As the unofficial start to summer approaches, it’s time to start thinking about those upcoming barbeques. Hosting parties sounds like fun in theory, but can become overwhelming if you’re not prepared. Before you send out your e-vites, review this list of BBQ tasks to tackle:
- Food. The beauty of barbecuing is that the food is easy. You’ll throw some hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn on the cob on the grill, and you’re good to go. Since barbecues are informal, guests won’t mind bringing side dishes. Create a Google spreadsheet and share it with your guests so everyone can sign up for a plate in advance to ensure you don’t end up with 6 varieties of pasta salad.
- Drinks. When choosing the drinks to serve at your barbecue, think “refreshing.”Any beverage with citrus in it qualifies. Stock your bar with seltzer water, lemons, limes, oranges, watermelon, cucumbers, and mint. Set the vodka aside for the adults.Make up a few pitchers for easy serving. Consult Pinterest for summery drink recipes.
- Decor. Set your tables with country tablecloths and placemats. Fill a watering can with fresh flowers from your garden or fill a vase with lemons and limes instead. Decorate your mailbox with flowers and balloons to make it a little easier for your guests to locate the party.
- Activities. If you don’t have a pool, keep your guests entertained with activities like cornhole, badminton, ladders, and horseshoes. Keep a white board handy as a sign up sheet for each game.
- Favors. Set a small handheld fan at each place setting to help your guests stay cool during the party, or offer travel sized tubes of sunscreen to ensure your guests are protected while they party.
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