By Rachel Comish
In honor of independence day and the freedom of our country, I thought I’d celebrate the wonderful American pastime of barbequing. A good BBQ party is an art, and a common summer activity. Whether you are with family or friends, bonding over burgers is always fun.
Here are some tips for pulling off a great gathering:
Water activities are a plus.
If you have a pool, awesome; but that’s not always the case. I personally, like squirt guns. Get a few squirt guns and pull the hose out to keep them loaded. Water balloons work too and are a fun way to cool down.
Have lots of snacks.
It’s more than just the meat, have enough sides for people to snack on. Freeze fruit or bring popsicles for a cold treat. Chips and trail mix are classics, especially if you’re barbequing at the park. Be careful with deserts though, chocolate melts.
Make sure you have shade.
It’s great to get some sunshine, but make sure you have seating options too. Have a blanket to spread out under a tree, or sit in lawn chairs. You can also wear a cute hat to at least shade your face. Nobody wants to be in the sun all afternoon in July.
Prepare for the weather.
This is an outdoor activity, so make sure you have the necessities. Keep sunscreen handy, as well as bug spray (especially if you’re in the South), and sunglasses. And seriously, DRINK WATER. Nobody likes getting dehydrated.
Have fun with the food!
Burgers and hot dogs are classics, but you can make sliders or chicken burgers too. If you’re vegetarian, bake some potatoes and douse it in chili. Make homemade onion rings and fries. Try out some different sauces and toppings on your burgers. Don’t be afraid to be creative.
Be with friends.
Hanging out with friends makes any party better. If you can get a good group together, everyone is more relaxed. They also tend to be more willing to try new games and meet new people.
So get a ton of food, some solid recipes, and a good group together. Enjoy your summer, and happy Fourth of July!