Planning an outdoor BBQ party can be notorious for becoming stressful as you can guarantee something will go wrong in the lead up to the big party.
To help you have your perfect outdoor BBQ, we have put together a checklist of things to remember before the big day.
First things first, plan your guest list. Don’t invite people you don’t really like or you will spend the night resenting them being there. Equally, try and avoid inviting couples that don’t get on. Invite who you want to invite and who you will have a good time with.
Plan the BBQ menu according to your guests. You may find you have to cater for vegetarians, vegans or even simple meat lovers. Once you get your guest list back you’ll have a rough idea of how much food you need to buy.
Always buy more food than you need. There is nothing worse than running out of food and leaving some poor guests hungry! Don’t forget if you don’t use it all you can freeze it, or even get the family to finish it off the next day. Food never goes to waste and you will find after a few bears someone is bound to get hungry!
Before you start to barbecue, ensure you have enough gas or charcoal on hand. I can’t begin to imagine how embarrassing it is running out of fuel for the BBQ mid-way through cooking!
Plastic cutlery is fantastic, as are paper plates. No one wants to spend their time going round the garden finding their best plates stashed in the flower beds. BBQ food is fine on paper plates and it all adds to taste!
Stock up on condiments; they’re perfect for finishing off BBQ food. If you’re anything like me you’ll love sauce smothered on your beef burgers!
If you’re planning on grilling vegetables on the day of the BBQ then it’s a good time to do it in the morning. Prepare them and then wrap them in foil. Remember that corn and potatoes should be on the grill about an hour before the meat.
If you’ve got young children coming to your BBQ then try and encourage them to play away from where the BBQ is by having an activity corner. As I am sure you are aware, children love running about in the garden and there would be nothing worse than accident finishing off your perfect BBQ.
Don’t forget to have any storage containers on hand for leftovers. There is no need to throw food away!
Before you use your BBQ ensure you have given it a good clean. There would be nothing worse than someone biting into a beef burger and being greeted by a beetle that was stuck to the grill! You can find plenty of top BBQ cleaning tips at Garden Gift Shop that will help you prepare it for use throughout the summer.