“A wonderful 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 like the barbeque grill, seating, lighting, and of course the menu preparation.”
Today’s barbecue choices have never been higher. The designs and choices are wonderful, there is in fact a barbecue that is suitable for your individual barbecuing needs. Barbecues come in both natural gas and propane grills. Barbecues are available in portable fire pit versions excellent for a patio or backyard, providing the feeling of being around a genuine fire pit. Weber makes a number of the most durable and dependable high quality grills, utilizing stainless steel burners to give long- wearing even heat and burners with spider and insect screens to keep the burners pest free. The stainless steel hoods and bodies are long lasting and great looking. Several of the designs also include built in thermometers.
Another great addition to your backyard cooking options may be a bbq smoker. These bbq smokers are fantastic for seafood delicacies and traditional barbecue foods like beef brisket, ribs or pork. They are also excellent for poultry, seafood or anything requiring direct high temperatures. Briquettes are available that burn for up to eight hours giving a fantastic smoked flavor.
A beautiful terrace leaves you with the impression that your at a cottage or a wonderful outdoor retreat, the nice thing is it is a much more affordable alternative to owning a cabin. With the great variety of patio furniture and accessories on the market you can design your patio to be your personal holiday in your backyard. The patio isn’t simply a convenient escape, but also a natural extension of your home’s design and décor. Black is a favorite colour for furniture as is antiqued greens with a distressed look. Wooden furniture is again popular, teak being a popular as it ages so beautifully. Patio furniture is available with armrests, high back seats and swivel rockers with matching ottomans, all for ultimate comfort. The majority of the outdoor furniture sold today is made with all weather materials; it’s also wise 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 want 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, enabling you to take control of the weather on your deck or patio in a moment; there are also outdoor tents which you can set up with a table inside to shelter yourself from the rain. It is necessary to have at least one outdoor umbrella to offer shade and protection for your visitors from the hot sun, as well as they also look nice. There is no lack 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 get a proper serving or buffet surface for your celebration, a place where you can have all the food, drinks, plates and utensils. Portable packs or side tables may also work well. You may even have a built-in countertop.
The lighting for your outdoor party is only going to matter if the barbecue carries on into the evening; no matter the lighting is something which is wonderful to consider as it adds so many ambiences to your backyard setting. There are outdoor solar-powered lights available and other lighting options in a number of designs. Luminaries, candles, miniature white lights strung between trees or along your patio, or some lovely white paper lanterns hanging from your trees can make your patio extraordinary.
Bug control is a must in your outdoor party. Burn citronella candles to help keep a variety of bugs away. If yellow jackets are a nuisance in your lawn, traps are available from your garden center or nursery.
A few other nice additions to your party may be; gift bags for any children attending the party, you can fill the bags with fun ideas found in the dollar store like glow sticks, crayons and small notepads etc., it’s a wonderful idea to keep the kids busy; patio heaters are great if it begins to cool down in the evening, or for unexpected cooler times; flowers in planters or hanging baskets will further add to the appeal of your lawn; lastly a wonderful variety of music sets the mood and adds a nice overall feeling to your party.
Planning the meal is probably the biggest challenge to your party. You will want to know ahead of time if any of your guests have any special eating preferences, allergies, dislikes. You could always go with the standard burgers, veggie burgers (f there will be any vegetarians attending), steaks and fries knowing that everyone will be satisfied and full. On the other hand, you might want to surprise your guests with a wonderful honey barbeque broiled steak; a simple marinade can be made with garlic, marjoram, salt, pepper, dry mustard, honey, and balsamic vinegar. The selected steak or chicken can then be stored in the marinade for a few hours in the fridge, next step is on the barbecue.
In the summertime cold drinks are essential. You may make some cold lemonade, and have some carbonated drinks on hand. A nice addition to any buffet table is a lovely punch (alcohol or non-alcohol) with a few lemon slices and fresh fruit additions. Always have a great deal of ice available to keep the drinks cold. For dessert some cut fruit such as berries, melon and watermelon pieces prove refreshing or a fruit salad can be nice, and of course a nice cake or some cookies is always sinful but popular.
Obviously your budget will determine how much you can and can not do as far as decorating at your party. But don’t let that dissuade you, it takes some time to receive your patio looking exactly how you want it, in the meantime keep your eyes open and look for ideas. A simple picnic table and a few plastic outdoor chairs work well too; a barbecue really is 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 excellent way to get together with your closest friends and family members to enjoy the summertime and some terrific food.