SocialIZE: How To Throw An Epic Backyard Barbecue This Summer

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Jun 30, 2021 5:01:55 PM

How To Throw An Epic Backyard Barbeque This Summer

Summer is now in full swing, and we’re ready for a party in the USA – or at least ready to start getting back together with our close family and friends again. What better way to celebrate than to throw a classic backyard barbecue? We’re here to help you bring that time-honored cookout to the next level this summer. Impress your guests with these seven party prep tips and product recommendations.


Plan your Menu

BBQ Party Ideas

First and foremost, you’ll want to figure out what food to make for your lucky party guests. Start by thinking of who you’ve invited and if they have any dietary restrictions (if you don’t already know, it’s nice to ask). You might need to offer a vegetarian option or consider any gluten-free guests when deciding on what to serve. If you’re already a master of your grill, you could browse for a more advanced recipe. However, if you’re relatively new to the grill game, keep it simple. There’s nothing wrong with a good backyard burger, as long as it’s made well! Do some internet sleuthing for barbecue ideas, or log onto Pinterest for some inspiration. Plan to have an appetizer or two (yes, chips and dip count), sides, and possibly a dessert as well, or ask your family or friends to bring something potluck style, while you cover the main course.

 

Curate Your Beverage Selection

Drink Cooler Lighting

Next, you’ll want to figure out what beverages to buy and serve. Again, it’s a good idea to consider your guests, and chances are you already have a good idea of their tastes. Make sure to include some fun non-alcoholic choices like flavored sparkling water or sodas. Think about which of your attendees are beer drinkers, wine drinkers, or if some might prefer a cocktail. If you’re going all out and making it a theme party (tiki bar, anyone?) you can look up some fitting drink recipes. Fill a cooler with ice and chill your beverages in it outside, so you don’t have to stuff your fridge with drinks and your guests won’t have to go back inside when it’s time for a refill. Since it can be hard to see the beverage selection after dark, add some Radiant Rechargeable Glow Sticks to your cooler (they’re waterproof)! 

 

Be A Good DJ

Backyard BBQ Party Tips

Music choice is crucial to set the ambiance of your party, and get it going on the right foot. Make a playlist of music you enjoy, and that you can see your guests enjoying as well. When in doubt, opt for the classics. You’ll also need an outdoor speaker solution. You don’t need to outfit your backyard with a world-class audio system (although that sounds pretty cool) – there are plenty of quality and affordable bluetooth speakers on the market that are portable and durable. Just be sure to cut the music off at a reasonable hour, so you don’t disturb the neighbors.

 

Have Fun With Yard Games

Yard Games for BBQ Party

Introducing a yard game or two to the mix can really bring your party to the next level. Cornhole is always a crowd favorite, but you could also consider Bocce ball (if you’re not familiar, it’s a simple game to pick up), ladder toss, or even invest in a giant Jenga set. After the sun sets, keep the fun going with a Flashflight Light-Up Flying Disc. You can play any standard flying disc game with it, or just toss it around and be mesmerized by its colorful glow. You could also wrap a Radiant ShineLine around the edges of the cornhole goals so you can play on after dusk!

Keep your beverage handy even while you’re focusing on the game (or the grill) with a Traveler Drink Holster. Now you won’t be having to ask “hold my beer” every time you’re up.

 

Utilize Fun and FUN-ctional Lighting

How to throw a backyard barbeque party

Since you’ll likely be partying it up into the evening hours, you’ll need the right lighting solutions. If you’re on grill duty, use a Radiant 170 Task Light to keep your food well lit. You can either use the magnet on the back to stick it to a metal surface, or the attached Gear Tie to wrap it around the grill handle. If you prefer to keep your beam right in your eyeline, headlamps are great, but what if you’re a hat wearer? The Radiant 170 Clip Light boasts the same specs as the Task Light, but clips easily onto your hat bill.

Backyard lighting for parties

For a little extra flair, add some NiteGem LED Luminaries. They look great placed on tables, but since they’re waterproof you can throw them in the cooler or in a pool and/or hot tub. You can choose from one of six colors, or leave them in color-changing disc-o mode.

For a modern spin on the classic twinkle string lights, try a Radiant Rechargeable ShineLine (or three). They come in white, green, or blue, and can be used while plugged into power or on their rechargeable battery. Hang them easily with the attached Gear Ties, or wrap them around umbrella poles, bannisters, posts, trees, and more.

 

Keep Bugs Away

How to keep bugs away from backyard

If you live in an area where mosquitos and other flying pests are prevalent, you know that their presence is a great way to spoil any outdoor occasion. Get ahead of the problem with some mitigation techniques. You can opt to hire professionals to spray your yard, or try some of these methods first:

  • Make sure you don’t have any standing water in your yard
  • Visit your local hardware store to see what mitigation products they offer
  • Bring out some fans to move air around (mosquitos can’t fly well in the wind)
  • Light some citronella candles and mosquito-repellent incense sticks around the yard before the party starts

 

Prep The Fire Pit

Fire pit for backyard

A great way to close out your backyard BBQ party is to gather around a fire pit. You might be lucky enough to have one built into your patio, but if not, there are plenty of portable options to consider – either in wood-burning or propane form. You could even have a s’mores making station for a grown-up summer camp experience. The SlapLit LED Drink Wrap is perfect to have while you relax by the fire with your beverage of choice. Not only does it keep your can or bottle cool, but you can spot it in the dark. More importantly, it’s just fun.

We’re sure that putting these plans into action for your summer BBQ party will result in a truly memorable evening. Do you have a favorite grilling or potluck recipe? What are your favorite outdoor party games? Let us know in the comments below, and check out our July SocialIZE collection to shop products perfect for your summer gatherings. Be sure to tag your Nite Ize party pics on social media with @niteize or #NiteIze for a chance to win our weekly SurprIZE giveaway!

