With every day that passes, we are getting closer to BBQ season! If you are planning one, here are some tips and tricks to make the process stress-free so you can enjoy the sun, the company, the drinks, and, most importantly, the food.
First Things First
As with any party, you’ll need to establish your guest list, plan your menu, and communicate the details with party attendees. For instance, is it potluck style where everyone needs to bring a dish? Is it BYOB? Should they bring their own chairs? Ensure your guests know where they are supposed to be, at what time, and what they should bring. After the initial invite, follow up closer to the event with additional details or updates.
Consider setting up a small table with BBQ essentials like sunscreen, bug spray, stain remover, cheap sunglasses, hats, and more.
Nothing can ruin a BBQ faster than bugs! To avoid this, start stocking up on traps and citronella candles, and make sure you have lids or plastic wrap to keep food covered.
No Use Crying Over Spilled Mayo
Condiments can get messy quickly, especially if you’re having a larger get-together or a lot of kids are running around. One way to combat a condiment catastrophe is by serving them in a muffin pan with a plastic spoon in each sauce. You can even double down and use one tin for sauces and one for other toppings like lettuce, onions, pickles, tomatoes, etc.
- Prep as much food as possible before guests arrive. You’ll be glad you did this instead of rushing around and missing quality time.
- Check on your propane/charcoal situation. We can’t put into words how disappointing it can be to get halfway through burgers just to run out of fuel.
- Don’t forget the entertainment! This can be as simple as a jammin’ playlist, but you can also incorporate yard games or live music.
- Have you ever attended an event and sat awkwardly holding your trash because you weren’t sure where it should go? The bigger the trash receptacles, the better. Check on them often to ensure they aren’t overflowing.
If you’re expecting kiddos at your gathering, have some kid-approved activities, food, and drinks to keep them entertained. Bubbles, sprinklers, chalk, and kiddie pools are all awesome activities. As for food and drink, make sure there are simple sides like mac and cheese or chips that kids will eat. And we’re huge fans of colorful lemonade with a sugar sprinkle rim to wow the kiddie crowd.