Throwing a backyard BBQ party is perhaps the single greatest way to spend a perfect summer afternoon. You’ve got great friends, food, and most importantly, a great setting for it to all take place. Right?

If you have ever found yourself scrambling to get your backyard “BBQ-ready” in the early days of summer, you are not alone. Further ahead we will be discussing some of the best additions that will truly make your backyard the perfect spot for a BBQ.

Some of the key topics that will be highlighted are grilling equipment, landscaping tools, and lighting that will enhance the decor of your backyard overall. It doesn’t take much to get your backyard ready for grilling season, so get out there and do it already!

Grill and Food Arrangements

There can’t be a BBQ without a grill. At least not any BBQ that I’d ever want to be invited to. At its core, a BBQ is all about the food, so make sure that you have a proper grilling setup so that you can keep rolling those burgers out.

For the average cook, a large propane grill with a decent cooking area should provide everything you could possibly need in an easy-to-use package. No need to fuss with any charcoal chimneys or wood fires here, just turn on the propane and start grilling.

If you don’t currently have a propane gas grill and are looking to purchase one, check out this helpful guide for easy grilling to find the one that best suits your needs.

If you prefer the taste of charcoal when grilling, you’ve got great taste my friend. This is why it is always nice to have a grill that can also be used with charcoal. Even if you don’t want to shell out for a propane/charcoal hybrid grill, a simple weber kettle grill works just fine.

There is something about lump charcoal made from real wood that makes food taste just that much better. If you are looking to take your BBQ food to the next level, you cannot go wrong with charcoal.

You typically won’t need any tables to eat at, just be sure to have adequate space to lay all of the food out. When cooking for a lot of people, it is usually a good idea to consider any dietary issues that your guests may have. Providing gluten free or other accommodating options can really show a person that you pay attention to the finer details.

Landscaping Ideas

Nothing shows that you really care about your property like investing in a bit of landscaping. Now don’t feel like you have to run out and hire a team of landscapers, there are plenty of simple DIY ideas out there that will help to make your backyard really stand out.

Maybe try adding a low-hanging tree, or even go as far as to add your very own pond. There are a million possibilities out there, so check out some of the best ways that you can take advantage of your backyard this summer!

Lights and Other Decor

A backyard is where you really get to be creative with your decorating. In a way, you are bringing the indoors and outdoors together. Accents like LED light strands or vined terraces can really brighten up the layout of a boring backyard.

Take advantage of those trees!

Stay away from bird feeders and things of that nature, as they can attract unwanted pests when the sun goes down. Feel free to hang them up during the day, but when it’s time to party stow them away.

Speaking of unwanted pests, you should always have some form of defense against mosquitoes. Netted off lounging areas are ideal, but products like citronella can be quite effective. The smell may be offensive to some, but it even comes in a tiki torch fluid that simply looks great at night.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you’ve gained some insight into what makes a backyard BBQ party great, or at least found a few interesting ideas along the way. Remember to fill up on propane and run out to the store for some charcoal, as you have a long season of grilling ahead of you.

Don’t be afraid to spice up your yard with a little bit of landscaping, you would be surprised at just how much character a simple tree can add to a backyard. When the sun goes down, it is a perfect time to show off that new lighting system that you installed to set the mood just right.

So you’ve got everything you need in order to throw the best backyard BBQ party on the block, so hurry up and don’t forget to send us an invite.