Throw the Perfect Summer BBQ

by Shea Homes Northern California on June 27, 2013

 

The kids are out of school, the temperature is rising, and that can only mean one thing; summer is here! We recently showed you how to prepare your home for the hot summer months; now it’s time to start preparing to entertain! California summer evenings are warm and the sun doesn’t set until 8:30pm which means it’s prime BBQ time.

Prepare for your first summer BBQ by securing your BBQ space. In the Bay Area it’s common to have a backyard, but it’s also common to have a small patio, balcony or community outdoor area that allows for public BBQs; each offer unique opportunities for a fantastic get together.

The Decor

Backyard BBQs are all about simplicity. Whether you have a large space to entertain guests, or an intimate setting for a few of your favorites, it’s important to set the mood. Get innovative and reuse items you have around the house to keep your get together cost effective.

  • Use a wheelbarrow to display cold beverages – just fill it with ice and gently nestle bottles and cans inside to keep them cool.

  • Old wine bottles are great to use as vases for the tables – place daisies or sunflowers inside them for pops of color. You can also clean out a few of your old wine bottles and use them as chilled water carafes. Spice up those bottles by wrapping them in colorful scrapbook paper.
  • Mason jars are great – fill them with rocks, flowers, sand, or a candle for center pieces.
  • The food table is obviously the focal point of any good BBQ – place a colorful table cloth on the buffet table to draw your guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Food

Let’s be honest, BBQs are all about the food. The mood is set with the decor but everyone came over for the ribs, chicken, steak, etc. that you cooked for them.

  • Start the party off with delicious Caprese Pasta Skewers the recipe can be found here.

  • Sometimes a simple BBQ chicken dish is all it takes to get your guest’s talking here is Michael Symon’s delicious recipe.

  • Who doesn’t love baked beans? Here’s a simple and absolutely delectable recipe!
  • And last but certainly not least, why not serve your guests this beautiful Watermelon Sorbet?

Top off your evening with a board game, a round of charades or battle it out with a game of croquet. Whatever it is that you do, we just hope you have an amazing and relaxing time.

Do you have any Summer BBQ tips or tricks? Share in the comments! And as always, you can find all of this and more on Pinterest!

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