You're hosting a backyard barbecue. Despite the casual nature of being outdoors, your party can range from last-minute informal to a well-choreographed backyard barbecue for hundreds. Either way, there are basics and essentials you'll need to get the party started.
Like, more than a red-checkered disposable tablecloth and a package of turkey dogs.
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Cooking outside always seems easier and everything seems a bit tastier. Children are perfectly happy with a hot dog cooked over coals and plenty of ketchup, but sometimes it's fun to plan things ahead and make a meal that's extra special.
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Something cool. In a tall, clear glass with crushed ice. Or beer -- cold beer. Everyone has a favorite drink they crave on a hot day. Make sure you know what your guests like to drink -- it's an extra touch that shows you care.
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Outdoor Patio Furniture
Unless you're planning a retro hippie theme and guests will sit on the deck in lotus positions on hemp rugs -- you're going to need outdoor patio furniture. What's that? You don't have a budget for indoor furniture, much less outdoor furniture? Not to worry: we've scouted around and found garden furniture and resources that will leave you with a few bucks to buy a new pair of flipflops. How about:Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Outdoor Decorations and Ideas
Decorating should be one of the most enjoyable parts of throwing an outdoor party. Target your decor to a season, holiday or party theme.
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Themes & Occasions
For special occasions, like a birthday, or to break the ice and put everyone in a festive mood, why not choose a theme? That way, invitations, menus, decorations, attire, etc. can follow the theme. Entertain these ideas:
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Outdoor Party Games
Plan a few activities or games as ice breakers that will get everyone in a relaxed, festive mood.
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While eating and talking outside are usually festive enough, some occasions call for even more fun; more entertainment. Besides the pool and pool games, what else can you do to keep your guests outside, engaged and entertained?
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