Summer is the time of year when patio lights set the mood, shoes are optional, and the days are long. Undoubtedly, one of the best parts about summer is the weather, and being able to enjoy the outdoors (We don’t know where you’re from, but in Canada our winters are bitter). But a close second has to be the food. Produce is so much more vibrant and flavourful, and recipes naturally transform from baked whatever-casseroles, to more colourful options such as marinated BBQ ribs and roasted corn on the cob.
One of the best ways to enjoy an evening and capture everything that this lively season offers is to host a Summer BBQ. BBQ’s are always a hit; they’re outdoors, they’re casual, and they’re guaranteed to be delicious. And if you dare to host your own, you get to choose the guest list!
But if you’re still daunted by the idea of hosting a BBQ, don’t fret. We’ve put together bulletproof list of 5 tips and tricks to make sure that you not only enjoy the party but that everyone will be talking about it until you host again!
1. Compliment your menu with fruits and veggies from your local farmer’s market!
Visiting the local market is not only a great way to spend a few hours, but the produce is unbeatable and if you’re lucky, you can snag a couple jars of homemade jam too.
2. Please absolutely everyone with this 5-minute Caesar vegan salad dressing.
We know it’s vegan, but don’t be scared! This option ensures almost any dietary restricted guest has something to eat, and everyone else will be none-the-wiser. In fact, we’re betting everyone will be asking for your secret!
Hosting tip: Grab whatever local greens are available from your farmer’s market trip. Kale for instance, is an awesome addition!
3. Set the mood (and enjoy your yard after hours) with super chic string lights.
Then can you come make our backyard this pretty, please?
4. Keep bugs away with DIY mason jar repellent
Come on, this is just brilliant.
5. Thanks for Coming
Guarantee to be the hostess with the mostess (or host!) by sending your guests a post BBQ Thanks for Coming cards.
Guest tip: Let your hosts know how much you appreciate them getting everyone together. Beat them to the bunch with a custom Greeting Card (p.s Postage is on us!)