5 Ideas for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ Ever

5 Ideas for Hosting the Best Summer BBQ Ever

Be the hostess with the mostess at your next summer shindig with these five fun ideas.


By: Esther Carlstone

1. Make Your Own BBQ Sauce
Homemade condiments are an easy way to elevate any meal. Most homemade BBQ sauces are simply a combination of ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. The possibilities for customizing the base with herbs and additions are practically endless, and your guests will be so impressed when they see a sweet jar of homemade sauce on the table.

2. Grill Something Out of the Box
Really surprise guests by tossing something completely unexpected on the grill. If you’re looking for a showstopper of a dessert for your latest outdoor shindig, grill peaches with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

3. Use Succulents as Table Decor
Perfect for an evening BBQ this rustic and striking tablescape couldn’t be easier to make. Simply snip some succulent pieces and pair with tealights in holders for a romantic and earthy vibe.

4. Use Inventive Glassware
Sure, it’s all over Pinterest, but there’s a reason using things like mason jars instead of plain glasses or (gasp!) red plastic cups are all the rage — they’re just so darn cute. Nowadays they even sell jars made specifically for this purpose, straw holes and all!

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5. Disposable Doesn’t Mean Drab
We all know disposable silverware is a must at any summer BBQ, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the boring plastic variety. Check out online retailers (or even your local supermarket!) for a wide selection of wooden cutlery available in every color/pattern you could imagine. Pretty and eco-friendly — now that's a win-win.

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