With the summer months just around the corner, it's time to prepare your home for the barbeque season. Whether you're a seasoned chef or new to cooking chicken outdoors, we've put together our top tips for throwing the perfect summer BBQ.
1.Fill your home with drinks
When you’re shopping for a barbeque, then the chances are that you’ll stock up on burgers, sausages, hot dogs, buns, ketchup and mustard – but don’t forget about drinks. Whether you’re thinking of a tipple with your burger or you want some fresh fruit juices to quench your thirst, it makes sense to fill your home with drinks for the barbeque season.
If you're expecting a lot of guests, consider one of the bottle coolers available on our website. They're compact, cute and give you all of the space you need for keeping your drinks cool. And, it means that your fridge will be kept clear for meat and other items.
2. Check the weather
The night before your barbeque, make sure you check the weather forecast and prepare for every eventuality. If rain is likely and you've already invited guests, then consider erecting a gazebo or taking some of the barbeques indoors. As Redshed writes, it's entirely possible to have a fun barbeque party when it’s raining – just be sure to prepare some indoor activities to keep your guests entertained, turn your night into a pot-luck party and consider changing the time of your party so that you avoid the heaviest of the rainfall.
3. Let the music play
Summer is all about spending time outdoors and playing your favourite songs as loud as you can – and your picnic party is no exception! Create an eclectic playlist of rock, soul, hip-hop and pop classics, and think about organising a singing or dancing competition if you're inviting children. One great way of ensuring that all of your guests are happy with the music is by leaving a smartphone or tablet close to the speakers with Spotify or Apple Music enabled. That way, your guests will be able to add their favourite songs to the playlist.
4. Think about desserts
You may be feeling full after your second hot dog and chicken drumstick, but there's always room for a sweet treat. Before you pack up your barbeque for the evening, serve some of these dessert suggestions offered by Something Swanky. From banana rice crispy tarts and sundae cookie bars to caramel delight apple salad and no-bake lime cheesecake, a dessert can add something extra to an already special summer's day.
5. Ask for help
If you're thinking of hosting a barbeque party last-minute, don't fret. Ask your friends and family members to bring along a side dish or drink that they can share. Not only does this make your party cheaper and easier to prepare for, but it gives your guests the chance to get involved in the cooking and keeps the kids entertained.
6. Keep your recipes simple – but add a fresh twist to them
If your natural inclination is to overdo it during the barbeque season, then stop. Barbeques are designed to be laid-back, fun and relaxing – for both guests and you as a host. So, instead of slaving over the stove and spending all of your time preparing side dishes and dips, stick to simple recipes that you can complete in the days before your barbeque. If you want to add something unique to your party, then consider some fresh twists – for example, fruit or tropical dips and sauces that you can use to marinade your chicken thighs - and don't be afraid of experimenting with the traditional burger and ketchup bun.
7. Enjoy yourself
Summer is a time for friends, family, fun and sun. Make sure you set aside some time during your barbeque to relax and let your hair down, and consider asking your family to help prepare dishes so that all of the burden isn't on your shoulders. Do some scheduling so that everyone knows what they need to be doing – for example, you could get your children to bring cups and plates outside, while your partner prepares side dishes and you take on the challenge of cooking burgers, chicken and hot dogs on the barbeque.
By taking on board some of these tips, you’ll be able to host the perfect summer barbeque. Whether you’re planning a family affair or you’re inviting the whole neighbourhood, enjoy!