Tips to Host an All-American Backyard BBQ

Nothing says summer like an all-American backyard barbeque. When the weather is warm and the days are longer, it’s a great time to bring the party outside. Whether you’re hosting a 4th of July party or just a get together with family and friends, these tips will ensure your BBQ is a complete success!

  • Form your plan. The first steps to take to host your event include picking a date, setting the guest list, planning the menu and making a shopping list. Keep the menu simple and classic with appetizers, grilled meats, salads (lettuce, potato, pasta and fruit), grilled veggies, and top it off with some delicious desserts.
  • Make it a pot-luck. Have your guests help you out with the menu by having each family bring one of your planned dishes to share. This will cut down your shopping list and keep you from getting burnt out on the cooking before anyone actually arrives.
  • Set the stage. Before anyone shows up, have your outdoor eating, seating, and buffet areas set up to accommodate the number of your attendees. Add additional lighting or candles to your backyard as needed. If you’re feeling extra festive or are hosting a themed BBQ, hang up a few decorations to add to the ambiance.
  • Stock your bar. Alcohol, like beer, wine, and hard liquor, and non-alcoholic drinks, like soda, juice, and sparkling water, are essentials for every bar. Keep the cooler stocked with a variety of options so your attendees stay happy with their thirst quenched. Make a large premixed punch or cocktail in a drink dispenser for those looking to grab and go. Don’t forget the ice!
  • Get competitive. Have several party games available to entertain your guests and keep the party going. Backyard volleyball, soccer, cornhole, bocce ball or even card games are solid options that everyone can participate in. If you want to encourage some fierce competition, offer a prize to the winner(s) of the game!