As the weather heats up, spending your time outdoors becomes more frequent and it will take more effort to keep yourself and others entertained in the sun. Hosting a sizzling barbeque really gets your social status spiking but you have to be prepared. Here are a few barbeque must-have tips to host the soirée of the summer.
- Skewers: Barbeques are all about ‘pickies’ where food isn’t fussy and you can just grab and eat as you like. Having little easy to make chunks of meat on a skewer with delicious vegetables such as baby potatoes, peppers and onions is somewhat the ‘summer’ way of eating. Skewers are a fun way to present fresh food in a unique and appetizing way for your guests.
- Plastic/Acrylic dishes: You can never be too careful when there is lots of fun, alcohol and children around so opting for plastic dishes will benefit in the long run. Since they won’t smash and clean so easily, they are the perfect alternative to ceramic dishes. They’re available in any food store and usually come in lots of different colours and patterns so it’s a great way to add colour to your party.
- Lighting: With the long summers, we’re lucky to be getting sunlight until the later hours but once that sun sets, it can start to look a bit gloomy. Instead of turning on the spotlights, using lanterns, tiki torches or several candles placed everywhere will lighten the area nicely as well as giving the whole place some ambiance.
- Napkins and Wet Wipes: Napkins are an absolute essential when it comes to barbeques, especially when it involves a lot of thick, sticky sauces and hand-held food. But do go the extra mile and provide wet wipes because these would just make things easier for everyone. Not only are they handy to wipe down your hands after munching on a rack of ribs but great to wipe yourself down with when you’re getting a bit too hot under the collar. You could also keep a pack of wet wipes in the fridge to keep them cool for those guests that get a bit too hot and sweaty and require more cooling than wiping.
- Marinades and Sauces: A classic barbeque sauce is an essential but don’t be afraid to mix things up a little bit for your guests because you might not know what they’re into. You could perhaps introduce your own homemade sauce or provide some spicier alternatives like teriyaki or peri-peri. This will allow your guests to enjoy an array of sauces and leave them a lasting impression of your hostess skills (even if you only just bought an extra bottle of sauce whilst in the supermarket!). If there are children present, a chocolate fountain might keep them interested, so provide a selection of bite-sized pieces of fruit (grapes, bananas, strawberries) and sweet treats like marshmallows and vanilla crackers. The children are sure to enjoy this but have those wet wipes handy – children and chocolate can be a disaster!
- BBQ Tools: Having the right tools makes an enormous difference to how smoothly your barbeque goes. Whilst it doesn’t take many tools to create an amazing barbeque, stainless steel and heat-resistant tools are the way forward for barbequing. Also, a spatula, tongs and a sharp knife will help make sure your get-together will run smoothly.
- Seats All Around: Depending on how many guests you have, it’s probably a good idea to have seats all around the are so people have the chance to get up and move around as they like. Whilst some people don’t mind to eat on their feet, a lot more prefer to be sitting down, so pull out any old furniture you can find, even if it is just camping-style benches or plastic patio chairs. You could always decorate them with old table cloths or patterned cushions but with delicious food searing away on the barbeque and good company – the look of the chairs will be the last thing on people’s minds.