5 Barbeque Party Ideas: Summer Style Entertainment For Busy Women

If you’re like me, you’ve been busy with outdoor preparations for a fun, enjoyable, stress-free summer! How about sitting back and taking a few moments to appreciate all the hard work you’ve put into the yard?

I cannot think of a better way to show off my tomatoes plants, pepper trees, stone decorations, over-flowing flower pots and lush, green grass than to entertain my friends among the fruits of my labor! How about you?

Barbeque party ideas abound.

You can plan a barbeque and invite everyone you know. And you won’t have to spend hour, after stressful hour cooking to provide all the food and drink yourself. I have found that people are more than happy to bring a side or dessert. You can even make it BYOB party!

I bet it would be a lot of fun to do an impromptu get together. Ask your mom to bring a side, your neighbor to bring the dessert, your friend to bring drinks and you can do the brats and burgers! Voila! Done!

Not so fast. If you want your barbecue party ideas to turn out to be a slam dunk success, there are a couple more things you need to in mind as well.

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1. Plan fun activities. Talking and catching up is okay to a certain extent, but who wants to just sit around and talk all day? Make sure to plan some fun activities as well. You can set up a volleyball net, or get the squirt guns ready! Better yet, why not purchase a bocce ball set? The options for outdoor fun activities are endless. Young and old alike will appreciate a variety of outdoor fun activities to choose from.

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2. Provide sufficient seating! Successful barbecue party ideas include food of course, so having enough seating available is a good idea. Make an inventory of what you already have, then, if necessary, add additional kitchen chairs, lawn chairs, benches, or ask guests to bring their own. Most young people will be happy sitting on the porch steps or the lawn, but older guests appreciate proper seating. I know I would, and I am not even “that” old.

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3. Develop a Plan B. As much as you may plan you outdoor event to a “t”, there is still some things that may go wrong. No need to stress if you have a Plan B. For instance, if the weather chooses not to cooperate, make sure you made arrangements for a tent or a covered patio. If renting a tent is not an option and you do not have a covered patio, then your plan B could simply be to move the party indoors. It’s always a good idea to clean your house ahead of time just in case you need to implement Plan B!

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4. Pest control is a must. Where I live, mosquitoes are a major problem for outdoor entertainment. I get large citronella candles and place them strategically near eating or where folks may gather to chit chat. Be sure to have some bug spray available for your guests to use once the sun sets and the mosquitoes come out. If wasps are a problem, hang a trap and/or give them their own plate of food at the other end of the yard. :-)

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5. Location, Location, Location. Your backyard is not the only spot for outdoor entertainment. How about hosting a neighborhood party out on your front driveway? Another barbecue party ideas could include reserving the covered picnic area at your local park. I know lots of folks in my town do that. The local park is an excellent venue for a BBQ, with lots of space for kids and adults to engage in fun activities.

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These are just 5 easy barbecue party ideas worth considering. But there are tons more. Whatever you do, make sure to stay safe and have fun!