Outdoor Entertaining at Your First Summer BBQ: 10 Easy Tips

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First time hosting a bbq party guide

Hosting your first ever summer party? We highly recommend that you make it an outdoor bash and make it a backyard BBQ! Why? Outdoor entertaining is less stressful for first-time hosts, as the surroundings need minimal decorating. So you can focus on the food and drinks—mostly make-ahead or store-bought, and in handy single servings with minimal clean-up. And if it’s a BBQ, you can have everyone get in on the grilling fun!

Besides, what a great excuse to shop for the coolest grill tools and supplies (see our product picks below and our related post here). You’ll look and feel like a legit BBQ host—plus these items will be among your entertaining essentials for years to come!

10 Tips for Hosting a Summer BBQ Bash

Backyard summer bbq for first time hosts

Feel free to use our tips below as a “checklist” for planning your outdoor summer BBQ:

Tip #1. Prep your patio by clearing space for the grilling area and the guest seating.

Tip #2. Find the right patio furniture set or set up a picnic table and add an umbrella, if needed.

Tip #3. Position your BBQ grill with a cart or table for the grilling tools.

Tip #4. Prepare lightweight, unbreakable plates and glasses in summery colors.

Tip #5. Assemble the food buffet station with BBQ accompaniments: sauces, salad, corn on the cob, breads and rolls.

Tip #6. Have an appetizer table with finger foods, cold cuts and cheese on toothpicks, and fruit cups.

Tip #7. Offer bowls of assorted snacks such as nuts, chips and dried fruits.

Tip #8. Set up a beverage bar with juices, sodas, fruit-infused water and lots of ice.

Tip #9. Think easy cleanup with disposable partyware, utensils and paper napkins.

Tip #10. Prepare backyard games and family-friendly activities for all to enjoy.

Outdoor Entertaining Essentials for a Summer BBQ

Buying the basics for hosting outdoor events is a decision you won’t regret. They will make home entertaining such a breeze, you’re sure to get good use—and great fun—out of them!

Here are our picks to help you get started as a summer outdoor party host:

BBQ Summer Essentials for first time hosts

from Amazon (*affiliate links)

1 – Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill with Thermometer

2 – Grillaholics Grill Set Stainless Steel with Grilling Accessories

3 – Kingsford Charcoal Briquettes, 7.7 pound bag (pack of 2)

6 – Outdoor Solid Teak Tray Table

10 – Oklahoma Joe’s Kansas City BBQ Sauce Deluxe Set

from World Market (*affiliate links)

5 – Denim Chef Style Apron

9 – Lodge Hot Handle Holders (set of 2)

from Pier 1(*affiliate links)

4 – 7’ Marine Blue Aluminum Tilting Umbrella

7 – Carmelo Ocean Melamine Dinnerware

8 – Rhone Blue Acrylic Tumbler

11 – Red Beverage Tub

12 – Outdoor Pillows

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Doesn’t all this get you excited to try summer outdoor entertaining? If you have any questions or perhaps BBQ party suggestions of your own, let us know in the comments below.

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