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Set the scene for your next BARBECUE

It’s summer and that means it's prime time for a spontaneous backyard party. You never know when you’ll have friends over for fun in the sun, so here’s a guide on what you’ll need to keep packed away in order to relax when hosting.

1. LIGHT IT UP

When it comes to backyard decorations, nothing says summertime relaxation like festival lights and outdoor torches. As evening dawns, they come into their own creating a sense conversation-inducing intimacy. Place them about 3-4 feet apart to define the perimeter while also illuminating the garden. Add outdoor torches for a little extra outdoor party decoration ‘magic,' not to mention aid in warding off pesty bugs.

2. PLAY ON!

It’s important to have a few backyard games ready to ease guests into the afternoon. Badminton, a Bocce set, the classic delight of croquet or a light game of cards never fails to get the party started.

3. THE THING ABOUT TABLEWARE

Make sure your outside eating area is as personal as it is inside. Spice up the outdoor party decorations by wrapping recyclable wooden spoons and forks in patterned napkins or placing them in jars for that authentic BBQ feeling. The great thing? If you’re worried about your fine china, no sweat! Different vintage or melamine plates will give your backyard barbecue a much more authentic and relaxed feel. 

4. PAPER TOWELS

The one thing BBQ sauce, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs and more all have in common is the delicious messiness of it all. Be sure to have damp paper towels visible for those times that a beautiful napkin just won’t do.

5. GLASSWARE VS. PAPER CUPS

It’s always worth having a small selection of glassware for bubbly ready for when a small number of friends and family knock on the door. With that said, sometimes it’s wiser (and easier) to have a supply of paper cups tucked away for the larger events.

Don't know what to serve? Don't worry, we've got a big collection of delicious BBQ recipes for you to explore!