How To Plan A Great Barbeque Party

by admin on October 10, 2013 · 13 comments

Warm weather and a taste for grilled fare are often the perfect excuses to host a barbecue party in your backyard. However, sunny climate and a craving for your favorite barbecue dishes aren’t the only elements you need to make your gathering a success. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your barbecue-themed celebration.

Put Together a Great Guest List

Like most people, you probably have friends who don’t know one another but would likely get along well. Make a barbecue party guest list that is comprised of people who are good friends with one another, along with individuals who will one day become great friends because they met at your barbecue party. In addition to the delicious food you’ll serve, you want to create a social experience for your friends that they’ll remember for years to come.

Plan Kid-Friendly Activities

Preparing for children to be at your barbecue party means more than simply putting some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, as these are usually kid favorites. The party should be fun for the children who attend as well, so plan activities that your young guests will love, like a potato sack race or a flag football game. You can also set up a table with craft activities like finger painting or bracelet making. These activities will ensure that kids will also enjoy their time at the barbecue.

BBQ Party

As a party host, it’s up to you to make sure everyone has a great time – this includes the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a Signature Cocktail

It’s fine (and probably best) to have classic drinks on hand, like the beer your family members prefer or the white wine that goes great with your barbecue chicken. However, you can make your barbecue get-together more exciting by creating a signature cocktail that will impress all your guests. Take a look at your barbecue menu for some inspiration. If the seasonings and flavor accents you’re using have a tropical taste to them, create a cocktail made of ingredients like pineapple, ginger or coconut syrup. To emphasize the Southern flavor of your barbecue fare, make a cocktail using flavors like peach or mint.

A signature cocktail immediately adds an air of sophistication to your party without making the gathering too pretentious. And your guests are sure to ask for your recipe before the barbecue is over. Be sure to make a non-alcoholic version of the cocktail as well for guests who don’t drink and children to enjoy as well.

Make at Least One New Dish

If you’re known for making delicious beef ribs or a tasty grilled salmon, keep these items on the menu, after all, your friends and loved ones will likely be expecting them. However, make the gathering more exciting by adding at least one new dish to the menu.

For instance, marinate some tofu in fresh herbs, olive oil and soy sauce the night before and add it to the grilled entrees for vegetarian guests after topping it with a white pepper barbecue sauce. Or, include a grilled dessert on the menu like fruit pizza or grilled pound cake topped with smoked fruit such as plums or papaya. The more creative you are with your barbecued dishes, the more memorable your party will be.

Prepare a variety of foods that your guests will be curious to try.

Prepare a variety of foods that your guests will be curious to try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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