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Cookouts are a big part of Summer. Whether it’s holiday cookouts, graduation parties, or just a random get together, generally, cookouts are a fun, relaxing time for everyone. What about the hosts? Between planning, prepping, and cooking and still finding time to answer the age-old question, “so what are your plans for the summer?”, it can be stressful! That’s why we’ve created a smooth outline for hosting a cookout this summer. Relax, enjoy, and get your grilling tools ready!

Knowing Your Audience

With just about any type of party, the first item is the guest list. After the RSVP’s roll in, it’s important to take a look at your list and ask yourself a few questions. For example, is this the type of group who will want to drink a lot or a little? Will they want to play yard games? Does anyone have any special dietary needs like being a vegetarian? Ask yourself a few questions so you’re prepared for anything your guests have to throw your way.

Prepping

Next comes the setup. Depending on how many people are coming, it’s a good idea to start preparing anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before the actual party. Get as much shopping done as you can in advance. No one likes to scramble around the day of. If your party is outside, have a backup plan in case it rains. Stock up on propane or charcoal—no one wants to be the host who can’t grill!

You’ll also want to make sure you have a good space set up in order to entertain and provide a good environment/ambiance for your guests to relax in. Whether that’s getting enough seats for everyone or making sure your yard is clean and neat. A good space and atmosphere can go a long way.

Set Up

Make sure your space is clean and ample sized. Have places for your guests to sit and eat, relax in small groups, and feel comfortable in. If you have lawn games, keep a buffer room between the Frisbee and your great aunt’s famous pasta salad. Atmosphere is everything.

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Food

Now lets talk about everyone’s favorite part of a cookout…THE FOOD!

When it comes to a cookout, the food is what makes the party a success. The most common meat items for a cookout are burgers, hotdogs, and wings. Break out of the mold, try other options like grilled chicken or pulled pork. Depending on your choices for meat, make sure you have the necessary condiments like ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, your secret wing sauce, etc.

Let’s talk sides. This is where your spread can really shine. Have multiple options so everyone can find something they like. Try putting your own twist on a classic, like grilled street corn! A salad is a must.. we’re not talking lettuce. Pasta salad, potato salad, three bean salad…the options are endless!

With this outline, you’re ready to tackle the grill and get the summer started!