Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Party


If you aren’t traveling this weekend, the long weekend and sun most likely have called you to host a BBQ party with family and friends.  Having a BBQ party requires a lot of preparation, but once everything is prepared, you can enjoy the party and spend time with your lovely guests.  The key to being a calm and happy hostess is preparation.  Make sure you have everything ready to go by the time your guests arrive.

I have pulled together some fun, easy ideas that anyone can do.  I have also put a healthy twist on the food and drink menu and added a party activity (don’t worry, it won’t make you sweat).
BBQ PARTY CHECKLIST
  • Décor and Dining
  • Food and Drink Menu
  • BBQ Master (Make sure you have someone that loves to BBQ, is good at it and can take over all of the grilling for you.)
  • Activity
  • Invitations (It is too late to send out invitations for Memorial Day Weekend, but if this post inspires you to have a BBQ party this summer, you can use the invitations shown at the end of this post to invite your friends and family over.)
DECOR AND DINING INSPIRATION

Check out these fun pictures for décor and dining setup inspiration and ideas.  Have everything already laid out (glasses, plates, napkins, utensils, serving ware, etc.) for your guests to be able to serve themselves.  Using plastic decorative plates is also a good idea.  Don't use paper for the steak and chicken because it will be to hard for your guests to cut their meal.  Also, make sure flowers are a part of your decor to create the perfect ambiance.






FOOD AND DRINK MENU AND IDEAS

FOOD
  • Vegetable Chip Party Cones (I like to use Terra Chips)- To create the paper party cones you can find chic templates and instructions here.
  • Watermelon on a Stick*
*Cut watermelon into wedges and cut grilled corn in half then pierce with wooden skewers.  Put a Styrofoam base in a wooden box or metal bucket.  Place the watermelon and corn sticks spaced out as desired in the Styrofoam base.  Then cover with faux grass, moss or paper confetti. 
  • Sliders- You can purchase small slider buns at any grocery store.  Use lean ground beef or turkey and reduced fat cheddar or mozzarella cheese.  Place condiments on the side such as sliced Roma tomatoes, slice red onion, avocado, pickles, Dijon and yellow mustard, and light mayonnaise.  These will keep guests satisfied while you finish up the grilled items.  These are also a perfect menu item for kids at the party.
  • Caprese Bites- Details on how to make here.
  • Grilled Chicken and Steak- Use skinless, boneless chicken breasts and I recommend filet mignon for the steak.  To season the chicken and steak use a dash of olive oil, salt and pepper.  If you really want to impress your guests I found this amazing seasoning from the famous restaurant in Napa, ad hoc, at William and Sonoma.  You can order it here and it is guaranteed to make the BBQ master the hit of the party, if you are ok with that:).
DESSERT
  • Real Fruit Popsicles- These make an excellent light and refreshing dessert.  I would just buy some at the store and pass them out to the little and big kids.  For the adults you can get fancy and dip the popsicles in champagne.  Yum!

DRINKS
  • Beer**
  • White and Red Wine
  • Light Lemonade**
  • Izzesque (Low calorie Izze)- You can order Izzesque on Amazon.
**Use mason jars and cute, colorful straws for a special touch.  You can even put adhesive chalkboard labels on the jars and provide chalk for your guests to write their names on their jar(s).


ACTIVITY

Bocce ball is the perfect outdoor activity that can be played almost anywhere.  It is a very social, casual game that is easy to play and everyone has a great time even kids.

 INVITATIONS


You can order and customize these invitations and other bbq paperie on etsy.



You can order and customize these invitations and other bbq paperie on etsy or AP Designs.
 







This is a more rustic, classy BBQ invitation if you would rather go in that direction.  You can order this invitation from minted.com who I have used before and love their designs and service. 

If you need some inspiration to go with this card partydress.net has some over the top, fabulous bbq party ideas.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


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