Now that the world has started reopening and we can finally resume social activities safely, a backyard BBQ has never sounded better. Hanging out in a relaxed environment, surrounded by friends and family, and good food is always a welcome idea so if you’re up for putting one together, why not, right?! While a backyard BBQ sounds super chill and easy, there are a few things to have on hand to ensure that everything runs as smooth as silk.
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Here’s everything to know if you want to host a memorable backyard BBQ this summer!
Prep And Buy Extra Food
The thing with casual gatherings, like BBQs, is that people often just pop in and show up unannounced. While it’s annoying when folks ignore an RSVP or text confirmations, be an easy-going host and simply throw a few more burgers or dogs on the grill and enjoy the extra company.
Don’t Forget The Ice
Funny how the thing people want the most, is the thing that’s often left until the last minute. Nobody wants a room-temp bevvy at a backyard BBQ. Not only should you have the ice in the freezer before guests arrive, but like the food, always snag more than you think you’ll need.
Be Mindful Of Dietary Restrictions
This goes without saying but it’s crucial to be mindful of any allergies or dietary restrictions your guests may have. If you’re not sure who has an aversion to what, cover your bases and have a few plant-based patties on hand as well as vegan cheeses and gluten-free buns. That way, everyone’s happy!
A Little BBQ Decor Goes A Long Way
Now I’m not suggesting you make this backyard BBQ into a theme party — love boat, anyone — but some twinkle lights, plants, flowers, or even art can make all the difference. If there’s an occasion you’re celebrating like a birthday or anniversary, some metallic balloon letters will make for a super fun and on-trend photo op!
Include A Small Send-Off
Even though loot bags were always a childhood party thing, there’s something to be said about little take-homes for grown-up gatherings like BBQs. Something small like a sweet treat or memento from the evening will definitely be appreciated. Better yet, include a hand-written notecard inviting your guests back for dinner.
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