With the Summer sun shining, the weather heating up, and the kids out of school, there are few better ways to enjoy these Summer months than a backyard BBQ! This is the perfect time to gather your friends and family and make some lifelong memories. So get that grilled fired up, those lights hung, and let’s get to hosting!
If you are looking to throw the perfect backyard barbecue this Summer, look no further! This guide has all you need to know about making your barbecue one for the record books.
- Keep it simple
Backyard BBQs are meant to be more casual than other types of gatherings so don’t focus on making the menu too complicated. Spend your time focusing on the main dish; such as hot dogs, burgers, chicken, or steaks. Thinking of these first before the rest of the menu gives you something to build off of when planning the rest of the side dishes. Don’t forget to add some vegetarian option as well such as black bean burgers or cauliflower steak.
The easiest way to host a large group of people is to prep beforehand! Prep as much food as you can prior to your guests arriving. This gives you more time to entertain and visit with your guests instead of focusing all your time on getting the food ready. It also allows you to serve up your guest quickly. No one likes sitting around starving waiting for the host to fire up the grill.
The atmosphere is very important for hosting a successful barbecue. Remember to keep it simple and welcoming to your guests. On your atmosphere checklist should be making sure there is enough seating for your guests, an area for people to mingle, lighting if you want the party to continue after the sun goes down, and music to set the tone.
Decide what types of drinks you want to serve at your gathering. Make sure you have a few different options for your guests to choose from. If you want this to be a non-alcoholic party, make sure that your guests know that. If you plan on serving alcohol, consider a signature drink, like one from this list. You also want to think about the kids so have water, juice, and perhaps soda on hand. But, the most important thing to remember is ice!
While you already have music playing, the most successful barbecues have activities to keep guests entertained in between eating and mingling. Yard games are great for guests of all ages. Games such as corn hole, horseshoes, or ladder ball add an element of friendly competition. If it is warm out, consider putting out a sprinkler to keep the kids busy while the adults are socializing.
Now that you have some tips to pull off the perfect backyard barbecue, it is time to start making those amazing Summer memories! Remember that the most important part is that you are having fun, so do not stress about all of the details. What is your favorite dish to serve at a Summer barbecue?