Six Finds You Need to Host a Fun-Filled Memorial Day BBQ

If you're looking for a way to incorporate some festive flair into your backyard gathering while still keeping everything stylish, you've come to the right place. We've found six great ways to bring some fun-yet-functional elements to your family cookout.

Set of four stemless wine glasses with blue stripes around the top-half and bright red lobsters and crabs printed over the stripes. photo

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Festive Stemless Wine Glasses

Whether you're hosting Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or a family gathering this summer, the Martha Stewart Grilling Collection has everything you need for a fun and festive backyard barbecue. Brighten up your party with these patriotic-colored lobster and crab embellished wine glasses. On top of being a fun addition to your table setting, they're made of durable melamine making them perfect for outdoor dining, too. Versatile and coastal-inspired, fill them up with chilled rosé, a dessert parfait, or even a candle and some seashells for table décor. ($20; usually $40; macys.com)

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Rope Melamine Dinner Plate

Serve your delicious assortment of grilled foods on these lovely rope melamine plates. The rich shade of indigo is stylish, yet unique, and adds a tasteful amount of patriotic spirit to the gathering. Don't hesitate to use them for outdoor dining, they're designed to imitate a hand-painted ceramic but are absolutely indestructible. Whether you're hosting for the holidays or preparing a weeknight dinner, this versatile set of four glazed plates are perfect for every occasion. ($23.50 for a set of four, usually $34; potterybarn.com)

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Americana Globe String Patio Lights

Extend the party a little longer with these patriotic string patio lights. Let the warm glow invite your guests to celebrate all evening, and the illuminating light brightens up your backyard for holiday activities. Festive and enchanting, they're the ultimate addition to add to your Memorial Day and Fourth of July cookouts. ($12; target.com)

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A stainless steel grilling tool set featuring a pair of tongs, spatula, and basting brush laying on a an army green storage canvas. photo

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Stainless Steel Tool Set

Keep your grilling essentials organized and ready-to-use with this stainless steel tool set. Fit to meet your travel and storage needs, this chef's roll includes a spatula, grill tongs, and a basting brush that neatly fold up in the waterproof roll. Just in time for Father's Day, this grilling tool set is the perfect gift for the grill master. ($45; surlatable.com)

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A large cut of meat on a rack with the Digital Instant Read Thermometer in it reading 104.6. photo

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Digital Instant Read Thermometer

It can be tricky to achieve the right amount of doneness for each cut of meat and different taste palette. Don't guess; ensure your meat is at a safe and desirable temperature with this digital, instant-read thermometer from Williams Sonoma. It features a brushed stainless steel finish that's easily cleaned with a damp cloth and a protective sleeve to safely store it with other items. This food thermometer is sure to become an asset among your cooking tools. ($25; williams-sonoma.com)

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Martha Stewart's Grilling guide with a photo of Martha posing with food on a table. photo

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Martha Stewart Grilling Cookbook

If you're having trouble deciding what to prepare for your Memorial Day barbecue, let Martha Stewart's Grilling guide save the day. With 125 flavorful recipes and essential tips, there's something new to implement into your summer grilling routine. The book features classics like Martha's pulled-pork sandwiches and bacon-and-turkey burgers, plus fresh takes on Korean short ribs and shrimp. Use the digital thermometer and grilling tool set from above to achieve a succulent yet safe meal. ($26; barneys.com)

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