PLANKED These sugar maple planks help infuse your food with a light smoky flavor while retaining natural moisture. Sugar Maple Grilling Planks, $14.95 set of 2, Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com CHARCOAL GOODNESS This Weber Grill makes cooking with charcoal a breeze with its one-touch ignition and removable ash catcher. Werber Performer Platinum Series Charcoal Grill, $350, Sur La Table, surlatable.com
Outdoor Grilling and Entertaining By Rachelle Mazumdar, Director of Weddings + Events, Style-Architects style-architects.com
STAY ORGANIZED Grilling itself can be very relaxing. But what about all the to-dos that lead up to it? Eliminate the stress by doing as much prep work as you can before the guests arrive. The last thing you want to do as a host is prep the grill, mix the drinks, and entertain your guests at the same time. BRAND YOUR BACKYARD BASH Play around with your BBQ “theme” by making it unique and one-of-a-kind. Have some fun by throwing on an “I Heart BBQ” apron or including branded elements such as a personalized BBQ cutting board, (see page 20) monogrammed brander, or monogrammed pitcher and glassware. These elements will pull everything together for a cohesive look.
GRILL MASTER Show off your love for grilling by wearing an “I Heart BBQ” apron. BBQ Heart Apron, $24.95, Sur La Table, surlatable.com
KEEP’N IT CLEAN These cherry striped towels are a must-have for every outdoor kitchen! These soft and thick cotton towels make drying and cleaning a breeze. Cherry Kitchen Towels, $14.95 set of 3, Sur La Table, surlatable.com THE ESSENTIALS These handsome, high-performance tools combine sleek stainless steel along with red soft-grip handles for easy grilling. Grilling Tools, $16.95 each, Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com
KEEP IT COOL Leave the sizzling for the food, not your guests. Cool off your guests by setting up outdoor umbrellas or cooling fans that will be sure to keep them well shaded and relaxed. GOODBYE BUGS Although making your backyard “bug-free” takes a lot of work, you don’t want your guests to be eaten alive. Eliminate these party crashers by treating your yard with bug fogger, citronella candles, or tiki torches! TURN GRILLING INTO AN EXPERIENCE Whether you want to throw a big backyard bash or an intimate evening get-together, grilling is a great way to entertain your guests. Encourage them to skewer their own kabobs or top their own personal pizzas. Surprise your guests by grilling the entire meal, including dessert! Style-Architects is a boutique creative services company based in Minneapolis offering imaginative and awe-inspiring events and weddings, in addition to expert wardrobe styling services. Check out their blog for more party planning tips: style-architects.com/blog.
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