host a barbeque

Summer is here—and what better way to celebrate than with a great outdoor party? Even if you’ve never worked a grill you can still host a barbecue in style with our guide.

How to Host a Barbecue

First get organized. Figure out where you can host the barbecue. If you’re lucky enough to have a decent-sized backyard then you’re set. If not, you’ll need to find a friend’s place or a park, preferably one with grills already set up to save you the energy of lugging your own there. From there figure out the guest list. This will also depend on where you’re hosting it—please don’t make 50 people cram into your closet-sized yard.

Invites for this party can be pretty simple. If you’re going for a more casual fare then a quick phone call or e-vite will suffice. If you want to make it a little more festive then search for rustic-looking invitations or make your own with brown paper, red-and-white checkered fabric and perhaps some food-themed stickers. Get creative; your guests will love seeing your cute designs and the great thing about these is if you mess up, it’s okay because they’re supposed to look hand-made.

Once you have an idea of how many people are coming, you can figure out your barbeque menu. Keep in mind that you most likely won’t have access to a kitchen for most of the party and the food will be sitting out. So avoid picking dishes that will need to be refrigerated (and bring lots of ice coolers) or that can’t be mostly prepared beforehand. Make it easy on yourself; if you can do most of the work before the party then you’ll be able to relax and enjoy it as much as your guests. You can also go easy and cook up hot dogs and hamburgers, but why not try something no one’s ever seen at a barbecue before? All of our recipes below fit the bill for easy barbecue treats.