Turn on your BBQ pit and greet the summer. Barbecue parties are bright, fun, and refreshing simply because they are outdoors and are for everyone. Here are some BBQ party ideas that will help you plan your party best! Organize your party using the Pro Planner App so you don’t miss anything – whether it’s on the menu, the guest list, or entertainment.
- The Menu: The BBQ hot dogs or burgers aren’t enough. Get creative with your menu. It’s summer so food that cools off the heat are the best. Watermelon juice loaded with mint and lemonades with cucumber slices are favorite, healthy, and easy beverages to prepare. You can also make fruit skewers, cold pasta salad, and vegetable sticks with dips. These can be prepared ahead of time, cling-wrapped, refrigerated, and served along with your meaty palette. You can also add an assortment of vegetables to your grill for a variety – baby carrots, onions, tomatoes, corn on the cobs, red/yellow/green bell peppers, and so on.
2. The Theme: You can either throw a casual, roughly planned BBQ party or spice it up with a theme. That doesn’t mean you have to splurge on theme decorations like you do for a birthday party. Let’s say you select Hawaiian theme BBQ party – the theme is all about blending bright colors. You can buy a few Luau garlands from Dollar Tree for the kids, serve fruit punch, buy bright color table covers, paper plates, glasses, and cutlery, and include tropical fruits like pineapples and mangoes on your fruit skewers.
3. Entertainment: What are your guests going to do while you are barbecuing? You should plan some type of fun activity, especially for the kids. There can be games like volleyball, frisbee, or badminton, which are common in BBQ parties. But if your backyard doesn’t have that kind of space, you can choose less sporting activities like karaoke, dancing (play your party playlist and just watch everyone’s moves!), and pinata, waddle pools, or bubbles for the kids. Make sure your guests have more to do than just socialize and eat.
4. Invitations: You can either keep your invitation simple – with a picture or two – or design it to suit your theme. Mention in your invite if the BBQ party is just a summer weekend gathering or if you are celebrating a holiday (July 4th BBQ parties are quite famous). If the party is by a pool, don’t forget to ask your guests to get their own towels, sunscreens, swimsuits, and a change of clothes.
5. Weather Forecast: An extremely important factor that people miss is to check the weather forecast before deciding the date. Everyone is prepared for summer heat but not for the hottest day. Choose a weekend that is possibly a little cloudy and windy. To play safe, you can host the party post-afternoon since the heat dies down towards the evening. If you think all the weekends are going to be just as hot, you can invest in patio umbrellas. Spread out blankets under them to seat your guests.