It’s summer time, which means it’s the perfect time of year to grill out, enjoy your backyard and get outside. If you’re itching to throw a summer BBQ with all your friends, we’ve got all the tips you’ll need to stay sane and keep the party cool. Here’s how to throw an awesome summer party with these simple hacks.
1. Keep bugs at bay
Keep the bugs from getting at you and your friends by putting cloves into lemon halves and placing them outside. Flies and mosquitoes don’t like the smell and they’ll do their best to stay away.
2. Make a party pack
Put together a set of plates, silverware, napkins, and cups that is for party use only. Put it all in a plastic tub and offer to share the ‘party pack’ with neighbors and friends when they have parties.
3. Cook corn quick
Cook a whole lot of corn all at once by placing it inside a cooler with boiling hot water. The corn will cook and stay hot for a long time. Yummy!
4. Have a place to put dirty plates
People like to know where they can put their dishes when they’re done eating. Set out a garbage pail or even cuter, an aluminum tub to collect plates and utensils.
5. Mark those buns
Mark buns with ketchup or mustard to know how people want their burgers done. You could even simplify this by doing an “R” for rare, “M” for medium, and “MW” for medium well.
6. Keep drinks cold with water balloons
Fill water balloons with a cup of water and freeze them to use as colorful ice cubes that won’t melt!
7. Make a punch cube
Freeze a large chunk of ice for a punch bowl. It will melt slower than lots of individual ice cubes and will water the punch down less as well.
8. Skewer a bunch at once
By putting multiple spears of asparagus (or other vegetables) on a skewer, the veggies will be easier to turn while grilling.
9. Double skewers
If your food has a tendency of slipping around when you’re trying to flip it, put two skewer sticks through it, to keep it steady.
10. Pre-scoop the ice cream
Instead of spending all your time in the kitchen scooping ice cream, pre-scoop it into cupcake liners or bowls and then keep it frozen until ready to serve.
11. Keep the drips away
Place a small marshmallow inside the bottom of a cone before filling it with ice cream. This way you won’t get any drips out the bottom of the cone.
12. Popsicles for everyone
Make a giant popsicle inside a bread loaf pan and then slice the popsicles when you’re ready to serve them.
13. Make an ice box in your washing machine
If you don’t have a good cooler, fill your washer tub with ice and drinks–they’ll stay cold for a while and when the ice melts, it will just run out of the tub.
14. Offer sunscreen and bug spray to patrons
Fill a bowl with all the things your guests might need for the elements, like sunscreen or bug spray.
15. Mark the glasses
Have guests write their names on a rubber band and stretch it around their glass. This encourages people to use the same glass over and over.