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Friendly Gatherings: How to Host a Great BBQ for Friends and Family

When warm weather whirls around you, entertaining family and friends is likely at the forefront of your mind. Perhaps you’ve hosted barbecues before, or maybe you’re planning to try one out for the first time this summer. Whether you’re new to playing host or you want to improve your party-planning skills, you can keep some tips in mind.

Articulate Concerns Early

If you start rushing people out of your barbecue because you have somewhere to be, that’s rude. Ideally, you wouldn’t put a hard end time on your party, but if you need to wrap up by a certain hour, let your guests know in advance. Also, before the party is the time to communicate to guests that they should bring a bathing suit or that the celebration is in honor of someone’s birthday.

Plan the Menu

You might think that an outdoor party is as easy as just throwing some burgers and hot dogs on the grill, but it’s not really quite that simple. If you’re having guests over for the majority of the day, you need to serve more than just one course. You’ll also want side dishes and condiments that go well with the entrees. Also, keep the dietary restrictions and needs of your guests in mind. You may need to add some turkey or vegetable burgers onto the menu. Holidayappy reminds you how important it is to make your guests happy.

Cook the Food Well

If you’re remembered as the host that served the bad food, you may find that guests are hesitant to return to your home for future parties. If you are especially trying to bring out flavors you can try cooking on cherry wood. You can also replenish your set of grilling tools to ensure that they are the most effective ones on the market. Remember that while you might like your burgers practically raw, this way of eating them isn’t the safe, and you should certainly serve safe food to your guests.

Assess Guests’ Needs

When you are inviting family and friends over, you must remember that the party isn’t all about you. Make sure that you have different sized chairs to accommodate all of your guests. A mix of chairs with and without arms as well as with and without cushions works well. Keep in mind that just because you don’t drink beer and wine doesn’t mean that your guests don’t. Also, when it’s hot out, leave the air conditioner on inside in case elderly or tired relatives need some cooler temperatures.

A barbecue is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and time with your loved ones. Planning it properly makes it even more enjoyable.

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