Warm weather is approaching and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for a backyard BBQ party. Who doesn’t like spending time outdoors with the aroma of barbecued meat on the grill? However, you shouldn’t do your barbecue party alone. That’s why it’s a much better idea to host a BBQ party in your backyard and invite all your friends and family.
We’re here for you if you’ve ever considered throwing a BBQ party but have been too nervous to pull the trigger since you have no experience as a host. Use these fundamental and easy methods, and you will become the best host ever, and your party will be the talk of the town. In order to ensure hosting success, take a look at the tips below for throwing the perfect backyard BBQ party!
Stick to the basics
Keeping things laid-back is essential for a memorable BBQ. Be conservative with the menu and stick to the tried and tested dishes. Focus on excellence, not quantity.
Choose two meat-based dishes such as burgers, steaks, or sausages, and one simple vegetable dish. You can make it easy for yourself with roasted veggie skewers, for example. Set up condiments and a couple of salads, or stick with the barbeque staple, corn on the cob.
Prepare in advance
Your next barbeque may be spectacular with just a little bit of preparation. Get to the grocery store with a list in hand and a plan in mind. It makes a huge difference in how much fun everyone has at the barbecue.
When people arrive, have the grill ready to go with all the meat. In addition, all of the side dishes should be prepared ahead of time. You don’t want to be making burger patties and slicing vegetables when the visitors arrive.
Entertain your guests
It’s essential that you arrange for some kind of entertainment. The pool is always a good time, but if you don’t have one, just having some frisbees or a game of cornhole or Jenga will do the trick. Using a projector, a PVC structure, and a white sheet, you can create a backyard home theater.
If all your guests are 18+, you can band together and play casino games online. You can also use the projector you set up earlier and stream a live dealer game on a big screen!
Have enough seats for everyone
Make sure there is comfortable seating for everyone who will be there. At some point in the evening, everyone will want to sit down to eat, even if they would rather stand and enjoy the snacks, dance a bit, or play games beforehand. Backyard barbecues should never be spoiled due to a lack of comfortable seating.
Try to provide visitors with a variety of seating alternatives. Create a nice area for everyone to sit down and eat. Set out some out-of-the-ordinary seating options, like a bean bag or a weird stool. And lastly, make sure there are chairs available in the shade or indoors for those who want to take a break from the heat.
Try something new at the grill
Don’t serve boring old hamburgers and hotdogs to your visitors. They almost certainly ate the same item at a cookout the night before. Have some fun and try some new things by customizing your burger with a variety of toppings. Make sure that this tip is only for the experienced cooks. If you haven’t mastered the modest burger, don’t try to experiment with more advanced recipes, as you’d risk your guests going home hungry.
Make it a BBQ potluck
The best backyard barbecues start with everybody bringing something to the party. Requesting that guests bring their favorite appetizer or dessert can relieve some of the burden from your shoulders as the host.
Plus, guests love to put their own unique touch on the cuisine and want to help make the party a success. It’s also simpler to have a summer BBQ party if you don’t have to make a lot of different meals. Don’t feel that you must take on all of the responsibility just because you’re hosting.
Pay attention to safety
Make sure that your backyard is well-lit for when the sun goes down. No one should risk tripping while they carry plates of ribs back to their seats. The dining area should be illuminated with soft lighting, but make sure to increase the brightness of the main area.
Second, pay attention to the electrical cables. Extension cords and other wires can be dangerous if they are not properly secured. Drive wire half-circles into the ground to keep them in place. The cables may then be hidden with colorful tape or an outside rug or mat.
Finally, make sure the meat is at the right temperature before serving it to your guests, even if you’re an experienced grill master. Use a thermometer for chicken and cook beef to the level of doneness your guests desire.