10 Ideas To Make Your Outdoor BBQ Entertaining A Success

10 Ideas To Make Your Outdoor BBQ Entertaining A Success

10 Ideas To Make Your Outdoor BBQ Entertaining A Success

These 10 ideas to make your outdoor BBQ entertaining a success are sure to turn your annual BBQ into the talk of the town. Throughout North America you can almost expect to be invited or host a BBQ during the summer months of June, July, and August.

Although the weather can start to drop in September there will still be a few great autumn days left to host your BBQ. To be honest though you can host a BBQ anytime of the year not matter if it is rain, shine, snow, or sunny days.

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Serving Cold Drinks on Hot Days

One of the best ways to greet any guest to an epic BBQ on a hot day is to meet them with an ice cold drink. As we all know the devil is always in the details. Even your glasses are going to be judged by your guests. Although most won’t care if they are greeted with your classic disposable red cup.

The problem with these cups is they are plastic and bad for the environment. Most of these cups are plastic also but they are not meant for a one and done party. They can be used year after year at your annual BBQ.

 

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Rubs, Spice Mixes, Seasoning

There is just something amazing about a meal that is entirely prepared on the BBQ. To truly top it off add some cold salads like tossed, potato, or pasta salad.

The key to any great meal is to accessorize. A well-seasoned, marinated, spiced piece of BBQ is a beautiful thing.

Although these spices are meant for meat they also taste great on different vegetarian and vegan options.

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Wine for When You Need To Stay Hydrated

As the summer heats up a lot of us reach for a beer, wine cooler, or mixed drink. Well summer 2017 is going to be the season of wines.

No matter if you are into reds, whites, or roses you have to make sure you present it well to your guests. Having a nice set of wine glasses probably isn’t necessary for your backyard BBQ. The last thing you want to do is spend a ton of money on new wine glasses and have them break on your deck or backyard patio.

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Picnic Table Storage

Keeping your cutlery and napkins is essential during a summer BBQ. All it takes is one strong gust of wind to send your guests scrambling for their napkins.

Salt and pepper shakers, wooden napkin holders, and glass holders are perfect way to keep your tables organized and everything together.

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Aprons for the Pitmaster

Juice and grease splatters are bound to happen while you are working the grill for a large group of people. Aprons are the perfect accessory for your Pitmaster doing the grilling.

From funny to vintage these aprons are sure to impress your guests.

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Backyard Games to Keep Them Occupied

At just over the midpoint of our 10 ideas to make your outdoor BBQ entertaining a success it is now time to look at some ways to keep your guests entertained. Backyard games are perfect for summer hosting as they keep your guests busy and give people a chance to mingle.

Hosting a party with competitive games is one of the best icebreakers you can have to engage your guests.

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Awesome Ideas to Cool and Keep Your Beer Cold

A chest, cooler, or bucket is all you need to keep your beer frosty and cold. Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day is an ice cold beer.

Wine coolers, hard lemonades, sodas, juices, and bottles of water are also essential at any great BBQ.

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Rustic outdoor wooden deck cooler
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Patio Décor That Will Shock and Awe Your Guests

For a lot of us BBQ or not we spend a great deal of time working on our outdoor spaces in the summer. Depending upon the type of party you are hosting will dictate how you plan to decorate your yard.

A wedding BBQ is still a wedding and you will probably decorate with your run of the mill wedding decorations. On the contrary a rustic themed BBQ will call for completely different decorations.

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Welcoming Garden Signs to Greet Your Guests

Rustic and vintage themed wedding signs are the perfect addition to any backyard BBQs. They are a great way to greet your guests and let them into your decorating style and character.

Let people know what you love. If you love gardening get a gardening themed sign. If you love nautical beach themes get a beach themed sign.

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Outdoor Lights To Set The Tone Of Your Party

As day turns into night you are going to need some proper lighting to keep the party going. Classic BBQ lighting includes mason jars, lanterns, and no solar lamps.

Not only is the lighting functional and will keep your guests on the right path but it is also good for setting the mood of the party.

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Hopefully in our 10 Ideas To Make Your Outdoor BBQ Entertaining A Success we helped you a little plan your summer time party.

5 Childrens Indoor Teepee Tents that are best for Summer Activities

5 Childrens Indoor Teepee Tents that are best for Summer Activities

5 Childrens Indoor Teepee Tents that are best for Summer Activities

All of us, as children, have had our own little place in our rooms in either the form of a childrens indoor teepee tents, a pillow fort or a blanket fort, etc. We have all spent hours lying under our safe havens, engaged in different sorts of activities like reading or drawing or simply day dreaming. It is the ideal place for a child to allow imaginative play and to get his/her creative juices flowing. It helps your child discover themselves as they hide out from the world and let their true selves unravel. That time spent helps mold your child’s personality. They are excellent spots to just curl up with a favorite book, enjoy a little playtime magic or just nap time. The idea is to have a place where you can allow yourself to break free and be yourself.

