It’s official, Summer is in full swing – just check the temperature outside if you still need convincing. What better way to ring in the season than to throw the backyard barbeque of your dreams! With outdoor gatherings of 25 people permitted, it’s time to dust off the grill, spray down the deck and get the patio cushions out of storage. This long weekend, it’s time to bring the good times to your backyard space.
Now we know what you’re thinking…it’s been a minute since you’ve planned an event that didn’t involve a zoom call. Have no fear, View the VIBE is here! We’ve put together a list of essentials so that you can impress your friends and family with a backyard barbeque they’ll never forget.
Because really, what’s better than hangin’ with your friends by the grill and enjoying your dreamy backyard space. So let’s get planning!
Time to Decorate
The key to putting together an amazing backyard barbecue is to keep the decor cozy and inviting. You want to enjoy the comfort of your backyard while still keeping it classy. Bring your dining room outside by throwing down a cute tablecloth, and some matching napkins. Another great touch, add string lights hanging from the trees to set the mood, or even invest in some Tiki torches to enjoy when the sun goes down. When it comes to decor, just add a few simple touches and you’re ready to go!
Start With Snacks
Everyone knows that a great get-together has two vital parts: good friends and even better snacks. BBQs are all about the shareables. Think cocktail hour, but far more casual. Chips and dips, as well as fresh salads, are great options to start. But you really can’t go wrong with anything sharable – corn on the cob, some mac and cheese, or pasta salad, the options are truly endless. Think of snacks that will last throughout the night, so your guests can always have something to nibble on.
It’s time for the main event – a backyard barbeque is never complete without some food on the grill. Channel your inner master chef and have fun with it. The main thing to consider here is options. Outside of the classic burgers and kebabs, why not add seafood to the menu this long weekend? Vegetarian/vegan options – outside of grilled veggies – are also a plus!
Pro Tip: Prep as much as you can the day before your backyard barbeque. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed on the day, and can actually enjoy the company of your friends and family.
Fill Up the Cooler
To keep things informal, let’s skip the custom cocktails and stick to RTDs. Grab your biggest cooler, fill it with ice and drinks galore. Offering cans of beer, cider and hard seltzers keeps the vibe of your backyard barbeque light and casual.
If you feel as though cocktails are an essential part of the event, we’d suggest you go for a large batch recipe. If you really wanted to get fancy, you could even have a BYO Sangria bar. Pre-mix the juice and wine, and lay out an assortment of fruits for guests to choose from. Be sure to have fun, drink responsibly, and stay hydrated – especially in the heat!
Don’t Forget the Tunes
No backyard event is complete without a killer playlist. You can either go for a curated option on Spotify or Apple Music, or better yet make a shared playlist with your friends. That way, everyone can add their favourite songs to the playlist and there is something for everyone to dance to.
Capture the Memories
A fun addition to your backyard barbeque – film cameras. They’re making a serious comeback, and are truly a blast. The nostalgia of film, mixed with the inability to spend hours glued to your phone, makes it truly worthwhile. All you have to do, is place a polaroid camera with film at a station, and let your friends and family start posing! With the photo printing instantly, you not only capture memories of the day, but a trendy keepsake as well.
There you have it, you’re all set to host the perfect backyard barbeque this long weekend. All that’s left to do is to enjoy the moment.