SUMMER is getting close, so it’s officially time to crack out the BBQ – and a few accessories will help you make the most of your al fresco experience.
Choosing the right grill, getting your garden into shape, and making sure you’ve got a great playlist to set the mood is all part of the party planning.
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And with a bit of prep and some simple recipes your BBQ party can be stress-free.
Whether you’re looking for a new grill, or you want to invest in garden furniture, we’ve scoured the shops to make sure your event goes according to plan.
From food to entertainment we’ve, make your summer BBQ the best around with these must-have products.
This charcoal BBQ has adjustable height for the grill so you can control the distance between the charcoal and cooking grill
First thing’s first when planning an epic BBQ is the grill If yours is a little worse for wear or if you usually opt for a cheap disposable, now is a good time to invest.
There might be more deals closer to the summer months, but for now we like this oil drum BBQ from Argos.
With a 4.7 rating from over 3,000 reviews how could you go wrong?
It’ll see you through the BBQing season and even comes with all the utensils you’ll need for the burger flipping fun.
Make sure you’re stocked up on enough coal and lighter fluid get that grill blazing.
The outdoor corner dining set means you can extend your hosting space and showcase your garden
Next, you’ll need to prep your garden. Mow the lawn, dig up the weeds and dust off your patio furniture.
If you want to invest in new garden furniture, you can brighten up your outdoor space with this teal table and bench set, or for added comfort this corner sofa dining set will have plenty of space for everyone – both available from Made.com.
If the sun turns up for your BBQ it’s a good idea to have a few shady spots to cool down in. Pop up a parasol to keep your guests happy.
To keep kids cool and entertained, set up and paddling pool. This inflatable pool from Asda will have enough room for everyone to splash around.
The main event
This classic drinks dispenser from Kilner is supplied with a silicone seal and easy-to-use serving tap
It’s not a barbecue without food. Make sure you’re fully stocked on the classic burgers and sausages.
To make things a little more interesting, set up a toppings station for your guests to customise their food.
Include cheeses, bacon, guacamole, jalapenos, onions and a variety of sauces.
Offer up a selection of easy to prep sides like corn on the cob, pasta salad, coleslaw and quiches.
And for desert it’s a good idea to have a selection of ice creams hidden in the freezer.
Don’t forget the drinks. These five-litre drink dispensers are perfect for your summer cocktails or mocktails, and it’s never a bad idea to stock up on some beer too.
The final touches
These fairy light will add a fruity finishing touch to any space
Add a bit of ambience with some outdoor lighting. Go for classic festoon lights, or for something a bit more summery check out these pineapple fairy lights.
No garden party is complete without a bit of music. Play your favourite tunes through a wireless speaker. This one from Curry’s is even waterproof – handy if it gets too close to the pool.
Both kids and grown ups will have tonnes of fun with a few garden games. Jumbo jenga will go down a treat while a game of swingball is sure to be a hit!
For easy clean up you’ll need plenty of paper plates and napkins. Pop a recycling bin ready for your guests to use and tidy as you go to make the end of the day hassle free.
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With good company, fantastic food and hopefully decent weather, BBQs are the perfect way to spend time with your friends and family during the summer. Here are three recipes that will impress guests young and old.
Don’t want to fork out a fortune on a fancy new grill? We’ve rounded up some of the cheapest disposable BBQ deals.
Looking for more budget options? Poundland just launched a portable barbecue that you can fold up and carry with you, and it only costs £5.
Alex James cooks Chimichurri steak flatbreads on the BBQ
Get even more money off your party with The Sun Vouchers and at Asda, Amazon, Dunelm, B&Q, Made.com, Marks & Spencer as well as Moonpig to get a bargain price.