“A wonderful way to entertain family and friends in an outdoor setting is with a backyard barbeque party. With proper planning and the ideal environment people will be talking about your party all summer. Important factors to consider when entertaining are things such as the barbecue grill, seating, lighting, and of course the menu planning.” The layouts and options are wonderful, there really is a barbecue that fits your individual barbecuing needs. Barbecues are available in portable fire pit versions excellent for a patio or backyard, providing the sensation of being around an actual fire pit. Weber makes a number of the most durable and reliable high quality grills, using stainless steel burners to provide long- wearing even heat and burners with spider and insect screens to keep the burners pest free. The stainless steel hoods and bodies are long lasting and great looking.
Another great addition to your backyard cooking choices might be a bbq smoker. These bbq smokers are perfect for seafood delicacies and traditional barbecue meals like beef brisket, pork or ribs. They’re also excellent for chicken, seafood or anything needing direct high temperatures. Briquettes are available that burn for up to eight hours providing a fantastic smoked flavor.
A lovely patio leaves you with the impression that your at a cabin or a wonderful outdoor retreat, the nice thing is it’s a much more affordable alternative to owning a cottage. With the great selection of patio furniture and accessories available on the market you can design your patio to be your own personal holiday in your backyard. The patio is not simply a convenient getaway, but also a natural extension of your home’s layout and décor. Black is a popular colour for furniture as is antiqued greens with a distressed look. Wooden furniture is popular, teak being a favorite since it ages so beautifully. Patio furniture is available with armrests, high back chairs and swivel rockers with matching ottomans, all for ultimate comfort. Most of the outdoor furniture sold today is made with all weather materials; it is also sensible to choose furniture that will be durable and low maintenance.
When throwing and arranging a barbecue patio party you’ll want to be ready and know about how many people will be coming. You want to be sure there is enough available seating so everyone is comfortable. You’ll also want to be prepared for unexpected weather. Awnings are an excellent option, enabling you to take control of the weather on your deck or patio in a moment; there are also outdoor tents that you can set up with a table inside to shelter yourself from the rain. It’s important to have at least one outdoor umbrella to offer shade and protection for your guests from the hot sun, not to mention they also look nice. There is no lack of excellent patio furniture and comfy outdoor sitting options. Patio heaters can also be welcome for cooler evenings after the sun goes down.
It’s important to have a proper serving or buffet surface for your celebration, a place where you can have all the food, beverages, utensils and plates. Portable packs or side tables may also work well. You may even have an integrated countertop.
The lighting for your outdoor party is only going to matter if the barbecue carries on into the night; no matter the lighting is something which is nice to think about as it adds a lot of ambiences to your backyard setting. There are outdoor solar-powered lights available and other lighting options in a number of designs. Luminaries, candles, mini white lights strung between trees or across your patio, or some beautiful white paper lanterns hanging from your trees can make your patio extraordinary.
Bug control is a must in your outdoor party. Burn citronella candles to keep a variety of bugs away.
Some other nice additions to your party might be; gift bags for any children attending the party, you can fill the bags with interesting ideas found in the dollar store like glow sticks, crayons and little notepads etc., it’s a nice idea to keep the kids busy; patio heaters are excellent if it starts to cool down in the evening, or for sudden cooler days; flowers in planters or hanging baskets will further add to the appeal of your lawn; lastly a nice range of music sets the mood and adds a wonderful general feeling to your party.
Planning the meal is probably the biggest challenge to your party. You will want to know in advance if any of your guests have any special eating preferences, allergies, dislikes. You can always go with the standard burgers, veggie burgers (f there’ll be any vegetarians attending), steaks and fries knowing that everyone will be satisfied and full. On the other hand, you might want to surprise your guests with a superb honey barbeque broiled steak; a simple marinade can be made with garlic, marjoram, pepper, salt, dry mustard, honey, and balsamic vinegar. The selected steak or chicken can then be stored in the marinade for a few hours in the fridge, next step is on the barbecue. Excellent side dishes might be a potato salad, a green salad and corn on the cob.
In the summertime cold drinks are essential. You might make some cold lemonade, and have some carbonated beverages on hand. A nice addition to any buffet table is a lovely punch (alcohol or non-alcohol) with some lemon slices and fresh fruit additions. Always have lots of ice available to keep the beverages cold. For dessert some cut fruit such as berries, melon and watermelon slices prove refreshing or a fruit salad can be nice, and of course a wonderful cake or some cookies is always sinful but popular. Later on, a bowl of corn tortilla chips served with salsa is well liked.
Of course your budget will determine how much you can and can not do as far as decorating in your party. But don’t let that discourage you, it takes time to get your patio looking exactly how you want it, in the meantime keep your eyes open and look for ideas. A simple picnic table and some plastic outdoor chairs work well also; a barbecue is in fact all about the food and atmosphere generated.
With some planning and the right atmosphere your outdoor barbeque party will be a success. Whether your party is big or small, a barbeque is a wonderful way to get together with your closest friends and family members to enjoy the summer and some great food.