Girlie Backyard Barbecue
Position old-fashioned Mason jars around the lawn and drop a votive inside each one for a sweetly nostalgic alternative to more-expensive hurricane lamps.
Swap out paper napkins for colorful, machine-washable cotton bandannas; the more than 70 styles on bandanaman.com cost just $2 apiece.
There's a reason bocce is in the midst of a major resurgence: The classic, all-ages lawn game requires almost no setup—and barely any backyard real estate.
Pomegranate margaritas add a tangy twist to an old favorite—just replace the lime juice with a mix of pomegranate and fresh lemon juices.
Stock a DIY burger bar with fancy cheeses, relishes, spreads, and breads, and let guests customize to their hearts' content. For perfect patties, resist the urge to flip repeatedly; the meat will be juicier if you turn it only once.
Chef Elizabeth Karmel is the author of Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow BBQ (Wiley, $25).