Summer is around the corner which means it's the perfect time to get your backyard space ready to entertainin others! For me, nothing kicks off the season like a good barbecue. Canada Day and the Fourth of July are great reasons to have fire up the grill and have friends and family over.  What I like about a barbecues is that the menu can be as diverse or as simple as you want. Hosting a cookout for a large group can get stressful though so below are a few tips to help you get through the big day: 

1. Signature Cocktail
Having a welcome drink is a great touch when hosting a great gathering. However no host wants to be working the bar constantly so I made a batch of adult strawberry lemonade, poured it into mason jars, threw them into a bucket filled with ice and my bartending was done for the day.

2.  Food Tent
Dealing with unwanted guests is never fun at a barbecue  - especially when they come in the form of flies and other creepy critters. Investing in a food tent is crucial to keeping your food clean and safe until they are ready to be served. I love the peace of mind I get knowing that no 'extra ingredients' have been added. 

3.  Dress Comfortably
What you wear should be stylish and comfortable. You want to make memories, not stress out an overly complicated outfit.  If your Barbecue has a theme then your attire should reflect that. 

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