Outdoor Entertaining: 7 Ways to Take Your Backyard BBQ to the Next Level

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

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Fun ways to bring life to your backyard barbecue inspiration board


Planning on hosting lots of backyard get-togethers this spring and summer? When it comes to outdoor entertaining, a few fun extras can take your backyard barbecue to the next level.

If you live in a part of the country where it can get chilly once the sun goes down, a fire pit is an outdoor entertaining essential. We love the rustic, wooden edges of the UniFlame Square Slate Tile and Faux Wood Gas Fire Pit. Pull a couple of comfy chairs up to this guy and enjoy its warm glow.

What better way to spark a bit of friendly competition than with a game of bean bag toss? Made of Eastern Red Cedar (handcrafted in the U.S.!), the Gronomics Bean Bag Boards have a beautiful wood grain and pack up easily for your next tailgate.

Lighting is an important aspect of an outdoor party. You don’t want the sun to go down and have your guests mingling in the dark. The Smart Solar Frosted Fretwork Cylinder Lantern provides a cozy glow and creates an interesting pattern on your tabletop, making it the perfect centerpiece for your next outdoor party.

Delicious grub is a guaranteed way to ensure your guests enjoy themselves. We have a couple of ideas to help you set your party apart. Offer a new spin on an old classic by cooking s’mores on the grill with this Cuisinart Smore Maker. For a get-together with guests of all ages, homemade ice cream is always a hit. The AmeriHome Heavy-Duty Ice Cream Maker allows you to hand-churn the ice cream yourself, or use the electric motor.

Give your barbecue an edge by adding a smoker to your repertoire. The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker gets five stars across the board from our customers, and it offers 481 square feet of cooking space. A bright red cooler creates a focal point on your patio, plus the Oakland Living Steel Red Cooler Cart has a quirky, vintage vibe.

Get lots of inspirational ideas and inspiration boards featuring products from homedepot.com and our sister site, Home Decorators Collection – along with irresistible finds from around the web.

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