If you live in the UK, then the first sighting of the sun in the summer means one or two things:
One, you’re probably already sunburnt.
… And two, the coals are already on the BBQ and starting to heat through.
This is how you can plan and throw a summer BBQ in style and really impress your friends and family.
Everything You Need for a Summer BBQ
Before you can start getting your grill on – there are a few things that you need to get done first. These tend to include:
- Food Preparation
- After Dinner Plans
As long as you get all of the above completed in good time, you are set for what should be an excellent summer BBQ.
When you are preparing make sure that you have contacted your guests to confirm any food allergies for the day. This makes reducing the amount of food waste much easier.
Give Your Guests Plenty of Notice
If you’ve grown up in the UK – then you love a BBQ, it’s in your blood.
However, there is nothing worse than being invited to a summer BBQ at the last minute, knowing that you’re not going to be able to make it.
Make sure that you give your guests plenty of notice.
It may seem a little odd for something so informal as a BBQ but getting invitations made and sent out makes everything a lot easier.
A good rule of thumb is to assume that 20% of your guests will be unable to attend. This helps to budget food and drink better, keeping costs down.
You can create your own invitations or have them made especially. We suggest going down the route that is most affordable for you. At the end of the day, a summer BBQ is very low key unless it’s an annual event or needed for corporate party entertainment.
Get the Food Ready and Know How to Cook It
Unless you’re a professional chef, nobody is expecting fireworks when it comes to BBQ food. However, there is a fine line between well-cooked food, and a totally annihilated piece of meat.
Once you have created and sent out the invitations, you will have a good idea on numbers in terms of attendees.
This allows you to really get organised with food. You can either go out of your way and create something amazing or keep it simple with the traditional mix of burgers, sausages and chicken.
If you’re struggling for grilling ideas – check out this guide from the authors over at Country Living.
A lot of people like to prepare their BBQ food in advance. Many people marinade chicken, steak and various other meats before cooking. This has proven to give the food a better taste and make it a little more unique.
There is nothing worse than:
- Burnt food
- Unseasoned meat
- Undercooked food
If you’re going to be throwing a summer BBQ make sure that you know how to cook the food that you are providing.
For obvious reasons – chicken products need to be cooked thoroughly but not to the point where it has been completely crucified. Read the cooking instructions and consider a “dummy run” to get your skills mastered.
Are You Having Any Entertainment?
In most cases a summer BBQ will consist of good food, music and a few alcoholic drinks. Perfect!
However, there are a few things that you can be doing to make your summer BBQ unforgettable and a great annual occasion.
Photo booth hire in London has become increasingly popular in recent months and we have found that more and more corporate organisations are using an inflatable photo booth as the perfect source of entertainment.
But why should I use a photo booth?
Photo booths are a great way to incorporate everyone at your event. No matter what age, you will want to get involved. The inflatable range that we have available are perfect for external use and can be set up in almost any location.
Any Plans for After?
Summer BBQ’s are great – no question. But what are your intentions after the food has disappeared and the temperature starts to drop?
A good summer BBQ with great food and music can be the catalyst for a great evening of entertainment or a night out in your local bar.
If you intend on organising a social night out – make sure that it is planned. Despite seeming like a great idea, people still need to know so that they can budget, organise sitters and arrive prepared.
It’s like anything really – you would just go and get an MOT in Milton Keynes the day it was due to expire would you?