The changeable British weather leaves us all feeling a little nervous when it comes to arranging Bar-B-Q’s but with a little bit of planning you’ll be able to throw an impromptu gathering without any hassle, at the drop of a hat.
We have put together a few planning ideas that you can do at the beginning of the summer to make sure that when the weather and your mood suit, you can hold the perfect party the very next day without getting stressed.
Bar-B-Q’s are great informal social occasions and of course they are also all about the food. If you are a little bored with traditional Bar-B-Q food have a look at the BBC food pages for some excellent alternatives. They have featured some exciting new recipe’s that will fire up people’s taste buds, making Bar-B-Q food exciting for everyone.
At the beginning of the summer it’s always a good idea to unearth the deckchairs from the cobwebs and spiders at the back of the shed and give them a good old dust off. Once they’re clean leave them in an accessible place for you to grab easily.
Whilst you’re rooting around for the garden chairs dig out the garden games as well. They are always a great addition to any garden party to keep both children and adults amused.
Try and keep on top of the garden maintenance so that you don’t have a wilderness to fight on the eve of your Bar-B-Q. Our blog last week covered some great ways to brighten up dark areas and recycle unwanted items such as old window shutters. Creating garden features with items that would otherwise be junk are great ways to help the planet and save you money.
One of the reasons you will probably be holding your gathering is because the weather is nice and warm. Unfortunately this may also mean that some uninvited guests will turn up as well. Keep in stock some citronella candles throughout the summer to combat flies so that you can keep your guests bug free.
Rather than panicking at the last moment about who to invite, forward plan by writing a list of all your friends and family so that you can contact them quickly and easily to invite them along.
Food, Bar-B-Q and cutlery
If you were once a Boy Scout or Girl Guide then you will remember the motto to always be prepared. Stock up on a few food items that you can keep in the freezer just in case the shops run out on sunny days. Remember as well to keep fuel for the Bar-B-Q and why not keep some paper plates and plastic cutlery in stock to make tidying up less of a chore.
It may also be a good idea to plan a menu at the start of the summer. This will avoid last minute food debates and squabbles. It will also mean you can get to the shops bright and early on your party day to beat the queues.