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Winter is certainly upon us but with these milder temperatures looming over us right now, you can’t help but think of your favourite summer past times, like a BBQ with family and friends.
Backyard bbq’s can be so much fun. They are one of the only gatherings that you don’t have to dress up for and you can actually relax and enjoy your guests. As long as, you follow one simple rule:
Make a TIMELINE and stick to it. Think about how you would like the day to flow and plan accordingly. A helpful tip is to work backwards from when you would like the party to end.
11:00pm – Any lingering guests leave or are gently herded to the door 🙂
10:00pm – Stop serving beverages outside of water.
This will give your guests a heads up that the party is coming to an end.
8:00pm- 10:00pm – Socializing/Games
7:00pm – BBQ service is ready to begin. Food is cooked.
Have buffet tables set up for your guests to self-serve.
6:00pm – Light your bbq, so it is good and hot and then start cooking the food.
Have warmers or tin trays to keep your food in once it is cooked.
The number of guests you have invited will dictate how early you have to start cooking.
Ideally, you want your guests to eat at approximately the same time.
5:00pm – Guests start to arrive. Have some appetizers available for them until
the main course is ready.
4:00pm – Food preparation is complete and you are ready to party!
Don’t get caught up in all the fancy options of décor, food and beverage selection and burn yourself out before the party even begins. Basic is best, at least for your first BBQ Party.
A few extras to think about:
- Make sure you have a reliable BBQ with a side table for cooking utensils.
- Be sure to have some chairs and tables. Not everyone will want to stand and eat.
- Prepare your neighbours. If they are not coming to the party, at least let them know that you are hosting one and how many people will be there, as well as, what time it will end.
Plan, Execute, Enjoy 🙂 !!!