Father’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate this special day for Dad, look no further than your own outdoor living space! A Father’s Day BBQ is a great way to get together with the family, partake in a delicious meal and build great memories. You can even make his backyard bash a surprise, if you and the kids can keep a secret!
Tips for Successful Father’s Day BBQ
The Right Set Up
Before any party, you need to take inventory. How many people will be joining your party? Make sure you have enough outdoor furniture to accommodate your guests. Do you need a few extra outdoor chairs or outdoor tables to accommodate everyone? Will you need extra side tables for folks to put their drinks?
If you’re planning an afternoon celebration, think about the heat and keeping your guests cool. Make sure you have a few spots around the yard where people can sit and enjoy the party in some shade. Cantilever umbrellas are ideal for shading as it can cover a lot of ground, blocking the sun as it moves across the lawn.
Lighten Up the Mood
And what about an evening event? Will you have enough outdoor lighting to keep your family having fun into the night? There are so many ways to brighten up your outdoor space without having an intrusive floodlight beaming down on your BBQ. Try stringing lanterns across your umbrella or draping string lights across a hedge or garden lattice. Both techniques provide soft lights for you to enjoy the outdoors during the evenings.
The easiest way to personalize your Father’s Day BBQ is to decorate using his favorite colors. Then print out a few of your favorite photos of Dad with the family and frame them for the party. Make him feel extra special and have the kids make some outdoor decorations. Get some poster boards and have them create signs about how much Dad is loved. Surprise him and put up their creations in the backyard before he wakes up on Sunday.
The Father’s Day BBQ Menu
If Dad loves to grill, then you’ve lucked out and you’re off the hook for the main entrée. Even though he’s helping out, make sure he enjoys himself by keeping refreshments he likes stocked! To make it easier on yourself, choose appetizers and side dishes that are either fast to cook or can be served raw. Most veggies can be cooked quickly and served the same way on a grill. As for deserts, check out our Pinterest board Sundown Sweets to find a desert recipe that Dad will love.
Keep It Casual
Do you have enough dishes, silverware or glasses? Remember this is a family event. With a bunch of kids and dogs running around, it’s always a good idea to entertain using plastic ware. There are plenty of beautiful options that will match your style and outdoor furniture without looking cheap.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Make your Father’s Day BBQ stress-free and prepare food the day before your BBQ. Buy your meats and veggies before the weekend, as they can all be chopped and marinated beforehand. Keep in mind, the longer you marinate the ingredients, the better they will taste once cooked. Also, if you’re using skewers for any of your recipes, don’t forget to soak them the night before so they don’t burn on the grill. For more grilling tips, go here.
This Father’s Day, get outside and enjoy the warm weather with the family. Show Dad what he means to you with a day dedicated to all he does. Get the family together and create more memories with a party honoring him. Just remember to let Dad relax and enjoy his Father’s Day BBQ!
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