Full Episodes of Cooking Channel Shows Online Will Help You Plan the Perfect Summer Party

By: Alyse Whitney
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Planning a party can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of freaking out about every little detail of your next summer bash, let the experts do the work for you. With full summer-themed episodes of Cooking Channel shows online, you can plan everything from the comfort of your bed, including easy, unique dishes, fun signature cocktails and much more.

Check out six tips straight from our hosts below, and be sure to stream full episodes using the links below.

1. Go Small or Go Home

Instead of making a huge, six-course meal, just whip up some appetizers. Giada De Laurentiis' easy yet impressive dishes like mini Foccacia Lobster Rolls and Avocado and Papaya Salad will wow your crowd.

2. Embrace Your Inner Kid with a Dessert Party

Watch Kelsey Nixon whip up some old-school desserts on Kelsey's Essentials, from fruit pizza to Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Icebox Cake. If those sweet treats don't sound perfect, try something a little more grown-up, like her  Watermelon, Ginger and Lime Granita.

3. Surprise Guests with New Spins on Old Dishes

Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos' dishes on Extra Virgin always have unique Italian twists. Instead of boring pasta salad, try  Farfalle with Anchovies and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and ditch a traditional caprese for  Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Skewers.

4. Make a Signature Cocktail
Pimms Cup

Pimms Cup

Michael Chiarello's Pimms Cup

Photo by: Michael Chiarello ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Michael Chiarello, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Watch  Michael Chiarello's glamorous bash on Easy Entertaining to inspire your next shindig. A signature cocktail at the center of the evening makes everyone feel extra special, and a  Pimm's Cup Cocktail is refreshing and delicious. Michael served citrus-marinated grilled shrimp with his, but you can try any kind of summer dishes at your party.

5. Be a One-Pan Wonder

Michael Symon's grilling ideas on Symon's Suppers allow you to cook inside using only one pan.  Pork Souvlaki with Grilled Citrus is a great main course, while  grilled French toast ends the party on a surprisingly sweet note.

6. Make Things a Little Healthier

If you have friends who are watching their figures, try some healthy recipes like  Bobby Deen's dishes on Not My Mama's Meals. Two of our favorites are his  sweet and spicy pork sandwich and his  lightened-up potato salad.

For even more of his comfort food makeovers, check out Bobby's new show Junk Food Flip on Tuesdays at 9pm ET.

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