When we think of August three ideas instantly spring to mind: Sunshine, BBQs and the Bank Holiday weekend. 2018 has seen some of the highest temperatures since records began and there’s no sign of it cooling down. Head to your local butchers, gather some friends and get ready to host your best BBQ with our handy top tips.
Tip #1 - Invest in a good quality BBQ
The choice of barbecues is endless. Do you cook up a feast on a gas, charcoal or electric? Which style suits you best? What colour? Whichever you choose, also consider the space you have available, whether it’s a large garden, medium sized patio or small balcony. We have chosen our top two above.
Tip #2 - Have a good variety of produce and refreshments
It’s not a British summer without some refreshments in circulation and a burger on the ‘barbie’. Our tip is to pay the higher price for a better quality of food. Your guests will thank you for it and cheaper meat tends to shrink as soon as it starts to cook. Be aware of dietary requirements and ensure there’s enough food for everyone. With regards to refreshments, we believe you can’t go far wrong with some cold beers, a jug (or two) of Pimms and some super chilled wine served in your favourite cocktail glasses.
Tip #3 - Create an idyllic setting
When throwing a memorable BBQ, it’s important to create a relaxing, friendly atmosphere for your guests. Your Instagram will also be pleased. Depending on the size of the area, create an ‘outside living room’ with lots of soft furnishings and rugs. If there are kids coming, ensure they have somewhere to hang out and play, preferably tucked away somewhere so the adults can have some downtime. Also, consider shaded areas and invest in some parasols if needed. To finish the look off, invest in some lighting.
Tip #4 - Garden games
Classic garden games have had a recent popularity surge and we can see why. Taking us back to our childhood, adults and kids alike will join in the fun.
Tip #5 - Plants, flowers and foliage
Have you ever seen a garden without any flowers or plants in it? It tends to look quite sad. The more flowers, foliage and plants the better! Whether it’s a garden, patio or balcony, there is something to add colour to any space. Can’t keep plants alive? Go for an artificial one!
Is your kitchen fit for hosting?
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