Now that you know about the different types of BBQs and how to clean your BBQ it's now time to think about hosting your perfect BBQ. As the weather (hopefully) starts to improve an afternoon spent with friends/family eating delicious food is a great way to spend time together. Planning and organising a successful BBQ however does take time and preparation. To help you out I've complied this guide to help you to host that perfect summer BBQ that guests will leave wanting to come  back for another one soon.

Plan ahead 
Planning ahead is a must, with British weather you'll need a back up plan if the weather changes. After all a sudden downpour can happen. Set a date for your BBQ and make sure to invite guests and double check if they have any  allergies and/or food prefences.

Create the menu
It's time to decide what you and your guests are going to eat. Now you know who is attending you can decide on what to serve and get everything in. A traditional BBQ tends to have staples such as burgers, sausages and grilled chicken. It's also a good idea to have other options too, my favourite is lamb koftas. It's also a good idea to get in vegetarian/vegan options. Remember side dishes like coleslaw, potato salad and corn on the cob. And, of course, make sure to sort out a  dessert!  If you are in need of some recipe ideas some of these easy summer dinner recipes are suitable for doing on the BBQ.

Stock up on supplies
Before the day make sure to stock up on supplies such as plates, napkins, cups,cutlery and condiments such as ketchup, mustard and barbecue sauce. Don't forget any grilling utensils, charcoal or propane. Make sure to have a range of different alcoholic and soft beverages and keep them cool in ice and coolers.

Add special touches
Add some special touches to make your BBQ truly memorable. Decorate your space with summer-inspired decor such as String lights, colourful tablecloths and flowers. If you are having a themed BBQ then add decor that fits in with the theme and make sure that you have enough comfortable seating.

Prepare the grill
Ideally the day before your BBQ be sure to give it good clean. Also make sure to check the fuel levels and that you have enough charcoal or propane to last. If you’re using charcoal, allow enough time for it to heat up before you start grilling.

Get the music going
Set up a playlist with a wide mix of summer tunes that will keep the atmosphere lively. Consider your guests music tastes and try to cater for them. 

Keeping guests entertained is key to a great BBQ.
Why not set up some outdoor games such as jenga,  ring toss, badminton or any ball games. If its an adults only BBQ than you can include drinking games, adult card games or what about  a murder mystery.

After enjoying your savoury delights be sure to offer a range of desserts. Favourites include: Smores, Eton mess, Fruit Scewers, apple pie and flan which all go well with a scoop of ice cream. 

By following this guide your BBQ is sure to be  memorable for both you and your guests.  Once your BBQ is over don't forget about the clean up and then all that is needed is to put your feet up. When it comes to your summer BBQ it requires some planning and preparation, but it’s definitely worth the effort. 

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