If you’re having a barbeque this Memorial Day, chances are you’ve already got meat, chips and beer on your shopping list. That’s a great start, but here are a few things you may have forgotten. Avoid annoying problems and distractions during your party by adding some of these to your cart now.
Bug Spray – There are a lot of options here. You can fog your yard in advance, purchase tiki torches and citronella candles, or go for the traditional Off Spray in a can. There’re also several non toxic, natural bug killers on the market, like: EcoTreat Outdoor Pest Control (for your yard) or Biter Fighter Natural Insect Repellant (for your body).
You know your own yard best. If there’s any chance insects will be a problem, make sure you’re covered.
Sunscreen – Your guests may bring their own, but don’t count on it. If you’re planning on keeping the festivities outside for any length of time, pick up a tube or can and let people know it’s available. Be sure you get at least one container of 50 SPF if there are any kids on the guest list.
Take Home Containers – You know you’re going to have leftovers. If you want to send some of the goodies home with your friends, Glade and Ziploc both make inexpensive plastic containers that you won’t need to worry about getting back. Meats and rolls can be wrapped in butcher paper or aluminum foil.
Hand Wipes/Sanitizers – Unless you want all the kids tromping through your house to the bathroom or kitchen sink every time they need to clean up, keep some baby wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer in the outdoor party area. You’ll be amazed by how many uses you’ll find for the wipes. Adults and kids alike will need at least one to get that sticky barbeque sauce off their hands.
Children’s Activities – If you’re planning on relaxing and catching a baseball game after lunch, be sure the kids are occupied. Otherwise, you won’t get a moment’s peace.
With little kids the trick is to wear them out, so they’ll take a nap. They like chasing bubbles, so pick up the smallest size kiddie pool you can find and fill it with bubble soap. Get a few of those giant wands (the ones that are bigger than your head). The kids can dip them in the pool and make enormous bubbles, then chase them all over the yard.
When the bubbles are almost all gone, fill the pool with water and let the kids jump in and out of it and splash around until they all poop out.
Lighting – If you want your soiree to continue after sunset, you’ll need to be able to see your guests in the dark, and – of course – find the cooler with the beer. My favorite solution to this dilemma is to string white Christmas lights around the party area. You can also pick up Chinese lanterns, candles or other inexpensive fixtures at your local home improvement store.
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