How To Hold The Best Summer BBQ
To Australians, summer signifies the start of barbeque season. There’s nothing better than grilling up some food while soaking up the sunshine with your closest friends and families. So we’ve compiled a few tips from skin care to catering, so that you can hold the best summer BBQ in the neighbourhood.
Stock Up On Food
Nobody wants to go to a party where the food runs out within the first two hours. Keep your guests satisfied with a variety of burgers and hotdogs, and don’t forget to cater for any vegetarians and vegans that might be in attendance. Note: common courtesy is that you cook the vegetarian options first, the vegetarians and vegans really appreciate it when you do.
However, sometimes it’s the sides that can make or break the party. Chips and dips are summer BBQ standards, and a side salad or two are definitely mandatory. Try putting a summer twist on a basic salad by adding avocado and mango. And a pineapple salsa will be an unexpected, but very welcome addition to any plate.
Keep Sunscreen On Hand
Being a host doesn’t make you responsible for everyone being sun safe, but it’s also not a great look to have people leaving your party lobster red. Keep a handy pump pack of SunSense in an easy place for your guests to top up their protection. We recommend SunSense Ultra SPF 50+* as a great all-rounder option, and don’t forget to re-apply every two hours.
Offer Insect Spray
Unfortunately during the summer BBQ months we’re not the only ones who like spending time outdoors. Mosquitoes and flies are sure to make an appearance at any BBQ, so keep some MOOV Insect Repellent Spray* or Roll-On* around and offer everyone a spritz every 3 hours.
Up Your Drinks Game
Coke, and creamy soda for the kids and beer and wine for the adults are old hat. Try creating something more fun like fresh lemonade, iced tea, or a cocktail jug filled to the brim with summer fruits. As an added surprise for your guests, try freezing edible flowers or lemon slices and berries into the ice cubes for a pretty, and cooling treat.
As much as we love to spend all day in the sun, it’s unfortunately not so great for our skin. Provide some shade to your guests in any form you can. Pergola’s and shaded patios are perfect, but if you don’t have one, a big beach umbrella, or even individual parasols can help keep your guests cool and protected from the sun.
Activities For Kids
The last thing you want when you’re enjoying the company of your guests is the kids wreaking havoc, or worse, asking their parents if it’s time to go. To avoid the inevitable kid-boredom prepare a few activities to keep them entertained. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool you can roster one of the adults to keep watch on a kid’s pool party. However, games such as backyard cricket, or foursquare can be just as fun. If you have a concrete area you can leave out a bucket of chalk and let the kids make their own fun.
Barbeques are always the highlight of the summer season, and with these tips on hand, your barbeque is sure to be the best of the bunch.
*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear to further reduce risk. Frequent re-application is required.
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