Summer is here and that means relaxing pool days, cute outfits, and amazing BBQ.
However, if it is your turn to host the BBQ it can feel more like work than fun. Planning a summer BBQ can be grueling, but if it is done well you and your guests will never want it to end. Take your parties up a notch this summer and make your next BBQ picture-perfect with these 5 must-haves that will not break the bank.
1. Hanging Lights
Keep the fun going well into the night by hanging twinkling lights all over the backyard. This will set the ambiance of your party and will make it a lot easier for your guests to see each other instead of being huddled over candles or the harsh glow of the backyard light. Get creative by mixing and matching different shapes, sizes, and colors of lanterns. The best part? You can reuse them all year long so you get your money’s worth.
2. Picture Perfect Ice Cubes
No detail is too small, and we thought of it all so you do not have to! You do not have to break the bank in order to have a cute summer BBQ with these cute ice cubes. Add fruit, mint, or edible flowers to your ice and see how much prettier your drinks are! They are super easy to make and are guaranteed to make your guests do a double-take. Get creative and look up drink recipes you make these for. Still not convinced about adding them to your drinks? Mix them with the ice in your cooler as decoration!
3. Colorful Straws
It is the little things that make all the difference. Plain white straws are a thing of the past so replace them with different colors and patterns. They are also not a necessity, just if you feel like you have to have them. Think of them as accessories for your drinks. You can also look into metal, paper, or biodegradable straws for more environmentally friendly options. There are millions of possibilities and you do not have to spend lots of money to get the look you are going for. Do not overthink it.
4. Bug Repellent Candles
Nothing is more annoying than mosquitos and flies hovering around while you are trying to enjoy your food. So something as simple as investing in some cute bug repellent candles is sure to make your summer BBQ all the more enjoyable. You can DIY them to your liking, or buy them at the store- either way, you can forget about people leaving the BBQ covered in mosquito bites! You can also use them to decorate the backyard if you want to make it feel more cozy for your guest. Just remember to keep an eye on them and blow them out when you are done using them!
5. Outdoor Blankets
Your summer BBQ just got a lot cozier. Stay warm during cool summer nights by snuggling under outdoor blankets. These summer BBQ necessities are also extremely versatile. Stay warm next to a bonfire one day and take it out for a picnic the next. You can use them to build forts or hang it up to project your favorite movie onto it. You can also just use any blanket that you are not afraid to stain or have smelling-like bonfire smoke. Either way, outdoor blankets are sure to make your guests feel extra cozy at your next summer BBQ.