Barbecues are popular for events such as the 4th of July, summer birthday or anniversary parties or just for a get together of family and friends.
Planning the “perfect” BBQ party is not difficult, as long as you follow a few simple steps.
Obviously no barbecue would be complete without guests! Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues. Get your list together early and check with a few people on potential dates to make sure that they are able to attend before setting the final date.
Buy and send your party invites out early enough so that your guests won’t be as likely to be busy on that day.
Have backup plan just in case rain or severe weather arrives before or during the party. Having plans for quickly bringing in the food in case a rain storm pops up is important.
Check your grill and accessories and make sure they are in working order! A last minute malfunction is a disaster!
It is a good idea to have several choices of food at any party. Make a list of food that you like to grill plus easy to prepare and serve foods to complement them.
Serve a one or two main meats that you enjoy grilling. If children are going to be in attendance you should consider child friendly foods such as hamburgers and hot dogs.
After choosing on your meat, decide what type of sides dished you will serve. If you want a completely traditional barbecue, you may want to stick with traditional such as, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw and fruit salad. Of course for a celebration there should be dessert! The traditional condiment bar should include catsup, pickles, relish, and onions for your burgers and hot dogs. These foods are typically severed at barbecues because they are easy to prepare and store. You may want to cook other items, but any barbecue is complete with just the items listed above.
Depending on the theme of your party, you may or may not want to purchase decorations. Festive decorations can be found at any local party store or online. I always feel there is more variety and a greater selection online unless you have a huge party store near you. Also ordering online saves time and quite often money. Buying general decorations that can be stored and reused at a different times, such as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches saves money and time. Then fill in with holiday or even appropriate decorations..
The day before you party thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Soak in the marinate until it is time for it to go on the grill. Prepare any side dishes that you can ahead of time.
The day of the party, get up early and start preparing for it. You do not want your guest arriving while you are still cooking or hanging decorations!Make sure the grill is already going by time the guests get arrive so there are no last minute surprises.
And last of all, know that because you prepared ahead of time you can enjoy your own party!
Here are a few BBQ accessories that might make your grilling easier
Wireless Remote Digital Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe4-Piece Heavy Duty Stainless Steel BBQ Tool SetSet of 5, Non-Stick Reusable BBQ Grill & Baking MatsVegetable Grill Basket and Wok Topper. Use as a Pan or SmokerInsulated Grilling and Kitchen Gloves
Here are a few timeless decorations and accessories for an outdoor party
4 Pack LED Solar Garden Path Light with Realistic Dancing Flames and Auto On/Off Dusk to Dawn10×10 Ft Pop Up Canopy Tent For Outdoor Party100 LED Outdoor Globe String Lights, 8 Dimmable Lighting Modes with Remote & TimerOutdoor Garden Oil Lamp Lanterns with Decorative Stainless Steel Canister and Stand Stake – 45 Inches Tall3 pack Rectangular Fitted Plastic Table Covers, 6′ x 30. Red, White and Blue