leaves and a simple syrup or sugar alternative to sweeten the tea to your liking.
  • Make sure to serve it form a traditional Moroccan inspired tea server. The mint helps in digesting your meal and is really refreshing.

If it's too warm outside for you to serve hot tea, make it Iced mint tea, equally as delicious. Want a little something more potent? Add a splash or two of your favorite vodka or gin for some added fun. After all, summer is short. Enjoy it.

Shop the David Bromstad Collection at Grandin Road.

David Bromstad is an artist, design personality and television host. He is the original winner of HGTV Design Star, which led to his role as host and designer on his first hit series for HGTV, Color Splash. He is the owner of the Miami-based design firm, David Bromstad Designs, which provides services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. A creative force, David has a devoted following on social media, including 70,000+ fans on both Pinterest and Facebook. This is his first home décor collection for Grandin Road.

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