The countdown to summer has begun, and I consider Memorial Day weekend to be the official kickoff. This year, since my birthday happens to fall on the same day, we’re inviting friends for a dinner party on the back patio with food coming straight off the grill and a “bare feet required” dress code. When our friends at McCormick asked us to team up with them to create a flavor-packed Memorial Day fête and launch Flavor Forecast: Grilling Edition 2017, we jumped at the chance to have a practice round. I bet that I’ll be whipping up this menu of Hawaiian Smashed Sliders, Mango & Jicama Salad, and Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges again during the holiday weekend — all washed down with those Banana Coconut Rum Slushies, of course. And no matter if you are a new or experienced griller, check out McCormick’s website for new grilling flavor trends, trips and techniques this Summer! Keep scrolling to see how it all came together, starting with the dreamiest beach-inspired table centerpiece.