Our BBQ Checklist to Plan an Epic Summer Party
June 24, 2021

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

BBQ preparation 

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:


BBQ Condiment, spice and sauce checklist
  • - Marinade for the meat and fish
  • - Mustard
  • - Ketchup
  • - Mayonnaise
  • - Garlic
  • - Hot sauce


BBQ drinks checklist 
  • - Alcoholic drinks: beer, wine, Pimm’s
  • - Non-alcoholic drinks: soda, homemade lemonade
  • - Ice and a cool box


BBQ food list 

Meat and fish checklist

  • - Bacon
  • - Chorizo skewers
  • - Sausages
  • - Beef steaks
  • - Beef burgers (don’t forget the burger buns and garnish!)
  • - Chicken wings and thighs
  • - Salmon 
  • - Prawns skewers

Vegetarian checklist

  • - Vegetable skewers: onion, red pepper
  • - Mushrooms
  • - Aubergines
  • - Asparagus
  • - Halloumi
  • - Courgettes
  • - Corn on the cob
  • - Baked potatoes

Side checklist

  • - Tortillas or pittas
  • - Potato chips
  • - Lettuce
  • - Tomatoes
  • - Cheese
  • - Crackers

Dessert checklist

  • - Watermelon
  • - Bananas and chocolate wrapped in foil
  • - Strawberry and marshmallow skewers
  • - Fruit salad


BBQ essentials list
  • - Oil for salad dressings and oiling grill plates
  • - Napkins

BBQ Food preparation

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.

Check out our BBQ cooking time to assess how long it will take you to cook each type of food.


Table setting list


If you don’t want the hassle of washing up, you can also choose disposable tableware.


BBQ safety checklist

Bucket of water or garden hose


BBQ equipment 

Here’s the equipment needed to host a barbecue and to make sure you can clean your BBQ after the party:


Cooking equipments and utensils

If you have a gas BBQ you’ll need:

  • - Gas bottle

If you have a charcoal BBQ you’ll need:

Check out our blog on how to start a BBQ


BBQ cleaning material list 

  • - White vinegar
  • - Soda crystals
  • - Sponges
  • - Wipes

Read our blog on how to clean a BBQ


And there you have it - everything you could possibly need to host the best BBQ party in town!