After a long winter (and even longer pandemic-induced lockdown), you may be feeling the summer itch. Trade your sweaters for tank tops and boots for flip-flops, and plan your long-awaited backyard get-together to kick-off summer fun. Before you dive in without a plan or necessary prep, gather a hefty spread and break open your trusty grill for the perfect outdoor get-together. To throw a backyard bash, sure to have your guests talking, read on for six tried-and-true tips for the perfect summer bash.
Take care of the grill
For many summer-lovers, a well-loved grill is a staple. Although the grill is oh-so-revered, they often collect dust during colder months, waiting for the first hint of sun. Instead of letting your grill become a time-capsule of BBQs-past, give it a little TLC before your next get-together. We’re talking repairs, cleaning, and a new propane tank to take your BBQ to the next level.
Not only will a squeaky-clean grill mean better-tasting food, but you’re also saving yourself from a potential fire hazard due to grease stains and build-up. If you need help getting your grill up to standard, run a Google search using the keywords “Palm Beach grill cleaning” and treat your grill to a deep clean before it’s time to shine.
Pick the right food
Even the most expensive grill can’t fix a poor-quality steak. If you hope to give your friends the post-quarantine BBQ they deserve, don’t load up their plates with bargain meat and store-bought barbecue sauce. Consult a quality meat selection guide for your grill, then hit cuts with some simple homemade sauce. Additionally, don’t forget to pick up fresh corn for grilled cobs and organic veggies for a burger station. Practice your BBQ skills, freshen-up the ingredients, and your party will be the talk of the neighborhood.
No barbecue is complete without drinks. While a classic American BBQ staple is a cooler full of ice-cold brews, give your guests additional choices by adding adult-twists on childhood classics. Have a pitcher of regular lemonade for kids, and offer an adults-only lemonade made with grilled lemons to fit the theme.
Seating, lighting, decor—your summer kick-off event deserves it all. If your backyard lacks flora and fauna, spring for floral table coverings and green accents, or hang string lights from your trees for an inexpensive and easy way to bring light to the party. If you’ve got extra time before the event, construct DIY paper lanterns at home. Not only will they amp-up your space, but they’re also a great activity to keep your little ones busy until the fun begins.
Don’t forget dessert
Cookies and brownies are always a hit, but a backyard BBQ is a chance to break out marshmallow sticks and make some s’mores. A fire pit incorporates seating and atmosphere with an activity for both grown-ups and kids to enjoy. Stick to classics by setting up a plate of marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate, or level-up your s’mores bar by offering peanut butter cups or caramel truffles. If you don’t have a fire pit, don’t worry. You can always pick up a few cans of Sterno before your event for a simple, accessible DIY dessert station.
Last but not least, the kids
A backyard BBQ is for everyone. Invite the neighborhood kids and construct easy, outdoor games to keep them occupied until the food comes off the grill. Try setting up a plastic pink flamingo ring toss game or a water balloon fight and watch guests flock back to your seasonal get-togethers. Playing cornhole is also a fun way to get some activity time with your guests. Buy some unique cornhole bags for even more fun.
Summer is coming, and we are all itching to get outside. Make sure you give your grill a little TLC, serve the perfect food and drinks, and show your backyard some love. You’ll be setting this year’s BBQ standard for the entire block.