Jun 282015

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Summer sure did get here quickly! A summer BBQ is the perfect way to spend those glorious sunny days outdoors. Here are some awesome tips for throwing that perfect summer BBQ.


Don’t Forget the Shade

Everyone loves some sun, right? Just make sure you provide your guests with a way out of the sun. Set up a nice tent or beach umbrella for people to get a break from the scorching sun.

Lots of Cold Drinks

Is there anything better on a hot sunny day than cold drinks? I think not. One of my favorite things to do for our guests is fill a cooler with ours and their favorite drinks. It keeps everyone cool, calm, and satisfied when they can grab something cold to drink while standing around chatting.

Add Water Fun

When it comes to BBQs around our house, we add some sort of water fun. There may be water balloons, a slip and slide, or even a little kiddy pool. You need to have the best entertainment for the kids, so they’ll let the adults have some fun too.

Have Plenty of Seats

Many people don’t think about how many seats they need prior to a BBQ. If you don’t have adequate seating for your crowd, ask everyone to bring their own lawn chairs. It will save you a lot of stress and heartache if you know everyone is bringing their own chairs.


Food, Food, Food!

When it comes to the perfect summer BBQ, food is surely the most important part. It’s possible to have fun while planning the most awesome spread. Here’s a small checklist to help you start planning the menu:

  1. Decide what meat will be served.
  2. Purchase lots of hamburger & hotdog buns.
  3. Grab the cold drinks & ice.
  4. Pick a decoration theme for the BBQ.
  5. Decide what fun desserts will be served!

Make Cleanup Easy

No one wants to spend hours cleaning up after such an awesome BBQ. Make cleanup easy by doing small things that will help keep your backyard and home cleaner. Put lots of trashcans around the property to help eliminate “litter.” Use disposable tablecloths that you can simply peel off the table and throw away. Use plastic plates, forks, spoons, and cups! (Use plastic items that have been made out of recycled materials to help you feel better about your decision).

Don’t Forget The Munchies

While we’re waiting for the main course, we always make sure we have plenty of things for our guests to snack on.  Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites in the Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate variety are perfect for snacking!  They are available at Costco retailers in the Northeast and what’s even more awesome is that the 20 oz. packages are resealable to make snacking even more convenient for you and your guests.

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The first snack of its kind, Fisher Nut Exactly is a combination of roasted almonds, blueberries, pumpkin seeds and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a bite sized snack that’s dipped in rich dark chocolate. It is a uniquely sweet & savory snack is not only smart, it’s gluten free!  Since it’s made with no artificial preservatives, Fisher Nut Exactly makes smart snacking easy and fun!

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Do you want to try Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites for yourself?  Well, it’s your lucky day!  One  of my readers is going to win one (1) 20 ounce bag of Fisher NUT EXACTLY snack bites and a$50 Costco Gift Card (can be used without membership)!

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Giveaway is open to US residents, age 18+ and ends on July 11th. Good luck!

Planning the perfect BBQ this summer doesn’t need to be difficult. Check out these awesome tips and start planning your next summer BBQ before it’s too late.

  169 Responses to “Tips for Throwing the Perfect Summer BBQ #FisherNutExactly”

  1. Thanks for the great tips and giveaway, too!! 😉

  2. I like their Southwestern salad. I get it about every time I go.

  3. This is a great list and the snacks look yummy!

  4. Love the munchies.. A great combination of sweet and savory from all those yummy ingredients…and thanks for the tips..

  5. My favorite is their Honey Roasted Mammoth Pecans.

  6. I would LOVE to try the Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate

    • The Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate does sound yummy. It looks like a great party.

  7. Those look great. We love the food and fun!

  8. I haven’t tried Nut Exactly yet, but I love their little trail mix bags. Perfect for road trips too!

  9. I have not tried them yet, but would love to.

  10. I really like the honey roasted mammmoth pecans

  11. BBQs are the best way to spend some time outdoors. Plus, there is just something delicious about food that is right off the grill as opposed to being cooked indoors.

