You know that you’re hosting the big holiday picnic, and you know that it’s all going down on the afternoon of Monday, May 25th. But the rest—the menu, the serveware, the party extras—is tentative at best. Firm up your shopping list with these five crucial items.
Brinkmann 4-Burner Gas Grill
Ready for summer? Prove it by firing up a grill that can entertain a whole crowd. This hefty four-burner model has two cooking areas, totaling 661 square inches of grilling. There’s also a porcelain-coated warming rack and a condiment rack up front, meaning you can whip up meals of any kind and size.
Grand Gourmet 4 Piece Tool Set
A good grill isn’t very useful without a set of quality grilling tools. Grab this four-pack of 18” stainless steel basics (tongs, turner, fork, and basting brush) for their soft-grip handles as well as their uniform handsomeness.
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
James Beard-nominated pitmaster Aaron Franklin released this meat- and brisket-cooking hardcover just in time for grilling season. The owner of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, named Texas Monthly’s Best Barbecue Joint in Texas, shares his knowledge and insight in creating top-of-the-line BBQ, from building your own smoker to finding the right wood to sourcing the best meat. The book wouldn’t be complete without some tasty recipes, of course—pick your favorite for May 25.
Room Essentials 12-Piece Dinnerware Set
This dinnerware set—which include four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four medium-size bowls—is begging to serve up hamburgers, hot dogs, and other standard Memorial Day fare. They’re all dishwasher-safe and, with that red-and-white print, fittingly reminiscent of a picnic blanket.
Honest Bug Spray
Critters of all kinds will try their darndest to ruin your party—but you can’t let them win. This year, go the organic route with a bug spray that’s 100% ecofriendly, down to the recyclable aluminum bottle. Like the rest of the Honest line, this spray is free of harsh chemicals and instead formulated with essential oils that naturally repel mosquitoes and flies.