Labor Day is upon us and with it comes the end of summer. What better way to close it out then with friends, family, the outdoors, and your grill? BBQ’s and outdoor get-togethers are some of the best parts about summer. Food, games, and good company, what more could you ask for? So if you’re thinking of planning one here is some helpful tips that will help ensure your Labor Day backyard barbeque is a success.
1. Prep, Prep, Prep
If you want your backyard party to be a success don’t wait until the night before to start planning and inviting guests. Get a jump-start on it and get it on everyone’s calendar! Start figuring out what kind of food you’d like to serve, who you’d like to be there, and what kind of activities you’d like to have.
2. Divide and Conquer
Unless you have an enjoyment of preparing meals for large groups of people it can be helpful to ask guests to each bring a dish. You’d be surprised how many people have a specialty dish that they love bringing out to show off. Be sure to coordinate who’s bringing what. You don’t want to end up with 10 potato salads. It’s also a good idea for you as the host to provide the backbone for this meal. It’s a cookout and most people expect hamburgers and hotdogs to be there as an option. Stock a few veggie burgers as well for your vegetarian friends.
3. Prepare for the Kids
Now most adults are pretty easy to keep entertained. A few decks of cards and some conversation will keep them interested for hours. Kids on the other hand though, are a different story. Hula-hoops, sparklers, and bubbles are always a hit with younger kids. S’mores are a great idea too. They’re an activity and a desert! And for the older kids, maybe a bocce ball that they can enjoy on their own away from the adults and young kids. Teenagers love a little independence.
4. Keep it Cool
You should also plan to have plenty of coolers and ice available to keep beverages cold. It’s also a great way to help keep everyone out of the kitchen and outside mingling. And, if you don’t have a bunch of coolers lying around then ask your guest to bring theirs along so all you’ll need is the ice.
5. Have a Plan B
Every once and a while the weather doesn’t play along with our plans. When it doesn’t, it’s a good idea to have a back up plan. Board games, cards, and quiz games can make for fun savers when the outside forces the party indoors.
These simple tips can make for a great cookout every time! Be safe and enjoy this time with your friends and family.