Having a backyard BBQ party is one of the must-do activities in summer. However, there are many elements contributing to a successful party, and unfortunately, not many people are aware of them.
How do you have a successful backyard BBQ party? The answer is below!
Steps you must follow
- Set up time and location
- Invite the guests
- Choose food and drink
- Other elements to consider
Planning for the BBQ party
If you want to have a successful BBQ party, you need to plan it carefully. A tiny detail could ruin the whole night! Here are a few things you have to keep in mind.
The date and location
First things first, think about when and where you will host your party. If it is a backyard party, make sure that you have enough space for everyone to move around. If you live in an apartment in a big city like Pittsburgh, you might need to find some more space to host all of your friends. Also, one drawback for outdoor parties is the unpredictable weather.
Taking the weather into account will allow you to think of a back-up plan, thus being more flexible when things don’t turn out as you wish.
When do you want to throw a backyard BBQ party? Monday is a bad idea since most people don’t have time to drop by (and you don’t have time to prepare either!). The best days are from Friday to Sunday since people have more free time at the weekend.
Consider starting in late afternoon/ evening from 5 pm to 9 pm. You can also do it during the day from 12 to 4 am. Be flexible when it comes to time and date because not everyone can show up. You might have to adjust it a bit (starting from 6 or 7 pm) so that your mates can join.
Inviting the guests
Next step is to see who will come. How big the BBQ party you want to have? Will it be a big shindig with lots of friends and family members? Or would you prefer a small get-together with only close friends?
The later seems to be a better choice if you don’t have enough time to prepare food and drink. For small parties, you can even ask your friends to bring their own drinks and some snacks to share.
After spreading out the words, make sure that you follow up with your guests. They might be too busy and forget your backyard party. Communicate with them from time to time to make sure they will show up at your door. Plus, you need a solid number of guests to plan the right amount of food and beverage.
Choosing food and drinks
After all the hustle with time and location, it’s time to think of what you will serve at your party. For those who want a small get-together, keep things as simple as possible. Even if you want to throw a big backyard BBQ party, you don’t have to be lavish either.
As for grilled food, the key is to stick with the basics. Chicken skewers, hot dog, steak, hamburgers, and vegetables are the most popular choices. For each guest, make sure they have at least 2 or 3 grilled items.
You can also plant the food according to the crowd. If there are no children, just a buy a small package of sausage just in case. Figure out what your guests might like more, red meat or vegetables.
When it comes to drinks, keep your list simple. You can ask your friends to bring their favorite bottle of wine. You should prepare a few beers, soda, sparkling water, and wine too.
Last but not least, don’t forget the appetizers, side dishes, and desserts. If there are children, chips and dip seem to be a good choice. Otherwise, mixed salad doesn’t sound bad. For desserts, try watermelon and other fruits. They will help to wash away the grease of grilled food.
Which grill should I choose?
The most well-rounded choice for either small or big parties is a gas grill! The quickfire from the grill will make sure everybody is well fed, and nobody has to wait for their food. Gas grills are perfect for hamburgers, veggies, and sausages.
Plus, the preparation and cleanup are just simple, allowing you to rest after all the hustle.
Some people complain that gas grills are expensive, but it isn’t necessarily true. Take a look at this list for some inspirations.
Other things to remember
What else do you have to keep in mind? The setting for your party. Does your backyard look nice and cozy? Will you need a few bulbs for the evening party? How about flowers and some light decorations? Think about that too!
What’s more, make sure that you prepare enough utensils and plates for everyone. If the party is huge, arrange plates, forks, spoons, knives together next to the food table.
Also, don’t forget the cups. You should have 6 to 8 oz cups to hold most of the drinks. Consider using paper cups if you don’t want to clean up afterward, but also think about the waste too.
Music is often underestimated, but it is an essential element for the party. You may have to spend a few hours looking for the right music for your party.
If you want a cozy evening party, think of lo-fi, ambient or folk music. In case you want a vibrant atmosphere, consider EDM or pop music. Think of your guests when you choose the music!
How do you have a successful backyard BBQ party? It requires thorough planning and careful selecting. Even if you plan to host a simple, friendly grill party with friends, don’t be too casual. Good food, drink, and vibe are what constitutes a successful party.
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