When it comes to listing summer traditions, for many people hosting a barbecue will be right up there near the top. There is something exciting about having a barbecue.
This is especially true if you live in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere where the weather is not usually suitable. Contrast that with Australia, for example, where the reliable summer weather means a barbecue is always on the agenda.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to host a barbecue this summer, you might as well go all out to make it a hugely memorable occasion. What are the best ways you can add a twist to your usual garden get together, and make it an event to remember until you try to top it next year?
Why have a barbecue at home when you could well have another wide-open space such as a playing field or a beach on your doorstep?
While you will obviously need to check that it’s legal and you aren’t likely to get into any trouble, as well as consider any safety aspects, hosting a barbecue away from your home will give you something of a unique feeling.
The only other worry might be ‘outsiders’ coming to see what you’re doing, but the savvy ones amongst you could turn it into a money-maker, for sure.
Okay, so this is something that you need to keep to a home barbecue only, but having a fireworks display during your event or at the end of an evening is a great way to top off the night. You can get fireworks from many specialist retailers throughout the year, so why not look to light up the sky and give an unusual twist to your barbecue.
Certainly, it is unlikely that many of your friends will have thought of such an initiative, and will likely look upon you with envy.
Try Something New
Although they are a fun and exciting thing to do, barbecues do tend to have a strong element of tradition about them. You know how it goes, chicken, burgers, sausages, and your other typical meats that you would expect to see.
How about you try something different this year? That might mean experimenting with a range of cooking spices, or using different meats from usual, which will create great tastes and open your eyes to a whole new culinary world. You never know, you might even discover you have ‘Master Chef’ skills!
Make a Game of It
Take the ideas from the last point, and make a game of it. You don’t have to use blindfolds or get too serious with it, but as long as you’re able to prepare the food away from the ‘contestants’ you’ll be onto a winner.
Everyone attending could club together for a bottle of champagne or another prize, for example, to award to the person who can identify the biggest range of flavours and new tastes.
We know barbecues are fun, but that doesn’t mean they should all be the same. Give yours a unique twist and it will become even better!
Stuart Green is an online content writer who simply loves the summer and taking advantage of businesses offering fireworks for sale throughout the year in order to add a unique twist to barbecues and parties.