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How to Host a Barbecue Party

A barbecue or barbeque party is the best way to acknowledge pleasant weather. Commonly used abbreviations for the same are BBQ, Bar-B-Q. Contrary to what most people may think, a barbecue party can be hosted anywhere and not just in a backyard. In fact, there are many great places to host a barbecue party like a park, beach, poolside and rooftop. Actually, the party can be hosted practically anywhere where you can set up a grill. A barbecue party is among the easiest of all parties to host as there are very few preparations to be made in advance. Besides the meat, veggies, and grill, you can add in a lot of accompaniments to make your party the best barbecue party of the season.

Send out invitations


The first thing to do before you host your party is to send out invitations. Send them out a week before you host the party so that there is no rush. The invitations can be bought ready-made, made using some creativity or you can also consider sending free e-invitations. Mention the Date/Time and the plan for the party as it is very important towards making the barbecue party a successful one.

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Plan out the food and the drinks


Make advance plans for the food that you want to serve. Do not be afraid to break away from the traditional barbecue menu and try out alternatives to the traditional grill items. If you plan to serve alcohol then make sure that it is nothing too hard. Beer is usually the best bet in this case but you can also mix things up for a cocktail or two. Alcohol or no-alcohol, make sure that you have an icebox with enough ice for all the drinks.

Prepare some party games


Party games can be varied in this case. You can play some outdoor sport or you can also simply spread a mat out and play cards. Playing cards on a sunny afternoon in the shade with barbecue and some booze are the best ways to live it up. However, there are a lot of new and interesting games as well that you can consider. The party games will ensure that all guests get involved and dull moments are chased away before they can settle down. Check out these ones too –
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Provide plenty of plates and cups


Although this may sound very trivial, it is quite a common thing at a barbecue to end up short of plates and cups. Bring enough cups and plates beforehand and big trash polythene to dispose of the disposable ones.

Keep some snacks handy


Keep some snacks ready for your guests while you prepare the barbecue items. It is always a good idea to have dry snacks like chips, nachos, etc. to keep the guests munching as you never quite know how much time a barbecue will really take.

Start off your grill on time


You never really know how things will go with a grill and barbecue so start off on time. Even if the people who are supposed to show up, haven’t, you can still start with the preparations of heating up the grill.

Be safe


Always keep safety a primary concern. It is especially important to maintain safety if you have children around. An accident can end up ruining all your efforts to make the barbecue party a memorable one, so always be on the lookout for freak accidents which can easily be prevented by remaining vigilant. Keep common anti-burn lotions handy.

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