Summertime is perfect for throwing an outdoor get-together with friends and family. It is also a good time to get to know your new neighbors or rekindle old friendships. Whether you are new to the neighborhood or have been there for years, follow these simple steps to plan and host a great BBQ shindig.
Things You'll Need
- BBQ tools
Clean your grill. If you don't have a grill, purchase or borrow one. Make sure that you have charcoal or gas for the grill.
Gather tables and comfy chairs with cushions. You can always cover an ugly table with a decorative tablecloth.
Decide who you want to invite and send them BBQ themed invitations.
Clean off your deck or patio and mow the grass. Guests will feel more comfortable in a clutter-free environment.
Stock up on food for the party. The following are popular BBQ party foods and condiments: BBQ sauces, salads, vegetables, burgers, chicken, hot dogs, kabobs, coleslaw, buns, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream, watermelon, beer, iced tea, lemonade, water and soda. Also, don't forget the ice.
Decorate your party space with BBQ themed decorations, such as Texas Cowboy BBQ, Coney Island or Hawaiian Luau Party. Light decorative candles to add a special ambiance to a BBQ party that occurs in the evening.
Choose festive plates, cups, cutlery and napkins for dining outdoors.
Have the following on hand: an apron, BBQ tools (tongs, basting brush, spatula, prong fork, as needed) and a fire extinguisher.
Place party lights or patio lighting around your patio and backyard. When it comes dusk, the twinkle of lights will create the perfect atmosphere.
Understand that a BBQ is not a BBQ without some good tunes. Create a playlist of songs that celebrate summertime, good food and fun.
Grill the food you selected to barbecue. To grill vegetables, place them on a skewer and brush them with olive oil. Cook directly on the grill.
Liven up your party with some good, old-fashioned fun and games, such as horseshoes, and badminton. You will be amazed at the memories these games create.
Mingle with your guests and enjoy the party. Take pictures and share them with your friends after the event.
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