As we mentioned in Our Must Have Healthy Picks for Summer, we love BBQ parties! They are one of our favourite summer activities. Delicious food, great company and beautiful summer weather – what’s not to love? Planning a BBQ can be a big task but we’re here to help! Keep reading to find out our Tips for a Successful Summer Backyard BBQ.
Plan it out
Writing lists of everything you need to do for your BBQ party will help you focus and not get overwhelmed. Start by deciding what food you’re going to serve. Here’s our Summer BBQ Menu:
Hemp Veggie Burgers
Homemade Hamburgers with Spicy Southwest Garlic Aioli
Summer Berry Salad
Broccoli Hemp Potato Salad
Hemp Fruit Salad
Berry Kiwi Hemp Pizza
For BBQs, we suggest you stick with one main dish, two salads, and two desserts. Plus, always include a vegetarian option for those who don’t want regular hamburgers. This way all of your guests will be happy!
After you have your menu all picked out, make a list of what you need to buy at the grocery store. Make sure you also get some refreshments for your guests.
Prep the Night Before
Don’t leave it all till the last minute, make sure you do some prep the night before the party. You can pre-make the Berry Kiwi Hemp Pizza and get all of the ingredients cut up for the Summer Berry Salad, Broccoli Hemp Potato Salad and the Hemp Fruit Salad. Just make sure you don’t put any of the dressings on the salads or cut up any fruits or veggies that will brown overnight.
Find the Perfect Playlist
Having music playing in the background can really set the tone at your party. We love using Songza since they have tons of playlists to choose from for whatever mood you’re in or activity you’re doing. They even have some specifically for when you’re barbequing!
Get Your Game On
Whether there will be kids at your party or not, it’s a great idea to plan some games to play. Try making giant jenga or lawn twister! They are creative spins on the classic games that everyone knows and loves. Your guests will have so much fun!
Don’t Forget to Relax
Once your guests have arrived and the food is served, try and remember to relax! Don’t worry about cleaning up or doing the dishes, just have fun!
We hope you take our advice and plan a BBQ this summer! What are your tips for a successful backyard party?