Finally Friday: Spontaneous Summer BBQ Survival
You’ve been talked you into throwing a barbecue this weekend. It sounds great after the week you’ve had but how are you going to pull it off in such short notice? We have tips on throwing a summer barbecue on the fly while appearing as though you’ve been planning for months.
Sometimes throwing a barbecue the day of actually eliminates some of the stress you would have experienced if you started planning weeks ago. Not only that, but last-minute preparations get your adrenaline pumping and usually make it so you enjoy yourself a bit more. Here’s how to throw a fabulous, stress-free summer barbecue on the fly.
1. Keep it simple (make it look hard)
If you’re planning a last-minute barbecue, there is no need to go all out. Opt for sausage, hamburgers, fish or chicken. If you insist on going fancy stack up some veggies and chicken and or shrimp on some skewers. Or better yet, look to your grocer for already assembled shish kabob. For sides, we recommend sticking with the grill. You’re out there anyway. Look for baby bok choy, artichokes or peppers. Split these lovely vegetables in half drizzle with olive oil, throw a dash of salt and pepper on them, grill for a few minutes on each side and wah lah delicious, crunchy, pretty.
2. Take people up on their offers
We all have friends that insist on bringing a side dish, dessert or a bottle Skinny Girl Margarita . Instead of telling them “no” like you usually do, take them up on this offer! The more people who are willing to help, the less you have to do. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your friends to bring something small — such as a plate of cookies or their favorite beer. We guarantee they won’t mind stopping at the store on their way over.
3. Don’t forget the essentials
We’ve compiled a list of things that you won’t want to forget when you run to the grocery store for your food. These items include:
Paper plates, cups, napkins and silverware
Ice (how often is this forgotten?!)
Charcoal or propane for the grill
Condiments for the burgers
Salt and pepper
Chips, humus, yummy cheese, crackers and other miscellaneous snacks
Think of some quick entertaining ideas
Luckily, entertainment isn’t necessarily expected at a barbecue. Most just come to relax, have a cold beer, and enjoy the sunshine surrounded by great company. Feel free to throw on your favorite tunes, pull out a few games that are fun for large groups or play some horseshoes or corn hole — just make sure to keep it simple and stress-free!
No barbecue is complete without dessert. Our personal favorite is make it yourself ice cream sundaes. No assembly required, by you, put out a bunch of edible bowls (found at the grocery store), ice cream and toppings..and lots of napkins. So fun and easy and each guest can prepare theirs exactly to their liking — and it’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.
Happy Summer Master Griller! We knew you could pull it off!