There’s nothing like a backyard barbecue for bringing together family and friends. As a host, you can curate a wonderful experience that everyone remembers. In order to make that possible, you need to take all the necessary time to prepare. These tips will help you host a successful backyard barbecue for friends and family.

 

Plan Early

You don’t want to announce a barbecue with five days’ notice. As soon as you get the idea for one, decide on a date with no less than two weeks’ notice. You should check the weather forecast to make sure that there will be no weather problems. A barbecue can be ruined by a downpour or sweltering heat. You should also make sure that you give people plenty of time to RSVP. Don’t let people feel obligated to rearrange their carefully made plans in order to make it to your barbecue.

 

Find a Great Grill

You can’t have a barbecue without a proper grill. If you have an older grill, you should make sure it’s in proper working order. Should it be having trouble igniting or be rusted, it’s time to get a new one. When looking at grills, consider your price range and whether you would prefer a gas, electric, or charcoal one. What’s most important is making sure that you are comfortable with whatever you choose.

 

Have a Diverse Menu

Your barbecue shouldn’t just be hamburgers and hot dogs. Depending on your guest list, there might be a wide range of dietary restrictions. You should try new recipes that will excite your guests. You can also make this a potluck event. Encourage your guests to bring dishes of their own, but do your best to provide food for everyone’s needs.

 

Have Enough for Everyone

It’s simple, but something that shouldn’t be neglected. When planning the menu and ordering supplies, make sure you have more than enough. You don’t want to leave two or three people stranded or have people fighting for food. Take the time to check and recheck everything. You’ll be grateful that you did so afterward.

 

The success of your backyard is dependent upon how much effort you’re willing to put in. Should you rush things or not prepare for certain circumstances, you might have a disappointing barbecue. On the other hand, if you take as many precautionary measures as possible, you can have a great barbecue experience.

 

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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