Backyard Barbeque Party Basics

When you think about summer, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  The beach, concerts or baseball?  We’ve only got one thing on our

minds and that’s barbeque parties! Are you preparing to host one? Find out what you need to do:

  • Think ahead for easier clean-up

You use nonstick cooking spray inside.  Why not bring it outside?  The nonstick spray works the same way on the grill as it does in your pots and pans.  So spray it on before firing up the grill and, again, after it has been turned off and had a chance to cool down.  After you spritz the second time, the cooking spray should push any excess particles to the bottom of the grill, which will then be burned off the next time you grill out.

  • Keep the drinks cold with ice balloons

Ice is usually used to keep the drinks cold.  While it does the trick, it can get messy, especially after it has had time to melt.  For a fun and colorful alternative, fill up balloons with water and freeze them.  After your cooler has been emptied, you can put your “ice balloons” back in the freezer for re-use or give the kids an opportunity for a water balloon fight.

  • Keep the food warm, but not burned

Depending on the number of people invited to your barbeque party, your grill may not be large enough to accommodate all of their wants and needs.  To keep everyone’s stomach satisfied, you’ll need to have a variety of choices.  But how do you grill everything without overcooking?  Place a small aluminum foil pan on the grill.  Once your brats and hotdogs have been grilled to perfection, stack them up in the pan.  Your food will stay warm without getting overcooked.

  • Have plenty of games available

A barbeque is a chance for people to meet new friends.  Games make excellent ice-breakers.  Make sure to have plenty of games on hand to keep everyone entertained.  Frisbee or beanbag toss make great choices for outdoor games.  Have them set out and ready to play.

  • Get creative with your party décor

Everyone wants their house to be looking its best when they have company, but you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on décor.  It’s likely you have decorations all over your home.  Are you a gardener?  Use different flower pots as a utensil holder.  Are you a jar collector?  Go find a few wildflowers and you’ll have a season-appropriate centerpiece.   Use your imagination and let your personality shine through!

These are just a few items we think are essential for a fun barbeque party.  What else do you think is important?

For more fun grilling and party planning ideas,

Check out our “Backyard Barbeque Party Basics” pinboard on Pinterest.

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