Who doesn’t love a good barbecue? Friends, food and fun … what’s not to love? Well, if you’re planning a barbecue this is the blog for you! We have put together 5 tips for a great barbecue. If your going to do it, make sure you do it right! Here’s a list of thing to do, or at the very least – consider!
A Great Space
Every great barbecue should have a great space, it doesn’t have to be large, just large enough to comfortably accommodate the number of guests you are inviting. Generally people at a barbecue don’t all eat at the same time so if you don’t’ have enough space to seat everyone or enough chairs, it’s okay – just be sure to provide tables and seating for about 70% of the guest you are expecting and you should be good. Decks and patios make great spaces to host a barbecue and if you have or can get a fire-pit for those guests who stay till after dusk you’ll be well on your way to hosting a great barbecue your friends will be sad to leave!
Obviously, barbecues are all about the food!
Snacks: Make sure you cover all the snack bases with pretzels, chips, dip, salsa, veggies and fruit. Having some easy finger foods of all varieties will ensure you have something to please everyone.
Main course: You’ll typically have the staples: burgers, hot dogs & sausage, but what’s most important here is that you know your guests! Know if anyone has an allergies or aversions to any specific food groups so you are prepared to offer them something they are able to eat.
Dessert: Everyone loves dessert, but after everything else you’ve done that sure seems like a lot of work! Well it is, so consider having a dessert contest, challenge your guests and mention it in your invite. Layout the rules and prizes ahead of time and have your guests vote for their favorite dessert(it’s a good idea to nominate an impartial tie breaker in advance). You’ll have a great display of desserts and the best part, you won’t have to make them!
What will you do for entertainment? Of course you’ll have music but what can you do to really get your guest engaged? Volleyball and kickball are always a big hit, if you have the space but if you don’t have the space to pull off a game of that size you could post trivia questions around the party and have your guests write their guesses on a piece a paper with their names. Another idea is the ever popular beanbag game which does require a little bite of space but not nearly as much as volleyball. Also, you might consider printing out the rules to a couple of different card games and putting them out on tables with a deck of cards even or some board games. There are so many options, just because you are outside doesn’t mean you have to play games in the grass!
Depending on your personality, decorating for a barbecue can sound like fun or it can sound like a chore. You don’t have to go crazy if you don’t enjoy it but its always nice to get a little festive with your decorations. It could be as simple as putting out a few tablecloths, coordinating your paper plates, napkins and cups and displaying the food on festive platters. If you want to dress it up a bit more, consider elevating your platters of food with some high and low risers, add some candles to the tables, and put up some tiki torches around the space.
Last but NOT least – Have fun!
If you don’t have fun planning the barbecue, odds are your guests won’t have fun at your barbecue!