Hosting a barbecue is a great way to entertain. Keep the prep hassle-free by renting equipment you may not have from an event rental company and keeping the menu simple.
How to Host a Great Barbecue
Hosting an outdoor barbecue can be a great way to celebrate the season and get together with family and friends. Don’t own a grill or all the necessary equipment to put this kind of a bash together? Don’t worry. An event rental company can provide you with everything you need from grills and rotisseries to tents that can shield your guests from inclement weather or harsh sunlight. Here are some tips for organizing a successful barbecue.
Keep the Food Simple
If you plan to do your own grilling, keep the food simple or else you won’t end up having any time to hang out with your guests. Make dishes like coleslaw and potato salad in advance. On the day of the event itself, stick to simple classic fare like hamburgers, hot dogs and fresh corn on the cob. You can do a lot with hamburgers, particularly if you vary ground beef with other meats like ground pork or ground turkey. Remember, it’s the condiments that make the burger, so try to have old favorites like sliced tomatoes and onions on hand as well as some new tastes like grilled Portobello mushrooms or fresh avocado.
There’s no reason why an afternoon barbecue can’t spill over into the evening if the company is good and you have proper lighting on hand. Strings of retro Christmas lights attached to lawn stakes can be a good way of defining the perimeter of the party area. Rustic outdoor torches are also an attractive touch while outdoor citronella candles not only look attractive, they’ll also help keep mosquitoes at bay.
Games are always an entertaining part of any barbecue particularly if many of your guests are meeting each other for the first time. Badminton and horseshoes are great icebreakers, but if you’re looking for a game that’s really unique, try setting up your own bocce ball court. Remember that’s it’s the atmosphere as well as the food that makes a party memorable, so don’t allow yourself to get so frazzled that you can’t greet your guests with a smile.