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If you’ve got a birthday to celebrate or you’re just hoping to reconnect with old friends, a party seems like the perfect event. Of course, if you want to make it a big one then it has to be a barbecue. All the extra space that your backyard offers is perfect for a large party of people. Unfortunately, at this time of year, the garden might not be quite ready for that many visitors! Here are the steps you need to entertain the big crowd for your big event:
Redesign, Landscape, Or Tidy Up?
It’s difficult to know how much there is to do until you’re out there in the backyard and planning your party. You might choose to use this opportunity to completely renovate this area and turn it into the perfect entertaining space. You need a large flat patio area where you can fit a large garden dining set. You might also want a couple of sofas or other garden seats. What about a gazebo? Then, of course, you need to plan where you will place your outdoor kitchen.
You can usually place this adjacent to the back door. It should be walled on three sides and have a roof covering. The open side is necessary for safe ventilation when you’re cooking on flames or gas. It also provides easy access out to the rest of the yard.
Picking Out The Recipes You Love The Best
Now you know where you’re cooking and where everyone will be sitting, you need to choose the food and drinks that you’ll serve. Lots of people are keen to eat healthily even when they’re at friends’ houses for dinner. There are lots of ways you can make a barbecue healthy. It is a grill after all! Choose good cuts of meat, and low sugar marinades to reduce fat and calories.
Why not add lots of fruit and salad to the mix? This gives everyone an opportunity to fill up on healthy choices. Finally, choose pita or flatbread for healthier options instead of buns and bread.
Firing Up The Grill
It’s worth checking the grill over long before you need to fire it up. If you’re using gas, you might need a propane tank refill to make sure you can keep the barbecue going for the whole day and evening. Some grills are really tough to clean. If you need yours professionally cleaned, then book an appointment as soon as you can. Cleaning it by hand can be tough work, so it’s best to start early with this approach.
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If you’re using fuels, charcoal or wood, make sure you have plenty to hand. Keep it stored away from the main barbecue area. You might need to keep it undercover. Some people like to season their wood for a while before burning it for scent or for cooking. Check which type of wood is best for the purpose.
Safety First – Food, Kids and Pets
Keeping safe on a hot sunny afternoon when the drinks are flowing is essential. You need to make sure your pets are kept away from the heat, the sun and the food. Kids can get a little over excited too when there are lots of guests around. Make sure ball games are kept well away from the barbecue as well as the food table. You might want to make sure they wash their hands when they come back to eat at the table.
Make sure everyone has sunscreen, and provide plenty of shady areas. As well as the most popular drinks, ensure there is plenty of water available too. Keep cold foods on ice to keep them from getting warm. This can reduce the risk of bacteria and food poisoning.
Relaxing And Enjoying Your Own Party
It’s important you get a chance to relax and enjoy the party you’re throwing. See if you can delegate some of the tasks to a friend or relative so you can have some time to mingle with friends. Most people are pretty good about clearing up after themselves. Everything else can wait until morning.
As The Sun Goes Down
As the day ends, you might move your party indoors. Some people might have left by now so the conversations might be a little quieter. When the last guest leaves, you can reflect on your event. Was it a success? And are you willing to do it all again another time? A big event can certainly be tiring, but it’s the perfect way to enjoy time together.