With the Fourth of July in the rearview, Olney homeowners truly are in the thick of summer, and what better time than to fire up the grill and invite over some good friends for a classic backyard barbecue in the coming weekends. To get you started, here are a few tips:
1. Set Up Your Barbecuing Needs in Advance: Don’t wait until guests are in the backyard to remember that your forgot to buy the charcoal! Buy and marinate your meats the night before, stock up on charcoal and smoking chips if you’re going that route, pack the cooler, make sure you have proper disposable utensils, plates and napkins, and have enough options that cater to all the diets in your crowd of friends.
2. Provide a Relaxed and Fun Environment: While you may be focused on the food, remember that guests are expecting a party at your Olney home. Have an outdoor radio set up with a playlist, or throw on a Nationals game if they’re playing during your barbecue and you’ve got some baseball fans in the crowd. Also, set up communal seating that allows for your guests to relax and mingle in an informal way. And make sure you have yard games such as bag toss, horseshoes or badminton, as everyone can get in on these.
3. Let There Be Light: While day barbecues are an awesome way to soak in the sun, not to mention easier on the grilling eyes, if you and your guests are having a blast, chances are things may carry on into the evening. Be prepared for this by setting up lighting around your yard, such as a fire pit, Tiki torches and electric garland lights. All of these options are relatively easy to set up, and can be found at your local home goods store.
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