Make a hot summer Hartford night to remember by throwing the best barbecue party on the block. Invite over the neighbors because have we got plans for you to be grilling up a storm.
This summer, our traditional Fourth of July barbecue gets a classic Pottery Barn makeover. We’ll show you how to instantly dress up a picnic table in iconic reds, whites and blues, choose attractive yet indestructible dishware and grill a great meal. Chef Joey Altman creates the quintessential menu of classic favorites especially for this occasion. His video recipes take you through an array of easy-to-assemble burgers, sides and desserts, embellished with his signature twists. This season’s salute to Old Glory demonstrates how you can transform an everyday barbecue into the most memorable outdoor meal of the year.
Once you’ve chosen the best spot, cover the table with a plain paper tablecloth in red, white or blue. This easy- to-clean layer complements the stars-and-stripes motif of our Fourth of July Cloth Runner and Napkins. Real linens bring a luxurious touch to a barbecue, adding to the special occasion. Watch our video on setting a great barbeque table with celebrity designer and Pottery Barn Style Expert Nathan Turner.
Crafts stores will be full of decorations, but choose wisely and economically. With such bold colors, a little goes a long way. Ribbon tied around the silverware and toothpick flags in the sandwiches are classic touches that also have a practical purpose. To avoid clashing patterns, choose a solid colored background that can be layered with subtle touches of red and blue.
Inexpensive carnations in red, white and blue add brightness and fun, especially in glass bud vases tied with a festive ribbon, or arranged in an American flag configuration in our Found Soda Crates.. The garden store is also a creative place to pick up flourishes of color that will last beyond the day. A few small pots of miniature roses and deep purple violets make an unexpected style statement. Watch our how-to videos with celebrity floral designer and Pottery Barn Style Expert Nico DeSwert.
To keep the table looking great, make sure that every object serves a purpose, is durable and fits into your style scheme. We prefer using whole collections that keep the look relaxed and still tastefully coordinated. Keep glass to a minimum, especially with young kids, using shatterproof acrylic dishes and glasses instead. For everything else – like serving trays and drink buckets – choose a neutral, durable material like wood or, our favorite, galvanized metal.
So the party can extend into evening, have lanterns with votive or pillar candles in plain red, white or blue on hand. Make it even more stylish by stringing wire hung with votive glasses for the look of fireflies in mason jars. But the easiest method of all is plugging strings of tiny white lights into a nearby outlet.
Keep the menu simple and easy to prepare with the classic American burgers, sides and dessert demonstrated by Chef Joey Altman in our video recipes.
Accessories deserve their own special treatment. Transfer mustard and ketchup into our color-coded BBQ Condiment Jars. Add the salt-and-pepper shakers, drink pitcher and – this summer’s favorite – our Acrylic Drink Dispenser paired with the “glasses” and mugs of our Outdoor Polycarb Collection.
We’ve expanded our most hardworking and affordable Galvanized Collection for summer entertaining. Perfectly weathered, lightweight and relaxed, the new serving pieces include trays of every size and shape, a flatware caddy and comprehensive bar accessories. Keep multiple mini buckets on hand to serve everything from rustic frites in newspaper to mini beers on ice. Stack the three- tiered stand with desserts and summer fruits for a casual centerpiece, or condiments and linens for a space-saving serving piece.
With the picnic table laden with food, your ice-cold drinks need another home. Our Galvanized Collection includes creative barware in a range of possibilities. For small gatherings, keep it simple with our ice bucket, drink caddy and mini pitcher. For large gatherings, stock the Rolling Wagon Party Bucket and Stand with ice, beer and soda, and let guests serve themselves.
Watch our video on choosing great beer and serving it well with Fritz Maytag, owner of San Francisco’s famous microbrewery, the Anchor Brewing Company, which pioneered the art of craft beer in this country.