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Sizzle Into Summer: How to Host the Best Summer BBQ

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Ah, the sweet sizzle of summer – the season of sun-kissed days, backyard gatherings, and the irresistible aroma of barbecue wafting through the air. If you're gearing up to host the ultimate summer BBQ bash, we've got you covered with everything you need to elevate your hosting game and impress your guests. From mouthwatering appetizers to ambiance-setting candles, we've compiled a list of everything you need to throw the best summer BBQ.

Have a Good Appetizer (and Board)

Picture this: You’re surrounded by friends and family, the grill is fired up, and laughter fills the air. What better way to kick off your summer BBQ than with a stunning (and tasty) variety of appetizers? Whether you’re looking for something sweet like Cranberry Goat Cheese Pastry Bites, or something a bit more savory and fresh like Mediterranean Feta Dip, appetizers are a great way to ease your guests into the event.

For a cool and custom touch, serve up your delicious appetizers on a handmade Soundview Millworks Appetizer Board. Made with both maple and mahogany wood, this appetizer board can be customized with a custom monogram and a variety of handle options.

Pick the Perfect Meal 

Of course, no summer BBQ would be complete without a spread of classic grilled favorites. Fire up the grill and cook up juicy burgers or ribs. For a lighter fare, skewer some colorful fresh vegetables and throw those on the fire for delicious summer kabobs. Don’t forget to whip up some refreshing sides like watermelon salad, grilled corn salsa, or tangy coleslaw to complement the smoky flavors of your main dishes. And for the cherry on top, serve some chilled beverages – whether ice-cold lemonade, sweet tea, or craft sodas from Farmview. There’s nothing like a cool drink to beat the summer heat.

Provide Some Fun for the Sun 

While the food is undeniably the star of the show, no summer BBQ would be complete without some fun and games to keep your guests entertained. Set up a DIY s'mores station for a sweet finish to the meal, or challenge your friends to a friendly game of cornhole or horseshoes. For the little ones (and the young at heart), set out some bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and a sprinkler to keep them cool and entertained for hours on end. And don't forget to curate the perfect summer playlist – from classic rock anthems to breezy acoustic tunes, music sets the tone for a memorable summer gathering.

With these essential tips and products on hand, you're well on your way to hosting the best summer BBQ yet. So fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and sizzle into summer with an unforgettable outdoor feast that celebrates the simple joys of good food, good company, and the endless possibilities of the season. Cheers to summer memories in the making!