Topics: Games & Toys, Fun & Games, Flashflight, Party, LED Products, Surprize

Halloween Decorating Tips (The Nite Ize Way)

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Oct 6, 2020 10:05:00 AM

Halloween Decorating the Nite Ize Way

It's that time of year again when the ghosts, goblins and witches come out to raid your candy bowl. Halloween is just a few short weeks away and it's time to get those decorations up so you're ready to scare the bejesus out of your neighborhood children. Nite Ize is here to help you hang, secure, and light up your spine-chilling adornments.

 

Hang it With an S-Biner

S-Biners: our versatile, iconic dual-gated carabiner clips are perfect for hanging spooky skeletons and more. (Be sure to pick up the orange aluminum variety for an extra touch of seasonal color.)

Hanging decorations with S-Biners

 

Gear Ties Get it Done

You can never have too many Gear Ties on hand, and it might be a good idea to keep some in your holiday decoration boxes you keep in the attic to dust off every year. Here's a 12" Original keeping this ghost secured to a tree limb, making sure he doesn't fly off into the night to terrorize the neighborhood.

How to hang Halloween decorations

No need to put holes in your porch railings with this spooktacular way to hang your seasonal lights.

Hanging-Lights

This 18" Loopable Gear Tie (orange of course) is the perfect solution for hanging wreaths where you need them.

How to Hang A Wreath

 

Lights. ALL the Lights.
SpotLit XL Pumpkin

 

Zombie Graveyard

We have all kinds of options when it comes to keeping your porch LIT on Halloween. First and foremost, kick the candle to the curb and use a NiteGem, SpotLit or Mini Glow Stick in your pumpkin. This one above is a SpotLit XL in Disc-O mode (for an extra bit of flair). And, after the festivities are over, you can clip this light to your dog's collar during those dark fall walks! 

Make your zombie graveyard an eerie shade of red and maybe light up a skull or two. NiteGems and SpotLits work great, and even our Radiant 100 Mini Lantern on red mode is a perfect fit for this creep-tastic scene. If you're going the extra mile with a cauldron full of dry ice, put a Disc-O Select NiteGem on green and drop it in for some seriously spooky witch's brew. NiteGems are also waterproof, so you can throw a few in a punch bowl or cooler to illuminate the beverage selection if you're planning on having some extra "spirits" join you (pun intended).

 

Crack a Cold One

Last but certainly not least, after your yard is sufficiently scary you'll need to kick back and relax while you wait for the trick-or-treaters to arrive  (if they dare). What better way to crack a pumpkin ale than with a DoohicKey SkullKey? It's the DoohicKey of choice for those who just can't get enough ghoulish vibes.

DoohicKey SkullKey

Have you used a Nite Ize product to help you decorate? Let us know in the comments, and tag #LifesAdventureKit in your photos for a chance to win a Nite Ize Adventure Kit. Happy haunting!

 

Topics: Party, halloween, Holidays, decorating

7 Ways to Take Your Backyard Barbecue To The Next Level

Posted by Katie S on Jun 6, 2019 1:57:04 PM

The days are getting warmer and that evening light is starting to linger. You can feel the approach of summer in all those subtle ways around you. And that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite BBQ season.  Let Nite Ize light up your celebration with these memorable products and tips.

7 ways to take your backyard barbecue to the next level

 

1. Illuminate Your Beverage Selection

Throw the bright LED NiteGems into your cooler for colorful effect and to make it easy for guests to find their beverages, because yes, these are the drinks you’re looking for.


NiteGem LED Luminary

2. Keep Bottle-poppin’ Fun at Your Fingertips

A missing bottle opener can make for figuring out some creative alternatives at a party, but no one wants to deal with that! Fortunately, with an Ahhh Dual-Action Bottle Opener tethered to your cooler or drink station with your favorite Gear Tie, a bottle-poppin’ solution is never far away.


S-Biner Ahhh

 

3. Identify and Track Your Drink

We sure like our drinking products, huh? Once you’ve picked your drink by the light of the NiteGems and opened it with your Ahhh, then you can wrap it up nice and cozy in our insulated SlapLit LED Drink Wrap which, of course, lights up! Everyone can choose their own color and easily keep track of their drinks with the bright LED band.

SlapLit Drink Wrap

 

4. Hands-Free Beverage Time 

Will there be lawn games at your BBQ? Will there be millennials? (Millennials love lawn games.) Then you need hands-free beverage solutions for drinking activities. Enter, the Traveler Drink Holster – the perfect place to keep your favorite drink safe and accessible right on your hip. No need for risky setting-your-drink-in-the-grass behavior.

Traveler Drink Holster

 

5. Perfect Patties Every Time

Grilling at night can be tough, but with the our Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp, you can light up your food while leaving your hands free to do the flipping. As far as cooking tips, we leave that up to the experts check out this article by Taste of Home on burger cooking tips.


6. Keep Track of Those Kiddos and Pets

With the commotion of a BBQ after dark, make it easy to spot kids and pets underfoot with the NiteHowl LED Necklaces. Plus, they are just plain fun for the kids.

NiteHowl

7. After-Dark Games

Once it’s too dark for corn hole and bocce games, then it’s time to break out the Flashflight. This color-changing LED flying disc is both mesmerizing and fun for your BBQ guests of all ages.


Flashflight LED Flying Disc
There you have it – a few easy ways to make your next BBQ more memorable and fun with some of our favorite products. Leave us a note below to share the creative ways you use your favorite Nite Ize products. Tag #LifesAdventureKit on Instagram or Twitter and show off your Nite Ize party hacks to be entered for a chance to win your own Adventure Kit!

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