May 7, 2012

Memorial Day BBQ Essentials

By Belinda Romano

Memorial Day weekend may not be the official summer kick-off, but it can sure feel like it is! With summer-like temperatures and a bright sun overhead, isn't Memorial Day weekend the perfect time to gather friends and family for a BBQ feast? We think so! Whether you like grilling up burgers and dogs, or steaks and chicken, you can't host a great BBQ party without a few essentials. To help you prepare for your upcoming Memorial Day BBQ Bash, we've rounded up some must-have party items that will make your shindig a success.

Barbecue Grill

What's a Memorial Day celebration without a flaming grill loaded up with burger patties, hot dogs and steaks? Weber Performer Charcoal Grill, $280, available at Target.

BBQ Tool Set

As master of the grill, you need the right tools to help you fire up a delicious feast. Orion 9 Piece BBQ Tool Set and Apron, $90, available at Brookstone .

Condiment Caddy

Let your party guests complete and customize their BBQ grilled burgers and dogs with all the right toppings. Charcoal Companion Slider Central Condiment Caddy, $13, available at Amazon.

Utensil Caddy

Before anyone can ask "Where are the forks?" be sure to stock up on utensils and napkins, and place them front-and-center on the table. Chrome Flatware Caddy, $21, available at Target.

Food Covers

The only thing worse than dropping one of your grill sensations on the ground is dealing with the pesky bugs swarming around your feast. Keep the bugs at bay with some handy-handy food covers! Giant Outdoor Tabletop Food Cover, $14, available at Amazon.

Citronella Candle

Your food won't be the only thing attacked by bugs; keep your guests comfortable and bite-free by placing a few citronella candles around the party area. Citronella Bucket Candle, $8, available at Crate & Barrel.

Drink Dispenser

Whether you're serving fresh-squeezed lemonade, iced tea or fruit punch, be sure to keep your beverages cool inside nifty drink dispensers. Jay Imports Ceramic Drink Dispenser, $56, available at Macy's.

Beverage Tub

For guests wanting a little more "kick" from their party beverages, a large tub filled with ice and cold beers will do the trick. TableCraft Beverage Tub, $43, available at Kohl's.

Beverage Markers

A great way to keep party guests and their drinks together? Use colorful beverage markers! Kikkerland Space Invaders Drink Markers, Set of 6, $9, available at Amazon.

  • Memorial Day BBQ Essentials
  • Barbecue Grill
  • BBQ Tool Set
  • Condiment Caddy
  • Utensil Caddy
  • Food Covers
  • Citronella Candle
  • Drink Dispenser
  • Beverage Tub
  • Beverage Markers
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