Summer is here and it is time to fire up the grill and enjoy some great food and company with friends! If that’s what you have in mind, here are our top tips on chic outdoor décor to make every get-together a grand success.

First up is the Grill Checklist: Make sure you have a spatula, tongs, grill fork, grill glove, apron, gas or charcoal, aluminium foil, oil, towel!

Got all of that? Let’s move on to the set up:

  1. Table settings

    If you are throwing a casual party or even a themed one, tables should look welcoming. So, bring on the tablecloths.

    Thinking of making it a picnic? All you need are a few picnic blankets to lay out the food on.

    If the party will go on till late, some string lights will set the tone just right.

  2. Amenities to beat the heat

    Help your guests battle scorching sun and aggressive mosquitoes with a few thoughtful amenities like fans, sunblock and bug spray.

    And if you have a pool, why not make it a barbecue + pool party?

    Blow up some pool floats and you’ll be sure to help everyone keep their cool.

    Fun tip from IKEA: Invest in a black chalkboard to let your guests know what is on the menu!

    And now to the exciting part: preparing for the food and beverages everyone’s here for!

  3. Beverages

    When you think of summer, you think of lemonade – and a lemonade stand manned by kids is really the most entertaining set up.

    If you want to spruce up some summer sodas, simply put them in a few mason jars and pop a few decorative straws in them.

    Another refreshing drink option is fruit infused water with rose, lemon or even strawberry.

  4. Food

    Steaks, burgers, hot dogs, sausages, kebabs, coleslaw, or a pasta bake; the choices are simply endless!

    Having a good mix of meat, salads, and other side dishes is a great way to ensure everyone gets a bit of what they like.

    If you feel overwhelmed with all the choices, a themed party will help you narrow down what you can cook.

  5. Desserts

    And for dessert? Pre-scoop ice cream into cupcake liners to store in the freezer until they are ready to be served.

    This way, you won’t have to worry about ice cream melting in the hot weather while you’re serving.

    Another Fun tip from IKEA: Have a labelled condiment and sauce display so that the food line isn’t held up by guests having guessing games between the different types of sauces and dips!

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