  12. I like their Honey Roasted Peanuts. I have tried the Fisher Nuts exactly almond blueberry bites and they are pretty good..

  13. We love Fisher Nuts! Our favorite would have to be their cashews or macadamias!

  14. I like Almond Popcorn Dipped in Dark Chocolate.

  15. Hmm I love bbq party 🙂 Great giveaway! too bad I can join due to geographic bound 🙁

  16. I am not a good party host lol. I can make food but activities and other things, I have no skill! Thanks for the tips.

  17. I haven’t seen those in my stores! I’ll be on the lookout. These are great tips for BBQs!

  18. Useful tips for pulling together a backyard get together! I’ve never tried those snack bites, but they look yummy!

  19. The Fisher Nut Exactly looks intriguing! It’s such a unique combination of ingredients, I’d love to give it a try. At our barbecues though, it would likely disappear before I had a chance to try some, lol!

  20. I have never tried these but I would try the chocolate almond blueberry. I hope my Costco has them!

    • That blend sure does sound pretty amazing. I wish I had a Costco here. The closest thing we have is Sams Club and its about a 40min drive.

  21. We love to barbecue, and seating is a must. One year we had a barbecue and more people came than we had seats for. That was a bit of a bust.

  22. Thanks for sharing these great tips. Nut Exactly looks like the perfect barbecuing desert for outside fun.

  23. Ugh, this is so timely… I’m thinking about doing a party but the idea intimidates me a fair bit. At least I have your tips to guide me in the right direction! – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com

  24. I like to try the Almond Popcorn Dipped in Milk Chocolate. I have not tried these yet. They look delicious!

  25. These are wonderful tips. The almond clusters look delicious.

  26. Awesome tips for creating a great barbeque. I love me some nuts and the Almond popcorn dipped in chocolate sounds amazing.

  27. Good luck everyone! What a great giveaway 🙂
    We are hosting our Canada day BBQ in a couple of days 🙂

  28. Great tips for a perfect outdoor event! I am all about good shade and cold drinks! Those snacks look amazing, I love Fishers Nuts! We love the trail mixes, gonna have to try these!

  29. I always get stressed with entertaining so your tips are a huge help! A great contest by the way also!

  30. Ahh… yes! My favorite Nut Exactly is the Almond Blueberry. I’m gluten free and love blueberries so it was made just for me!! 😉

  31. We always use paper plates and plastic cups when we barbecue. It saves a ton of time, and they’re recyclable. Everybody wins!

  32. I love to host get togethers in the summer. Deciding the menu early makes it so much easier.

  33. My favorite flavor is the Almond Blueberry one!

  34. We’ve not hosted a BBQ in a few years now. I need to put one on our schedule for this summer. Its great going to other folks houses but I do enjoy the comforts of a good time at home.

  35. The salted caramel almond sounds delicious

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  36. These are all such great tips. Also, I’m pretty sure ANYTHING dipped in dark chocolate makes it taste better…and more healthy.

  37. What great tips and a slip and slide sounds like fun. We are having a BBQ this weekend.

  38. What great tips! We are BBQing for 4th of July also! Ribs on the grill!

  39. Yum. This looks so amazing. I love a good summer bbq.

  40. Yum looks like a tasty snack, I have never tried these – love that they are gluten free!

  41. I go weak at the knees for honey roasted cashews! This is one of those Mom snacks that I hide away so I can keep them all to myself! lol

  42. Haven’t seen Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites around here yet but I will keep an eye out for them, looks like perfect summer snack goodness to me!

  43. These are awesome BBQ gathering tips. I always forget about number one; providing shade. We always have to run out last minute to find a canopy because we really don’t have shade in our yard!

  44. Great tips! I would LOVE to throw a BBQ but I just never really had the time. This looks like such fun, and I needed some tips as I never have anyone over… ever!

