The warmest days are coming, you’ve just bought a brand new BBQ and you can’t wait to gather with your family and friends around a delicious chargrilled feast. But if this is the first time you’ve organised a summer party and don’t know where to start, fear not: at Robert Dyas, we have bags of experience when it comes to barbecuing. With this comprehensive BBQ checklist we’ll make sure you won’t forget a thing, so you can plan and host an epic summer party!
Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Choosing your BBQ decoration theme
- BBQ preparation
- BBQ equipment
BBQ planning: all you need to know
When hosting a BBQ, making sure that everything runs smoothly and that your guests are happy all comes down to the planning. Here are some helpful tips:
Choose your BBQ decoration theme
There are plenty of decoration themes to choose from when hosting a BBQ. Here are some of the most popular:
- Tropical theme party
- Beach party theme
- Theme by decade: 60s, 70s, 80s
What is a good time to start a BBQ party?
It totally depends on the type of guests. If you are inviting families and kids, the best time to start a barbecue will be from 1pm to 3pm so the party doesn’t last into the evening.
If it’s an adult-only event you can start much later at 4pm so that the barbecue lasts longer into the night.
When choosing a day, weekends usually suit everyone.
BBQ shopping checklist
How do you calculate BBQ food per person?
A good rule is to count between ½ and 1/3 of a pound of cooked meat for each guest.
What food is best for a BBQ?
This will depend on your taste and the taste of your guest, and you will also need to take into account their allergy and diet. We’ve listed below the essential food needed for a BBQ party. You can choose from:
Food preparation is key if you want to be ready on time. One thing you need to remember is that the meat and fish need to be marinated the day before so you can enjoy the full flavour of your dish. Skewers also need to be prepared a few hours before.