Summer is just around the corner and the weather is warming up nicely. With summer so close, it may be time to start making some plans. Summer is the best time to have a backyard bar-be-que! And now is the time to start planning. A summer backyard BBQ can be a spontaneous event or it can be planned out weeks in advance.
Successful backyard BBQs have a few things in common, here are some basics that should be covered for any fun outside event you are planning on hosting this summer:
* Send Out Invites Well in Advance
If you are planning a big backyard party, then you might want to send out invites well in advance. A lot of your friends and family members will likely be making their own plans for summer, so you want to give everyone you know enough time to plan. Invites do not need to be fancy, a simple email or invitation on Facebook may be all you need. Sending invites out early will also give you time to follow-up and do a head count so that you know how many people are planning on coming.
* Food and Drinks
A backyard bar-be-que is a great time to try new recipes. When planning a menu, make sure that there is something for everyone. The kids may be fine with just hamburgers and hotdogs. Your friends may be itching for a steak and others may prefer kabobs. Aside from what will be grilled, consider snacks and side dishes as well. These can be simple and prepared in advance so that you can spend more time cooking and mingling outside. If there are a lot of people in attendance, then consider asking your closest friends to bring a dish to share, this will helpPlan for offering a variety of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic. The drinks should be handy so that your guests can hep themselves. Consider getting coolers for water bottles, beer, and sodas and placing them strategically for your guests.
If you have an outside stereo, then choose some cool tunes before the party and make sure that there is a good variety. Music will add a great flavor to a backyard party. If you don’t have an outdoor stereo, then consider getting a docking station for your iPod or borrowing one from a friend.
Games are a great way to bring people together! There’s nothing better than a little friendly competition between friends. Choose some games that would be fun to play outside, like cornhole or ladder toss. If you have a basketball court or tennis court, then make sure that equipment for the game is available before the party starts, so that you are not running around trying to find that tennis racket or basketball pump when the party is underway.
If you are opening up your pool to guests, then make sure there are pool games and toys. You should also have beach towels ready for your guests nearby. Also make sure that you have a designated adult to oversee the pool if there are children present.
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