My husband’s love for barbecuing seems to be the thing that returns every summer. Between you and me, I don’t mind at all. He seems to love the life behind the grill and when it comes to celebrating special days and hosting parties in my backyard, I am never more delighted when I get to invite my family and friends over. Maybe, it’s just a reason to get together, but something is special with water splashing, a BBQ grilling, and the sun just cooling off from a rough day.
I, being the Party Planning Professor, am really fortunate to have a hubby that is thrilled to be behind the grill so I can concentrate on other fun things for the party. So, Mr. Party Planning Professor and I, have each shared some our best bbq tips in hopes that you can throw a few awesome shindigs of your own.
Think outdoors but be prepared to be indoors: All of the kids love outdoors but sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate. Be prepared to have a rain date or take the festivities inside.
Think easy clean up: keep trash near but remember to keep the cans emptied often. Filled trash cans create a haven for unpleasant odors and bugs. Unless, you have invited critters to your party, make sure you keep an eye on the trash can. (if this tip is followed, people will be more likely to clean up after themselves…my favorite part about a barbecue)
Think kid games: When this Mama is out with her kiddos my happiness depends on their contentment. Think of activities that are kid friendly. Bubbles, swatch ball, side walk chalk, water guns or Frisbee. Think FUN! It will be a great time for everyone especially if the kids are having a great time too.
Think Chocolate and Marshmallows: Everyone is always up for Smores so what a great way to celebrate summer then by roasting a few, five or ten (I won’t tell I promise). Smores are a great dessert because they are self made, fun and wallet friendly.
Think memories: Be sure to share to take lots of video or still shots to savor the moment. Parties are best to be celebrated over and over again and pictures help us do that. Be sure to take lots of pictures. The next day, an email with your flickr account link, scrapblog or a personal card makes you give your guests just one more smile.
Think flames are not your friend: Flames appear because the coals are not ready, fat starts to drip and up it goes! The more flames, the more fat and the more fat, the more flames. Food black on the outside, raw on the inside. Remember it’s about patience. Just wait on the coals. Why are you in a rush? Mr. Party Planning Professor likes to have a conversation with the guys while he is waiting. Enjoy the conversation. Enjoy the summer.
Think keep the coals consistent: When the coals are hot and you’re ready to cook, turn the gas down just to maintain the temperature in the coals and keep them well away from the food. Despite me saying be patient, gas is still wonderfully quick and convenient to have a barbecue but never should it be instant. Pile up the charcoal to get it all burning at the same pace.
Think Life always isn’t black or white: but……when it comes to coals they are ready when they are white. (not black) Before cooking, spread the coals out evenly. Start off with the food rack on its maximum height and bring it down gradually.
Think don’t stress! Think have Fun. Think enjoy the memories being made and enjoy the moment. Grill On!
Elizabeth Norton, mom to 2, wife to 1 and is know as the Party Planning Professor. She has created a website that is dedicated to birthday party ideas and baby shower tips. Even though she claims that throwing a party can be a piece of cake she is always up to making a party new and exciting for each and every celebration she throws. She is always Professin’ that although decorations, good eats, and entertainment add flair and style….a true party is about the guests and the memories made with each other.