Nothing says summer quite like a barbecue with your favorite friends and family! While you can throw a few burgers and hot dogs on the grill and call it a day, there are some steps you can take to have the BEST BBQ - one that people will be talking about for years to come!

Here are five tips for planning a successful barbecue party from the comfort of home.

1. Plan the Details of Your Event

The first thing you’ll want to do is plan the details for your event. Pick a time in the afternoon - usually four hours is enough to host a barbecue without having to rush. Since this is an at-home barbecue, your location will obviously be your place! But if you want to open things up, you can always opt for an outdoor space like a campground or park.

2. Create Your Guest List

Next, decide who you are going to invite to your summer barbecue. The nice thing about hosting an outdoor BBQ is that you can open it up to more people. But, you can also choose to keep things small and intimate. Once you have your guest list, get the information out through text, email or Facebook.

3. Decide What You’re Going to Serve

Now that you know who you’re inviting, you can start planning the BBQ party menu. The most popular foods for barbecues are burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken. These food options will appeal to almost everyone. We also recommend having something on hand for those who don’t eat meat, such as baked potatoes or veggie skewers.

4. Don’t Forget the Sides and Condiments!

It’s so easy to get caught up in the main entrees that you forget about the side dishes and condiments. But these are what make or break a summer BBQ! There are plenty of refreshing summer sides to choose from, such as corn on the cob, watermelon and feta salad and baked beans.

As for the condiments, don’t hold back! You can purchase them from a store or make your own. Some of the most popular dipping sauces for chicken and burgers are barbecue sauce, teriyaki, honey mustard and chipotle aioli.

5. Consider the Other Logistics

To finish off your summer event, don’t forget the rest of the logistics like seating, music and games. Your guests will be spending a lot of time eating and drinking, but you want them to be comfortable. The logistics to plan for include:

  • Music using a bluetooth speaker
  • Games and activities
  • Plates, napkins, cups and cutlery
  • Cold beverages for adults and kids
  • Seating for everyone - with shade!
  • Accessible bathroom on main floor

Now the only other thing you need is for the weather to cooperate! And if you find out that you need a bit of help with the side dishes or main entree, don’t hesitate to contact La Rosa Chicken and Grill. We have great catering options for all types of events!

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