Hose off the deck and bring the patio furniture out of storage — Memorial Day is almost here! There’s no better way to celebrate the official start of summer than a relaxing barbecue with friends and family. We’ve got just the things you need to host a fun-filled Memorial Day barbecue — even if you’re not hosting, we guarantee that showing up with one of these items will make you the most popular person at the party.

Grilling Supplies

Besides grilling supplies, grab a set of stainless steel tumblers to keep your drinks cold this Memorial Day.

What’s a Memorial Day weekend without getting the grill up and running? Take a few minutes to run inventory on your current grilling supplies, seeing what needs to be cleaned, kept, or replaced. Look for a few new tools to add to your grilling arsenal, like this time-saving burger press, a corn griller basket, or these ingenious kabob grilling baskets. And is it even possible to have a barbecue without a hilarious, slightly inappropriate apron for the grill-master? That’s not a risk we’re willing to take.

Paper Lanterns

Bright, light, and airy, these gorgeous paper lanterns add a fun, easy touch to your patio. Grab them in red, white, and blue for a patriotic homage, or go for a summery coral, turquoise, or orange for décor you can keep up for the rest of the summer months.

Fruit Infuser Pitcher and Party Cups

Turn regular water into a festive beverage with a fruit infuser pitcher. Stay on-theme with strawberry and blueberry-infused water, or branch out into other creative fruit infusions (we especially love watermelon and mint for an extra-summery refresher). Having an adults-only gathering? Your fruit infuser pitcher is basically begging for a great sangria recipe.

Of course, you can’t have a party drink without the perfect party cup. Opt for a stainless steel tumbler to keep your fruit infusions and other beverages chilled for up to 8 hours — a major key if the weather turns out to be hot and sunny (fingers crossed).

An Amazing Potato Salad Recipe

Or pasta salad, or coleslaw, or apple pie, or your own proprietary blend of spices guaranteed to make every burger taste like a million bucks — you get the picture.

Bring your specialty dish to a Memorial Day cookout this weekend and enjoy it with a cold drink in your stainless steel tumbler.

Even if you’re not hosting this year, make sure not to come empty-handed. Show up with your own mouth-watering dish, and prepare for the compliments to roll in. “Why yes, this is a top-secret family recipe handed down through generations, how kind of you to ask…”

Lawn Games for All Ages to Enjoy

Keep everyone entertained while the grill heats up with a variety of popular lawn games. Giant Jenga games are making a comeback in bars and backyards all over the country, and we’d never say no to a raucous game of badminton. Whether you call it bags, corn hole, or some other regional name, that game with the beanbags and the boards is fun for the kiddos as well as adults. A few others to consider: bocce ball, spikeball, and once the kids go to bed, beer pong in reusable stainless steel cups.

 

With these necessities covered, your Memorial Day party will start summer off with a bang (not that we’re encouraging any illegal fireworks or anything). Kick back with a glass of freshly infused lemonade or a party cup filled with a classic American beer — summer starts right now.

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