1 A Solid Menu
Not just any party, your hosting a BBQ so serving amazing food is a must. Find fun appetizer recipes and make a few different types of dip to keep guests happy. Ensure to pick the right grill master, not only to prepare the food well but to also be responsible for safety. This person will socialize mainly in the form of guests that approach the grill. Classics like hamburgers and hot dogs can still be staples, but consider any guests that may want a vegetarian option. Pick mouth-watering sides with a twist. Dessert can be simple or elaborate that is up to you.
2 Create a Signature Cocktail
While coolers will surely be stocked with beer, set up pitchers of Sangria, Margaritas and a signature cocktail for the party. Also, go ahead and get more ice than you think you’ll need. Quickly calculate using the rule of one pound of ice per person, per hour.
3 Have Great Music Prepared
Songs of Summer are great because they are familiar to everyone and set a great mood for the party. Be sure to provide an eclectic mix into a variety of genres. Upbeat tunes you can dance to will be crowd-pleaser and keep the good times rolling into the night. A quick search for BBQ playlists can save you the time of making your own or playing DJ at the party.
4 Light the Night
String lights around trees and hang them from a fence to for whimsical lighting. Place citronella Tiki torches around the yard to keep bugs away and set the mood with their flames. Scatter plenty of votive candles, preferably scented, for warm and glowing illumination.
5 Plan Out General Areas
Try to loosely establish areas of the yard such as a zone for kids, seating available in the shade, an area for activities and table access for eating.
6 Yard Games
You can rely on classics such as Croquet, badminton, horseshoes and bean bag toss. But, you can also get creative and make your own. For instances four cans of spray paint is all you need to create your own outdoor game of Twister.