Your Guide to Planning and Hosting the Ultimate Backyard Bash

July 4th is just around the corner! Will you be hosting a celebration for Independence Day?

We know how much planning and preparation goes into hosting a gathering of any size. To help ease the burden, we’ve compiled our best resources to help you plan and execute an amazing summer celebration.

Backyard Entertaining

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One of the first steps for planning any celebration is deciding what type of party you are throwing and what the menu will be. Here are some articles that can help you make these decisions:

Cookout 3 Ways: Your Guide to Backyard Entertaining
The style of your menu is a very important part of any great gathering. Whether you’re hosting a family-style bash, a casual backyard get-together, or an elegant dinner party under the stars, make sure you choose the right cuisine for the occasion.

Ask The Butcher: What’s Your Favorite Grilled Meal?
Who knows recommendations for grilling meats better than 4th- and 5th-generation master butchers? We asked the Lobels to tell us about their favorite grilled meals for backyard entertaining.

Not Your Ordinary Burger
Burgers are anything but boring.  The way you top it, stuff it, or spice it makes a burger uniquely yours—your signature recipe for the indelibly incredible homemade burger.

Sweeten Up Summer with Grilled Dessert
Don’t forget about dessert—it’s the best part! In this article you will find some ideas for desserts you can prepare right on the grill.

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It is a good idea to brush up on your grilling techniques before the big day! You’ll impress your guests and avoid any potential grilling disasters.

How to Form a Burger Patty

How To: Grill the Perfect Burger (Direct Method)

How To: Grill the Perfect Burger (Indirect Method)

How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Get Inspired

For even more planning and menu ideas be sure to check out our recipe pages and Pinterest boards!

Summer Grilling Recipes

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Pinterest: Just Steak. Wonderful, Delicious Steak

Pinterest: Everyone Loves BBQ


Have you hosted a summer bash? How long did you plan? What did you serve? What is your favorite thing to eat at a cookout? How are you celebrating Independence Day?