Barbeques are common for events like the 4th of July, receptions, birthday parties and going away parties. Regardless why you have settled to plan a barbeque party, the memories that would come from it are certain to be remembered by your guests for several years to come, as long as you plan ahead. Planning an excellent BBQ party isn't hard, as long as you observe a few simple steps.
1) First, no barbeque will be complete without guests. Plan early, checking with your expected guest for scheduling conflicts and other issues. Looking for a date and time that is ideal foreveryone shouldn't be too far as long as you give everyone adequate advanced notice. Keep in mind that not everyone would be able to come, regardless how much notice you give them, so don't get disheartened if you don't get as many RSVPs as your earlier hoped for.
2) Make sure to check the weather. If you live in a climate that is not predictable, then you may prefer to have a plan B in case strange weather comes. You can't predict matters like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you could make certain that you hold you barbeque in the time of year that would be pleasant to your guests. A barbeque in cold weather could give more negative memories of trying to keep warm instead than good memories with family and friends.
3) Buy the kind of meat that you'll be serving at your party. You'll want to have a least a few different kinds of meats, as everybody attending might not like a particular kind. It is generally safe to go with pork, hamburgers, sausage, and chicken. If smaller kids are going to be in attendance, you must factor in child friendly foods like smaller hamburgers and hot dogs.
4) When you have the meat bought, you'll then want to decide what sort of side dish you will serve up. If you want a fully traditional barbecue, you may want to go withtraditional sides. Traditional barbeque sides involve potatoes, baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar must have pickles, relish, and onions. Such foods are usually severed at barbeques since they are easy to ready and store till the event happens. You might want to cook extra items, but any barbeque is already complete with just the items listed above. Once more, if kids will be present, consider sides for them too.
The simplest approach to side dishes is chips and dip. Chips and dip don't demand any cooking on your part, and would still be enjoyed by the majority of your guests.
5) Based on the theme of your party, you may or may not want to buy ornaments. Festive ornaments can be found at any local party or general store. You may also look at purchasing decorations that can be stacked away and reused at another time, like reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches.
6) The day prior to your party, you'll want to be sure to thaw, set up, and marinate the meat you'll be cooking. Store the meat soaking up the marinade until it is time for it to go on the grill. Ready any side dishes that you can early.
7) The day of the party, get up early and begin preparing for it. You don't want your guest coming while you're still cooking or hanging up decorations. It would only take you a few hours at the most to set up the area where you will be having the party, but the responses from your guest will perhaps seem as if you've been planning this for weeks. Try to bring the grill already going by the time guests get there because the smell coming from the grill is sure enough to get everybody in the mood.