Summer barbecues should be easy and laid back, like summer itself! If you are hosting a backyard barbecue for Memorial Day, try these 7 summer party hacks that will give you more time to hang out with your guests and make you feel like a genius.

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Keep drinks chilled with frozen water balloons instead of ice. This is an easy, decorative solution that makes clean up easy. When they melt, use the balloons for an outdoor game.

Sttore drinks in an easily accessible drink tub or cooler.  Separate “kids” drinks from “adult” drinks. Tie a bottle opener to the handle of the “adult” drink tub or cooler.

USE MASON JARS … FOR EVERYTHING

Mason jars are inexpensive, versatile and they look pretty at a bbq! Drop tea lights in them for mood lighting, give each guest one for their drinks and have them label them with their name, store utensils in them, catch fireflies…the possibilities are endless.

KEEP CONDIMENTS ORGANIZED

Use muffin tins to serve your condiments. Each compartment gives you the perfect space for catsup, mustard, relish, mayo, onions, tomatoes, etc. To make it even easier, use craft sticks as serving utensils and mark each one with a sharpie.

PLAN FOR SUN

Place chairs in shaded areas around the yard and put up umbrellas on the deck. For added protection, provide sunscreen in a clearly marked area when guests enter the backyard. Our favorite idea is a simple garden plant hanger and a metal or plastic tub which can be found at the dollar store.

LIGHT IT UP

Create ambient lighting by making lantern lights out of clear plastic cups and strings of white lights.  Count the bulbs on a strand of holiday lights and cut X’s into the bottoms of the same number of small cups. Then push a bulb through each cup’s center!

HANG YOUR SNACKS

Save table space and make a fun snack station by clothes pinning snack size bags of chips and pretzels on strings that you hang from one place to another!

SET OUT A NO MESS/ NO STRESS ICE CREAM STATION

Pre-scoop a variety of ice cream flavors into scoops in muffin tins or onto baking sheets and keep them in the freezer. When it is time for dessert, guests can serve themselves with pre-made scoops. Need an alternative to ice cream? Create faux ice cream cones with cotton candy!

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