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Pericross Playhouse Teepee is a great choice if your child just wishes to rest or play alone in solitude. It is suitable for both outdoors and indoors so you can set it up inside the child’s bedroom or move it around to the backyard maybe. The construction is relatively simple too so it really isn’t much of a hassle.

Another more interesting option is the Indian Tripod Teepee. This one comes with rich historical background. You can have a fun learning session with your young ones and enlighten them with the stories of the past. Every child loves stories and interactive sessions along with some pretend play will help your child understand cultures. It is compact and easy to construct and take down making it ideal for families with smaller homes.

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Sharing Adventures Right In The Middle Of Your Home

Trademark Innovations Canvas Teepee is the ideal choice for the artistic mind. It is perfect for those who love to express themselves through art. You can go wild over this one with paints, oil or water based. Your child will get to truly call it his/her own because they will personalize it according to their liking. It is a fantastic way of allowing your child to be creative whilst being a great way for the family to bond and build a better relationship with their child.

The Newest Indian Teepee is for bigger families with two or more children. These childrens indoor teepee tents comes with added bling. It is equipped with LED lights and is colored in bright gender neutral colors with abstract patterns. The fabric is durable and long lasting as well. Also, it is equipped with fun details like a window to allow parents to check in on their children every now and then and have a peek at all the fun and creativity brewing inside. Children enjoy communication like that as well.

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Discovery Kids Adventure Teepee is for those little champions who are on the quest for adventure and discovery. It is a spacious, lightweight, easily portable frame and the fabric is durable. Also, it is not too hefty on the pockets and large enough to have the parents share it too.

Teepee tents are starting point at which you can help your child be their most creative selves. Invest in one according to your needs and allow yourself to have fun playtime with your kids in their own little world.

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Planning An Epic Summer BBQ

Planning An Epic Summer BBQ

Planning An Epic Summer BBQ

Are you planning an epic summer bbq this summer? Well there is a thin thin line between a great bbq and an epic summer BBQ. Hopefully we can point you in the right direction to having an epic time.

The Planning Stage

Before you run out and stock up on all the bbq favorites an Epic BBQ takes a bit more planning then your average summer bbq. The first thing you are going to want to plan is your guest list. The most important thing to planning a great bbq is making sure you have the right mix of guests. At this stage of planning an epic summer bbq you will want to start by listing some of your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. Then you can start to narrow down your guest list. Work with someone who gets a little too wild when they drink? Well you got to cut them. Have a friend that cries when they drink? Cross them off the list. Eventually your epic guest list will come together. As important it is to have a guest list it is just as important to set a budget for the BBQ.

 

Setting Your Beefy BBQ Budget

For most of us a budget is just a part of life. Even though money might be tight you can still plan an amazing BBQ. Remember creativity always trumps cash.  I have been to more than my fare share of parties and some of the best of them have been pulled off on super low budgets. On the contrary though some of the worst parties I have been to are the ones that the host including myself spent way too much money on. If you are looking to save a bit of money here or there well you have some options. Making the BBQ B.Y.O.B. will cut your budget considerably.  Not to worry either if you have to ask your guests to bring their own alcohol. Trust me they will understand and also a lot of people have their own preference of what they like and what they don’t like. Speaking of alcohol though make sure you have some non-alcoholic drinks on hand and make sure your guests don’t drink and drive. Cold water, juice, and sodas are great on a cold day and they will keep the designated drivers hydrated and sober.  Another way to keep on budget is to make it a pot luck. Assign each of your guests something to bring. I think you would be surprised that after you have planned a few parties you start to realize that most people want to help make your party great.

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Sending Out The Invites

No matter how you plan to get your guests to your BBQ its best to invite them early. People book up pretty early in the summer. Your Epic BBQ is competing with weddings, family reunions, summer festivals, and just relaxing days at the beach.

So what is the best way to get your guests to your party? The answer to that is anyway you can. Its always nice to get an invitation in the mail but if your on a tight budget a email, phone call, or group text will do.

