“A superb way to entertain family and friends in an outdoor setting is with a backyard barbeque party. With proper planning and the right environment people will be talking about your party all summer. Important factors to think about when entertaining are things such as the barbeque grill, seating, lighting, not to mention the menu preparation.”
Today’s barbecue choices have never been higher. The layouts and options are wonderful, there is in fact a barbecue that fits your personal barbecuing needs. Barbecues can be found in portable fire pit models excellent for a patio or backyard, providing the sensation of being around an actual fire pit. Other barbecue designs include charcoal-wood grills, portable grills and outdoor stoves. Weber makes a number of the most durable and dependable quality grills, using stainless steel burners to give long- wearing even heat and burners with spider and insect screens to keep the burners pest free. Many of the designs also include built in thermometers.
Another terrific addition to your backyard cooking options may be a Bat in Attic. These bbq smokers are fantastic for seafood delicacies and traditional barbecue meals like beef brisket, pork or ribs. They are also excellent for poultry, seafood or anything requiring direct high temperatures. Briquettes are available that burn for up to eight hours providing a fantastic smoked flavor.
A gorgeous patio leaves you with the impression that your at a cottage or a wonderful outdoor retreat, the nice thing is it’s a much more affordable alternative to owning a cabin. With the great selection of patio furniture and accessories on the market you can design your patio to be your personal vacation in your backyard. The patio isn’t simply a convenient escape, 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 fabrics; it is also sensible to select furniture that will be durable and low maintenance.
When throwing and arranging a barbecue patio party you’ll want to be prepared and know approximately how many people will be coming. You need to be sure there is sufficient available seating so everyone is comfortable. You’ll also need to be prepared for unexpected weather. Awnings are an exceptional option, allowing you to take control of the weather on your deck or patio in a minute; there are also outdoor tents that you can set up with a table indoors to protect yourself from the rain. It is important to have at least one outdoor umbrella to offer shade and protection for your guests in the hot sun, as well as they also look nice. There’s absolutely no shortage of excellent patio furniture and comfy outdoor sitting options. Patio heaters are also welcome for cooler evenings after the sun goes down.
It’s important to have a proper serving or buffet surface for your party, a place where you can have all the food, beverages, plates and utensils. Portable carts or side tables can also work well. You might even have an integrated countertop.
The lighting for your outdoor party will only matter if the barbecue carries on into the evening; no matter the lighting is something that is wonderful to consider as it adds a lot of ambiences to your backyard setting. There are outside solar-powered lights available and other lighting options in a number of designs. Luminaries, candles, mini white lights strung between trees or along your patio, or some lovely white paper lanterns hanging from the trees can make your patio extraordinary.
Bug control is vital in your outdoor party. Burn citronella candles to keep a variety of bugs away. If yellow jackets are a nuisance in your lawn, traps are available from your garden center or nursery.
Some other nice additions to your party might be; gift bags for any children attending the celebration, you can fill the bags with fun ideas found at the dollar store like glow sticks, crayons and little notepads etc., it’s a nice idea to keep the kids occupied; patio heaters are excellent if it begins to cool down in the evening, or for sudden cooler days; flowers in planters or hanging baskets will further increase the appeal of your yard; lastly a wonderful variety of music sets the mood and adds a wonderful overall feeling to your celebration.
Planning the meal may be 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 could always go with the standard burgers, veggie burgers (f there’ll be any vegetarians attending), steaks and fries knowing that everybody will be satisfied and full. On the other hand, you might want to surprise your guests with a superb honey 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 kept in the marinade for a couple of hours in the fridge, next step is on the barbecue. Excellent side dishes might be some potato salad, a green salad and corn on the cob.
In the summertime cold drinks are a must. A nice addition to any buffet table is a beautiful punch (alcohol or non-alcohol) with a few lemon slices and fresh fruit additions. Always have lots of ice available to keep the beverages cold. For dessert some cut fruit such as strawberries, melon and watermelon pieces 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’t do as far as decorating in your celebration. But don’t let that discourage you, it takes some time to receive your patio looking precisely 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 too; a barbecue is in fact all about the food and atmosphere generated.
With some planning and the right setting 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 terrific food.