We all need a break from time to time to escape the hustle of daily life. With great food, good company, and a nice setting, you are set to have one memorable night. If you are planning on inviting friends and/or family for a barbecue night in your yard, this blog is just the right one for you. We will help you and give you the best tips for planning the best festive barbecue party your friends and family have ever attended. Get your notebook and pen ready and let’s get into the details that will make your night one to talk about for quite some time.
Maybe one of the most important aspect of your barbecue night is the food you will be serving your guests. Having a predetermined menu for your night is crucial for your preparations. Don’t let the feeling of wanting to please your guests get the best of you. One misconception that people often believe when it comes to food at a gathering is “the more the merrier”. We advise you to keep your menu as simple as possible, concise yet diverse. Try to think of appetizers and snacks that won’t require you to cook them when the guests have already arrived. Have some of the food on the menu already prepared to have the opportunity to be able to socialize more with your guests. As an entrance, you can think of a salad, or pasta that you would have prepared beforehand.
Set around the yard drink stations of water, soda, and iced tea to keep your guest fresh. Also, set the table with all plates, cups, and cutleries that you will need beforehand to be able to have a nice conversation when your guests arrive. Finally, when it is time to eat, ask your guests if they would like to be the ones doing their steaks or chicken the way they want it. This creates a fun atmosphere where everyone gets the chance to be responsible of the grill. Then, food can be served buffet style, which makes the queue and process the easiest.
For the best outdoor barbecue, it is important to set a nice atmosphere for your night. Try to think about the vibes you want your guests to feel when attending your barbecue and plan accordingly. When organizing space, try to disperse the appetizers and the different types of drinks around the yard. In this fashion, you will have people moving around and occupying the entire space and mix people as much as possible for socializing. We advise you to decorate your yard to give natural vibes. Try not to mix a lot of colors and try to think of colors with a natural accent. If you do have a garden, we also advice you to decorate the tables with flowers.
For your lighting, if you are planning your barbecue at night, we find best to have the place lightened up by dimmed lights. This creates a nice cozy setting where your guests will surely feel at ease. One barrier that can arise during the barbecue and that people often forget to think about is bugs. Light up scented candles and incense sticks before your guests arrive to repel bugs and flies that will surely bother you if not taken care of. You can have a theme where the décor is inspired by a movie or a sort of holiday and ask your guests to wear accordingly. You can also set a nice background for photo shooting.
So far, your night is surely to go smoothly and enjoyable. However, when talking about barbecue nights, we directly think of the grill; the main station where you will be preparing the food to serve your guests. Often set aside for the smoke not to bother the guests, it is never gone without being noticed by the guests. Head to your local shop and take a look at the different barbecue grill sale because you will definitely need one for your night. The type, style and shape of your grill is an important factor to consider when planning an outdoor grill/barbecue night.
For this, we suggest using a charcoal bbq grill. However, make sure to have the best charcoal grill you can have. Since charcoal grills are one type of barbecue grills, they also come in different shapes and forms, sizes, and colors, it is important to know the number of guests expected to have a reasonable grill prepared accordingly. One of the best charcoal grills we’ve seen is from outbox; a handcrafting modern industrial furniture and metal wall art décor company based in Lebanon. The way they have incorporate the grill within the table where guests will be sitting is truly remarkable and modern. Especially handy when you want to economize space, the round nature of the table creates an inclusion of all guests equally where food is also at a hand reach.
Now, you’re ready and set to go and become the number one host in your circle of friends and hosting the best barbecue party ever.
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October 23, 2021
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