Entertaining is one of my favorite activities of all time, but as with all hobbies, it requires lots of thinking ahead and decision-making, from planning a prep schedule to coordinating the menu. In this series, I'll present a dish and ask you to share what you'd serve alongside it.

Here's the scenario: I've heard from PartySugar about how picturesque it is to picnic at the Hog Island Oyster Company Farm, so this weekend I'll be scoping it out for myself. I'm rounding up eight close friends for an idyllic lunch, where we'll buy live oysters by the bushel and fire up the grill for barbecued bivalves. What would you serve the guests to complement the oysters? See what I'm thinking of bringing when you keep reading.

I'll start with condiments for the oysters, being sure to pack a classic mignonette sauce, to be accompanied by affordable Cava from Spain. I'm also hoping to adapt a recipe for oysters casino to accommodate a grill. In addition to oysters, I'll serve zucchini, ricotta, and basil atop grilled country bread, to be paired with a Provençal rosé. For dessert, we'll devour chewy chocolate-chunk blondies.

I'm still finalizing my menu, so I'd love to hear your suggestions. What would you serve?