The summer sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and from a distance you can smell the familiar scent of charcoal burning. It’s time to turn down the AC, get up off your mattresses, and start planning your summer BBQ. The perfect summer BBQ must have three key components: great food, great decor and great games! Here is some helpful hints, sure to make your next summer BBQ the highlight of the summer.
When conceptualizing your menu, variety is key. Many people think that meat on the grill is all you need for a good BBQ. Not so, today’s crowd is bound to have at least one vegetarian or perhaps someone who does not enjoy traditional BBQ foods. This doesn’t mean that you have to scrap the great tradition of BBQ meats, just make sure that you supply a few options for you herbivore friends. Potato salad, coleslaw and pasta salad are all great vegetarian options to consider. Why not throw on some delicious portabella mushrooms on the grill while your at it? Here is a great recipe for a vegetarian based potato salad.
People often assume that their BBQ needs to a theme in order to be successful. Although themed parties are often fun, a summer BBQ does not require the detailed planning that most may think. Simple items can give your patio or backyard all the character and fun you need. The placements of traditional red and white checkered table cloths are perfect for an outdoor party. Accent your tables with fun center pieces! For instance, a traditional watering can used as a vase to hold sunflowers. Check out this great idea!
Traditional backyard games such as horseshoes, volleyball, and badminton and lawn bocce are staples of a good summer party. Such games, however, require a large backyard. If you don’t have the space, why not consider something like Cornhole! Similar to horseshoes, this fun game uses bean bags and a platform with a hole in it. The aim is to land your bean bag as close to or directly in, the hole in order to score points. The soft nature of the bean bags makes this a perfect game for kids to play, and the best part is that you can easily build all the elements of the game yourself. Check out the American Cornhole Association for more detailed rules.
Enjoy your summer!