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27 Best Summer Party Hacks

Barbecues are awesome by nature and they don't need to be fancy. But use even one of these tips and you will feel like a genius — and have more time to hang.

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8. Make an ice block for punch — it melts slower on a hot day and waters down the punch less.

To make an ice block, just fill any container with water and freeze it overnight — you can use a loaf pan, a cake pan, Tupperware. To release the ice, turn it upside down over the sink and run hot water over the container until the ice block pops out.

Pictured: Fish House Punch, recipe at Saveur.

9. When you don't have beaters, make whipped cream in a jar.

Fill a jar with a lid about halfway with heavy cream (and, if you have it, a little sugar and vanilla) and shake for about three minutes or until it's the consistency you want. Arm workout! Less dishes!


13. Buy enough booze: Figure three bottles of wine for every four people and four cocktails per guest.*

*For a three-hour party. If it's going to be longer, get half that much and ask everyone to bring booze.


More great tips here from Martha Stewart.

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