The summer months are ideal for relaxing with friends and family outdoors, and hosting a barbecue party is a great seasonal idea that can bring everyone together for a good time. If you have never hosted a summer barbecue party, you may be wondering what it takes to pull off an exceptional event that everyone will love. While a barbecue party is usually a casual, laid back event, it does require proper planning. You can easily plan your summer BBQ party by walking through a few easy steps.
Choose the Ideal Location
One of the most important first steps to take when planning a summer BBQ is to choose the right location for your event. Many of these parties will take place in the host’s front or backyard, but you can also have your party at a local park or another outdoor venue. When you choose a location for your party, think about things such as weather conditions, exposure to sun and wind, the availability of shade, lighting, insects and more. You also need to think about seating options, grilling equipment, bathroom facilities and recreational opportunities at each location you are considering. Some venues are much more well-suited for a large get-together than others. If you plan to use a public space for your event, research the need to make a reservation to ensure you have the space you need for the event.
Plan the Menu
Your menu will play a major role in the success of your event as well as your budget. Some options, such as sausage wraps and hot dogs, are much more affordable than others. Burgers, steaks, chicken and brisket may be delicious, but they can be much more expensive. Remember that you need plenty of sides as well, such as coleslaw, potato salad, watermelon, chips and even a few dessert options. Sodas, water, juice and beer as well as paper plates, napkins and utensils may also be needed. If you want to keep your event costs low, you can ask each guest to bring an item or two to contribute to the party.
Think About the Ambiance
You should plan ahead to control the ambiance at your summer barbecue party. For example, if you are planning an afternoon event in an area that does not have extensive shade, you may need to rent or purchase a canopy and a few outdoor fans. On the other hand, if you plan to host your event at night, outdoor lighting may be needed. Mosquito and ant repellent, music and other elements should also be planned for to ensure the comfort of all of your guests.
Incorporate Fun and Games Into the Festivities
Music, food and drinks are necessary for a successful summer BBQ, but your guests can easily get bored if you do not plan a few fun activities to keep them engaged. Some great barbecue games are cornhole or a bean bag toss, horseshoes, frisbee, volleyball and more. Choose an ideal number of games or activities based on the number of guests in attendance.
A summer barbecue can be a memorable, fun event for all of your friends and family, but it does take properly planning to pull off the best event possible. By focusing your attention on these points, you can more easily plan a great event that everyone will love.
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