Spending time with friends, family, and other loved ones is one of life’s greatest pleasures. We all work hard each week and attend to myriad other responsibilities. That’s why sharing some food, drink, and laughter with your nearest and dearest is all the more special.
And one way to truly enjoy the company of your close friends and family is by hosting a backyard BBQ. Nothing beats firing up the grill, cooking some succulent cuts of meat (and some veg options for the herbivores), and sitting back to enjoy the meal and conversation.
However, what if you’re a touch stumped about how to go about hosting your next backyard cookout? Perhaps it’s been a quick minute since you last hosted. Well, fear not, because, in this helpful article, we’ll share some top tips for hosting your next big shindig. Read on to discover them.
Have Multiple Grilling Stations
You may want to consider a portable BBQ alongside your main grill. There are a few reasons for this. For one, you might have to cater to vegetarians or vegans. Having a separate grill can mean that you can cook the plant-based options separately without worrying about cross-contamination of the food with meat juice and residue. Your plant-eating friends and family will definitely appreciate this.
Another reason is you may have too much food to cook for your main BBQ. You could utilize the separate, portable grill to ensure that you can cook enough food to feed everyone.
Check Your Gas Bottles And BBQs
The last thing you want to occur on the big night is to find out your gas bottles are empty and have to rush off to swap them out. Check your gas levels a few days before the big event – you can usually tell if it’s empty by the weight of the cylinder.
Use this opportunity to test your gas lines for leaks. You can do this by wetting a sponge in a mixture of water and dish detergent. Wipe the mixture on the gas line and around the fittings, both on the BBQ and the gas bottle. If you see big bubbles emerge, you have a leak and need to replace your gas line or fittings. You can find these at most hardware stores.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
When it comes to your menu, try introducing some variety to spice things up. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with some sausages and salad, but why not try a few different cuts of meat? You could grill some steaks, chops, prawns, and even marinated chicken wings or thighs. Mix up a few different salads for the sides – a standard garden salad with a warm couscous and cherry tomato salad is a great idea.
For your vegetarians and vegan guests, you can try out a few different faux-meat items, as well as some old favorites such as grilled corn or veggie patties.
Provide A Range Of Beverages
You’ll also want to provide a decent range of cold drinks for people to enjoy during your event. You should always have some staples such as beer and wine, but you could also be a touch fancier and provide some hard seltzers, cocktails, cider, or mulled wine if hosting an event in winter.
Don’t forget to cater to the designated drivers or alcohol-free folks. There is an increasingly refreshing range of alcohol-free drinks emerging onto the market at the moment. Don’t forget the old staples such as lemonade, squash, and ginger beer.
Pump The Tunes
Nothing makes a party happen more than a great playlist. Even if it’s just background noise, some music to accompany your event is a brilliant idea. You could consider installing some permanent outdoor speakers that link to your home sound system if you have the budget. This is particularly beneficial if you are consistently hosting events – it will be worth the investment.
If you are on a tighter budget, you can use a portable Bluetooth speaker, which won’t break the bank and can provide the same level of ambiance.
While we’re on the topic of ambiance…
Light the Party
Another excellent way to add a touch of ambiance and class to your outdoor BBQ event is by installing fairy and festoon lights in your backyard. You can string these lights from tree branch to branch and from your fence to other anchor points in your yard.
These warm lights will provide an almost otherworldly atmosphere, enchanting your guests and setting a lovely mood for the evening.
We’ve shared our top tips for hosting your next backyard BBQ in this helpful article. Follow these, and you’ll be the host with the most – and your friends and family will be itching to attend your next event. Don’t forget to check your gas cylinders and test them for leaks – safety first.