Food·Posted on Jul 17, 201327 Best Summer Party HacksBarbecues 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.by Emily FleischakerBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Pre-scoop ice cream and keep it in the freezer. simplystated.realsimple.com 2. Make a party box to share with friends and neighbors. lifehacker.com More info at Lifehacker. 3. Cook corn on the cob in a cooler to save stovetop space. bonappetit.com Instructions at Bon Appetit. 4. Set out a cute and clearly marked dirty dish bin for guests. Flickr: 74544377@N00 5. Create a backyard hangout spot with pillows, a rug, lights, and plants. sunset.com 6. Use ketchup to write your guests' meat doneness preferences for the person manning the grill. asubtlerevelry.com 7. Keep drinks cold with frozen water balloons. asubtlerevelry.com This would be even better with water added to the vases. More good tips at A Subtle Revery. 8. Make an ice block for punch — it melts slower on a hot day and waters down the punch less. saveur.com 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. veronicaarmstrong.com 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! 10. Skewer thin veggies for easier grilling. blog.ideasinfood.com Great tip via Ideas in Food. 11. For other meat and veggies, use two skewers per kebab to prevent individual pieces from rotating as you flip them on the grill. marthastewart.com bonappetit.com 12. Tie a bottle opener to the handle of the drink tub or cooler. pinterest.com 13. Buy enough booze: Figure three bottles of wine for every four people and four cocktails per guest.* Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF gemini-dragon-gifs.tumblr.com *For a three-hour party. If it's going to be longer, get half that much and ask everyone to bring booze. 14. Make it easy for guests to serve themselves drinks. thepenningtonpoint.com 15. Encourage guests to label and use the same glasses throughout the party. marthastewart.com 16. Chill wine quickly with ice water and salt. peachycanyonblog.com 17. Make party lanterns out of plastic cups. realsimple.com Get directions from Real Simple. 18. Set out sunscreen and bug spray. catchmyparty.com 19. Use your washing machine as a cooler. pinterest.com 20. Line popup laundry hampers or baskets with trash bags. Label them and put them everywhere. pinterest.com inmyownstyle.com 21. Put tea lights in cleaned-out pickle jars for budget-friendly mood lighting. inmyownstyle.com 22. Set out labeled squeeze bottles of simple syrup — plain or flavored — with iced tea or lemonade so guests can sweeten to their taste. familybalancesheet.org Get some good flavored simple syrup recipes over at Southern Living. 23. Make sliceable popsicles in a loaf pan. thekitchn.com Get directions at The Kitchn. 24. Drop a mini marshmallow in the bottom of a cone to keep ice cream from leaking out. irecallthepushmorethanthefall.tumblr.com More great tips here from Martha Stewart. 25. Make a food-safe ant repellant. marthastewart.com Directions here. Want more great party hacks like these? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Food newsletter, and we’ll send them to you twice a week!