Summer is one of the best times of year because you get to dust off the grill and invite your loved ones over for a much-needed BBQ. However, planning a successful BBQ without letting the stress set in can be challenging, which is why we’ve put together this series of tips.
Stock Up on Coal and Fuel
You won’t have much success with the BBQ if you come to light up and realize you don’t have enough fuel. Whether you need to stock up on paraffin blocks or propane tanks, spend time ensuring you won’t be left short. If you run out of fuel midway through cooking burgers, you’ll find them turning into a rubbery mess with zero flavors.
Prep Dished Beforehand
Your friends and family don’t want to sit around all afternoon while you prep meals for the BBQ – they’ve come to spend time with you. Therefore, to avoid any awkward silences, spend time prepping the dishes beforehand. Make sure the meat is marinated, the salad is ready to go, and any burger toppings are set aside ready.
Mix Up Some Cocktails and Mocktails
Nothing says summer like a delicious cocktail or mocktail, but make sure you prep plenty beforehand so that you’re not glued to the mixing glasses. If you need some inspiration, here’s a tasty selection of summer cocktail classics:
- Sangria. Brandy, red wine, sugar, and fresh fruit.
- Mojito. White rum, crushed fresh mint, lime, and brown sugar.
- Mint Julep. Bourbon, syrup, fresh mint, and a dash of water.
- Aperol Spritz. Aperol liqueur, club soda, sparkling wine, and freshly sliced oranges.
- Margarita. Tequila, triple sec, and lime.
- Paloma. Sparkling water or citrus soda, grapefruit juice, tequila, and lime.
Serve Food Away from Prep and Grill Areas
When you’re cooking food, you’re going to have guests looking for a quick snack to keep them going. To avoid everyone gathering around the grill or in the kitchen, make sure you set up a table with snacks away from these areas.
Have a “Bring a Side Dish” Policy
If you’re hosting a pretty large BBQ, the cost will soon add up. A great way to save a little while experiencing other foods is to ask your guests to bring a dish. Asking people to bring food to your event can feel a little cheeky, but people won’t mind because you’re the host. As long as you get the vibe for the day just right and take care of the grilling, you’re onto a winner.
Bring in Garden Games
No summer BBQ is complete without a few games to keep guests of all ages entertained. There are so many games you can play in the yard including horseshoes, spikeball, and cornhole. If you want to add some flair to your garden, you can shop personalized cornhole boards at Cornhole Worldwide and show off your passion for this all-time classic garden game.
String Up Some Lights
After the grill fizzles out and everyone’s eaten their weight in food, it’s going to get dark eventually. To keep the party going and illuminate any potential trip hazards, make sure you string up some solar-powered lights. As well as being practical, choosing the right garden lights has a way of adding to your overall aesthetic.
Choosing a Theme
There are no rules to say you have to set a theme for your BBQ, but it can make the day much more memorable. If your BBQ falls on the 4th of July, then you’ve already got a theme sorted for your BBQ. If not, there are plenty of fantastic ideas like Hawaiian, pirates, Western, and movies.
Pest Control Measures
Cooking and eating food means you’re going to come across a few creepy crawlies and flies, but that doesn’t mean you have to just put up with it. There are many different ways to control outdoor pests like supplying cans of bug spray, throwing sage onto your BBQ, or setting out citronella candles to keep the flies away.
Put a Playlist Together
While you’re not busy playing games or chatting away, it’s a good idea to have some background music to fill any awkward silences. Therefore, you should spend time putting together an acceptable playlist. If there are going to be children present, the playlist you used last Friday night with your mates may not be suitable.
BBQs are a time for people to kick back and relax, so make sure you remember to get prepped using the tips outlined above and have fun at your own event.