Planning the Perfect Barbecue: A Guide


Summer’s appeal is the increased daylight hours and the amount of time you spend outdoors. Between the fresh air and the warm sun hitting your skin, the only better way to spend a Saturday afternoon is with friends and great food. Everyone understands the appeal of a BBQ, which is why it is the perfect excuse to host a garden party. Bring your friends over and enjoy the time together, once you’ve settled on a date, all that is left is to go through this planning checklist.

Give Your Barbecue a Check-Up

The first step to any barbecue season is to check the state of your barbecue and to give it a good check-up. If you leave your barbecue out during the winter,this could be a matter of health and safety, particularly if anything has rusted over the winter. If they have, switch the grates out for non-rusting materials such as stainless steel, and generally try to take better care of your barbecue. Not only is this how you will cook better, more delicious food, but it’s alsohow you will extend the life of your barbecue.

Spruce Up Your Back Garden

Now that you know your barbecue is in working order and that it is sparkling clean, it’s time to move on to the more sociable aspects of your garden party. This means getting enough chairs outside for everyone, perhaps decorating it with candles and fairy lights, and really sprucing up the place. If your garden needs a little TLC, now is the time to do it. You want your friends to enjoy the evening as much as they enjoy a beer garden (only with much cheaper service).

Practice New BBQ Recipes

Once you are happy with how the venue looks, it’s time to get to work on practicing the main attraction: the food. Yes, it’s easy to grill food, but if you really want to make this party one toremember you won’t serve food that has just been a bit charred, but food that really pushes the limit on how great barbecued food can be. To do this, practice. Make food for yourself and try out different recipes in the lead up to your garden party.

Make it the Ultimate Party 

Really make it a party by bringing out some essential tools of the partying trade. Bluetooth speakers so that you can enjoy some music outside, a vape from to offer your smoking friends an alternative that won’t be as intrusive as their regular cigarettes, and perhaps even a polaroid for your friends to have fun with. There are so many ways you can make your garden party a night to remember, and all you need to do is think about what your friends will enjoy.

The more successful your garden party is, the more you can cement yourself as the go-to person for all summer fun. Give yourself and your friends memories to take with you through to the cold winters and beyond. Host a great garden party, and you will bring everyone closer together than ever before.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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