How to host the perfect summer BBQ

Add some sizzle to your summer plans and give your friends and family a backyard BBQ to remember.

The summer BBQ season has begun so it’s time to grill up some tasty treats, sip on a few cold drinks and blast some tunes. Follow these tips to host the most memorable event for your family and friends.

Prep ahead

Don’t burn yourself out before everyone arrives and avoid leaving it all until the last minute. Spend the night before prepping the food and planning your set-up, allowing you to enjoy a few drinks with your guests stress-free.

Serve what is in season, keep the dishes simple

Summer offers a stunning variety of seasonal foods, perfect for a backyard BBQ menu. Don’t over do it. Keep it simple and your guests will thank you. Use simple fresh ingredients everyone will love. Mangoes, cherries, grapes and nectarines can all be included in the perfect fruit platter. Prawns could be grilled on the BBQ for a light nibble.

Whip up a tasty cocktail

Treat your guests to a delicious cocktail or party punch featuring some delicious summer fruits. As the host, it is your responsibility to provide ice cold drinks and what better way to make a lasting impression then whipping up a refreshing signature cocktail. All you will need is a punch bowl, sparkling wine, fruit juice, ice, a spirit of your choice and some fresh fruit.

Set the mood with your music

To keep everyone in a happy mood, organise a playlist of summer songs. Some tunes ooze summer vibes. Choose songs that are sure to keep guests dancing.

Keep the set-up simple

It is important you don’t go overboard with decorations and minimise cleaning efforts required after the BBQ is done and dusted. Simple suggestions include hanging fairy lights across the backyard, and lighting some candles to create a relaxed atmosphere. Light citronella candles to keep those Aussie summer mozzies and bugs away. If you are enthusiastic about the DIY scene you could make your own outdoor fire pit, creating a visual feature in the garden.

Alternatively, if you are planning a daytime BBQ, string some bunting along the fence or add some fresh flowers to the table setting.

Organise some backyard games

To bring everyone together you may like to bust out some backyard games. Below is a list of simple outdoor games and activities you could include in your BBQ schedule:

  • Lawn scrabble
  • Bottle ring toss
  • Giant Jenga
  • Water balloon fight
  • Paddle pool

Follow these tips to throwing a memorable summer BBQ and you may have your family and friends visiting more often.