How to Host the Best BBQ Your Neighborhood Has Ever Seen ...

With summer almost here, it's time to start thinking about hosting a summer BBQ. But not just any BBQ. The best BBQ in the neighborhood! The BBQ that will have everyone talking. Want to be the hostess with the mostess this summer? Here's how to impress your neighbors and your friends.

1. Create a Fabulous Menu

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The food is the main event at any BBQ, so it obviously needs to be good. Don't just serve standard BBQ fare, though. Add something different and unique. Whether it's a twist on a classic recipe, a completely new recipe, or something that few people have tried, get those taste buds going with something really delish and unique.

2. Serve Crave-able Cocktails

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Drinks like sweet tea, lemonade and beer are often served at BBQs. But this summer, get creative by mixing up some original concoctions. Fruity mixes will please the ladies and stronger drinks will get the guys pumped up.

3. Blast Some Rad Tunes

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Every BBQ needs music. And your BBQ needs a playlist full of the summer's biggest hits. Even if the music just plays in the background, a bit of music will enhance the BBQ experience for your guests.

4. Play Fun Games

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You're never too old for a game of corn hole or horseshoes. They can be a nice break from the drinking games that your always tipsy friends like to play. If you have a basketball hoop or net in your yard, a little sports competition can be fun too.

5. Decorate like a Pro

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From table linens to utensil holders, every little detail at a BBQ either adds to or takes away from the experience. You don't have to spend a lot of money on decor, but set up a Pinterst-esque table scape that draws people in. Show Martha Stewart who's boss.

6. Display Desserts

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Regardless of what food you serve at your BBQ, offering your guests dessert will make them feel extra special. You can choose simple options like setting out a bucket of ice cream and fixings, or picking up some pre-made pies from a local bakery.

7. Say Goodbye with Gifts

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It isn't customary to get gifts for your guests. But, if you really want to make an impression, sending them home with a little something is the way to do it. A small bottle of sauce, or a mini liquor bottle make fun favors. Leftovers are nice too, for the people who really enjoyed the food and have loved ones to share it with.

All this talk about BBQ has me craving some delicious food now. Hopefully I'll get invited to a friend's BBQ this summer. What about you? Would you rather be a hostess, or a guest?

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