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Hosting Outdoors: Planning a Barbecue

Hosting Outdoors: Planning a Barbecue

Posted by Fortunoff Backyard Store

Grilling season is here.

When the weather's nice, there's no better way to enjoy your outdoor space than hosting a backyard barbecue. Let us help you get started! From selecting the right dining area and shatterproof tableware to entertainment with outdoor games, we've got you covered. You take care of the guest list; we'll help you figure out the rest. Here are our tips for throwing a summer barbecue no one will forget:

Mastering the Grill:

For a successful barbecue, get your prep. work done early. Most grilling recipes call for a marinade. The earlier you start the marinating process, the more flavorful your food will be, so don’t save this step for the last minute. Food can marinate for days in the fridge, freeing up your time to clean your grill grates.

Once your grill is sparkling, it's time to preheat. Oil the grates beforehand to keep food from sticking while cooking. If you’re grilling beef or chicken and want to make sure it is cooked through, a meat thermometer can be a handy and inexpensive tool to keep nearby. Otherwise, don’t rush the process, and get creative! You can toss anything on a grill for a delicious and aromatic meal your guests will rave about until your next gathering.

Finding the Right Dining Set:

Creating a comfortable and inviting dining area is essential for a successful backyard barbecue. Our range of outdoor dining tables and chairs are crafted from durable materials such as teak, aluminum, or wicker, ensuring both style and longevity and allowing you to make the most of your outdoor gatherings for years to come.

Aside from style, the two most important considerations for your cookout are the number of guests attending and the size of your outdoor space. A Backyard Specialist can help you plan your outdoor setup and suggest a dining set for the occasion. You can also browse our assortment online and sort by seating capacity. Find everything from cozy bistro sets to extendable outdoor tables that can seat 10!

Need more help finding the right patio set? Read our How to Shop for Patio Furniture blog for more information.

Opting for Shatterproof Tableware:

When it comes to serving delicious food and refreshing drinks, our melamine dining plates and acrylic glassware are perfect choices. Designed to be shatterproof and reusable, they provide peace of mind while being environmentally friendly. Add our placemats into the mix, and you have the recipe for a low-maintenance dinner party! Available in various styles, patterns, and materials, our placemats not only protect your outdoor table from spills and stains but also add a touch of sophistication to your dining setup.


Every piece in our tableware collection is made of high-quality and easy-to-clean materials. Wipe them down or throw them in the dishwasher. Either way, enjoy spending more time with your loved ones and less time worrying about messes. Explore our outdoor tableware now and upgrade the way you dine out.

Creating Ambiance:

Curating a playlist for your event is an easy way to add personality. Ask your guests for song suggestions to cater to different tastes and keep everyone engaged throughout the event. Are you looking for other ways to create ambiance? Lighting is the unsung hero of outdoor decor. Set the mood with well-placed string lights and outdoor lanterns to create a nice glow. A few candles on the table can also elevate your barbecue! From tiki torches to candlestick holders, we’ve got plenty of outdoor lighting options to choose from.

Invest in Entertainment:

Eating may be the main event, but it helps to have side activities for people to participate in. Outdoor games are an easy way to keep everyone entertained. They can keep your guests out of the kitchen or away from the grill, allowing you to finish preparing the main course or side dishes. And who doesn't love a little friendly competition? Let your friends and family test their croquet skills or corn hole strategy. They'll feel victorious, and you'll feel less pressure to keep people engaged.

Did you find this blog helpful? Let us know how these suggestions worked for your event by tagging us on social media. Use hashtag #fortunoffbys for a chance to be featured. If you’re looking for more hosting tips, subscribe to our newsletter. We always stay on top of patio trends. Need more advice? Talk to a Backyard Specialist to help find the right outdoor furniture for your outdoor gathering.

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