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3 Tips For Hosting The Perfect Cookout

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A cookout is a great opportunity to get together with your friends and loved ones in the summer weather and enjoy some great food with one another. However, holding a cookout at your house isn’t always an easy endeavor, especially if you’re planning to provide all of the food for everyone. 

To help you make sure any cookout you’re throwing turns out great, here are three tips for hosting the perfect cookout this summer. 

Opt For The Easy Choice

When hosting a cookout, there are going to be a lot of different responsibilities that fall on your shoulders. So to help you not feel quite so stressed about everything in the lead up to your event, you should consider opting for the easiest choices and making decisions that will be the most convenient for you. 

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While you might like the idea of having a signature cocktail for all of the guests at your party, if this is going to be one too many things on your plate for this event, choose to just have premixed drinks or cans and bottles that people can open for themselves. Additionally, if cooking all of the food on your own will be too much, ask your guests to bring a dish to share or consider catering some of the dishes you want to provide. 

Prep As Much Food Beforehand As Possible

On the day of your cookout, you’re likely going to have a million and a half things to get taken care of before your guests arrive. So if you have the capability to prep some of the food you’ll be providing before everyone arrives, this can ease a lot of your stress. 

By leaving just the necessary food to be cooked in your outdoor kitchen once your guests arrive, you’ll have more time to focus on the same-day tasks that you need to accomplish to get ready for your cookout. Any prep that you’re able to do ahead of time can be a real lifesaver. 

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Get Creative With Keeping Things Cool

During a summer cookout, the weather may turn hot on you, which can make it a bit uncomfortable to be outside and trying to prepare food to eat.

To combat this, you’ll want to get creative with keeping things cool for your guests. While you can use things like fans, shade, and misters to keep things cool, you could also consider replacing the ice around your drinks with frozen water balloons that, as they melt in the heat, your guests can have their own water balloon fight, too.

If you’re wanting to host a cookout this summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you with your preparations and to make the most of your time on the day of your event. 

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