How to Throw the Greatest Low-Key Summer Barbecue Party

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How to Throw the Greatest Low-Key Summer Barbecue Party

Summer’s in, so get the barbecue out! Don’t let the sunniest season of the year pass without throwing a summer barbecue party with family and friends.

Don’t even let barbecue party preparations rile you up. Make it a potluck and choose low-key décor that doesn’t require a lot of lead time. Focus on good food (which the potluck will take care of) and a few quick details that will look picture-perfect without colossal effort from your part.

Display Color

The color of the food, that is! Even simple barbecue condiments look pretty if you put them in the right containers.


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Put some condiments in shot glasses and stick in labelled popsicle sticks that will also serve as serving sticks. Label them with a Sharpie or a sign pen.

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Parade the colors of summer through your food too! Show off this season’s fresh produce by displaying your vegetable and fruit salads in clear containers. The classy paper labels are optional, but it wouldn’t hurt to guide your guests.

Experience Matters

Good food and good company make a great party, even sans the décor and games. But why not make it more memorable with a low-key DIY setup?

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This wonderful DIY-smores idea from Lancaster Online only requires terracotta pots, foil, and charcoal. With just these three, you’ll have the queen of all centerpieces. Guest participation required!

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Things can get messy in summer barbecue parties. While your guests may already know that, they’ll also appreciate a clean-up station within arm’s reach. You gotta wipe those sticky fingers once in a while.

Don’t Forget It’s a Party

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An outdoor summer barbecue party barely needs dressing up but these silver balloons will contrast nicely against Mother Nature’s already beautiful background. Hang them against the fence or tie the string’s base to the table. They’re easy to install and versatile.

Enjoy the year’s hottest season outdoors!