Summer BBQ Essentials: Must-Haves for Recipes, Drinks & Decor

Everyone is so eager for summer to arrive, which is why summer kick-off BBQs are so much fun. 

While you're getting ready to throw your start-of-summer bash, make sure you're prepared with some of our Kitchen Living Expert Coryanne Ettiene's helpful tips, tricks, DIY ideas and cocktails for a fun and seamless barbecue. 

Nothing screams summer quite like a frozen cocktail, especially the crowd-favorite Strawberry Daiquiri. Instead of typical pre-made daiquiri mix and rum combo, Coryanne makes hers with resh strawberries. She also has more fun variations on the drink, including a boozy popsicle! 

When it comes to serving your dry snacks, including crackers, chips or breadsticks, she has a really cute way to display these salty treats. With her DIY Finger Food Boxes, your favorite snack food will not only be easy for guests to grab, but also look so adorable when displayed on a serving table. 

And while some people might stress themselves out over the idea of decorating for a summer bash and setting up their tablescape, Coryanne has some helpful hacks for upcycling five household items for unique and useful party decor. She also some helpful solutions to some common disasters, which is a must-read for anyone throwing a summer barbecue this year.

If you're party is family-friendly, make sure the kiddos are occupied and having fun while the adults sip on their boozy beverages. Her tips on Five Ways to Keep Kids Entertained is chock full of fun and creative ways to keep the kiddos busy. 

Finally, make sire your guests don't leave empy-handed. Her Take-Home Sweet and Sour Chili Sauce is made with the trendy (and delicious) Sriracha sauce, and can be packed in cute little mason jars for an adorable and useful take-home treat.

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