Because Memorial Day kicks off the summer barbecue season….
Barbecue season is awesome. It’s warm and everyone is able to enjoy a season of really great food. So when someone opens up their home, try to remember to thank them.
Here are some thoughts:
BRING THE BEVERAGES
A case of water or a couple of bottles of soda will do. You can also go a little upscale and bring a bottle of wine or a case of beer (points for the hosts’ favorites).
If you want to be their favorite guest, bring two bottles or cases – one to enjoy at the cookout and one for the host/hostess to enjoy later.
A GREAT APRON
I don’t know why I love this idea so much, but I do. There’s nothing like seeing someone at the grill with a great apron on. It’s handy and fun. My favorite type of gift.
A couple of sites to consider:
- The Apron Place. Has it ALL including a section just for men.
- Chef’s Closet. Has the cheapest aprons that I found. You can also embroider them. If aprons are going to be your go-to gift for summer events, I suggest you buy in bulk. If you’re crafty and handy with clothing paint, purchasing from this site also allows you to do your own thing with minimal investment.
- Etsy. Etsy never fails.
A POST-EVENT ACTIVITY
Because the hosts are typically running around – sometimes weeks before the event – all other activities often get put on the back burner. So I suggest a gift card for dinner at their favorite restaurant or a movie gift card. Something that can be enjoyed after everyone has gone home.