Have big backyard BBQ goals without spending big. With our hosting tips below, you can get creative and use many household items that you already have on hand to host the best party of the summer.
Party Table Spread
Keep your costs down and still be exceptional by serving finger foods! Take advantage of summer favorites like fresh vegetables and fruit and make small platters. Nothing can beat a bag of chips and some of the world’s easiest (and tastiest!) three-ingredient dips.
Try your hand at a charcuterie board of cheeses and meats – or a dessert board of little cakes, strawberries and chocolate dipping sauce. All of these dishes can be made in advance and only take a few minutes to prepare.
While you have the finger foods covered, have your guests bring their favorite potluck dish for the main meal. This lightens your load as a host and it’s a fun way to try your friends’ go-to recipes. This will also help consider your guests’ dietary needs. Don’t forget to assign someone to bring the ultimate summer essential – s’mores supplies!
Serving a variety of adult beverage options will absolutely rack up the grocery bill. Instead, consider picking your favorite cocktail recipe and serving a signature drink at your party. You can also ask guests to bring their own choice of beverage and you can provide a refreshing summer punch. For a whole host of alcoholic and non-alcoholic jug cocktail recipes, check out BBC’s Good Food list here.
Cater to Comfort
Even on the hottest summer days, the temperature outside can get surprisingly cool in the evenings. Gather up some blankets, hoodies and jackets, in case your guests get cold. Also, try a few natural bug repellent options to keep those pesky mosquitoes away.
Fun Over Food
Provide a focal point to your party other than food by giving your guests something to do with a few backyard games like Cornhole or Ladder Ball or turning your bash into a pool party!
Whether it’s a graduation, a birthday, or a casual dinner on the deck, remember that having fun is what’s most important. Use these outdoor party ideas to make the most of the sunny season, while staying on budget… and maybe even saving some spare change, too!