Summer Barbecue Must-Haves

Here at American Party Rentals, we have survived the busy spring season and are ready for the summer festivities to begin! What’s a better way to kick off this summer than with a backyard barbecue with family and friends? Get prepared for your next cook-out by making sure you have these 5 must-have items!

1. The grill

Get your event cooking with a propane or charcoal grill! The most important part of your party, besides having a great time, is the grill. Use a grill to cook burgers, hot dogs or chicken on and still spend time with your guests outside. Before deciding what type of grill to use, consider what flavors you want to taste or how quickly you want to cook the food.

Charcoal grills provide more of a smoky flavor and a great hands on cooking experience

Propane grills are hassle free and allow for easy temperate control

2. Plenty of seating

Don’t leave your partygoers left to eat and mingle on their feet, pull out some tables and chairs. You want to be sure your guests are comfortable, so make sure there is plenty of seating for everyone. You can spice up the scene by using tablecloths, colored napkins and other decorations. Check out our latest showroom table:

Our “Summer Picnic Table” displays square plates, natural linen napkins, mason jars and lanterns!

3. Platters and bowls

You can’t have a barbecue without delicious sides! Whip up potato salad, beans, corn salad, grilled veggies or coleslaw and display them on a buffet table for everyone to enjoy. Use ceramic platters or acrylic bowls that are different shapes and sizes to impress your guests.

This acrylic bowl comes in a variety of sizes to accommodate any size party!

This white porcelain platter is a fun shape to add to any buffet table

4. Lighting

As night falls, set the mood with outdoor lighting. Use lanterns or yard stakes to create a dim glow. Soft lighting will make guests feel relaxed and carefree. If you’re planning a daytime party, allow for shade to escape to by using umbrellas around the tables.

This 9″ square black lantern is ideal for any outdoor party or table centerpiece. Click the image to view our other lighting options!

Use an umbrella that’s free standing between tables for shade

5. Drinks!

The best way to keep your guests cool and refreshed is by serving chilled beverages. There’s nothing better than an ice cold drink on a hot summer evening and what better way to ice them down than with a decorative party tub. You can also use a large 100qt ice chest, and don’t forget about an electric beer tap for those summer kegs!

Perfect use for chilling bottled drinks

This hammered ice tub is a great accessory for a beverage station at any indoor or outdoor event


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2 responses to “Summer Barbecue Must-Haves

  1. Tracey Harris

    Your website was very nice, easy to search, and the wishlist option was a wonderful time saving tool. I hope to be working with you in the near future. As event is on a Sunday, howerver, I will definitely need to work out delivery/pick up options. Thanks so much.
    T. Harris

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