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Summer Kickoff: Your Guide to the Perfect Backyard BBQ


By Kelsey Hokit

There isn’t much better than spending time with family and friends gathered in your backyard and creating memories you will remember for years to come. However, hosting people can feel stressful, and you might be left wondering what you need to do to plan the perfect backyard bbq. Here are our tips to ensure that your guests have the best time possible, and you will the hostess of the year!

 

Plan the Menu

 One of the most important parts of preparing for a backyard bbq is to plan your menu. Whether you want to do classic hotdogs and hamburgers, or go outside of the box with chicken skewers and veggies, write down a list of what you plan to cook.

 Once you have the menu narrowed down, be sure to purchase dinnerware and utensils for your guests. A great way to wow your guests is to choose a theme or color for your plates, napkins, and cups.

 

Purchase an Outside Speaker

 There is nothing better than getting to listen to music while you relax with the people you love most! An outdoor Bluetooth speaker is the perfect way to do this. It does not have to anything huge, but having a speaker that you can easily connect your phone to will allow you to play your favorite tunes throughout the afternoon and evening.

 

Consider Outdoor Lighting

When you host a backyard bbq, you will most likely be spending time outside well into the evening hours. In order to continue to enjoy your outdoor space, you want to think about outdoor lighting. Whether you want to line your patio and walkways with lighting or place string lights throughout your backyard, additional lighting means that the party does not have to stop when the sun goes down.

 

Don’t Forget Games

Your backyard bbq might be adult only or you may have a house full of kids. Either way, you want to think about fun games that everyone can play. If you have the space, cornhole is a great outdoor game that kids and adults will both love. When you are more limited on space, having a deck of cards on hand can still provide hours of entertainment.

 

These simple tips can take your backyard bbq to the next level and allow you and your guests to have hours of fun!