Must-Haves For Your Next Cookout!

Summer is here and so is the warm weather! Spending an afternoon with friends and family can be relaxing and energizing. Here are some tips to spice up your next outdoor get together. Be sure to start off by listing and categorizing all your supplies, food, and necessities you may need. This will help to make the event planning easier for you!

The Guests: Your friends, families and other attendees are a vital part of your event! Be sure to know how many will be attending by creating RSVP cards. Make sure you are aware of any allergies.

What’s on the menu? Grilling is a MUST! Make sure your propane tank is filled and your charcoal is stocked up! Grills are a fundamental for a summer cookout. There are many quick and easy recipes to try out.  Hot dogs and hamburgers tend to be the most popular and preferred for families and children.  However, guests, especially adults, may likely be interested in items such as steaks and ribs.

Small Appetizers and desserts are great light snacks.  Remember-There’s always room for dessert!   Roasting marshmallows and having s’mores are some essential summer treats!  Cookies and cakes are perfect sweet indulgences!

Thirsty? Fresh summer drinks like lemonade and punch can add to your summer theme.  Most importantly- don’t forget water!

Outdoor activities: Let the games begin! Be sure to have some fun filled lawn games to get everyone off their feet!  Volleyball, CornHole, and Ladder Golf are great ideas

Pool: Swimming is a great way to stay cool and have fun in the sun!  Be sure to have sunscreen available for your guests to use.

Don’t forget the music!  Background music is a great way to add to the celebration! A simple radio, stereo, or iPod can really add to the event.

Summer is a time to truly embrace your creativity!  Use bright colors and colorful, yummy treats! Think of a fun theme for your next cookout and be sure to let everyone know!  Fun decorations and designs are a great way to make the festivity more enjoyable!  Be sure to keep in mind the weather is always changing, so having a backup plan can really be handy.  Always keep in mind the severity of the weather and provide bug spray, sunscreen, and shaded areas. Make the most of your backyard space or driveway and enjoy the time with your friends and family.