With Memorial Day just around the corner, throwing a killer party is probably on your mind. While entertaining can be exciting, it’s also pretty daunting. There are a lot of components to keep track of for an outdoor gathering, and there’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot something when the big day arrives. Instead of worrying about trying to remember every detail, we’ve made your ultimate list. Stock up on these 7 must-haves and you’re sure to have the best bash in town.
For most people, Memorial Day means the unofficial start of grilling season has arrived. Weber’s Rapidfire Chimney Starter lights charcoal quickly and distributes the heat evenly, so you’ll have scorching charcoal in no time. And the cone design eliminates the need for lighter fluid. Of course, you’ll want plenty of Fogo’s charcoal standing by as well. If you’re in the mood for something a little smokier, a few handfuls of soaked apple wood chips from WESTERN strewn over the top of the charcoal is a welcome addition.
When it comes to outdoor cooking, standard kitchen utensils just won’t get the job done. Most of them are too short and can’t withstand such intense heat. You’ll want some grill-specific tools that will help you turn out perfect meats and veggies. Instead of trying to get everything separately, make things easier on yourself by going with a set. Cuisinart’s 14-Piece Deluxe Stainless-Steel Grill Set is equipped with everything you need, including a spatula, tongs, and even a grill brush. It all comes packed in a convenient case, so you can take your cooking gear to the park or a friend’s house.
Although grill grates are a versatile cooking surface, they’re not perfect for everything. Small items like green beans or other veggies can fall right through the grates. Get all the grill flavor minus the hassle with Cuisinart’s Simply Grilling Nonstick Grilling Basket. The large surface means you can sizzle up a ton of food in no time, and the nonstick design makes for easy cleanup later. Don’t forget about kebabs, either. Wooden skewers are widely available, but we prefer the durability of these 14-inch stainless-steel ones from Norpro. They’re extra long to accommodate even the fiercest appetites. And since they’re metal, they won’t burn up over the flames.
4. Drinking glasses
Real glasses in an outdoor setting are a recipe for disaster, so save the good drinkware for indoor entertaining. Govino’s Shatterproof Stemless Wine Glasses make a smart and stylish choice. They feature a handy thumb notch, making for a solid grip. And don’t worry if one does happen to slip, because they won’t break. If you’re short on space to land those drinks, grab some Decko Outdoor Beverage Holders. No more trying to clutch a drink while eating a pile of potato salad.
Just because the sun starts to set doesn’t mean the fun has to end. These LED Chinese Lanterns from Porpora do double duty as a way to illuminate the yard and add some festive decoration. And you’ll want to make sure guests can get in and out of the house to use the restroom and restock on beverages, so guide their way with Ideaworks’ Solar Powered LED Accent Lights. They’re a cinch to install, and require no maintenance since they charge during the day.
If there are any kids invited to the party, have some games on hand to keep them happy. You’ll be the hero of outdoor entertaining with the Park & Sun Spiker Sport Steel Volleyball Net. It’s an all-in-one set, complete with a full net and stakes to secure it. For those who want something a little less physical, a bean bag toss game from GoSports is a great option. The set comes with eight bean bags as well as a carrying case, making it a breeze to transport. The kids might be the first to start playing, but the adults will probably want to join in as well.
No one wants to end up with grass stains on their rear end, so make sure you have plenty of seating. Now is the perfect time to invest in a patio set that will last for years. This six-piece set from CASTLECREEK is an affordable option that will look great in any backyard. To accommodate the rest of the crowd, we like Coleman’s Broadband Quad Chair. The mesh back will keep your pals comfortably cool, and they come with an attached beverage holder. Plus, the fold-able design makes storage really easy.