Along with lazy days by the lake, ball games and women in sun dresses, the outdoor dinner party is hands-down one of the best things about summer. The main elements are simple: a warm evening, fresh ingredients cooked on a grill, good friends and plenty of ice. This formula has served mankind well for generations but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon, modernized and augmented. With the addition of a few inspired details, this guide will show you how to create an evening of food, drink and entertainment that transcends the classic backyard cookout. Brush off the grill, stock the bar and prepare for a truly elevated experience.