Stock the Supplies
We’ve got you covered with all of the essentials. Keep these things on hand so you’re always ready for an impromptu gathering.
1. PLENTY OF ICE
The No. 1 essential for any outdoor get-together? Ice–and plenty of it! Fill an ice bucket to keep near the drinks for easy access.
5. FIRE ESSENTIALS
No backyard bash would be complete without a fire pit! Always have a couple bundles of firewood handy so you’re ready when the night is right. You’ll also need a lighter or matches and some newspaper or fire starters to get it going.
2. BOOZE + MIXERS
Even if guests are BYOB-ing, it’s still good to have some drink essentials on hand. A couple of alcohol and mixer options allow guests to make their own cocktails. And fresh lime wedges never hurt!
6. BUG REPELLENT
Keep bugs at bay with citronella candles. Or if you want to add a nice aroma to the air, bring out the diffuser! Lavender and eucalyptus oils are both great insect repellents.
3. VIRGIN OPTIONS
It’s important to stock up on non-alcoholic options as well. Schnucks sodas, flavored sparkling waters and Culinaria artisinal Italian sodas are great options on their own or jazzed up in a mocktail.
Make cleanup a breeze with all the disposable products your guests might need like plates, cups, napkins and utensils. Be sure to check the packages for instructions on proper recycling.
4. BASIC BITES
Snacks are a must for any get-together. Keep a few options on hand that are easy for guests to eat and can be pulled out at a moment’s notice–no prep needed!
- Schnucks fresh-cut fruit and veggie Shortcuts
- A variety of Schnucks chips and pre-made dips
- A simple meat, cheese and crackers tray
- Tasty frozen treats like ice cream or popsicles