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Everything You Need for an Instagram-Worthy BBQ Party

It's patio weather in the Bay Area. What better way to celebrate the springtime sunshine than to move the party outside and host a sizzling BBQ garden party?

Hey, San Francisco! Sunshine is here, and that means it's time to fire up the grill and move the party outside. Whether you're hanging out with family or hosting a big crowd, here's how to throw a memorable backyard bash worthy of all the hashtags and stories.

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Plan Ahead

First things first: determine how big your party size will be. This will help you identify how much food you’ll want to make, what menu is appropriate, whether you need any additional seating and place settings. Setting the menu in advance also allows you to identify what you can prepare ahead of time versus what you should do the day of.

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The Perfect Outdoor Setup

Dress up your backyard for entertaining success by choosing chic, weather-hardy furniture. A few fresh details can mean the difference between a garden-variety area and a fully-realized outdoor room. The goal? Aim for a lush alfresco setting rooted in ample seating, hardy fabrics, and a healthy dose of fun. Don’t forget lighting. For an evening under the stars, consider hanging lights, lanterns, and candles to set a cozy ambience.

Need help getting ready? Our Setter Field Home Managers can efficiently assemble outdoor furniture, hang lights, replace exterior lighting, and any other general maintenance that you need to get done before the big party.

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Wash Away the Winter Grime

You’d be amazed at what a power wash can do to rejuvenate your deck, fence, interlock, paving, or driveway. The similar can be said for your windows. With the San Franciscan rain and Toronto winter storms, the exterior of your windows could use some Setter love and care to get them shining again.

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Taste and Safety First

Ahead of your sizzling soiree, have your BBQ professionally cleaned so your piece-de-resistance is ready for all the fanfare you’re about to receive. Nothing spoils your epic party menu than having your meat and vegetables bitter and ashy because of a dirty grill. It’s also important for your health and safety to have your grill properly cleaned of the cancer-causing carcinogens that accumulate after continued use.

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Make Ahead Starters

Now for the fun bit: food! Start the day off right with one or a few of these appetizers from our friends at Food & Wine that can be made ahead, simply served, and shared amongst friends and family over a libation or two. It’s time to get the party started!

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Grilling 101

Before firing up the grill, read up on how to perfectly cook your meat every time. Spoiler alert: It’s worth investing in a digital read thermometer and keeping your eye on your grill temperature. Here’s our grilling temperature guide to ensure you come out as king or queen of the ‘cue

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Fire up the Grill

Please the whole crowd with one of these delicious grilled recipes from our friends at 7x7—San Francisco’s primary source of SF lifestyle information. They spoke to 4 San Francisco chefs about their favourite grill-at-home recipes:

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End the Night Under the Stars

With your hanging lights, candles, and lanterns already set up, wind down the evening under the stars. If space permits, consider taking your party to an area away from the grill and to the garden. If your flower beds and lawn need some tending to, Setter’s landscaping Pros are ready to help make your home a lush, vibrant oasis.

Don’t be Shy to Ask for Help

Whether it’s asking your guests to pick up some ice or bring a dessert, don’t be afraid to ask for a helping hand when party planning. We’re here to help too!

From BBQ cleaning, pressure washing, landscaping, or general handywork, our Setter Home Managers are ready to help you put on the best grilling gathering on the block.

For a limited time, SAVE $60 on professional grill cleaning in the Bay Area (market rate is $250; your price: $190). We have limited spots, so reserve yours by booking before April 21, 2019.

Get your home ready for BBQ season