With the weather warming up, everyone here at TOH is dreaming about relaxing out on the lawn, deck, or patio. Hosting a cook-out or barbecue is probably the most fun (and tasty!) way to enjoy your backyard. (For more on the outdoor space shown above, see Cook Up a Great Outdoor Kitchen). -Karen Ziga for thisoldhouse.com
Prepara Oil Mister
Salads are a fresh, cool, and healthful addition to warm weather menus. If you aren't a fan of gloppy dressing and wilted greens, try using the Prepara Tabletop Oil Mister (about $20). Create your own flavored oils and mist a thin layer of flavor on salad or veggies off the grill. Everyone will want to know where you nabbed these tabletop accessories, available in bright, contemporary colors that'll jazz up any picnic table.
Prepara Chef's Baster Set
Brushing on your special BBQ sauce needn't be a messy affair. The Prepara Chef's Basting Set (about $20) keeps sauce, oil, or broth neatly contained and the heat resistant silicone squeeze brush will safely stand up to the hot temperatures of the grill, oven, or pan.
Prepara Ice Balls
And don't forget how important is is to have icy beverages! Every good party host know that it's all in the details, so give your guests a drink to remember with an alternative to plain-old ice cubes. Pack your outdoor bar cart with orbed chillers made using Prepara's Ice Balls (about $10 for 4). There's plenty of room in each orb for lemon and lime wedges or fresh fruit!
But, remember, there's more to outdoor partying than eating and drinking! Don't forget to have a little fun out there, too! Check out our 13 DIY Backyard Games and Play Structures and more at ThisOldHouse.com: