Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and is the quintessential time to celebrate American heroes with the three B’s: buds, brews, and barbecues. By now, you’ve got your patio decked out and have the essentials down for an outdoor party, but barbecues are another ballgame. Before you start marinating your meats, make sure you have these essentials down for a memorable Memorial Day BBQ.
Grill & Grilling Accessories
The most essential item at any barbecue is the smell of smoked meats wafting through the air. It goes without saying that a grill is necessary to make that happen. Invest in a quality outdoor grill and the appropriate accessories including skewers, utensils, and cleaning brushes. Make sure you have enough charcoal and lighter fluid or gas to power up and power through the entire meal. If you don’t have the space for a large, year-round grill or are looking to take your BBQ on the road, opt for a tailgate style portable grill.
Beer & Beverage Cooler/Tub
Nothing screams ‘Murica louder than an ice cold beer enjoyed at a Memorial Day barbecue. Make sure your beers and other beverages are adequately chilled in an ice tub/cooler. For a throwback to college keg parties with an adult twist, surprise your guests with an electric beer keg guaranteed to be the star of any barbecue. For your more elegant guests patriotically drinking red or white wine out of a blue glass, have a wine cooler handy.
Stylish Serveware & Plates
Eating outdoors doesn’t mean sacrificing style when it comes to serveware and plates. Stick with wooden serving trays to enhance the rustic ambiance of the outdoors and save yourself the worry over broken or shattered glass or china trays. Mark the occasion with fun and festive plastic plates designed for outdoor use; find stars and stripes styles that you can reuse for your July Fourth BBQ.
Mosquito & Insect Repellents
Nobody thinks about mosquitoes and other outdoor insect nuisances until they inevitably start hovering around your grill and guests, looking for meat – the human kind. Avoid the hassle of fighting over that one can of bug spray by preparing your backyard beforehand. Try a mosquito repellent torch that doubles as a romantic lighting source or an electronic solution that’s non-toxic and chemical-free.
You may have been jonesing for the sun for a while now, but the last thing you want for yourself or your guests are sunburns as a result of your outdoor BBQ. Keep your guests safe in the sun by providing sunscreen, setting up seating in the shade, and opening patio umbrellas to cover areas in direct sunlight.
All that beer and meat is sure to make you and your guests want to sit – or lie – down. Make sure you have enough comfortable outdoor lounge seating in the form of colorful plastic chairs, wooden benches, or even a hammock or two.