We’re pretty much in the clear and it’s now BBQ season! This is one of my favorite times of year—not quite too hot yet, but really warming up—and there’s nothing better than grilling up your favorite meats, veggies, and even fruits!
So, if you’re getting ready to host a BBQ, we’ve got some great tips to make sure yours is one to remember.
You’re throwing a BBQ, not a formal dinner party. Don’t be afraid to stick to your classic burgers, dogs, chicken, and pasta salads. You’re gathering family and friends to spend some time together, and you want everyone to have a great time! Sticking with these BBQ staples will immediately keep everyone at ease and happy.
Music is another thing that keeps everyone relaxed while also bringing an energy to the party that only music can. Keep your audience in mind though. If grandma is coming over, you might not choose the same songs as you would if your close friends were coming over.
If you’re not a DJ, don’t’ be afraid to take to some premade playlists in your favorite music app. Searching “Summer BBQ” might just bring up the perfect playlist!
Part of throwing a great BBQ is having fun yourself! There’s no need to stress over making and baking everything, so ask the people who are coming to bring one small thing. Tell them you’ll be providing the main dishes (and water/soda), but that you would love for them to bring their favorite side/dessert!
Don’t feel bad for asking, but don’t pressure anyone into it either. Extend the invitation and some will take it.
While we’re all thrilled that the sun is here, some of us need the shade every now and then. Setting up a tent area will be great for eating, as will tables with umbrellas.
If this isn’t an option, have sunblock on hand (sometimes people forget to bring some along with them!) and have space where people can eat inside or sit and relax out of the sun. Have plenty of water on hand in case anyone overheats, too!
Keeping it within site will allow the kiddos their space while the parents can keep an eye on them. Adults will get a little quality time with friends and family while kids will have a blast playing with each other.
If it’s warm enough, water balloons are a great crowd-pleaser, as is Twister or chalk for any paved areas. Have a wash station nearby (it could just be a hose and some towels) to clean up the kids before they go inside, too!
With these tips, you’re well on your way to hosting a fun BBQ this summer! What are your favorite tips, tricks, and recipes? Share in the comments!
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.