Most especially in summer days when the weather is good and the kids are home, outdoor gatherings like a barbecue picnic party are one most chosen for summer occasions. If you are planning to have one, here is a list of tips for you to host the best barbecue party you can give.
1.) Decide on your guest list and know who are coming.
When sending your invites, aside from the basic details of time and place, inform them as well if kids are welcome and if guests should bring any dish, dessert, or beverage. If the confirmation starts coming in, it will be your chance to ask about any food allergies and restrictions. This will give you the idea for the variations on your menu.
2.) Have a simple but smart set up.
While grand decorations and themes are good, they are not always necessary just to have a fun barbecue day. Do not overdo your decorations and invest too much time, effort, and money with it. Set ups are best when simple and convenient. You can set up one table for the dining, where you also place the toppings like cheese, mustard, and ketchup, and another table for the buffet of hot food and cold drinks.
3.) Classic recipes with a twist.
Do not go overboard with your recipes just so the menu sounds impressive. You can still go with the classic barbecue party dishes but you can instead add new touches to it. Provide a variety of selections that will allow your guests to create their own dishes. Moreover, it is best that you serve whatever is in season in fruits, vegetables, and fish as they are much cheaper at their peak season. If kids are coming to the party, consider their possible food preferences as well.
4.) Prep the night before.
Prepare things that can be prepared the night before the party so that you will not be too overwhelmed with everything on the day of the event. You can marinate meats overnight, create the side dishes in advance, and chop the fruits and veggies beforehand.
5.) Do not forget the side dishes and dessert.
Side dishes are as much important as the main barbecue course because they are mostly preferred by the vegetarians present in the party. You can exploit recipes of fruits and vegetables that are in season. The desserts are also important it does not always have to be fancy. So long as they complement with grilled dishes, you are good to go.
6.) Set the mood with the right music.
Music plays a great role in keeping everyone in high spirits. A mix of classic rocks and upbeat pop is the feel good type of music mostly heard on barbecue parties because they are the types that can give nostalgic smiles and can make everyone sing and dance.
7.) Provide other entertainment options.
Like in any party, everyone will tend to look for anything to do after the meal. You can then bust out some classic backyard games like badminton, horseshoes, and card games. If kids are present, you can also provide them games for their own so that you can keep them entertained while the adults spend time together.