Memorial Day is fast approaching and Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to kick back with grilled food and great friends. Setting up your backyard or patio for a barbecue can be fun, but also slightly stressful if you don’t have the right tools. We’re going give you the scoop on all the essential components you’ll need and show you how to create the best outdoor setup for an awesome Memorial Day BBQ from scratch; including must-have patio and backyard furniture, the best tools for your outdoor kitchen, and some cool décor ideas!
An outdoor get-together is only as good as its seating. Even if the food is great, your company won’t be able to enjoy it if they’re uncomfortable or inadequately seated. There are countless outdoor furniture options to choose from that range from casual to classic, like outdoor beds, patio loveseats and ottomans, and picnic tables. An excellent choice both financially and aesthetically is the all inclusive patio furniture set. With this choice, you don’t have to bother matching your furniture fabrics or metal elements. Here are some of our best sellers in outdoor furniture and some of our personal favorites:
This set is from the Salcedda Collection and is cushioned with Nuvella fabric. This is a 100% solution-dyed material that’s eco-friendly, resistant to fading and staining (despite it’s great light color), and it’s easy to clean! The set is water resistant and comes with the color corresponding pillows.
This set is from the Ashley Signature Peckham Park collection. It also includes the pillows and the highly functional Nuvella Performance Fabric that is water resistant, stain resistant, and safer for the planet. The set has a non-magnetic aluminum frame and piped stitching to finish off the design.
Vifah’s Renaissance Collection outdoor table and chair set comes with nine environmentally-friendly pieces made of hand-scraped Acacia Hardwood. We really like this on because the table has a nifty extension feature that lets you accommodate for larger platters, unexpected guests, and more BBQ fun! A rectangular extension table for your outdoor kitchen setup is definitely a great piece for the frequent host.
Straight from Modway’s Summon Collection, this Canvas Navy and Grey armchair and patio table set is a great middle ground between a couch setup and a chair setup for your outdoor patio or backyard. The set comes with a matching umbrella and the seats are covered with patented Sunbrella fabric. This material resists fading and the frame is water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about messes or rain. The cushions are also removable for storage and easy cleaning. The glass top on the table also makes for quick clean-up, and it adds an air of sophistication to this already stylish set.
Outdoor Decor Ideas
We’re a fan of the convenient, fun and function choices of a patio set dressed up with some personalized elements like patio swings, patio bars and lighting. The furniture you choose says a lot about the environment you want to create. Individual chairs give people their space and gives you greater versatility in seat arrangement, while a sofa creates an instantly intimate setting that promotes good conversation. At a table with seats, the focus is largely the food and you can lay it all out, but a loveseat or outdoor couch usually doesn’t come with as large a table and so the focus in on the guests. Both are important and your choice of which to value more will make a big impact on the overall vibe at your Memorial Day BBQ.
Aside from picking the perfect furniture from the get-go, there are other ways in which you can create an atmosphere that you want with any style of outdoor furniture. One way is by configuring the chairs to be closer together and using lighting to create that same intimacy you’d get with a sofa, or bench where there are no barriers between seating sections. That’s why the decor is just as important as the outdoor furniture itself! Some of our favorite ways to decorate outdoors is with fairy lights and candles. They create a warm and inviting atmosphere almost immediately and don’t give off a harsh light, which is great when the sun goes down. There are so many easy and cheep ways to decorate your backyard or patio!
There are a bunch of DIY lighting options can be quickly whipped up with some lanterns or mason jars from your local craft store. You can put small tea lights or larger candles in the jars or lanterns, or you can stuff them with fairy lights. Fairy lights, or other small light strings, are great because they’re cheap and you can pick whether you want warm or cool light. There are many battery operated options that are small and really affordable! Or you can just put several candles everywhere. We recommend going with non-scented candles so that they don’t clash with each other or other power the star scent, the BBQ! You can line your banisters (if you have them) with tiny tea lights, or make a row of them going across the middle of your table. The possibilities are endless and you’re only limited by your own imagination!
