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The central cooking source of your summer entertaining, make sure your grill is in good working order. Scrub down internal racks and change lava rocks that may be lingering from last season. Treat yourself to some new tools of the trade — a basting mop, grilling basket, non-stick skewers and scissor tongs.
Arrange your outdoor furniture as you would your indoor furniture — essentially turning your porch or deck into a second living room. Establish a space for eating, group conversation and a more intimate nook for enjoying an after dinner drink or an afternoon read.