Everyone likes BBQ season, but there is a lot of work involved. Do issue invites as if a regular lunch / dinner invitation and stipulate any dress codes, ie, if around the pool and guests are welcome to take a dip, let them know to bring swimwear and towels. Have mosquito spray, extra towels and fire blanket to hand. Have plenty of iced water to counteract the effects of daytime drinking.
- Ensure that the barbecue is lit and ready before guests arrive. Remember how long it takes! You don’t want starving guests
- Have a vegetarian option planned – and don’t cook this on the same grill (tip – use a disposable tray for these dishes)
- Have all your side dishes ready and stored correctly, so all that is required is uncovering them at the appropriate time.
- Make sure there is plenty of shade if you are hosting your event during the day.
- Instruct family and helpers to restock drinks in the fridge as the event progresses.
- Have enough seating; BBQ food may be more casual, but must still be enjoyed and seated is the best way.
- Have dips a-plenty in case the charring takes longer than expected.
- Inform your neighbours of the upcoming event – if you like them, invite them. It saves on complaints about their smoked filled garden and won’t give them chance to spoil the atmosphere with complaints about your noise levels!
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