How to Host the Perfect Summer BBQ
Summer is the perfect time for hosting a backyard barbecue. It’s a great opportunity for making memories and socializing with friends and family. Guests will enjoy food that's fresh off the BBQ and the kids are sure to love outdoor games. Here are some tips that can help you host the perfect summer barbecue.
Prep Your Yard
Spotty grass and lots of weeds can reflect poorly on a host. Therefore, it's a great idea to spend a few hours getting your yard ready for guests. A day or two before the event, mowing your lawn and pulling weeds out of flower beds or mulched areas will instantly fix up your yard and make it more inviting for your guests. Additionally, if your barbecue is likely to run into the night, it's a good idea to check the lighting of your yard. A string of lights around the patio can add light add a positive ambiance to your patio in addition to helping your guests see what they're eating.
Play Some Music
It's a good idea to have some music playing in the background to set the mood. Craft the perfect playlist consisting of your favorite jams and the classic singalongs. Keep your crowd in mind when crafting this playlist. Add songs from each decade that your guest are familiar with and build up to the ultimate party jams that will sure to pull everyone out on the dance floor. It’s smart to clear an area in the garage or yard that can be used for dancing.
Set up Some Yard Games
When choosing yard games for a backyard barbecue, it's a good idea to pick games that guests of all ages can enjoy. Games like cornhole, bocce, or horseshoes (or a mashup of everything) can provide some real enjoyment on the part of your guests. If you'd rather leave those games to the adults, you could also add some card games that would be popular with the kids, or vice versa. Keeping children occupied with games can allow for quality time for the adults.
Plan Your Menu
Keep the crowd in mind when you’re planning your menu. You can keep it classic with staples like burgers, hot dogs, and barbeque or you can step it up a notch with some grilled salmon, chicken kabobs, or smoked ribs. If cooking isn’t your thing, consider hiring a caterer. Caterers will not only take care of the food, but also help with preparations and clean up.
Grilled meat is not the only thing you'll want to have for your barbecue. You'll also want an array of appetizers and vegetables to complement the main dish. When it comes to drinks, your personal preferences can rule the day. If you like adult beverages, it can be a good idea to have an iced bucket available for your guests to choose their favorites. You can also add a personalized twist with a ‘cocktail of the night’. Tea, lemonade, and soft drinks are also a good idea. As always, ice water is a necessity to keep everyone hydrated on those hot summer days.
Getting ready for a barbecue can be stressful. However by utilizing these tips and tricks before your guests arrive, you can have a wonderful event that will go off without a hitch.