If you’re looking for something more professional and built-in, there are a bunch of outdoor lighting options out there. From small LED beam lights (like Alpine’s outdoor lighting) to built-in lantern lights, it all depends on your style. The main thing you need to keep in mind while shipping is what metallic element or color is already prevalent in your outdoor furniture and appliances. Your lighting should match that if it has any decorative elements or metallic/textural accents. A fire pit is another, more adventurous option that will bring a cozy, campfire-esque atmosphere to to your Memorial Day BBQ, while still being elegant. It is a statement piece, so if you’d prefer a more subtle setup, the smaller lights are the way to go. We have a number of outdoor lighting options, but here are some of our favorites:
Now, for the most important part of a Memorial Day BBQ party: the grill! We’ve saved the best for last in our exploration of what makes a great Memorial Day BBQ and it’s clear that a powerful and reliable grill is absolutely essential. The grill you choose will depend on three important factors: (1) how many people you’ll be grilling for, (2) what you want to cook. (3) how passionate you are about grilling. A true foodie knows the value in a good grill and if you’re going to splurge on anything, it should be an awesome grill. That being said, if you’re an adventurous eater, it may pay to get a modestly sized grill as the base of your outdoor kitchen and then invest in side burners that let you make a host of cuisines other than barbecue.
You can choose between a built-in grill or a freestanding grill. The main difference between the two is the installation methods. If you’re looking for the built-in grill system with all the trimmings, without the cost and added installation needs, an outdoor kitchen island may be the way to go. Lynx makes some great grills and their outdoor kitchen islands give you the benefit of one of their great grills, a small outdoor refrigerator, a side burner, double access door storage, and your choice of a Falcon Grey island or a Sandalwood island (Lynx L1600GNG). Napoleon is also a big name in outdoor kitchens and grills. Two of our current best sellers from Napoleon are the Napoleon PRO825RSBIPSS2 and the Napoleon LEX485PSS1. These are both freestanding liquid propane grills.
If these look like something you’d be interested in, we’re currently having a promotion for select Napoleon grills on our site. The Napoleon Bundle Offer gives you some great free accessories with your grill purchase to add some more fun elements to your outdoor kitchen toolbox for your next party!
Here are some other grill options to consider the style, size, and price (click image to view listing for most current price) of:
The American Outdoor Grill 30PCL 30″ L-Series Freestanding Grill is built tough with heavy duty 304-grade stainless steel. This grill has a warming rack and a four-prong adjustable meat holder for rotisserie cooking. It also comes to life with a simple push of the electronic ignition button.
The Coyote C1C28NGFS 28″ Natural Gas Grill and Cart has a superior 304-grade stainless steel construction and is built to meet the demands of any and all serious grill masters. The grill’s fire power goes up to 40,000 BTUs and has hand-welded stainless steel burners, grates and other components.
The Viking VQGFS5420LSS 42″ Freestanding Liquid Propane Grill and Cart is durably built to last. The grill has a dual position rotisserie with a three speed motor, ProSear burners and an easy to clean stainless steel grilling grates with ceramic briquettes.
The Lynx L27R-2 27″ Built-in Gas Grill has a fluid rotation handle for easy control when opening the lid. The grill also has key features like ceramic briquettes for greater heat distribution and a removable large capacity smoker box. The grill also has stainless steel grilling grates.
A good grill is an investment piece, it’s the range of your outdoor kitchen and it’s the focal point of all summer memories! If you’re living in a smaller space and these don’t seem like they would work for your space constraints, a portable grill is a good option.
So, to recap, remember to plan your outdoor setup for your Memorial Day BBQ (and all your future outdoor parties!) around the atmosphere you want to create and the size and style needs you want. The chairs and lighting should contribute to the vibe you want your space to have, where it’s chic and modern or intimate and cozy. The real tools of the barbecue should reflect your cooking style and culinary needs.
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