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Tips for the Best Backyard Barbecue Setup

April 1, 2019

There’s nothing like a good backyard barbecue with friends and family, whether you’re hosting a casual celebration, or adding some cheer to a regular weekend.

If you have a lawn or a garden, a BBQ is a fantastic way to entertain without worrying too much about details – after all, they’re synonymous with comfort food and fun.

To get you started, we’ve come up with some tips on setting up for a backyard barbecue and help you plan a party your guests will love.

Prep Beforehand

You’ll want to be as relaxed as you can be while hosting, so prepare your ingredients, utensils and other materials like charcoal.

Make sure the food is ready to slide onto your grill and assemble your side dishes so everyone can grab and eat. Check you’ve got enough charcoal or propane on hand; stock your fridge with ice, and place beverages in coolers.

Having everything set up before your guests arrive will make a world of difference in how much you’ll enjoy your own BBQ.

Comfy Seating

If you have space, arrange outdoor furniture in small groups; cluster cast aluminium chairs near the serving area, and place a bench under your favourite tree.

Comfortable seating, cushions and proper placement will encourage guests to mingle while providing opportunities to sit back and chow down.

If you’re looking to create a more family-style feel, you can also push together some tables to create one long dining area as your focal point.

Bevvie and Snacks Area

Place a folding or side table away from the grill to hold your snacks, side dishes and beverages.

Most of the time, people tend to congregate around the cooking area, so providing a separate place where guests can enjoy light snacks while waiting seeks to solve this problem.

You can also add some chairs to the snack area to get people to walk around and talk to each other. Your cooks will thank you too!

Mood Music and Lighting

These elements make a big difference when it comes to backyard barbecues.

If you’re going to be holding your barbecue into the evening, you can opt to hang string lights up around your garden to add some atmosphere.

Music works well to set the mood, so make sure you start your playlist when your guests are arriving to amp up the energy and enthusiasm.

If you don’t have a fancy sound system, use a good Bluetooth speaker; connect it to your phone or laptop, choose some upbeat tunes, and you’re good to go.

Trash Options

Clean-up is often overlooked when it comes to backyard barbecues. Head off any stress by setting up easily-spotted, multiple locations for trash around your garden.

If you want to, you can even put up signs directing guests where to throw their used napkins, plates and utensils. Big trash bags or a couple of bins will prevent a mess. Include a recycling bin as well, and spread the word that your guests can clean as they go.

The last thing you want is for people to keep going in and out of your house to throw things, or to pick up tons of scattered debris after your barbecue.

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