Now that summer is just around the corner, many of us are already looking forward to the longer days and the warmer weather. This can mean different things for every family – maybe you are planning a tropical getaway during the school vacation, or perhaps you can’t wait to get out into the local countryside on some family bike rides. But if there’s one thing most of us look forward to about the summer, it’s BBQs. Being able to entertain at home is convenient, relaxed and enables you to keep an eye on your kids! Plus it’s a great way to catch up with friends and neighbors you may not have seen in a while. Don’t hesitate in planning your perfect BBQ – pick a sunny weekend and get those invites out!
Plan the menu
As every novice chef will know, you thankfully don’t have to be a whizz in the kitchen to produce pretty good BBQ food. But that said, you still need to have some idea of what to cook, especially if you have a lot of people coming over. The problems can start, however, when you finally lift the dust sheet off your aging BBQ in the garage and find that it’s finally bitten the dust itself. Buying a brand new BBQ for one day only can end up being quite costly, so you may want to consider using home appliance rentals instead. This way, you can hire a BBQ that meets your exact needs, and your meat and vegetables will be perfectly charcoaled for your guests. Make sure you offer a range of vegetarian food as well as the usually chicken wings, sausages, and burgers. Halloumi works great on a BBQ, and you will probably find that even the die-hard meat eaters try their hand at it, too.
Have some entertainment on offer
For adults, BBQs are largely based around socializing, eating and drinking. If you have kids around, however, you will need to provide them with some form of entertainment to keep them occupied and out of your hair. Make the most of the good weather and get hold of a slip and slide – it’s perfect summer entertainment, and you might even get some of the adults having a go, as well! Other good BBQ entertainment options include hiring a bouncy castle, or even old-school ideas such as a treasure hunt.
Make your garden functional
It’s all well and good inviting your friends and family round for a BBQ in your backyard. But if that actually translates as ‘cooking food outside, but we eat it inside,’ it isn’t really much of a BBQ! Before you start sending out invites you need to make sure you have enough outdoor seating to accommodate everyone. If you don’t currently own enough, deckchairs and camping chairs are relatively inexpensive from most major retailers, and you could even ask guests to bring some of their own. Another factor to bear in mind is what to do if the weather does let you down at the last minute. Buy an awning or a marquee to put up in your garden in case the heavens do open. If everything stays dry, you could even still use it to provide some much-needed shade.