I’ve had a lot of practice throwing cookouts lately! My friends and I have been getting together just about every weekend to grill out. We’ve pretty much got planning these events down to a science, so today I’m sharing some of my cookout tips with you.
Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time for cookout season! Whether you prefer burgers, BBQ chicken or ribs, this is always a fun party idea. It’s a great way to spend family time or get together with friends.
Don’t stress about planning a cookout. It’s such a laid back, simple way to get together. Enjoy the warm weather and great food with these tips.
Pick the Right Date and Time
Planning your cookout on a Friday at 5:30 when you get off at 5 can cause a lot of stress! Instead, pick a date and time when you know you can have the time to get everything ready beforehand.
We usually plan our cookouts for Saturday so we will have plenty of time to get ready. It’s also a great day because we don’t mind being up late. If we end up holding our cookout on Sunday, we schedule it for an earlier time so we won’t be too tired at work the next day.
Keep it Small
One of the best ways to make sure your cookout will be stress-free is to keep your guest list small! By just inviting a few people, you can save money and time on food, as well as be able to enjoy a more intimate time.
Enlist the Help of Your Guests
I’ve found that almost every time, my guests will ask what they can bring or what they can do to help. For our cookouts, one person will bring the main dish and we will ask everyone else to bring a side dish, drinks or dessert.
For our cookout last weekend, we enlisted our friend David from Strength and Movement to help us grill up some BBQ Chicken! Don’t try to do everything yourself. Save time and don’t stress by letting people help when they volunteer.
Make an Easy Side Dish
Grabbing an easy-to-make side while you are at the store can make your cookout even easier! I picked up a box of Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad at Publix. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make! I added some sautéed asparagus to give this pasta salad a homemade touch.
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Use Paper and Plastic for Easy Clean Up
After relaxing outside during your cookout, the last thing you will want to do is clean up after everyone leaves. We like to keep a stock of paper plates and plastic silverware and cups in the house for our cookouts.
When your cookout is over, all you have to do is throw all the plates, cups and silverware in the trash!
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What are your Summer cookout tips?