5 Steps to the Perfect Summer Barbecue
With summer rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to fire up the grill and invite your closest friends and family to celebrate under the sun. A little bit of planning can go a long way in turning a nice backyard picnic into a truly memorable event. To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few steps to help make your perfect summer barbecue come to life.
1. Set the Stage
Before narrowing down your menu options, take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and dress up your backyard.
- Choose a theme, such as Hawaiian Luau or Beach Bash, to get your guests excited about the occasion. Shop at local dollar stores or discount shops to save money.
- Spruce up your eating spaces with colorful tablecloths and freshly picked flowers.
- Add citronella candles, tiki torches, Christmas lights, or tin lanterns to provide additional lighting and create a cozy atmosphere.
- Keep your guests entertained with music and backyard games, such as football, beanbag toss, or ladder ball.
Check out Homedit for some DIY decoration ideas!
2. Master the Grill
Hosting the perfect backyard barbecue revolves around what’s cooking on the grill. You may choose to serve budget-friendly barbecue classics, such as hamburgers and hotdogs, or offer gourmet-takes on chicken, pork, and fish. When determining how to prepare and serve your entrées, use Food Network and VegKitchen to find suitable recipes for a wide-spectrum of party guests.
3. Pick your Side Kicks
No menu is complete without the right side dishes. From baked beans and coleslaw to crisp green and cool pasta salads, and everywhere in between, the options are limitless. Incorporate the following in-season fruits and vegetables to brighten and transform your side dishes into summer favorites. Shop at your local farmers’ market to get good deals on fresh produce and support your community.
Grapes Green Beans
Tomatoes Bell Peppers
4. Serve a Signature Beverage
Now, the fun really begins. Apart from having beer, water, ice tea, and lemonade stocked in your cooler, a barbecue is a good excuse to test your bartending skills or concoct the perfect summer mocktail. Choose between frozen favorites, such as margaritas and piña coladas, and tropical punches, like sangria. Better yet, be daring and create your own signature drink.
Take a look at Food Network’s list of refreshing summer drink recipes!
5. End with a Bang
Ending the barbecue with a variety of delicious desserts is a no-brainer. Balance the warm weather with refreshing ice cream, freeze pops, or milkshakes. Compliment these icy treats with decorative cookies, cupcakes, puddings, or cake to leave your guests smiling.
The best times are made with good friends and good food under the sun but, with a little preparation, your summer barbecue can truly be memorable. Good luck and don’t forget to invite me!
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