  45. What a great giveaway. I wish there was a Costco around us. Those Fisher Nuts look so good. Would love to try them. 🙂

  46. This is the first time I have heard of this kind of snack and I am really excited about them. They look delicious

  47. These are great snacks. We keep our house stocked with the almond blueberry.

  48. Great tips. We love having parties in the summer and snacks are important. People need munchies so they’re not hoovering for the food

  49. Would love to try the Pecan, Popcorn & Salted Caramel Fisher Nut Exactly!

  50. Oh my goodness! Just reading the description of the Fisher Nut Exactly product made my mouth water! I will definitely have to look for these.

  51. Great tips to make a family gathering much more enjoyable and easy to clean up!

  52. I haven’t tried this mix, but it sounds really good. I’ll look for it at Costco.

  53. I love that they have a blueberry option! I love blueberry.

  54. These are great barbeque ideas. I really need to make some improvements to the patio area.

  55. I would love to try these Fisher Nut Snack Bites. I don’t think I have seen these in the market. Making sure you have plenty of seating is always a big must. I hate going to parties and not having a place to sit.

  56. These are all great tips. Having plenty of seats is usually the challenge at our house. We start telling everyone to bring chairs!

  57. i would love to try these snack bites. the dark chocolate would be great

  58. We love our summer bbq out by the pool. Cold drinks are a definite necessity.

  59. Great tips for summer fun! We play on having lots of barbecues this summer.

  60. You’ve got all the essentials covered. We had the best barbecue over the weekend. Plenty of yummy snacks, cold drinks, and pleasant people to chat with. Made me so happy!

  61. We love nuts, I so need to get these. They make a perfect snack! I agree with you about the easy clean up too!

  62. I love BBQs and you are so right… a few simple essentials make all the difference! Those snack bites look super yum… i will have to check those out!

  63. These are all great tips for throwing the perfect BBQ. We grill out several times a week and those nuts are the perfect snack while we’re waiting for the food to get done.

  64. These are really good tips! I love a good BBQ party! Great way to hang out and chill with friends and family.

  65. It’s all about the food at a summer bbq and party. I love nuts and include them at every party.

  66. The food is typically the star of the show at our frequent family BBQs. We usually do munchies before, swim for a bit and then have a big dinner and dessert.

  67. These are great tips! You are soo right about the water fun. We went to a bbq yesterday with water activities set up for the little ones and we all had a blast!

  68. This looks like a really tasty snack idea!

  69. Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites look like a delicious snack to serve. I bet my kids would love them. These are great BBQ tips.

  70. These are great BBQ tips. I always have fun activities set up for all the little ones. I always make sure i have lots of different drinks and snacks for everyone.

  71. I try to clean up as i go to make it easier when the BBQ is over. I like to set up a big slip and slide to help keep the kids entertained.

  72. I love the Peanut Butter Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites

  73. I’d love the almond popcorn in milk chocolate.

  74. Great tips! I am am looking forward to having the first official bbq of the year!

  75. You said the magic words “make clean up easy.” I get plastic or paper plates, trash bags everywhere and no one is allowed near real dishes!

  76. I LOVE Fisher Nuts! These looks great and for a BBQ that is a GREAT idea! I might drop by! 😉

  77. Great tips. Perfect timing too. We never have enough chairs and are always recommending people bring chairs. Over time we have accumulated more but still never have enough.

  78. I like there Honey Roasted Peanuts the best

  79. These are great tips. We are having a BBQ this weekend so this will definitely help us out in planning!

  80. These are all great tips. We love to have a big BBQ!

  81. These are all such great tips. I like to take advantage of all of the help I can from the store by serving ready made dishes, especially appetizers and snacks like Fisher nuts. Yum!

  82. I enjoy reading your blog Robin. i loved these tips especially the water fun tip. My family always sets up the sprinklers for the kids ♥

  83. Food & company are the most important parts to a summer BBQ! Which reminds me, haven’t gone to one yet *gasp*

  84. These are great tips! It is really important to have enough seats for everyone! Fisher Nut Exactly looks like a perfect snack!

