Half the fun of summer entertaining is spontaneity—friends and family dropping by to toss around a football, have a burger, or go for a swim. As summer gets into full swing, make sure you’re ready to fire up the grill at a moment’s notice.


  • Check your grill surface—or even the grill itself. Did it survive winter?

Then stock up on:

  • Lighter fluid and (dry!) charcoal or full propane tank
  • Grill lighter, brush and cover
  • Pam spray
  • Skewers (remember: cook meats with meat and veg with veg to allow for even cooking)
  • Platters
  • Long metal tongs (or forks, though we prefer tongs) and spatulas
  • Clean cooler or bucket for ice and drinks
  • Outdoor trash can
  • Plenty of reusable, recyclable, or compostable plates, cups and utensils
  • Outdoor platters, bowls and pitchers
  • Ice cream cones
  • Ice!
  • Bug spray
  • Citronella candles or tiki torches
  • Portable stereo