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Summer, Grilling, and Parties

Hey neighbors!

Summer is finally here, I think.  Do you have any plans for the summer that include getting together with friends and family?  Maybe you are going to have a Memorial Day or 4th of July party, or an outdoor birthday party, or just a big old family get together.  If you are planning to spend time outside with family friends and food, you need to plan ahead, at least a little.  Make sure you have everything you need to make an enjoyable day for everyone.


One thing to consider is where will everyone sit?  Make sure you have several different options if you can.  Some people will prefer lawn chairs, while others might like patio chairs with cushions.  I personally enjoy a sturdy rocking chair.  You will also need to have picnic tables or folding tables to hold the food and for everyone to eat.  You could set up several smaller tables, or us the long tables all in a row.  If there will be children you will need to consider where they will eat.  Perhaps you could use small children's tables or spread some blankets on the ground.



A big question is where will you be grilling the food.  Do you already own a decent sized grill?  Have you ever tried the pellet grills?  You can find out more about these types of grills here.  They have varying size cooking space, so be sure to pick the one that suits your needs.  You may opt for a gas grill or the old standby of a charcoal grill.  Everyone enjoys a good grilled hamburger or steak!




You will definitely need to have plans to entertain everyone while they are waiting to eat.  Some people may prefer to chit chat while sitting around, but be sure to prepare some activities too, especially if children are involved.  Tetherball, volleyball and badminton all make great, summertime, games.  Maybe some of your guests would enjoy a game of croquet if you have room to set up a course.  Children would probably enjoy a good water-balloon or squirt gun battle.  Something simple like blowing bubbles together could also be fun.  Just be sure to warn other parents to bring a change of clothes for their children.




Don't be afraid to ask people to bring a covered side dish or dessert.  This will cut down on your prep time, and you can concentrate on grilling the meat and entertaining your guests.  If you plan ahead you will truly enjoy a summer filled with family and friends.  If you already have all of this in place the party or get together will go smoothly and be much easier for you.

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