  85. Great tips. i always try to clean up as the get together is happening.

  86. Yummy food! We should do another cook out at Goddard Park in RI! =)

  87. oooh I want the nut bites you have depicted here – I would love to munch on those for the long holiday weekend.

  88. Yup, summer is here and I can totally feel it though it can be really hot some times. These are some really awesome tips btw!

  89. I do so love summertime backyard grilling. I think I like it best because I don’t have to do the cooking! Plus, grilled food tastes so much better!

  90. what a great snack for summer days….love the backyard grilling!

  91. There’s nothing wrong with a summer backyard barbecue! I love to grill in the summer!

  92. You’ve got all good tips here. We had a barbeque the day before yesterday. It was awesome. 🙂

  93. Im ready for a great summer BBQ! Hello 4th of July cookout!

  94. These are awesome barbecue party tips. I want a bag of that munchies! I hope I win.

  95. I love hosting BBQ’s, especially in summer for and with my friends! I have never heard of these snacks before, but they would be perfect as my friends tend to eat a lot! I will check it out soon!

  96. The tips you shared are great. The one about having enough chairs is very accurate.

  97. That looks like a snack that would travel well. I may have to snag a bag to take on our upcoming road trip.

  98. I love summer barbeques and I can’t stress enough on the importance of having unlimited drinks and food. My Mom loves hosting them because it gets all my little cousins out and it’s always a fun family activity.

    PS. I haven’t tried Nut Exactly but it seems to be a yummy snack.

  99. The almond blueberry sounds tasty! we love blueberry in our house.

  100. Great list of tips! Water fun is a must here in Florida.

  101. I would love to try the peanut popcorn dipped in peanut butter!

  102. they look delicious!
    it’s amazing how much fun kids still have running through a sprinkler! some times the old ways still are the best. but nothing beats a super soaker water fight! LOL

  103. Those snack bites look super yumm..Before summer starts I stock up on chicken legs, Kogel brand hot dogs and lean ground beef. It’s cheaper in April and May. So, I divide it up and freeze it. That way we are ready to go for summer and don’t pay the higher prices.

  104. Oh, I’ve not seen these, yet, but buy Fisher nuts all the time. I will be looking for them the next time I go to the store, though. And you reminded me, I need to get some more chairs for outside! 🙂

  105. You know, I’ve never seen those before! I’m going to have to look for that brand for our next munchie session! lol

  106. Sometimes I rent chairs, just to make sure we have enough. The Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate looks so good. Barbecue or not, this would be a perfect snack.

  107. I’ve never tried that snack. What an interesting combo of dark chocolate, almond and blueberry. I’m going to check that out for sure.

  108. These are all really great entertaining tips, thanks so much!

  109. These are all great tips. We have everything we need for a summer bbq except the summer weather! It has rained and not been warm enough yet this summer.

  110. I love your tips. If you don’t have enough seatjng, you can even put a blanket down on the lawn. If anything, the kids can sit there.

  111. Having enough seats is a struggle sometimes in our household. Great giveaway

  112. Don’t forget to recycle your plastic ware! I’m looking forward to our bbq this Saturday. We will be grilling a bunch of things and having others bring everything else. I love potlucking it.

  113. It looks like you had an awesomely amazing bbq!! BBQing is the absolute best part of summer.

  114. Those snack bites look delicious! It would be perfect for when I’m hiking or on the road. Thanks for the giveaway!


  115. I’ve never heard of those, but those munchies sound delish! Would be perfect for at any bbq this summer.

  116. Yes, my favorite part of summer are the bbq’s… I try to make sure I have everything I need in advance since I’m the cook.

  117. I hope I win. I love any nuts that also have chocolate! YUM!

  118. My favorite ones are definitely the whole cashews.

  119. Ohh yum I would love to try those out! Huge cashew lover here. We love summer bbq’s, we usually have one once a week!

