10 Ways To Host A Stress Free Barbecue

It’s a perfect Summer night and you want to host an impromptu get together. Don’t sweat it. Here are 10 ways to host a stress free barbecue, so you can enjoy your own casual party with your family and friends.

Host a Stress Free Barbecue

10 Ways To Host A Stress Free Barbecue

1. Don’t skimp on the paper plates. No one wants their food to spill on the ground {except your dog!}. Plastic cups, forks and knives will save you clean up time, so you can enjoy your own party.

2. Do what you can ahead of time and cover. Prep sliced tomatoes, onions and lettuce ahead of time. Arrange on a platter and wrap well with plastic wrap until it’s time to eat.

3. If you are serving a salad, use greens that are less likely to wilt, like hearty watercress. Also, keep the salad fresh and serve the dressing on the side. Offer a couple different dressing options for guests.

4. Serve up guaranteed favorites. Test your new recipe on your family later. Grill up easy sides like corn on the cob. Top with parmesan cheese and/or barbecue sauce.

5. Make sure you have all of your grilling supplies you need. Extra long tongs and spatulas, hot mitts, trays, charcoal or propane tank, lighters, etc. Always test your grill before the party starts.

6. Keep extra serving platters on hand. You will need them.

7. Be sure to preheat the grill to medium-high before you begin.

8. Have an extra cooler of ice at your drink station. You don’t want to keep running to the store.

9. Serve drinks in festive self serve drink dispensers and ice filled beverage tubs.

10. Keep it simple. After the meal, serve an easy but delicious dessert. S’mores and/or grilled peaches and vanilla ice cream are always crowd pleasers. See how to grill peaches here.

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