3 Tips To Help You Host An Unforgettable Memorial Day BBQ

If you want to have a great Memorial Day BBQ or party (one that your guests will be reminiscing about the following year) preparing ahead of time will ensure that happens. The same goes for any type of party or event you are planning. Knowing what is going to happen before it happens will make the party or event go much smoother. If you are looking to plan a Memorial Day BBQ that will be unforgettable, we at Village Catering would like to offer some tips on how that can be achieved.

Have a list of who you think is going to attend.

Be careful of who are how many people you invite. In other words, be mindful when you say: “Hey everyone, I am having a Memorial Day party and BBQ. You are all invited!” If you do not keep track of who or how many people you invite, you might find yourself without any food or drinks an hour or two into the BBQ.

We know you are excited to host your awesome Memorial Day BBQ, but having a rough idea of who will be coming will make sure you have enough food—which is certainly the highlight.

Have a list of what you are going to BBQ, the side dishes, and desserts.

If you are asking why we suggested another list, here is your answer: they will keep you organized! We also DO NOT recommend visiting the grocery store unless you have a list of everything you will need to buy. Believe us—it will make everything go much faster!

If you have never hosted a Memorial Day BBQ here are some favorites that your guests might enjoy:

-Pulled Pork and/or Pork Tenderloin
-Smoked BBQ Chicken and/or Rotisserie Chicken
-Spare Ribs
-Grilled Steak
-Grilled Salmon

Here are some scrumptious side dishes:

-Grilled Corn On The Cob
-Grilled Eggplant
-Macaroni Salad
-BBQ Baked Beans
-Vegetable Kebabs

Looking for some sweet desserts? Try these:

-Strawberry and Blueberry Shortcake
-Banana Pudding
-Homemade Cookies and Brownies
-Red Velvet Cheesecake
-Ice cream Sandwiches

All of the food options we mentioned above are not the only ones you are limited to. If you want to expand your menu and food other options, we highly suggest you visit the Food Network’s website or Allrecipes.com. There are tons of recipes on those two websites. Also, if you have a Pinterest account, there are plenty of pins about food and the recipes to make them. In the end, one you have a list of all the food you want to buy or make, then you can head to the grocery store.

Find some decorations, and games. If you own a pool, make sure it’s open.

If you want to keep your guests entertained, having games for them to keep themselves occupied with will keep them there a lot longer. Because most people have work the next morning, many will come for an hour or two to talk and eat. If you want to keep them at the BBQ longer, give them a reason. If you have plenty of entertainment, or things they can do to pass the time, some will stay for a lot longer than just the food.

How well or how bad your BBQ goes will ultimately depend on how much you prepare. If you try to do everything last minute and do not keep track of who will be attending, what you will be cooking etc., you will have a hard time hosting a Memorial Day BBQ that your guests will have a hard time calling anything but “just another BBQ.”