Among many friends and family members throughout the country, barbeques are common ways of celebrating special times and events. Examples of events that may be commemorated with barbeques include birthday parties, receptions, the 4th of July, and parties for dear friends and family who are leaving for business or personal reasons.
No matter why you have decided to host or plan a barbeque party, you can be sure that if you plan ahead and execute it well, your guests will treasure the memories and good times from your barbeque party long after the coals have cooled. Fortunately, it is not at all difficult to plan a great barbeque party as long as you keep a few basic tips in mind.
1. First of all, it wouldn’t be a barbeque party if you didn’t have guests, so make sure the people you want to attend know what’s going on, when it’s happening, and are available. This means you will need to start planning early and making sure your expected guests will not have conflicts in scheduling.
As long as the date you plan is more than a few weeks in advance, you should be able to find a date that just about everyone can meet. This does mean, however, that it is essential to give word in advance.
Furthermore, you should remember that not every single person you invite will always be able to attend, even if you give months and months of notice. As a result, even if you don’t get back quite as many RSVPs as you had been hoping for, this doesn’t mean your planning is off to a bad start.
2. Keep the weather in the back of your mind, and check it early and often. If you life somewhere where the weather can change on a daily or hourly basis, then it is a good idea to have some sort of a plan B firmly in place so you are not stuck without anything to do if bad weather should arrive.
There are things like rain, high winds, and storms that you probably cannot predict more than a few hours in advance, but you can still increase your odds of having a successful barbeque simply by making sure you are holding it in a season where the climate will be pleasant for your guests.
For example, if you live farther north, you probably won’t want to hold a barbeque in early spring, late fall, or winter. If you do, you might give your guests a number of bad memories related to how hard it was to keep warm instead of a number of good memories about how fun it was to spend time with friends and family.
3. Make sure you have the kind of meat available that you plan on serving at the barbeque party. It is a good idea to have at least a couple of varieties of meat on hand, as you are almost certain to get people who don’t like whatever the main course will be. Generally safe suggestsions include chicken, sausage, pork, and hamburgers.
If you are planning on having smaller guests around, such as children, then you will need to think of child friendly foods, including hot dogs and smaller burgers. Also don’t forget that some people don’t eat meat or can’t eat it for health reasons, so it’s nice to have a few veggie dishes on hand.
4. Once you’ve bought your meats, you will want to start thinking of your side dishes. Fully traditional barbeques mean you might be interested in traditional sides. Examples of traditional sides commonly seen at barbeques involve baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and potatoes.
For condiments, you’ll want to have things like onions, relish, and pickles. These foods are easily bought ahead of time and stored until the big day. Chips and dips are good simple sides that don’t require any cooking and that most people will enjoy.