How to Host the Perfect BBQ – Part One


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.


Rinkit Tallo tumblers filled with lemonade


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.


Drinks cooler


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!


Kilner 8 Litre Drinks Dispenser



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.


Oustide Seating Area - L-shaped sofa with cantilever umbrella


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.


Lemonade jug and glasses sat on table in front of sofa with navy cushions and throw



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.


Sunflowers on garden table

Mason jars with blue and white striped straws


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.


Kids Bamboo Plate and Bowl Set


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.

  • Island Living 365
    August 18, 2017

    Oh I’m in love with your garden. Some really fab ideas. The Kilner jar/dispenser is a really good idea. We too have the same problem with glasses! Love the look of your Tallo tumblers x

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    August 18, 2017

    I love hosting & attending BBQ’s so this post is right up my street!! I totally agree on the cold drinks, plenty of ice is a must! I love the tumblers you show there. And catering to the little ones is important too. If they are happy then everyone is happy 🙂

  • Laura Powell-Corbett
    August 18, 2017

    I love attending BBQs, I love playing host to actually but my idea is to feed and feed and feed!!! I love the ice bucket there is nothing worse than warm drinks. Can I come to your next one?!x

  • ShinnersandtheBrood
    August 18, 2017

    Can I PLEASE come round to yours for a BBQ. #genuinequestion. Cold beers and beautiful outdoor furnishing? Sounds perfect!

  • claire
    August 19, 2017

    Can you believe we don’t own a BBQ? We went to a lovely one last weekend with a lot of my husbands extended family. It was lovely. I love all your ideas.

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    August 19, 2017

    I love a good bbq and we always seem to be the host of them too. Some lovely ideas here. I really like the drinks dispenser idea, this would make my job easier. Your umbrella is amazing, this is what we could do with in our new garden x

  • Laura Dove
    August 19, 2017

    Wow, you really are the hostess with the mostest! What an amazing bbq party, your garden furniture is gorgeous and it sounds like you put on a fab party!! I’m a bit useless at hosting anything, luckily our friends just help themselves and take us as they find us!!

  • Amy Mighalls
    August 20, 2017

    I love the idea of BBQ’s but we never seem to have them, yours sound amazing. We have no shade whatsoever in our garden so that parasol looks perfect and just what I need!

  • MudpieFridays
    September 5, 2017

    I am totally with you on the mis matched glasses! Those lemonade ones look lovely. And I am totally in love with your garden furniture looks like its right out of a magazine. Beautiful x

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