“Say barbecue and most people think red-and-white gingham tablecloths, Mason jars, and too much food,” say Jamie Geffen and Brian Worely of Los Angeles-based YourBash. But put your own spin on it while still keeping things simple, and you’ll step out of the traditional.
Centerpiece: “Take centerpieces to the next level by combining them with serving pieces. To create various heights for displaying food, mix Saltillo tiles with terra-cotta pots and planter bases.”
Linen: “The Saltillo serape table runner from La Tavola pulls in summer-perfect blues and greens, and simple ivory bandanas make a unique napkin.”
Settings: “Nothing says barbecue like blue enamel-speckled plates, and for a fun flair, provide camping cutlery.”
Bar: “Whip up a refreshing ‘Bullfrog’ summer slushy by blending frozen lemonade, ice, vodka, club soda, and mint. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint—and be ready for a brain freeze.”
Grill: “If you really want to go old-school, invest in the kamado-style Big Green Egg. A lump of oak and hickory charcoal produces incredible results.”
Photos: Courtesy of Oriental Trading (pots), Courtesy of iHomeWholeSale (bandana), Courtesy of REI (utensils), Courtesy of La Tavola (table runner), Shawn Smith (Worley), Courtesy of Jamie Geffen