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Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer entertaining. Whether you are throwing a BBQ this weekend, celebrating a recent grad, or simply enjoying the sunny weather with friends, you'll want to make sure your outdoor living area is up to the task and looking great! In order to make sure your deck or patio is ready for a good time, here's a few helpful tips from Al's Experts on how to entertain like a pro!

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Make Your Home Welcoming

Al's carries a lot of blooming annuals and perennials this time of year, and it can be very rewarding to roll up your sleeves and get your garden beds planted. But what if you need quick color on your outdoor entertaining area? You can add beautiful blooms instantly with our mixed planters. These planters come filled with thoughtful combinations of both annuals and perennials, planted for you at The Farm in Hubbard. You can easily spruce up your entryway and make a great first impression for your guests with our Grown By Al's Hanging Baskets, bursting with long-lasting blooms.

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It's All About the BBQ

Good weather and good friends make for a good summer get-together, but great food is the star of the show! The smell wafting off the grill will have everyone eagerly anticipating the first bite. Regardless of your preference for fish, chicken, pork, beef, or fresh veggies, a great grill is key to great summer food. Al's carries the best grills from the top brands, along with the grilling accessories to make you a true grill-master!

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Get Comfortable

A good host knows that the best part of any BBQ is when everyone sits down to enjoy the food and company, so make sure you have an outdoor dining set to accommodate everyone. And with the warmer weather and great conversation, your summertime shindig can last late into the evenings. Make sure your backyard seating is up to the challenge, providing your guests with a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space. Al's has a large selection of patio furniture styles, so you are sure to find the perfect fit for your deck or patio.

Dress To Impress

Did you know that Al's sells womens' apparel? Along with great styles for all occasions, you can find beach or nautical wear for a contemporary summer look, or show your spirit for Independence Day with some patriotic flair. Grab a light sweater for our cool Northwest summer evenings when you need just a little something while lounging around the fire pit.

Say Thank You To Your Host

When you inevitably get invited to a summer get-together at someone else's home, make sure your guest etiquette is on point with a thoughtful gift for the host. Our gift department has unique gourmet foods from Stonewall Kitchens, like Pickled Dilly Beans or Stuffed Blue Cheese Olives. Their Maple Chipotle Grill Sauce is the perfect compliment to this Al's Mexican Corn on the Cob recipe. Yum!