It’s one thing to host a dinner at your home, but hosting a backyard BBQ is a whole other ballgame. Let’s face it: We have all been to a BBQ at one time or another where we left and thought that it was a complete waste of time. That is because a backyard BBQ is more than just a meal that is prepared outdoors.
It is a social event with a niche of its own, and if you want to make a success out of your BBQs, you need to get a couple of things straight.
This is probably one of the most important yet neglected features of a BBQ. When you host a BBQ, you want everyone to be laid back. It is supposed to be a relaxing event. Therefore, you need to set everything up so that your guests feel like they are on holiday. Music is probably the easiest way to set the tone.
If your guests have kids, you want to ensure that the kids are well looked-after and safe. Your guests will feel at ease and won’t be so wound up when they know that the kids are in good hands.
You don’t have to buy out a whole liquor store to ensure that your BBQ will be a success. You merely have to stock up on the right drinks. Therefore, it is important to know what your guests like and keep a healthy stock of their preferred drink. You never know how long the BBQ will go on for.
Again, you also need to be mindful of the kids and cater to them as well. If you want to have a pleasant time, stay away from too many sodas. The kids will be on a sugar rush if you overdo it with the fizzy drinks.
Although your guests are there for the BBQ itself and want to leave with a full tummy, they are more so there for the event itself. Don’t get me wrong: The food is important, but that is not what is going to make your BBQ great.
The rule here is to make sure you have enough for everyone. A BBQ is like a buffet — your guests need to feel like they don’t have to ration themselves and hold back. Instead, you can make enough to have leftovers for a while.
A BBQ should never be a rushed affair. Therefore, you need to have snacks to keep things going. The longer you can keep your guests entertained and their minds off their stomachs, the longer they will stay happy and relaxed.
When you host a BBQ, you need to be the life of the party. If you are wound up, your guests will pick up on it. In some cases, they might even feel as if they aren’t welcome. It is therefore important to let everyone know that you are relaxed and they can follow suit.