Barbeques are popular for events such as the 4th of July, birthday parties, receptions, and going away parties. No matter why you have decided to plan a barbeque party, the memories that will come from it are sure to stick with your guests for many years to come, provided that you plan ahead. Planning the perfect BBQ party is not difficult, as long as you follow a few simple steps.
3) Be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that cannot be predicted, then you may want to have a backup plan just in case unusual weather comes. You cannot predict things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold your barbeque during the time of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbeque in cold weather may hold more negative memories of trying to keep warm rather than good memories of family and friends.
4) Purchase the type of meat that you will be serving at your party. You will want to have a least a couple of different kinds of meats, as everyone attending may not like a certain kind. It is usually safe to go with pork, sausage, hamburgers, and chicken. If smaller children are going to be in attendance, you should consider child-friendly foods such as smaller hamburgers and hot dogs. Do not forget the vegetarians and look for some alternatives that can make people with special needs happy as well. Most of us have a family member or friend we truly care about that has special dietary needs. The host that thinks about them scores big in my book.
5) Once you have the meat purchased, you will then want to consider what type of side dishes you will serve. If you want a completely traditional barbeque, you may want to stick with traditions sides. Traditional barbeque sides include potatoes, potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, relish, and onions. These foods are typically severed at barbeques because they are easy to prepare and store until the event happens. You may want to cook other items, but any barbeque is complete with just the items listed above. Once again, if children will be present, you may want to consider sides for them as well.
The simplest approach to side dishes is chips and dip. Chips and dip do not require any cooking on your part, and will still be loved by the majority of your guests.
6) Depending on the theme of your party, you may or may not want to purchase decorations. Festive decorations can be found at any local party or general store. You may also consider purchasing decorations that can be stored and reused at a different time, such as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches. Also, a theme for the party can get more of the family involved other than the grill master. Take a trip at least to the local dollar store, or to a local party store and have some fun with it. Here, a few dollars can go a long way.
7) The day before your party, you will want to make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Store the meat away, soaking up the marinade, until it is time for it to go on the grill. Prepare any side dishes that you can ahead of time. Follow the best food safety practices, and make sure you are aware of target cook temps to make your food safe for your guests.
8) On the day of the party, get up early and start preparing for it. You do not want your guests arriving while you are still cooking or hanging decorations. It should only take you a few hours at most to prepare the area in which you will be having the party, but the reactions from your guest will probably seem as if you have been planning this for weeks. Try to have the grill already going by the time the guests get there as well because the smell coming from the grill is sure to get everyone in the mood.