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Ready for Patriot's Day? Here are some tips for the barbecue

Patriot's Day is under a week away - if you're planning on having friends and family over for an outdoor barbecue, it may be worth taking a moment to figure out if you have made all of the necessary preparations. Depending on how many people you have over, you may have to head out and pick up a few extra supplies. If you're not sure where to begin, here are a few tips to ensure that your BBQ goes off without a hitch.

Naturally, you're going to have to decide on what your menu is going to feature. You can't go wrong with burgers and dogs, but what if you'd like something a little different? Grilled veggies are always a delicious option, be it peppers, corn or even summer squash. This method of preparation gives them a distinct flavor whose appeal can't be denied. You could also pick up some spicy sausages for guests who are looking for a little bit of a kick with their meal. And don't forget to grab buns for all of these tasty delights!

As far as décor goes, you can definitely spruce up your space by hanging round paper lanterns throughout. This is a great way to bring some color to the party area, plus when the sun goes down, you'll have lighting good to go. If you like, you can also place a few blue sailboat tea light holders on the dinner table after the meal is over and it starts to get dark. This is a great way to keep everyone outside and socializing even after the stars have come out.

If you're feeling generous, you could even hand out some great party favors after your guests have left. Doing so can help ensure your guests remember your party for quite some time. Something as simple as a glass photo coaster or personalized chocolate bars will probably be enough to bring a smile to most of your guests' faces. Everyone enjoys having the day off from work, so you might as well make the most of the time available to you. A thrilling barbecue could be just what everyone's been looking for.