There’s nothing we like better in our house once summer rolls around than getting the BBQ out. I swear I have an in-built BBQ sense and my nostrils can pick up any BBQ within a 10 mile radius! Over the years we’ve hosted so many and there are a few things that I feel can really give your BBQ that extra touch. I’m splitting this into two posts – the first focusing on styling your BBQ, and the second post focusing on some of our favourite food and drinks to serve at a BBQ.
Drinks & Glassware
If you’re anything like me, your cupboard is full of mismatched glasswear – we seem to have numerous ‘lone’ glasses where we’ve broken 5 out of 6, but for some reason we’re hanging onto the last one. It makes such a difference to lay out glasses that all match, so it’s well worth seeking out some great value sets that won’t break the bank. This set of 6 Tallo tumblers from Rinkit are perfect – just £4.99 for a set of 6 – and will work for so many different kinds of drinks.
It’s a pet hate of mine when white wine and beers are served warm. A large ice bucket will keep your drinks ice cold, and people can simply help themselves rather than you having to trek back inside to serve drinks. I love this galvanised steel one from Waitrose Garden, which is big enough to hold 10 bottles of wine or 16 beers.
I always love cocktails but there’s no denying that it’s a faff as a host having to mix them up all the time. This large drinks dispenser and stand from Kilner is the perfect solution – just mix up a huge batch and set it on your table for guests to help themselves. If cocktails aren’t your thing, it works just as well with lemonade – add a few sliced lemons and ice and you’re all set!
Once the evening sets in there’s nothing better than sitting in the twilight with a drink in hand. I love festoon lights, draped amongst the trees or along a fence to provide a bit of twinkle, and lanterns with candles popped in to light as the sun sets.
Our garden is North facing, but not at all sheltered, so it can be difficult to find shade. A really good umbrella is a great investment – we have a cantilever one, which can swivel 360 degrees, as well as being tilted up and down, so wherever the sun is, you can always adjust the umbrella to give you a bit of much needed shade.
Pick a limited colour scheme
I’m definitely guilty of being drawn to lots of different colours, but sticking to a limited colour scheme really brings your styling together. I’ve tried to limit our outdoor palette to navy blue, white and grey.
If I want to make things a bit more exciting, I can add a pop of colour to that quite easily – a splash of yellow or fuchsia fits in easily with those colours and stops the magpie me from feeling too restricted.
Cater for your younger guests
Garden games or a paddling pool are a great idea for keeping younger guests amused and away from the hot BBQ. If you have the space, a slip and slide is always a good bet!
Bring out some children’s plates, bowls and cutlery to make sure they feel included. This 5 piece floral design set from Tiny Dining is really cute and will please your younger guests as well as looking stylish.
Come back tomorrow for Part 2 where I’ll be talking all about tips for BBQ cooking, along with our favourite dishes and drinks to serve at a bbq.