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Our Top 10 Barbecue Party Essentials

Hosting This Memorial Day? Here's What You'll Need (Grill Not Included!)
May 24, 2016

Okay, you’re hosting a Memorial Day party and you’ve obviously got the grill.  But what else are you forgetting?!  I tapped MKR to help me pull together a list of all the barbecue party essentials you’ll need (because she’s hosted a few more than me!).  We quickly agreed that you’ll need a big cooler for all of the booze, plenty of festive accents and a few key tools that will make your life a whole lot easier come party time.  Naturally, Williams-Sonoma is on top of it with so many of our must-haves, like flexible wire skewers and an ice cream maker (we all scream for ice cream).  But did you think about the safe bug spray and the safe SPF

Click through the slideshow above to find our top 10 barbecue party essentials. Once you’ve made it through, I’d love to hear what you have planned for Memorial Day weekend! Cheers, Kat

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A Yeti To Keep the Beer Cold

A Yeti To Keep the Beer Cold

It may seem like a no-brainer, but a proper cooler big enough to store all of the booze is a must for any Memorial Day barbecue.

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Festive, Reusable Ice Cubes

Festive, Reusable Ice Cubes

Festive ice cube balls are a great way to keep drinks cool, without watering them down.

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Melamine Plates

Melamine Plates

Melamine plates are easy to transport, stack and clean up and won't run the risk of breaking. And it doesn't hurt that they come in vibrant colors and patterns!

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A Great Pitcher for Batch Cocktails

A Great Pitcher for Batch Cocktails

Keep the cocktails comin' with a great batch drink recipe, served in a fun, summertime drink pitcher.

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Safe Bug Spray & Citronella Candles

Safe Bug Spray & Citronella Candles

Maybe not as glamorous, but definitely a necessity. Keep guests comfortable and away from pesky mosquitoes with safe bug spray and citronella candles.



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Safe SPF

Safe SPF

Bare shoulders and smiling faces in the sun need protection during the barbecue! Offer your guests safe, organic sunscreen and remind everyone to reapply often. We love this sunscreen because it's organic AND comes as a spray, which is hard to find.

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Flexible Skewers

Flexible Skewers

Grill space is a hot commodity at a barbecue, and these flexible skewers are the perfect answer, allowing you to string kebabs around other food to maximize space.

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A Cast-Iron Oyster Skillet

A Cast-Iron Oyster Skillet

Some of our favorite bites at the party are barbecue oysters, and this cast-iron oyster skillet makes it easy to pop these guys on the grill.

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Grilled Corn Basket

Grilled Corn Basket

Grilled corn is a barbecue menu MUST, and a grilled corn basket is our favorite tool to use when preparing them, making flipping and maneuvering really easy.

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An Ice Cream Maker

An Ice Cream Maker

Indulge in everyone's favorite warm weather treat with homemade ice cream from your ice cream maker. So simple to use, simply find your favorite recipe and allow for time to freeze and churn before guests arrive.

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Best Ever Grilled Veggie Burger & Peppercorn Crusted Beef Burger

My spin on the All-American classic, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend
May 23, 2016

Memorial Day food ideas & recipes, Waiting on Martha The Best Ever Grilled Veggie Burger & Peppercorn Beef Burgers recipes, Waiting On Martha

If you follow me on Snapchat (username WAITINGONMARTHA) it will come as no surprise to you that I’m a firm believer that everything tastes better cooked, grilled or smoked (preferably on the Big Green Egg) over an open flame. EVERYTHING.  And while I’m a pescatarian, I don’t let you meat eaters have all of the fun when it comes to barbecues.  Over the years, I’ve perfected my go-to recipe for the best ever grilled veggie burger…and let’s just say that it could tempt even the biggest carnivores at your Memorial Day party. 

The problem with veggie burgers, if you’ve ever had them, is they tend to fall into two categories: bland tasting and stiff as cardboard, or an un-grillable mushy-like consistency that is neither appetizing or easy to grill.  So, I’ve made it my mission to perfect a grillable, tasty, veggie burger that will give any beef burger a run for it’s money.  And after numerous trial and errors, I believe I have finally figured it out.  With a combination of black beans, cauliflower rice, grilled onions, panko breadcrumbs and a plethora of sauces and spices, this may just be the best veggie burger recipe out there, if I do say myself.  Of course I couldn’t forget all of you carnivores, so along with my veggie burger, I’ve included my ultimate peppercorn crusted beef burger recipe below.  Both recipes masterfully satisfy that burger craving (because those exist, especially on a long weekend), and I’m telling you that it’s quite hard to believe they’re homemade.

All week, and just in time for the long weekend, join us as we usher in the start of grilling season and celebrate the art of the barbecue.  It doesn’t stop after today’s drool-worthy burgers, we’ll be keeping it going with what I like to consider the Top 10 Memorial Day Party Essentials, all of the beloved sides every barbecue needs (think homemade coleslaw, macaroni salad & more), a great Memorial Day party outfit and last but not least, root beer floats (which you can most definitely make boozy!).  Tell me friends, what are you most looking forward to grilling this season?  Truly, MKR

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10 Memorial Day Party Must-Haves

Celebrate the Long Weekend with these Necessities & A Few Other Favorite Finds
May 22, 2016

What do you have planned for Memorial Day weekend?  Hopefully a Memorial Day Party is on the books, near some water or at least somewhere outside.  To celebrate this special day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country, I like to keep things All-American with great and simple BBQ food with refreshing cocktails, a carefree summer dress (like this one) and sunnies, good tunes and magical string lights (always, always string lights!). 

I’ve rounded up a few more Memorial Day party must-haves in the slideshow above, but do tell me what’s on your must-have list for next weekend!  Cheers, Kat

P.S. If you’re on the lookout for more warm weather entertaining essentials, check out all of these! xo 

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All-American Grub

All-American Grub

Plan an easy spread with plenty of All-American grub like hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, cole slaw and more. Make it simple for guests to fill up with DIY food stations (clean up will be easier, too!).

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Lively Libations

Lively Libations

Sip on tasty, refreshing cocktails like the Tupelo Honey, Boozy Peach Lemonade and our Boozy Lemon Slush.

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Plenty of Outdoor Games

Plenty of Outdoor Games

Set up entertainment for all ages in the form of a DIY ladder toss, bocce ball and paddle ball.

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Beach Towels or Blankets

Beach Towels or Blankets

Whether your Memorial Day party has you by the water or not, proper beach towels and throw blankets help create a cozy scene for guests. (And they're just great to have on-hand always!)

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Fun Decorations & Decor

Fun Decorations & Decor

Festive candles in fun shapes and colors can instantly illuminate your Memorial Day spread. And vibrant cocktail stirrers of course are a must.

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A Carefree Outfit

A Carefree Outfit

An easy summer dress is a Memorial Day party must! Stay cool in breezy cotton and fun prints.

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Great Tunes

Great Tunes

What's a party without the music?! Set up easy speakers to keep the tunes bumping all day long.



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Plenty of Inflatables

Plenty of Inflatables

If you're lucky enough to find some water this Memorial Day, be sure to have a few awesome pool floats and inflatables on-hand for hours of fun in the sun.

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Seasonal Sweets

Seasonal Sweets

Take advantage of all of your favorite seasonal fruits come dessert round. This light and easy punch bowl cake is great with fresh strawberries, and don't forget about all of the great summer pies to be had!

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String Lights

String Lights

Is there anything better than magical, twinkly string lights? Set up a strand or two to keep your Memorial Day party going long after sunset. For a fun vibe, set up these options.

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