With spring just around the corner, it might be time to bring out the old barbeque grill, crack open a cold one with the boys and have a celebration! If you want to plan the perfect barbeque, but are a little rusty on the how-to, we’ve got you covered with this easy step-by-step guide.

How to Plan the Perfect Barbeque

Whether it’s a family affair, or you’re planning on inviting the whole block, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when planning the perfect barbeque. If you want your shindig to be the talk of the neighborhood, you’ve got to think of everything from food to drinks, to decoration, to the music and entertainment. A little effort goes a long way, so here are some points to help get you started.

Prep Your Food and Drinks

First things first: The menu. You can’t really go wrong with a good grill and a good time, but a little planning will save you some time and nerves. Make sure to check in with your guests to see if they have any dietary requirements before you go to the store. The mark of a good host is making sure that all their guests get taken care of. Most people come to a barbeque for the ribs and potato salad, but some people come for the roasted zucchini, so make sure you got your guests covered. Don’t forget to have a nice mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for your guests to sip on while they wait!

Safety First!

Roll up your sleeves and brief your kids and pets on safety protocols. Before you call the friends and family over, make sure you’re grilling safely and responsibly. Be sure to rid the designated grilling area from any tripping hazards and give your grill a good wipe down before you get started. Everyone loves a good smokey flavor, but nobody wants a fire hazard on their Sunday barbeque.

Include Your Guests!

A neat tip to make sure everyone’s needs are covered is to ask your guests to bring something from home. Whether they bring a side dish or a keg of beer, this will save you some money and make sure that there’s something for everyone. Just don’t forget to send out that WhatsApp message or phone call to your guests on time!

Roll Out the Snacks Before the Main Course

Sometimes, it can take a while for the grill master to start dishing out the patties. To avoid any hangry guests, make sure you have some drinks and snacks available. Perhaps a tasteful tapas, or some chips and dip, or a simple fruit platter? Whatever you prefer, make sure you have something for your guests to nibble on while they wait!

Set the Stage – Do Some Decorating

Presentation is everything, so don’t forget to spruce up the place before your guests arrive. You don’t have to go overboard, but tidying up is a good place to start. A little decoration will help your guests feel warm and welcome. Perhaps a light sparkle of fairy lights in the trees, or a sprinkle of cute tea candles, or maybe just a handsome table runner? Maybe you want a specific theme or style? Find some decoration inspiration online and get creative! Just remember, safety first, style second!

Get the Party Started!

Whether you’ve got some kids coming round or just your buddies from work, it’s always a good idea to have some fun activities planned. A good game of ping pong, charades, a good drinking game for the adults, or some DIY backyard games for the kids should get the party started. Just remember, drink responsibly and don’t drink and grill! Next on the list is the music! Whether you’re using your car radio or Bluetooth speakers, some tunes in the background of your gathering will help get the good times rolling. If you’re not much of a DJ yourself, invite someone who knows how to get things groovin’!

Dessert!

After a successful barbeque soiree, it might be time to bring out something sweet. Everyone loves a good fruit parfait, and you can never go wrong with chocolate cake, but how’s about something a little more rustic? Try cracking open a pack of marshmallows and chocolate and make some smores on the fire. The kids will love it and it’s a sure-fire way to make your barbeque memorable! Just make sure to wipe down the grill first, marshmallows and barbeque sauce don’t work for everyone!

people toasting around table

Now you’re all prepped and ready to have the perfect barbeque! All you really need is some good food, good company, some tunes, and a safe space to have some fun! And remember, if you’re not much of a grill master yourself, just make sure to invite someone who is!