Summer is here, and it’s time to fire up the grill. Hosting a summer barbecue is one of the best parts about this season because it gives you a low-maintenance way to eat great food and spend quality time with family and friends. So, send out the party invitations and get your yard ready for a good time with these four tips.
1. Serve great food
OK, this one goes without saying – the whole point of a barbecue is to have delicious food off the grill. While your typical hot dogs, burgers, brats and ribs can serve as your main course, it’s important to think about what awesome side dishes you’ll deliver at your summer barbecue. Some of the classics include biscuits, baked beans, coleslaw, collard greens, potato salad, corn on the cob and mac and cheese.
If you’re inviting all your family and friends, consider hosting a potluck-style dinner, suggests Reader’s Digest. You can provide the buns and burgers, and encourage guests to bring sides, desserts and drinks.
2. Crank the AC
Your grill is set up outside, so your guests will more than likely spend most of their time outdoors in your backyard. However, with the summer weather being so unpredictable, you may experience anything from a serious heat wave to a torrential downpour. Make sure you have room to host guests inside your home, and turn up the air conditioning. Not only is this setup convenient, but it’s also a necessary safety measure. Kids and seniors are especially prone to suffering heat-related illnesses in the summer, so providing a cool environment is crucial to keeping everyone happy and healthy.
3. Set up age-friendly games
Since you may have anyone from little kids to seniors at your barbecue, it’s important to set up activities that everyone can join. Games like basketball and football may be fun for agile adults and older kids, but they’re a bit too rough and tough for little ones. Instead, consider organizing no-contact sports like badminton or corn hole. Everyone can participate without worrying about getting hurt or feeling left out.
4. Make cleanup easy
You don’t want to spend the whole barbecue cleaning up after guests, so employ a few tidying-up tricks to get the job done easier. Post plenty of garbage cans around your lawn so guests get the message to throw out plates, napkins and cups when they’re finished. Additionally, disposable tablecloths will make cleanup extremely easy. Even if the guests spill their soda or you find leftover mac and cheese on the table, you can just bundle it up in the tablecloth and throw it all away.
Use these party tips to ensure your barbecue is fun for everyone, including you!