Last updated on July 3rd, 2021 at 12:15 am
What’s the best way to celebrate the beginning of summer? While there’s more than one way to answer this question, many of us would vouch for hosting a barbeque party with their loved ones. Just about everyone loves the sight of fresh produce and the aroma of chargrilled meat.
Add a few cool beverages, and you have the perfect summer celebration. But, if you’ve hosted barbeques in the past, you know that it’s easier said than done. Without the proper planning, you can end up spending your entire time cooking while your guests are left to entertain themselves.
The good news is that there are plenty of options when it comes to planning and preparing for your barbeque party. From local farmer’s markets selling luscious produce to dainty eateries offering cocktails to-go — depending on where you live, you’ll find all kinds of ways to host the summer barbeque party of your dreams.
We’ve curated a few tips to help you host a barbeque party that you’ll enjoy as much as your guests do. Let’s take a look.
An Easy Guide to Hosting a Barbeque Party This Summer
Pick the Right Date & Venue
The best part about the summer season is that you get months of bright and warm sunlight. That makes it the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. You also get plenty of opportunities to plan and enjoy barbeque parties with your friends and family. Having said that, you should check the weather forecast before you plan any outdoor event.
This is crucial because weather patterns have been becoming unpredictable due to global warming and climate change. Even if you’re living in a city that is warm most of the year, there there always the occasional spells of rain and thunderstorms.
So, make it a point to visit a reliable and accurate weather site to check the latest weather updates. You can get the most accurate forecast using a hyperlocal weather platform to check the forecast in your city or neighborhood.
For instance, if you’re living in Fort Collins, you just have to type “weather Fort Collins” to see the forecast for the upcoming week, watching out for any signs of inclement weather.
Once you’ve narrowed down a few dates, check with your guests to find out what suits them. Ideally, you should choose an afternoon on the weekend. Prepare personalized party invitations to send out three weeks before the event. This way, guests have ample time to respond and prepare for the party.
Next, it’s time to find the perfect venue for your barbeque party. Almost anywhere where you live, you’re likely to find plenty of parks and picnic spots to host a gathering.
Be aware that these spaces tend to get crowded during the weekends and public holidays. If you want to host a more intimate gathering, it’s wiser to organize the party in your backyard. All you need is some cozy patio furniture and string lights to transform your backyard into the ultimate party venue.
Plan & Prep
Planning and prepping is the key to enjoying a stress-free barbeque party. Start by planning the menu and listing all the supplies you’re going to need. Make sure you don’t go overboard and add too many elaborate dishes to the menu. Stick to universal favorites, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and steaks.
If you’re in the mood to flaunt your culinary skills, try your hands at making some smoked pork or brisket. As for the sides, grilled veggie skewers and potato salad would work just fine. You could also ask your guests to bring their favorite side dishes for everyone to enjoy.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to curate a lip-smacking yet effortless snack menu. You could whip up a delicious fresh salsa and throw some chips on the side. Or you could go for other bite-sized appetizers, such as deviled eggs, chicken wings, or spring rolls.
It’s a good idea to complete most of your prep before the party starts. As a ground rule, make sure everything is ready to hit the grill before your guests arrive. Chop the veggies, arrange the appetizers, slice the buns, and shape the burger patties in advance.
Don’t Forget the Beverages
What’s a summer barbeque party without some refreshing cold beverages? The ideal drink for your party would be some chilled craft beer from a local brewery. To make things fancier, you could order some cocktails to-go from a restaurant or pub in your neighborhood.
Once your refrigerator is stocked with plenty of cool beverages, you might want to take things up a notch. You could create a DIY cocktail station, or fill a large pitcher with some homemade sangria. Don’t forget to include some non-alcoholic beverages too.
Hosting a barbeque party is the quintessential way to celebrate the warm summer days with your loved ones. The best part is that you don’t even have to look for a fancy venue to host your party. Just invite your friends to your backyard, throw some veggies and burger patties on the grill, and get craft beer from the favorite brewery in your neighborhood–and enjoy!
Do you have any more tips for hosting the perfect summer barbeque? Leave a comment below.
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