Hosting a Barbecue

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 16, 2014)

Whenever the weather begins to warm up, people always begin to think about heating up the old grill. This is usually done by hosting a barbecue, or some other type of outdoor party. If you find that you are going to host a barbecue yourself, then you should always endeavor to make it the best it can possibly be. In order to make sure that you are hosting a barbecue that everyone will absolutely love, then all you need to do is follow these simple guidelines.

  • Send your invitations. Barbecues are one of the more easy going dinner parties that you can have. That being said though, you should always send an invitation a week or two before you plan on holding the barbecue. This way you give everyone that will be coming a chance to clear the schedules and be there. These invitations do not necessarily have to be written down rather it can be a simple phone call. Written invitations are nice though.
  • Come up with a menu. It is always a good idea to come up with a menu before you actually hold the barbecue. While it is always interesting to try some "fancy" foods, don't forget that the classics are often the best way to go. With the classics, you are pretty much ensured that you will have something that almost everyone will enjoy.
  • Don't forget your drinks. Check the weather forecast to see what the weather will be like. The reason for this is that you will want to make sure you have plenty of cold drinks for the party if it is going to be hot. While you can always have an alcoholic bar, try to also provide non-alcoholic options as well. Your best bets for a barbecue will be things like soda, juices, iced teas, beers, wines, and wine coolers.
  • Snacks are a good idea. It always takes time to cook your food on a grill, so make sure that you have some finger foods to serve people. These snacks will not only help fill up the time, it will also help to whet peoples appetites. Try having things like vegetables, dips, chips, and salsa on hand for people to snack on.
  • Have enough supplies. Having the proper supplies for your barbecue is an important factor. Make sure that you have enough seats, plats, cups, eating utensils, napkins, serving utensils, and so on for everyone. In addition to serving supplies, you should also make sure that you have enough supplies for cleaning everything up as well. These supplies should always be easily accessible for everyone to use.
  • Timing is important. Before the actual barbecue, take time to experiment and see how long it will take to cook everything. This will allow you to see when you need to put each item on the grill, and even give you an idea of how many grills you may need. It is always a good idea to try and have as much of your food ready to serve at the same time as possible.
  • Have fun. It never hurts to have a few games or activities ready and planned for your barbecues. This way you can have any younger guests, and those who don't want to sit around and talk, entertained while they are waiting for the food to be finished.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Toxic Table Scraps

On the average, toxic table scraps can lead to more emergency visits to the pet doctor than any other reason. Avoid the ...

Discover More

Growing a Flowering Fence

Are you tired of using the same old style of fencing for your yard? If so, why not use something called a flowering fence? ...

Discover More

English Ivy

Chances are that you have seen a few of those beautiful ivy covered homes and thought, "Wow, I wish I could have that." ...

Discover More
More Cooking Tips

Barbecue Recipes

You don't have to serve the same old boring burgers and dogs at your barbecue. Mix up a few simple ingredients and get savory ...

Discover More

Deep Frying a Turkey

It is becoming more and more popular for people to deep fry turkeys rather than bake them in the traditional sense. If you ...

Discover More

Cooking for Large Groups

Cooking for large groups, such as at a barbecue, can be a tricky situation if you have never done it before. For example, do ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight less than 9?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)