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Family BBQ’s At Apartment Complexes

If you’ve ever stepped outside and smelled the aroma of a juicy burger, well-seasoned steak, or barbecue chicken, you know just how tantalizing it can be. The first time each year that you recognize that glorious scent is a signal of the change in seasons—warm weather is approaching, along with all of its grilling glory. If you live in an apartment, don’t feel left out! We’ve got a few tips for you to join in on the fun.

Get that Cookout Look

You may not be able to commandeer a picnic bench and lug it into your apartment, but you can bring that picnic look indoors. We’re looking for casual décor here, starting with a red or blue checkered table cloth or even a patterned picnic blanket. If you can get your hands on a few mason jars, upgrade them with decorative string or rope and put them out to hold silverware or for drinks. String a few strands up white lights, and you’re ready to entertain.

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Take Advantage of Common Areas

Who says you have to be stuck inside your apartment or on your patio for a cookout? Many luxury apartment communities have grilling or picnic areas that are accessible to residents and their guests. It may not be as private as a cookout in your kitchen, but it’s much easier to get a cookout feel when the entire process is outdoors.

Think About the Little Things

When you first plan a cookout, you’re probably just thinking about buying up a bunch of burgers and beer and letting the rest figure itself out. While that might have worked in college, you’ll need a little more preparation to host a cookout at your apartment. You’ll need a casserole dish to transport food from the grill to the tables, space for serving, cups, plates, aluminum foil, silverware, and the food itself!

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Speaking of food, you’ll need to think about what you’re throwing on the grill. Burgers, hotdogs, and chicken are pretty safe choices but don’t forget about grilled veggies and other sides. If you’re hosting a large gathering, you can ask guests to bring a side dish to help the effort. Be sure to marinate meat beforehand to maximize flavor. Have your cooking oils, spices, and grilling tools on hand before you get underway. Start cooking well before anyone arrives so you don’t get stuck with hungry guests waiting on the grill master.

This article was brought to you by Link Apartments® Glenwood South, a luxury apartment community in downtown Raleigh offering studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments for lease.


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