Do you want to be the host with the most? Want your garden BBQ to be the event of the summer that people are still talking about at Christmas? Take a look at our tips for How To Host The Perfect Garden BBQ.
Every year we complain about what a washout summer has been, but this year has been really good. Sure, there has been some rain, but there have been some gloriously sunny days in between and sunny days mean BBQ time! Get your friends and family round and use our tips for How To Host The Perfect Garden BBQ.
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~ Start out with some epic welcome drinks ~
A BBQ means lots of delicious food, but it also means a chance to show off your cocktail skills. Make up a few pitchers of drinks to serve up as guests come through the door and make sure they are topped up throughout the party.
Don’t forget those people that don’t drink alcohol or are driving – they probably want something a bit more exciting than plain water or coke. I like to serve up a pitcher of this Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Fizz, as it’s a good way to stay hydrated too.
~ Have a great selection of meat ~
Anytime we are having a BBQ we head straight to Iceland for their fantastic selection of BBQ meats. The temptation to have about a hundred different things to serve at a BBQ is strong, so you want to make things as easy as possible for yourself and Iceland have got you covered there! Loads of their Taste of Summer range can be partly cooked in the oven and then finished on the BBQ.
Iceland’s food is always tasty, high quality, convenient and (as it’s frozen) retains more nutrients and vitamins than fresh food. We really loved the Churrasco Salt & Chilli Pork Shoulder, which comes prepared on skewers, ready to be carved. It means that once cooked it is ready to share and makes a great talking point. Just like being at a Brazilian restaurant.
~ Don’t forget about the vegetarians ~
There is nothing worse than turning up at a BBQ as a vegetarian and seeing just a packet of veggie sausages. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for any food someone has been kind enough to serve me, but there is so much more that can be done for vegetarians. Meat eaters are always well catered for, but veggies are often a last minute thought. Why not try these Halloumi Vegetable Skewers or Vegan Carrot Hotdogs.
~ Don’t panic about the weather – Take the party inside ~
If you live in the UK, you should know better than to stress about the weather. It’s going to do whatever it wants to, so as long as you are prepared for that it’s all good!
Make sure you have some space cleared inside for your guests and some indoor rainy day activities too. That’s also what is great about the Iceland Taste of Summer range – not only can you start the cooking in the oven, but you can cook the whole thing in the oven too, meaning that when a rainy day threatens to ruin all the fun, at least the food doesn’t have to change. The whole Taste of Summer range, as well as hundreds of frozen and fresh products are all available in Iceland’s 800+ stores as well as available to order online.
~ Choose a Theme ~
Secretly I think everyone loves a theme and any excuse to decorate the house and garden is good with me. Choose something simple, colourful and don’t force people to dress up – although encourage it.
For my 30th we did a Caribbean theme and Dave even made a beach bar shack for the garden. I’m not saying you have to go to that much effort, but even a colour theme can be nice.
~ Prepare The Night Before ~
Anything that you can get done the night before, do it. Prepare the side dishes, set out all the plates and cutlery, decorate if needed. There is nothing worse that your guests arriving and sitting outside enjoying themselves whilst you are stuck in the kitchen rushing around. The more you prepare, the more you can relax with a drink.
Iceland have some really good quality side dishes too, so that would save you even more time. Another great thing about Iceland, is you can order it all online and get it delivered to you, which saves even more time.
~ Provide some entertainment ~
No, you don’t have to dance for your guests. Well, you can if you want to! But some of those giant garden games like chess and Jenga can be super fun and a great way to break the ice if some of your guests have never met.
~ Don’t Skip The Side Dishes ~
Whilst the star of a BBQ is the grilled food, I think side dishes can make or break a BBQ. Whilst coleslaw and potato salads are a must, there is so much more that you can do too. Side dishes can be really healthy, so your guests can half fill their plates up with those so they don’t over indulge. Why not try making some of these Harissa Roasted Carrots or Lemon, Garlic & Herb Potatoes or some different salads like a Mexican Salad or Kale, Feta & Watermelon Salad?
~ It’s all about the playlist ~
What is a party without music? A pretty sad one I think. Dave spends more time making a playlist for a BBQ than he does preparing the food. Make sure there is something for everyone on there – some chilled out tunes and something that is going to get everyone singing too.
Not got time to make a playlist? Spotify have some awesome ones already made and you can switch it over if you get bored or the mood of the party changes.
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**This post about How To Host The Perfect Garden BBQ Party was commissioned by Iceland. However, all opinions are my own**