The ultimate checklist for gathering around the grill!

Long, hot days and summer nights are perfect for grilling. And there’s no better excuse for a cookout with family and friends than Labor Day weekend as summer comes to a close.

To help get your barbeque bash under way, we’ve crafted a checklist filled with all your cookout necessities and a few added ideas to take it up a notch.

Whether you’re a grill-master or a barbeque-beginner, download our easy 5-step planning checklist as a great resource for planning a memorable cookout for all.


Here are more detailed tips to follow:

  • Find a venue, like a public park or even your backyard, that has all the amenities (tables, bathrooms, etc.) needed to make your party a success.
  • Decide the staple menu item(s) for your cookout.



  • Keep your coolers and cups cold by purchasing plenty of ice prior to the event.
  • Organize and pack plenty of plates, napkins and utensils.
  • Use containers with lids to pack and serve your food.
  • Arrive early to set up the cooking area, seating, games, trash cans and anything else you may need.
  • Stock up on charcoal and start the grill to begin cooking before your guests arrive.
  • Tidy up throughout the party to help cut down your post-event clean up time.


Looking for even more ways to turn your cookout into an-of-summer soiree? Try this:

  • Take the atmosphere to the next level with simple décor like string lights or fun tablecloths.
  • Create a party playlist and have your guests contribute one to two songs.
  • Turn any side dish into a snack on-the-go by using kabob skewers or popsicle sticks.
  • Provide containers for your guests to take home their leftovers.

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