If you’ve been checking the weather updates all week and 100% sure there will be sunshine on the weekend, get it into your diary and let your friends and family know you’re throwing a BBQ in your back yard. Summer is the perfect time to heat up the barbecue but a little planning can make eating outdoors a memorable event.
To make sure you host it in style, Life & Style share 6 tips on how to throw an awesome party with decorations, nibbles and games to really wow your guests.
1. Queen Of The Grill
You’ll want to start off with sending out a short and sweet email invitation or broadcast a text message to all your friends and family. Entice your guests with what they can expect on the menu along with good company and refreshing drinks.
A BBQ is all about filling your bellies with grilled chicken, steaks and sausages, so you’ll want a good burner gas barbecue to do the job right. You can find one with large side shelves and storage hooks to place the burger buns, seasonings or towels so it’s all close by. A medium sized cooking area is designed to give you the ease of cooking for up to 8 people while you allow the other pieces to cool on the warm racks.
You may prefer a charcoal BBQ if you enjoy the thrill of playing with fire (to heat your food of course!). Heat is what you need to get your chicken and steaks nice and crispy so this may be more ideal if you want your meat cooking really quickly.
2. Plan Your Menu
Limit your cooking list to 5 recipes that are tasty and great to enjoy in the heat. You wouldn’t want to overdo it and have food go to waste, or be stuck in the kitchen and miss out on actually enjoying the party with your friends. This is why it’s a good idea to send out the invite first so you know how many people you will have to cook for.
For a smaller gathering you can be more creative with the menu by offering ciabatta, baguettes and a selection of different cheese that will melt nicely between the bun and the meat. If you’re planning to invite a lot of people, keep it simple with different sauce toppings, avocado and lemon slices.
There’s no shame in asking your friends for a little help. Side dishes always go down well for non-meat eaters, so whether they bring the drinks, a bowl of fruit salad, sweet corns or mixed vegetables, take advantage of it. It will give you time to focus on other things that need to be completed to make it a great day for everyone.
3. Make A Signature Drink
Garden BBQ’s are known for having a good laugh and what better way to get everyone’s spirits high by shaking up a few cocktails or a fish bowl punch. You can make a quick and easy one that will take 5 minutes to prepare and serve up to 8 people, so in that way you can whack up a few more mixes for your guests to enjoy.
Mix all the liquids and stir it well with a spoon then leave it in the fridge to cool until you’re ready to serve as a drink. You can make fun non-alcohol party drinks and leave it in the kids’ corner for the little ones to enjoy a refreshing summer drink.
No matter what the occasion, it’s important you drink responsibly especially at a family gathering when there are children around. Eat enough food and enjoy it with a drink. Know your limits.
4. Chill Out To Music
Get your speakers out into the garden and put on some music to set the mood. Go for feel good classic pop, rock or 90’s hip hop. You may want to create your own playlist to have control over what is playing so it is child friendly too. As long as it makes you smile and dance, you’re summer BBQ will be the one everyone remembers.
5. Keep The Kids Entertained
Set up some outdoor games for everyone to enjoy. This is a great way to encourage everyone to stay outdoors even when the party comes to an end. Not all games will require equipment, you can create an awesome outdoor twister board game by purchasing four cans of spray and paint the grass.
Frisbee fans can toss a disc back and forth which can be played for ages, or put your flexibility to the test and see how low you can go with Limbo.
Why not set up a bouncy castle or a trampoline and watch the kids jump for the sky. You can get one in all shapes and sizes that will fit in your garden. This is a great way to get the kids to use up their energy before the food is served.
6. Decorating Your Garden
If you have a theme in mind for your BBQ party, create a look around it with outdoor ornaments and deck out your garden table with candles, lights and table top accessories to jazz it up. Liven up your garden with streamers and balloons in the kids area which they will absolutely love.
It’s also a good time layout outdoor lighting around the patio for the evening as it will create a nice glow when it starts to get dark. Have a few picnic blankets and bring out some tea lights in a mason jar to enjoy long conversations under the stars.
Your barbecue is sure to be the one everyone reminisces about when the summer is over, so these simple tips will help you plan your day for a stress free and memorable event for everyone. To deck out your garden and set up outdoor kids games head over to George.