Preparing for a British BBQ this summer

A BBQ is a fun way to enjoy the summer with those you hold dear. They encourage you to make plans, offer delicious food and always make sunny days a little better. Their popularity is highlighted by the fact that the average Brit is invited to three BBQs a year according to a report from May 2023.

If the hosting baton has been passed to you for the summer of 2024, however, you may be starting to stress about organising it. That’s only natural with so much to arrange from the guest list to setting up the garden.

Our article below aims to alleviate some of your hosting anxieties, so no stone is left unturned and you have a clear list of steps to take for a successful BBQ. If that sounds like something you need, continue reading below.

Planning around the weather

We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, so planning your BBQ accordingly is a must. Check reliable weather forecasts from the likes of the Met Office to see if any wind or rain is on its way and make a decision whether to go ahead with your BBQ or not.

If the weather looks like it may be sun and rain throughout the day, a gazebo can be a great solution for intermittent rainfall.

Plan your menu

The food is the star of the show at a garden BBQ, so ensuring your menu is filled with delicious options is non-negotiable. In our opinion, no summer BBQ is complete without the following foods:

  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Grilled vegetables and salads
  • Condiments
  • Chips

Don’t forget your beverages either to help guests wash their food down. Alcoholic and soft drinks as well as suitable options for kids are a must.

Setting up your garden

You’ll want your garden to be inviting while wowing guests at the same time. Ample seating is your first port of call as comfort is everything while guests bite into their burgers.

Next, focus on illuminating your garden, so the party can go on after dark. Hanging festoon lights can make your space brighter and more aesthetically pleasing.

Entertaining your guests

Organising entertainment for your guests can go a long way in ensuring a successful BBQ. There are countless ways to do this but we recommend party games to lift the mood. These are great for making long-lasting memories and act as icebreakers for guests who haven’t met before.

Some of the best BBQ party games to try include:

  • Bean bag toss
  • Egg and spoon race
  • Beer or water pong
  • Jumbo Jenga
  • Tug of war
  • Rounders
  • Football

Whether it’s your first time hosting or you’re experienced and want to take it to the next level, our guide is the secret recipe you’ve been looking for. Follow it step-by-step today and guarantee fun times for all.


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