Barbecues are an ideal way to spend time with your family and friends—there’s nothing quite like being outside and breathing in the fresh air, and when you add good food and company to the mix, you get a lovely event that should be memorable for positive reasons.
Of course, to ensure it is memorable, you’ll want to put a few measures in place to ensure your family barbecue is a good one. With that in mind, here are some points to think about before you get started so you can make everyone comfortable—and enjoy the event yourself as well.
Prepare For The Weather
Most of the time you can be pretty sure what the weather’s going to do when it comes to the date you’ve planned for your barbecue, but that doesn’t mean you’ll know one hundred percent what to expect; and it doesn’t take into account the fact that weather can change quickly (no matter what the forecast might have said).
That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare for the weather, and have some contingency plans in place, just in case it starts to rain or it gets much colder than you were expecting. One idea is to buy or hire a gazebo or canopy. These are great because they offer the perfect shelter to your guests, as well as keeping the barbecue itself nice and dry so you can keep cooking.
Another good idea is a portable heating source. That way, if the sun disappears and it starts to get cold, a good outdoor heater means you can keep your guests warm—plus people will stay for longer into the evening if the backyard stays warm.
Have A Good Menu
When you think of a barbecue, you’ll probably think of burgers, hot dogs, and side dishes such as coleslaw and salad; but why not change it up a bit and think of some different foods to grill outside? This will be a lot more interesting to cook and to eat, and you can surprise your guests with some new and exciting dishes on the menu.
You can still have the usual barbecue staples, but why not add some new menu items such as grilled vegetables, homemade baked beans, a cheese platter, finger foods, and so on. If you look online, you’ll find a plethora of different recipes for delicious barbecue food, and it’s a great opportunity to try new foods, which is always exciting.
Create A Welcoming Atmosphere
You’re inviting people over to your home, so it’s a good idea to make the place as welcoming as possible to ensure people feel comfortable, have a good time, and want to stay. One way in which you can create a welcoming atmosphere is to make a great playlist—music always relaxes people and it can even be a great talking point for them.
You can also have some games and other activities to enjoy. People will be mingling and chatting, but that doesn’t mean they won’t want to play fun games in the backyard. Some great ideas include silly games like pin the tail on the donkey or hide and seek—let people feel like children again and they’ll appreciate the opportunity.