From chargrilled food to backyard games—barbecues are the epitome of summer living. Regardless of your party hosting style, throwing a barbecue doesn’t have to be challenging. In fact, you should have as much fun planning one as you would attending one!
Use these tips to help you host a barbecue that will be the talk of the summer for both your friends and family.
Do a potluck-style menu
Chances are that your friends and family will ask you what they can bring. Instead of brushing them off and trying to tackle everything yourself, see if they can bring a side. This way you’ll only have to worry about cooking the main course and dessert. Besides, your guests will love having various yummy side dishes to try.
Set the mood with summer jams
Certain songs just scream, “summer!” and will help to keep your guests in a good mood all afternoon. In fact, there are playlists that are designed specifically for summer barbecues. Just try to be mindful of your guests, and keep it appropriate. As long as the songs makes your guests smile and dance, you can rest assured that you’re playing the right type of music.
Break out yard games
As fun as eating is, your party will have to include other activities. Yard games are perfect for all age groups. Backyard activities like horseshoes, corn hole, and Jumbo Jenga® will be a hit for both adults and kids. Not only will fun games entice your guests to stay longer, they’re a great way to get people to mingle.
Keep the decorations simple
It’s not necessary to overdo it with the decorations at a barbecue. Keep it simple with colorful tablecloths and coordinating place settings. If you want to take it a step further, consider stringing a few sets of lights around the trees and setting out Mason jars with tea lights and fresh flowers.
Incorporate a delicious dessert
Regardless of the menu, dessert is always a crowd-pleaser. However, it doesn’t have to be fancy. Since you’ll already have the grill out, consider using it to make dessert, too. Various fruits like peaches, cantaloupe, and watermelon can be grilled to create a delicious treat. Top the fruit with honey, cinnamon, and a dollop of ice cream.
This summer, get creative and throw a laid-back barbecue that is sure to impress your guests.