Get a jump on your Memorial Day: 5 essential for a fun and relaxing backyard barbecue

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Memorial Day is fast approaching, which means it's officially backyard — and grilling— season. That means the time is right to turn your backyard into a welcoming and relaxing oasis. And if you're planning to entertain over the holiday weekend, you'll want these five essentials to make your summer kick-off memorable and stress-free.

Smart Meat Thermometer with Bluetooth

Meater thermometer
A guided cook system helps to get food to just the right temperature for a delicious bite. (Photo: Amazon)

If you’re constantly trying to serve the perfect steak, this Bluetooth meat thermometer from Meater is the tool that will end your frustration. The wire-free probe monitors your grill and guides you through every step. It features two sensors to monitor the internal and external temperature of your meats, while the app offers custom notifications and even lets you know how long to rest your food before slicing.

$100 at Amazon

Wireless Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Wireless speaker
This 360-degree stereo-sound speaker will keep the party going. (Photo: Amazon)

No party is complete without good music, and this MusiBaby's highly-rated speaker is under $30. Over 20,000 reviewers are raving about the crisp 360-degree stereo sound provided by a small subwoofer. You can even connect two speakers together for over 1500 minutes of more powerful playtime so you’re covered for your entire get-together and then some!

$26 with on-page coupon $40 at Amazon

Outdoor Globe String Lights

globe string lights
These globe string lights create a soft, glowing ambiance for the perfect backyard party. (Photo: Amazon)

As far as décor goes, these globe string lights are the key to making your backyard a magazine-worthy oasis with minimal effort. They beautifully illuminate your space with a warm and cozy glow, and you can connect up to three strands for 75 feet of lighting. Don't just take it from me — they have more than 37,000 Amazon fans, too.

$15 with on-page coupon $17 at Amazon

Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller

Keep pesky mosquitos away from food and guest with this repeller. (Photo: Amazon)
Keep pesky mosquitos away from food and guest with this repeller. (Photo: Amazon)

Nothing puts a damper on an outdoor gathering like pesky mosquitoes. I love this solution from Thermacell that works to create a 15-foot zone of protection without cords, batteries, candles or sprays. Plus, it’s citronella, smoke, DEET and sonic-free which means your guests won’t even know it’s there.

$20 at Amazon

BBQ Grill Mats

Grill mat
A grill mat thick enough to protect food but thin enough to still get the perfect sear everytime. (Photo: Amazon)

If you’re sick of losing half your meal to the grill grates, Renook's highly-rated grill mats are going to save your wallet and your sanity. They’re thick enough to give you durability and thin enough to leave those signature grill marks everyone aims for. They’re also made from premium materials, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals. You can even cut them to any size so they can fit your grill (or food) perfectly. Best of all, they will keep your grill clean so you can enjoy your party— and not worry about the clean-up later.

$14 for 6 $17 at Amazon

Video produced by Kat Vasquez.

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