Parties are a way of having a get together with families, friends or colleagues. Pubs, house parties, barbecue parties, night outs, are a few on top of my mind when I think of getting together with people. Barbecue parties will always hold a special place in my memories. You get to cook while you enjoy the conversations with people all around you, if it is an open terrace enjoy the view as well.
If you are planning a barbecue party, below are a few things that could help you plan a perfect barbecue party.
- Where is the party? It could be your backyard, front yard, picnic ground or the terrace with a view of the roads, buildings or the lake in the surrounding. You obviously need an open space for the barbecue party. You can also bring your own small grill to the park, beach, or lawn of your building or park. A small barbecue on a crowded apartment terrace is just as much fun as a big one in the backyard! Are you worried about rain? No problem! Just grill and have everyone eat inside. It will still be fun, festive, and delicious! The smoke from the barbecue grill will need ample space to get out. Make sure to watch out for birds and animals swooping in from out of nowhere. Keep a bucket of water at a reachable distance from the grill (fire extinguisher is not a bad idea either) for safety reason.
- Prepare your shopping list – First things first, make a list of things you want to buy to prepare for the barbecue.
- Coal (buying extra won’t hurt)
- Meat and veggies to grill
- Sauce and salsas
- Alcohol – beers, wines, breezers, etc
- Don’t Forget the Ice
- Napkins, paper plates, cups, and cutlery
- Prepare your invite list – Decide on the Guest List. Make a list of people you want to invite to the party. The who’s who of the family, friends or colleagues, send them an invite with the details of the venue, if your invitee need to bring something (if it’s a potluck or if you forgot to shop for necessary things), if it’s a themed party, etc. Make sure that you communicate with your guests to make sure that they are coming! This cannot be overstated when it comes to larger barbecues. Guests may say that they’re coming, but then they fail to show up (or they do not respond at all to your initial invitation). A little extra work on your part (e.g., a text a couple of hours before the party if it’s small or an email to everyone the day before if it’s a larger barbecue) helps greatly.
- What are you going to barbecue? The meat and veggie skewers should, hopefully, be the only things that need to be cooked. Pick any kind of meat and make sure it doesn’t have bones. For veggies – pick mushrooms, baby corn, bell pepper, tomatoes, potatoes, etc. As always, adjust according to your guests. If you have more of vegetarians coming, focus on veggies more. As for appetizers, some chips and a veggie platter are usually good places to start.
- What drinks to prepare? Soda, wine, and beer should cover the drinks. Just for the sake of it, bring in fruit juice for back up. In case you have kids over at the barbecue, they’ll need something to drink as well or there might be someone in the group who doesn’t drink alcohol.
- What music are you going to play? Set the mood with your music. Make a playlist and always ensure to check the total length of the music so it lasts the entire barbecue time and will keep your party guests in a great mood all afternoon and evening long. As long as the music makes you smile and dance, it should do the trick. You might use a Bluetooth speaker or another type of audio setup.
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