Much.Most.Darling.: 4th of July cookout must-haves

Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July cookout must-haves

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Happy day after 4th of July to my American readers!

Did any of you enjoy the fireworks or have a cookout with friends or family?
In my humble opinion, there are a few things that can make or break a great get together:

1. Lawn Games: I am obsessed with Ladderball and Bags, and some good ole fashioned competition can do wonders for getting people to mix and mingle.

2. A Chilling Stick: While I'm usually a Red girl, I never turn down a good white or sparkling wine but I'm pretty particular about it needing to be cold. Ice is fine, but then you have to make sure to chug the wine fast enough so the ice doesn't dilute it and ruin the flavor. This Chilling Stick with Pourer and Aerator by Ramini is my current favorite because it keeps my beverages cold without compromising on taste or quality, and it only takes an hour of keeping the stick in the freezer for it to be ready to go! If you're like me, sometimes 'Three Buck Chuck' is all your budget allows, and investing in an aerator will make a huge difference in how your wine tastes. This has literally made my $3 bottle taste as good as a $25 bottle that I love but am too cheap to buy on the regular. 

3. Red Solo Cups / Mason Jars + Americana Everything: Do I really even need to explain these? Both cups are the quintessential American beverage holders of choice, and are a definite necessity for any backyard shindig, and there's no such thing as 'too much' red white and blue when you're celebrating our country's birthday and independence. These napkinstable clothtable runner, and burlap banner are all great budget friendly options! 

4. Poppers / Snappers: With the dry summer that's been happening all over the country, shooting off fire is not such a smart idea, but there should be something you do to commemorate your event (especially if it's for a holiday) that won't start a local brushfire or terrify your neighbor's newborn. Confetti cannons / poppers and the little snappers are so much fun that almost anyone can join in on and there's very little mess to clean up afterwards. Plus, snappers remind me of summers growing up as a kid, and I have yet to meet a single person who doesn't smile after throwing a few on the sidewalk.

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What are  your key things for a great backyard get-together?


  1. We had family over for a cookout. Lots of fun with lots of ice in my drink. Like my drinks ice cold. I've haven't heard of chilling sticks. That would be good idea for keeping your drinks cold but not watered down. Thanks for the great tips!

  2. Oh love the sound of the chilling stick! I will have to find some! :D

  3. Great post with terrific ideas! We love to hang out with family, catch a massive fish, have a fish fry in light off massive fireworks!

  4. My bbq must haves are lemonade, grilled veggies, especially peppers, a nice piece of meat and a refreshing desert such as strawberry shortcake or frozen yogurt.

  5. We bought some poppers for my son to play with, and some sparklers, not sure if we will let him do one or just show it to him.
    My new favorite thing for BBQ's and anything outside is the Yeti cup I received from my mother in law. It keeps ice, ice for a lot longer than normal (I'm talking hours).

  6. I love a good summer barbecue! No reason to waste the great weather by not having a party outside!


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