Whether you are planning a small BBQ party in your backyard or an al fresco dining, these simple prep tips can help you avoid the last minute hiccups. From the food to the drinks and the games, make sure you have a checklist that comes in handy while preparing for your barbecue party outside of the kitchen.
Use Apps to calculate the amount of food and the budget
Some amazing party organizing apps such as BBQ Planner, WagJAg, and The Pit Pall help you decide the amount of food required for grilling, the number of pounds of meat needed per person, and how much would the party cost. This way you can delight your guests with a sumptuous meal while staying within the budget.
Keep the Menu Simple and Yet Classy
Decide in advance whether you are going to have hotdogs, beef briskets, steaks, ribs, or hamburgers. Add an element of surprise by skipping some items from the traditional barbeque menu and opting for some unique items such as grilled lamb kofta, Tahini Sauce, and Spring Chickpea salad to wow your guests.
Also, it is a good idea to keep things simple while planning the menu. Ensure that only two dishes require elaborate preparations so that you get to spend some time with your guests. The rest of the dishes such as salads and desserts can be made beforehand or bought from the store (in case you feel exhausted with all the preparations!)
Once you zero in on your favorite meats and marinades, add them to the shopping list. Remember to make a detailed list of ingredients for every dish and cocktail, and double-check before shopping so that you don’t miss out on anything.
Go for a Self-Serve Drink Station
If you prefer socializing with your guests rather than standing behind the counter, make sure that you have a self-serve drink station. From cocktails to iced tea coolers, ensure that everything is put in pitchers so that your guests can serve easy. Go for plastic or Mason jar glasses with handles, but make sure that they are not heavy. Also, keep a cooler for ice and a bottle opener handy before serving.
Make Sure there is Enough Seating
Keep enough outdoor chairs and patio seating ready so that everyone finds a place to sit and enjoy your lovely BBQ party. Have a couple of tables or stands near the seating area so that everything your guests need is right across the table. Also, it is good to keep a space inside the house ready just in case the weather plays spoilsport.
Dress Up the Décor
Use a bright tablecloth and put some vibrant flowers to brighten up the surroundings. Add some banners, fabrics, or other casual décor to make the place look beautiful. Keep some extra lighting such as candles and lanterns as your guests might want to stick around till the evening.
Don’t Forget the Games
Fun games are a great way to bring everyone together and keep the party going. Whether you are planning to play Yard Yahtzee, Giant Jenga, or a potato sack race make sure that there is something for all the ages. While the kids would prefer hopping around, some people might prefer light games on full bellies.
Keep the Grill and Table Items Ready
All said and done, check your BBQ in advance and ensure that it is clean and ready for the big day before you take it out of the kitchen. Gather all your grilling equipment such as spatulas, forks tongs, and oven mitts. Don’t miss out on serving platters, plates, bowls, cups, toothpicks, table cloth, napkins, and a cutting board. Also, make sure you have adequate fuel to get the party going.
So gear up to have some fun at your BBQ party with scrumptious food, lovely drinks, and breezy outdoor games!