1. Use a fabric table cloth, rather than the disposable plastic ones, as it will make the table look and feel a lot more special. If you want to try something that feels a bit more rustic, how about a painter’s drip cloth from your local hardware store? Images via Remodelista.
3. Lighting is always going to be important for an outdoor event, and I am a big fan of string lights such as these. The color is warm and very flattering and the string creates a virtual “ceiling,” too. Via Restoration Hardware.
4. To create a more "homestyle" feel, think about using mason jars for flowers on the table. It may be seen a lot, but the trend is not dead yet. Plus, they’re the perfect piece of Americana for an outdoor summer holiday like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July! Images via smashedpeasandcarrots and infullbloomevents.
5. Music is a crucial part of any gathering at my house, and the Sonos Play:1 does the perfect job. Plus, the fact that it’s wireless means I can move it around to anywhere the action is. Image via Sonos. Did I miss any of your perfect barbecue secret weapons? Let me know @markcutler. I’d love to know any tips for making my outdoor grilling events even better!
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