Barbecues are the staple to any fun summer. From food to decorations, it might seem like a hassle to host and plan but there are some loopholes to make it a less challenging event.
Go potluck style. To avoid having to cook for all your family and friends, send a memo to your loved ones inviting them to bring their own side dishes and snacks to share. Making hot dogs, burgers, and steak is enough work for a host alone so potluck-ing your bbq will be a major help.
Pick easy, yet classic recipes. It can be fun to go over the top, but to make it easier on your pocket and time, making your recipes simple can go a long way. Add your own twist to make it your own! Some examples can be corn on a cob, skewers, or a fresh fruit salad.
Pick pitcher-perfect drinks. Along with sodas, juices, and beers, adding your own fruity boozy drink can make a barbeque even more amusing. Make your own mix of a fruity alcohol drink and make sure you have enough for all to enjoy!
Set the mood with the right music. Summer themed music will set the mood for the entire day and evening. Catchy old hits can make for a nostalgic mood while current pop hits will be familiar tunes. Pick music you can dance to and get your family and friends going! Music always brings people together.
Bust out backyard games. These games and activities don’t have to only be for the kids, make sure you get the adults and parents to participate too! It can be an entertaining way to get family and friends involved. Games like twister or water guns in the summer heat to card games like 21 or cards against humanity perfect or large groups!
Keep your set up simple. Don’t go over the top with decorations while they can be pricey and time-consuming to set up. Put some lights outside and maybe some benches and tables to sit down and eat-that’s all you really need!
Don’t forget dessert. Ice cream or popsicles are a summer favorite and can easily feed dozens. S’mores and jello are also a summer classic!