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How to Create the Ultimate Memorial Day Backyard Party (For Every Size Gathering)

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Whether you're splashing out on a huge party for all friends and family or enjoying a smaller get-together with your nearest and dearest, you want to do it right. Here’s a seven-step list to prep your space for the warm-weather kickoff.

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Step 1: Prepare Yourself (with Sunscreen)

Remember—apply a half hour before you're going to be outdoors, and cover all exposed areas.

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Step 2: Upgrade To A High-performance Grill

A full-size gas grill is great for adjustable flame control and easier cleanup, not to mention room for all those veggies you're grilling along with the tri-tip.

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Step 3: Create A Mixology Station With A Bar Cart

Sangria, wine spritzers, rosé all day—you'll pleasantly surprise your guests or even just your immediate family if you have all the trappings of a well-stocked bar station at the ready.

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Step 6: Get Your Game On

From lawn bowling to a game of cards, competition is better in the open air.

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Step 5: Order An Pool Float (or 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?

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Step 6: Update Your Towels

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

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Step : End The Evening With An Epic 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.