Saturday, June 19, 2010

Planning a Backyard Barbeque Party

Since 4th of July weekend is coming up, I thought this would be a good read.

If you regularly barbeque, you are not alone. Barbeque grilling is a popular American pastime, and while many individuals barbeque for their family, not everyone decides to host a backyard barbeque party.

If you like socializing and sharing good food with your friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors, you may want to, at least, think about planning a backyard barbeque party.

Backyard barbeque parties, like most other parties, require planning. While the planning associated with a backyard barbeque is not as large as most other parties, it is still important. Proper planning, including for a barbeque, will help to ensure that your party is the best that it can be. For that reason, you may want to start making party plans as soon as you make the decision to host a party.

Since backyard barbeque parties are centered on food, you will want to think about what to serve. To please all of your party guests, you will want to have a fairly large selection of meats. This will help you be sure that all of your party guests are able to eat what they like. In addition to meats, you may also want to think about side dishes. Popular barbeque party side dishes may include, but should not be limited to, tossed salads, macaroni salads, coleslaw, and fruit salads.

In addition to the foods you will serve, you may also want to plan how you will prepare those foods. Of course, the purpose of a barbeque party is to grill the foods then, but most of the side dishes will need to be prepared ahead of time. Plus you will need to prep your meats ahead of time; you may want to marinate. To ensure that your side dishes are prepared on time, you may want to start cooking them the day before your barbeque or earlier that morning. If you are having a large party, you will need to prepare a large amount of food. In this case it may be a good idea to have party guests bring a small side dish.

Aside from the main food served at your barbecue, you may also want to think about drinks and snacks. For a reasonable price, you should be able to purchase an amount of different snacks and drinks for your barbeque. Great snack ideas include crackers and cheese, cookies, chips, and pretzels. For drinks, you need to decide as to whether or not you want alcoholic beverages served at your party. Regardless of whether or not you choose to serve alcohol, you should be able to purchase your party drinks from most supermarkets.

While backyard barbeques center on food, additional activities may be a good idea. At most department stores, you should be able to find a number of affordable toys or backyard activities. Many individuals, especially teens or adult males, enjoy playing sports, so football, basketball or horseshoes may be great activities to add to your backyard barbeque. If children will be attending your party, you may want to have child friendly games on hand.

If you have a pool, it’s a good idea to incorporate a pool party into your backyard barbeque; however, it is optional. If you are planning on allowing your party guests to use your pool, you may want to think about establishing some rules. These rules should focus on pool safety and children in the pool. While establishing rules at your barbeque may seem like a bad idea, it is not, especially when it comes to pool safety.

Of course, you will also want to invite your guests to your party. This can be done with formal invitations, a quick phone call, or a quick email. In addition to informing guest of your impending barbeque party, a guest list may also help you prepare for the big day.

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Roxanna said...

Wow! I'm grateful I've decided to host a backyard barbecue party for my friends and family members. My husband, Gene, is going to celebrate his thirtieth birthday next week. Also, I'm so delighted when a close family friend gave Gene barbecues accessories as advance presents for his birthday. I'm sure I'm going to get good backyard barbeque reviews because of careful planning and the amazing barbecue accessories from a friend.

Thanks for sharing! I'm really inspired of this post.

mark lawrence said...

Great information on planning a backyard barbeque party and hope this info will help me in arranging a pool party. Already booked an exquisite venue New York and looking forward to arrange a lovely party. Hope to enjoy this party with friends.