  120. The Almond Popcorn dipped in Milk Chocolate would be my favorite.

  121. We are planning a BBQ this weekend and I can definitely use these great tips!! I’m a definite planner 🙂

  122. Our house is lacking some shade. We do have one side that gets the evening shade, so we would love to put a patio there and host BBQs. I just love all your tips!

  123. I love that these are an all in one snack, with the chocolate, fruit and nuts. So delicious.

  124. I think I would really like the Almond Blueberry kind!

  125. I would love to try the Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate.

  126. Thanks for the tips they are great. Those snack bites looks amazing I love anything Blueberry. I would love to try them 🙂

  127. I love the Almond Popcorn Dipped in Milk Chocolate

  128. These are all awesome tips for Summer gatherings. Food and cold drinks are always on my list.

  129. Looks like a great time! I love summertime because of all the fun get togethers

  130. Shade is so important! Great tips for a successful BBQ!

  131. We love to have bbqs for July 4th. Love these tips for a fun one.

  132. Those snack bites need to come home with me. They look perfect for our next family BBQ~

  133. Love your tips! Surely makes bbq party more awesome! perfect for the 4th of July!

  134. I like these great tips. This is the first time I am hearing about “Nut Exactly”. But it looks like a delicious and crispy snack bite. I really like the combination of almond blueberry with dark chocolate. Will definitely check this out for sure.

  135. I discovered Nut Exactly last year and OMG it is sooo good!

  136. I just love the honey roasted peanuts. They are so good.

  137. I can’t believe it’s a month into the summer and we still haven’t had a party, I feel like a slacker.

  138. Ahhh! BBQ! I love grilled stuff so definitely bbq is yumm! Great tips you have there specially those who are throwing a bbq party.. I am imagining it by a big pool! Yay! For lots of cold drinks!

  139. These are some great tips! I especially agree with the shade one – as a red hair, fair-skinned person, I definitely need somewhere in the shade so I don’t burn!

  140. SO many great tips. We need to get on the ball and have a party so I can try some of these out, lol. We’ve lived here for two months and I’ve yet to mer the neighbors.

  141. I like the Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate.

  142. I haven’t tried any of their snacks, but these ones sound good.

  143. Ive never tried them but the Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate sounds really good!

  144. I’ve never had any of their snacks, but they look and sound delicious. I’ll have to try some soon!

  145. My favorite is the Honey Roasted Mammoth Pecans.

  146. That sounds like a perfect bbq! I absolutely love bbq season!!!

  147. I love Fisher Mixed Nuts. I also can’t wait to try these new snacks, especially the Almond Blueberry dipped in Chocolate!

  148. I would not be sharing the Nut exactly snacks with my guests. Nope they’d be in a drawer in my office accessibly only to me. Those look goood!!!

  149. These look and sound so good. I have yet to try the snack bites but I have always loved the Mixed Nuts with Peanuts. So good and healthy for a little snack throughout the day! The blueberry almond sound awesome!

  150. These are some great tips. I especially agree about having lots of cold drinks available.

  151. I really like the Fisher Summit Trail Mix.

  152. I really like the praline mammoth pecans.

  153. I think that Honey Roasted Peanuts are always good!

  154. I think the Almond Blueberry with Dark looks amazing

  155. Almond Blueberry dipped in Dark Chocolate are yummy!

  156. I think that the almond blueberry sounds so delicious!!!!

  157. I usually stick to the honey roasted peanuts, but these new snacks look delicious!

  158. I love Fisher honey roasted peanuts. They are awesome.

  159. These are awesome and helpful tips thanks for these! They look sooo yummy!!!

  160. I absolutely love the Fisher Honey Roasted Peanuts!

  161. I would love the Almond Popcorn dipped in Milk Chocolate.

  162. I’d really like to try the almond in milk chocolate.

  163. Great tips and I love the almond in milk chocolate one, finishes it in minutes!!