Backyard Barbecue Essentials


Food on a picnic table

 

Grilling season is upon us! As summer approaches and vacations begin, so does the peak time for entertaining outside.

 

Whether you’re enjoying a casual get together with family or an extraordinary backyard soiree, here are a few must-haves for hosting an amazing barbecue.

 

1_west elm table

Portside Expandable Dining Table + Chair Set | $2,673

 

2_ws grill

Caliber Thermashell Charcoal Grill | $2,475

 

3_room and board umbrella

Pacifica Square Patio Umbrella | $2,399

 

4_RH bocce

MVP Leather Bocce Ball Set | $415

 

5_yeti cooler

Yeti Tank 85 | $249.99

 

6_frontgate lanterns

Solano Lanterns | $229 to $329

 

7_pottery barn dispenser

Bleecker Bar Drink Dispenser | $149

 

8_cb2 tiki 2

Brass Tiki Torch | $49.95

 

9_home depot grill set

Mr. Bar-B-Q 18-Piece Grilling Set | $49.66

 

10_amazon eco ware

Eco-Friendly Compostable Palm Leaf and Wood Dinnerware Set | $47.99

 

11_crate and barrel lights

Vintage Edison Bulb Outdoor String Lights | $44.95

 

12_slt garlic roaster

Cast-Iron Garlic Roaster | $24.95

Tips for Flawless Outdoor Entertaining


Candle and string lights outdoor dinner

 

Summer will be here before we know it, which means longer nights and warmer weather. What better way to spend a summer day with family and friends than at an outdoor gathering? If you’re hoping to host a backyard soirée, here are some tips that will help things run smoothly.

 

Prepare your yard

Tidy up your yard before hosting guests. Mow the grass and pick up any tools, hoses or toys.

 

Choose the right seating

Patio furniture with thick, comfy cushions are the best option for homeowners who frequent their outdoor space. When hosting a gathering, make sure you have enough seating. Benches and tree stumps are a casual, rustic way to add seating to your outdoor space. Make sure all the seating is clean of debris before your guests arrive.

 

Keep guests comfortable

Guests will be more inclined to stay for the duration of the party if they are comfortable. Have ample shade coverage and consider running a fan near the dining area to keep guests cool. You may also want to set out a basket with warm-weather essentials for guests to grab — think sunscreen, insect repellent, handheld fans and iced spray bottles.

 

Plan a simple menu

Opt for recipes that can be prepared in advance and will withstand crowds and heat. Fresh grilled vegetables, pasta salads and guacamole are all popular (and colorful!) choices.

 

Add lighting

Outdoor globe lights, lanterns and LED candles are all great options for setting a relaxed summer atmosphere. Setting out candles with an open flame is a bit riskier — instead, use hurricane lanterns or jars to shield the flames.

 

Play relaxed tunes

Set the right tone with a playlist that is easy and laid-back. You don’t want to overpower any conversations among guests. Create a long enough playlist to avoid repeating songs too many times while guests are there.

 

Display fresh cuts

Use flowers and foliage from your own yard as centerpieces. Arrange your fresh cuts in jars or buckets and set them out to brighten up your display.

 

Offer activities

Providing lawn games like cornhole or croquet will keep your guests occupied and happy. Use butcher paper as a tablecloth and set out crayons for creative people of all ages.

 

Keep pests away

Be sure to protect food with mesh food coverings and light citronella candles to keep bugs away. Eliminate any standing water in gutters or the bottom of flowerpots to keep mosquitoes from breeding there. Offer guests bug wipes and insect repellent.

 

Create a beverage station

Make sure your guests are hydrated by preparing a beverage bar or cart stocked with the essentials. Include straws and plenty of ice.

 

Opt for melamine

Melamine is an affordable and durable option for outdoor dinnerware. Using the break-resistant plastic will help you reduce waste and also keep the area clear of lingering paper cups and plates.

 

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