Below are some Invitation Ideas For Your Awesome Summer BBQ

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A BBQ Menu Your Guests Will Rave About

Your guests are psyched and excited for your BBQ. Now its time to get to work on the menu. Although most of your guests will be ok with all the free food you are putting out there some people have allergies you should be aware of. When you send out your invites you should ask your guests to let you know if they have any food allergies and also if they have specific diets. Your friend who is a vegan might not be in line for a burger but a well made salad or grilled vegetables may make their night special. When planning an epic summer bbq their are some necessities that make up a great party meal. Having some appetizers to graze on, some sides to load up their plates, a main, and a dessert. Thinking of all that food makes me thirsty. Don’t forget about the drinks.

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Common Staples At Summer BBQs -The Appetizers

  • Potato Chips
  • Chicken Wings
  • Corn Bread
  • Fruit and Veggie Trays
  • Cold Cuts
  • Nachos
  • Cheese
  • Olives
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Crackers

Common Staples At Summer BBQs –  Side Dishes

  • Garden Salad
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Potato Salad
  • Corn On The Cob
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Coleslaw
  • Pasta Salad
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Biscuits and Gravy

Common Staples At Summer BBQs – Main Dishes

  • Ribs
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Steaks
  • Salmon
  • Veggie Kabobs
  • Sausages
  • Bacon Wrapped Scallops
  • Pork Chops
  • Grilled Chicken Breasts

Common Staples At Summer BBQs – Desserts

  • Watermelon
  • Ice Cream
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Popsicles
  • Apple Crisp
  • Grilled Pineapple
  • Cake
  • S’mores
  • Assorted Fresh Fruit
  • Pecan Pie

Common Staples At Summer BBQs – Drinks

  • Water
  • Soda
  • Ice Tea
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Vodka Coolers
  • Fruit Punch
  • Sangria
  • Margaritas
  • Lemonade

The Grill Master Is On Fire Tonight

One of the best things about a summer time bbq is that the food almost always tastes incredible when it is grilled. Actually in between enjoying the outdoors, a couple drinks, and some good company food becomes a really small memory in your overall party. So even if you aren’t the best on the grill it is really nothing to worry about. The two things to remember are try not to over cook or under cook. The two thinks that will ruin your guests nights are eating charcoal and getting food poisoning. Depending up what you are planning to cook you can always find a good recipe online. They not only include step by step instructions on how to marinade, prepare, and cook your main dishes but also include estimated cooking times. Just remember the heat of every bbq is slightly different. Keep a close eye on the grill and you will be golden.

Part of planning an epic summer bbq is about knowing when to call in reinforcements. If you are not confident enough to do the grilling you can always call in a friend or family member to help. We all know and love those ultra talented grill masters in our lives. The best thing about them is they usually love to cook for other people.

Aprons Perfect For Your Expert Chef

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Decorating The Great Outdoors

Even the most formal of BBQs serve on both paper and plastic. Paper plates and napkins are a must especially if ribs are on the menu. Plastic forks and cups come in a million different shapes and styles.  Depending upon your budget mason jars may be an great option for your drinks. They can be re-used in your home or be give to your guests as a keepsake.  If you are planning on using disposable plates, cups and utensils make sure they all get into the garbage and not all over your neighborhood. When shopping try to find some eco-friendly options and recycle everything you can. A red checkered table cloth is a classic statement that really tell your guests they are at a summer BBQ.

Here are some great decorations and table fare for your next summer BBQ

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Personalized Utensil and Napkin Holder. Monogram Silverware caddy. Great for your friends and family BBQ’s or in your Kitchen

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A Plan A Always Needs A Plan B

When planning an epic summer bbq you need to remember that during the summer months of June, July, and August summer storms always possible. Plan to have a quick escape route for your guests in case of rain and make sure the house is ready to host your guests in doors. Setting up a BBQ Party Photo Booth would be a great idea to keep your guests partying !

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An Epic BBQ Your Guests Will Always Remember

Finally when planning an epic summer BBQ the one thing you have to remember is to have fun. Entertaining guests should be just that entertaining. Music is one of the best ways to set the mood at your party. If you yourself aren’t a musician you just have to put together a play list of your favorite music. Country music, top 20, and rock are all great choices for a summer BBQ but any type of music you listen will keep your friends happy during the party. Just remember to keep the noise to a respectful limit as the best way to spoil a good BBQ is to have the cops show up and shut you down. Another great way to keep your self and your guests entertained is to have some backyard games ready to go. Beer pong, cornhole boards, and horseshoes are all staples at backyard BBQ. Set up the competition with a prize and your guests will be mingling in no time. A persons competitive spirit and having bragging rights on the line is a great ice breaker for everyone at a party.

Below are some great backyard game perfect for your summer BBQ

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