Host the ultimate summer BBQ: Tips and tricks for grilling and entertaining

Summer is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a good old-fashioned BBQ? In this post, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you throw the ultimate summer BBQ that will have your guests singing your praises for years to come.

1. Plan Your Menu Ahead of Time

When it comes to hosting a successful BBQ, planning ahead is key. Create a menu that’s suitable for your guests and offers a variety of options. Consider dietary restrictions, preferences, and allergies when planning your menu. Offer a mix of grilled meats, veggies, and salads. Don’t forget about dessert options like ice cream or fresh fruit!

2. Get the Grill Ready

You don’t want to be caught with a dirty grill when your guests arrive! Make sure to clean it beforehand and get it preheated so that you’re ready to go. And if the weather doesn’t cooperate, don’t worry – just have a backup plan in case you need to move things indoors.

3. Grill and chill with our summer BBQ deals

Our Fire Pit offers are hotter than a summer day! From kebabs to sausages, and even steak – we’ve got you covered. So, why wait? Head to your local store and snag our 2 for £8 deal while it lasts! (Offers subject to availability, offer ends 19.09.2023)

4. Set Up the Perfect Atmosphere

Create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for your guests. Set up comfortable seating and lighting to make your garden feel like a cosy oasis. Decorate your space with summer-inspired decor such as flowers, lanterns, and tablecloths. Consider setting up a game or activity area to keep your guests entertained.

5. Play some garden games

What’s a party without some fun and games? Keep your guests entertained with some classic garden games that will have everyone feeling like a kid again. Some fun examples are Bulldog, Duck Duck Goose, Ring Toss (if you have it) or any ball games you enjoy.

6. Make a playlist

Music can make or break a party. So, put together a playlist of some summery tunes that will get everyone’s toes tapping and hips swaying.

7. Don’t forget the sides

A BBQ is so much more than just throwing some meat on the grill and eating just that; rather, it should be a multi-dish occasion. The humble side dish rounds out a meal and is often overlooked. Corn on the cob or vegetable skewers, cook amazingly on the grill. Add to these crisp green salads, and the universal chips and dip to enjoy a true BBQ feast! Available at One Stop.

8. Offer a Variety of Drinks

Provide a variety of drinks to keep your guests hydrated and happy. Offer non-alcoholic options like lemonade or iced tea, as well as alcoholic beverages like beer and wine. Consider creating a signature cocktail for the occasion to add a special touch to your event. Try out this delicious Amazing Mojito Mocktail recipe.

9. Room for Dessert?

Finish off your BBQ with some tasty desserts! Many delicious, sweet treats can be prepared on the BBQ. S’mores are a way to satisfy all your guests or try a banana sliced lengthways filled with chocolate. Wrap it in foil and place it over the dying embers of coals or low heat if gas. The banana goes soft and caramelly and is fantastic with the melted chocolate.

10. Don’t Forget About Clean-Up

After the party is over, it’s important to clean up properly. Make sure to dispose of all food and drink containers, and clean your grill thoroughly. Put away any leftover food properly, and wash any dishes and utensils. Consider recycling any recyclable materials to reduce waste.

In conclusion, hosting the ultimate summer BBQ requires some planning and preparation, but it’s definitely worth the effort. By following these tips and tricks, you can create an unforgettable event that your guests will love. So, get your grill ready and start planning your next summer BBQ! Make sure to keep an eye out for our weekly deals alongside all your summer offers. You can also get involved by playing our summer game in which you can Win some fantastic prizes. Check it out here 

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