Everything You Need to Host a Backyard Barbecue for Memorial Day

A Memorial Day barbecue calls for more than just delicious food. We rounded up some top picks to help you prepare for the party. From the grill itself to entertainment and even patriotic plates, here's everything your soiree needs.

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Weber Gas Grill

You can't have a barbecue without the right spread, and with this Weber grill that features two shelves for 529-square inches of cooking space, you'll have enough room to make something for everyone. It makes Amazon's top-rated list (and our best grills roundup). Plus, its grease management system is top notch so you can easily clean up after grilling hot dogs, watermelon, and more. When patio season is over, simply wheel it into the shed or garage for quick storage.

To Buy: $564, usually $599; amazon.com

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Grill Set

Whether you want to create juicy burgers or well-done steaks, this grill set has you covered. It features 20 pieces—including corn holders, spatulas, and tongs—for flipping, basting, and grilling everyone's favorites. Constructed of stainless steel and featuring long handles, they're durable and safe to use for every cookout.

To Buy: $56; williams-sonoma.com

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Portable Picnic Table

With the ability to seat six, this picnic table has just enough room to fit the whole family for dinner. The set comes with two weather-resistant benches and a table for outdoor use. Its fir wood and steel construction adds rustic charm, and each piece folds together so you can take it on the go and store it with ease.

To Buy: $130, usually $145; wayfair.com

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Patriotic Plates

Add a festive touch with these salad plates that feature an American flag. The galvanized look pairs well with the rustic-style picnic table, and you can use them again for the Fourth of July. Try layering them with red, white, or blue table linens or dinner plates for a truly patriotic tablescape.

To Buy: from $6, usually $8; potterybarn.com

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Drink Dispenser With Stand

No barbecue is complete without refreshing beverages, and this acrylic drink dispenser creates a self-service station for all. Choose from six sizes (including a stacked option for two punches) and a coordinating stand. From wicker to metal, there are over nine options to customize the look. No matter which you pick, the clear color lets you keep an eye on the drink level (so you know when it's time for a refill), and shows off your pretty cocktails, lemonades, or teas.

To Buy: from $40.92, usually $57; crateandbarrel.com

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Cornhole Game

A classic game like this cornhole set gives guests endless entertainment for before or after feasting. The set comes with two boards and eight bean bags and can be played in teams or one-on-one. It even comes with a carrying case so you can bring it to all your summer gatherings.

To Buy: $34; amazon.com

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String Lights

Illuminate your space with these string lights. Made of bendable copper they can easily wrap around poles, fit inside lanterns, or hang between greenery. Their waterproof adapter keeps them safe for outdoor use, while their 98-long wire provides plenty of coverage for your patio.

To Buy: $54, usually $64; urbanoutfitters.com

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