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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Although this season’s celebrations will look a little different from years past, we’re still planning to bring the party to our backyard (because, TBH, we deserve it). Whether you’re quarantining with your whole immediate family or it’s just you and the hubby, here’s a ten-step list to prep your space for the warm-weather kickoff.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Step 1: Prepare Yourself (with Sunscreen)

Supergoop!® PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50

First up: SPF. You can’t spend a day in the backyard without proper UV protection. This giant 18-ounce bottle should last you all day and then some.

Buy It ($58)

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Step 2: Stock Your Fridge for the Cookout

Omaha Steaks Grilling Meats

These days, grocery store trips are few and far between. Get your BBQ essentials (not just steaks, but fish and chicken too!) shipped directly to your door in time for Memorial Day.

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Home Depot

Step 3: Upgrade to a Chef-Recommended Grill

Nexgrill 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill

While you’re at it, invest in a new grill with all the bells and whistles. LongHorn Steakhouse Executive Chef Michael Senich recommends this gas model, because “the open flame helps render the rich marbling in steak and create a slightly smoky flavor.” More of a charcoal grill person? He also recommends the three grills below.

Buy It ($299)


Step 4: Replenish Your Vino

Winc Wine Subscription

It’s not a proper celebration without an al fresco toast. Winc delivers wine to your doorstep every month, so you’re never without a bottle. Need more than your monthly shipment? You can order up to 12 additional bottles a la carte to stock the bar cart in time for a proper salute.

Buy It (From $13/Bottle)

West Elm

Step 5: Create a Mixology Station with a Bar Cart

West Elm Playa Outdoor Bar Cart

Speaking of bar carts…get your hands on one specifically made to withstand outdoor elements. Just add an ice bucket, shatter-proof glasses and some festive drink umbrellas.

Buy It ($399; $279)


Step 6: Get Your Game On

Viva Sol Ladder Ball with Carrying Case

Sick of puzzles yet? Bring a little friendly competition to the weekend with an outdoor game like ladder ball, giant Jenga, bocce or cornhole. May the best player win.

Buy It ($130; $96)

Home Depot

Step 7: Order an Pool Float (or Four)

Intex Canopy Island Pool Float

Pool season, commence. Prep your space for hours of lounging with an array of comfy floats. Bonus points for a sun-blocking canopy.

Buy It ($100)

Urban Outfitters

Step 8: Bring on the waterworks

Funboy Mini Inflatable Pool

No infinity pool? No problem. Take a dip and cool off in an inflatable pool that can be deflated and easily stored when not in use. It may not fit all those pool floats, but you were mostly into those for the ‘gram, weren’t you?

Buy It ($59)


Step 9: Update Your Towels

Kassatex Glendale Colorblock Fringed Beach Towel

Forget those scratchy, too-small beach towels—these are much more stylish and comfortable to wrap yourself in as you dry off.

Buy It ($50)


Step 10: End the Evening with an Epic Fire Pit

Ebern Designs Pyrite Vintage Copper Wood Burning Fire Pit

You can’t properly roast s’mores without a fire pit. Invest in one now and you’ll reap the benefits all summer long.

Buy It ($230)

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