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How to Host the Perfect Summer BBQ

Summer in the Midwest means time outside. On these beautiful summer days there is nothing better than a BBQ to bring friends and family together. Here are some tips on how to host the perfect summer BBQ.

Make a Plan

Whether it is a small gathering of family or hosting a huge summer blowout, having a plan can make all the difference. First, figure out how much time you have and make a list along with a timeline. Knowing what needs to be cooked when will help you stay on schedule. Anything you can prep or make the day(s) ahead will save you time on the day of the BBQ.

Make it Festive

Use colorful decorations and place settings to set the mood for the BBQ. Look for plates and napkins in fun colors along with table decorations and hanging flags to tie everything together. If it is an evening BBQ, break out the string lights to add a little sparkle when the sun goes down.

Keep it Casual

Setting up a buffet-style service will take the pressure off of you and allow guests to go at their own pace. This will also allow you to spend more time enjoying your company rather than acting like a caterer.

Have a Signature Drink

To keep things easy in the bar department, create a signature drink that you can make in large batches to cut down on serving time. Be sure to have other alternatives available in a cooler along with bottle openers and glassware.

Play Some Games

Having some simple lawn games available will keep your guests occupied while you finish cooking and setting up. Some great options include a basket of Frisbees, a croquet set, or lawn bowling. Keep the games simple to keep the laughter going.

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