During glorious summer days (and nights), why not take the party outside to your backyard, and show off your epic grading techniques?
For a successful get-together with friends and family, it’s important to prepare ahead of time and keep in mind handy tips that can make things easier. Read on as we list our best ten tips to make sure your backyard BBQ party is fun, delicious, and easy.
Schedule Cleaning Time a Couple of Days Before the Party
If this is your first grill-out of the season, it’s obvious you’re going to do some homework beforehand.
Take out your grill and clean it thoroughly to make it perfect for home cooking, cross-check whether you have enough propane, and remove any weeds or debris. You’ll also need to scrub the deck and other surfaces, make seating arrangements, etc. Try to create a neat and hygienic ambiance for your guests.
Start the Prep Before Your Guests Arrive
Last-minute preparations often put too much pressure, leaving you with little to no time to mingle with your friends.
This is why we would recommend preparing as much as possible before the arrival of your guests. Make sure all your food is ready to go on the grill, with the side dishes assembled and ingredients pre-cooked, if needed.
After all, chopping tomatoes or forming burger patties while everybody is having a gala time is no fun.
Keep a Simple Menu
Casual backyard barbecue parties are always fun, Allowing people to let loose and enjoy some great food.
So, don’t go overboard with the menu, and if possible, avoid experimenting. Stick to tried-and tested-recipes like burgers, steaks, or sausages. In addition to meat-oriented meals, you should have vegetarian options such as stir-fry or roasted veggies skewers as well.
You can also add easy-to-make BBQ side dishes such as dips and salads if you want to make the menu more wholesome.
Keep a Signature Drink Ready to Serve
Get everyone in the party spirit by offering the perfect summer cocktails, along with refreshing mocktails. Think of concoctions that use fruits, seasonal herbs, or maybe a light sangria – whatever you prefer. Don’t forget to stock the bar as well!
Set Up a Killer Playlist
No barbecue is complete without infectious tunes that keep guests going all night long. Play upbeat background music that is loud enough to set the mood, but not even so loud that guests have to shout to talk to each other.
Think the Beach Boys, David Bowie, or the more current tracks by Lady Gaga or Rihanna.
Keep It Insect-Free
You wouldn’t want wasps or annoying burgers to crash your party now, would you?
To avoid this bugging situation, use citronella candles that will not only create a cozy atmosphere but also ward off mosquitoes. Also, don’t set out the food too early and pack away as soon as everyone is done eating.
Add Some Decoration
You can add some understated pizzazz to your party by installing decorative backyard lights or tiki torches. Consider placing small flower arrangements on the tables for an extra touch – provided you have the time.
If you can get lights with automatic timers that turn on when the sun sets down, it would be even better.
Set Up Entertainment Options for Guests
If you’re having a family party, it’s natural for your guests to bring along their kids.
Now, kids can get restless, which is why you should have outdoor games like Twister and Cornhole to keep them occupied. In fact, why only the kids? You can have some fun, low-key activities for adults as well.
Create a Sundae Bar
With the steaks and burgers out of the way, encourage your guests to indulge in some dessert.
While s’mores are the traditional option for BBQ parties, nothing tastes better than some delicious ice cream covered in scrumptious toppings at the end of a lazy (and hot!) day. If you have diet-conscious guests, you can look up healthy ice cream options that won’t ruin anyone’s diet.
Safety First, Always
Lastly, don’t forget to put safety first amidst all the fun. Meat pieces tend to have a lot of fat that can cause flare-ups, so make sure you have a fire extinguisher in hand – just in case. Also, keep children away from the grill at all times.
Well, that pretty much covers it all! All our listed tips will keep you well-equipped for a successful backyard BBQ party. Being the host, make sure you’re relaxed and ready to have some fun. This will keep your guests in a similar mood as well.