How To Throw A Great Summer BBQ Party
With summer here BBQ season is in full swing. BBQs are a great way of getting friends and family together to enjoy the nice weather and some great tasting food. Also if you’re planning a party at this time of year, maybe a birthday or housewarming party, then a BBQ is a fantastic way of celebrating. Although throwing a BBQ party is usually much more informal and usually less expensive than traditional parties, they still require some careful planning and preparations.
Here are some tips that will help you to throw a great summer BBQ party...
Choosing The Right BBQ
One of the most important things to get right is having the correct barbecue for your needs. Barbecues can vary in prices and sizes, so while you won’t need the biggest or most expensive you will need to ensure that it will be large enough to cook all the food for your guests. Also keep in mind that if you are inviting vegetarians you might need one that has extra shelves so that you can cook their food separate from the meat. We have a range of barbecues that will meet a number of different requirements.
Food & Drink
The basis of a good BBQ party is the food and drink. Make sure that you have enough to feed everyone coming and also include side dishes like salads and pasta for people to eat while waiting for the meat to cook. Also ensure that you have a good selection of drinks; making sure there is plenty of soft drinks for children and designated drivers and alcoholic ones for drinking adults. Beers are a popular BBQ drink, but many also love a jug of classic British Pimm’s and wine is also a universally popular choice.
Having good music always helps to create a lively and fun atmosphere, however you might want to pre-plan some entertainment especially if children will be invited. If your garden is large enough sports like football or cricket are easy to set up and will keep children occupied, alternatively you could set up an obstacle course using everyday household items. Even just a simple game of tag will help to keep children entertained while letting them burn off some energy. For more sedate entertainment consider setting up an arts and crafts table that will allow them to exercise their creativity.
Get Your Garden Ready
You wouldn’t hold a house party without making sure your home was clean and tidy, so if you are throwing a BBQ party it is a good idea to make sure your garden is presentable. A bit of gardening prior to the day will help to make sure your garden looks good, while adding decorations like fairy lights and lanterns are popular for when the sun goes down. During the day liven up your tables with tablecloths and table decorations. Also consider buying paper plates and plastic cups, not only will it not matter if they are dropped, but at the end of the day they can just be thrown away – saving you on a mountain of washing up.