Summer is BBQ season and with that here are 3 Summer BBQ Hosting Tips and How to Throw an Outdoor Party!

With Spring weather finally here and Summer fast-approaching, it is definitely BBQ season! Which means it’s time for all kinds of fun outdoor gatherings and parties, right? Well, since that’s the case, here are 3 summer bbq hosting tips and how to throw an outdoor party.

Summer is BBQ season and with that here are 3 Summer BBQ Hosting Tips and How to Throw an Outdoor Party!

3 Tips to Hosting a Fabulous Summer BBQ

outdoor meal with friends

Maybe being the host of a BBQ comes easily to you, maybe it doesn’t. In either case, here are three tips that will help you to have a fabulous summer BBQ!

1. Choose a BBQ That Suits You

Brinkmann 5 Burner Gas Grill with Smoker and Sear Burner

Do you plan to host only a couple of people? Do you have a tiny patio space? Or do you want to have large gatherings and feed the masses? Do you have a large yard with ample room for bigger outdoor soirees?

Choose a BBQ that matches well with how you plan to host your get togethers. Do you need a large grill space? Do you need a side burner? What about a sear burner or a smoker?

Beer Can Chicken in Brinkmann BBQ with Smoker

Since we have a fairly good sized patio and a large side/back yard, when it came time to buy a new BBQ this year we chose the Brinkmann 5 Burner Gas Grill with Smoker and Sear Burner from The Home Depot with all the features: 694 inches of cooking space, 5 burners, side burner, sear burner and a smoker!

potato packets and veggies on bbq grill

And it’s perfect for us because we can skip heating up the kitchen altogether and make everything – right down to the side dishes – outside!

2. Pick Easy Classic Recipes

dinner on the patio

I tend to want to make all the BBQ recipes.

Every. Single. One.

But I realize that’s kind of selfish.

Yes, I want to impress my guests with my fabulous culinary skills. No, I don’t want to spend all my time cooking. I want to enjoy hanging out and actually spend time visiting and chatting with my friends.

Choose recipes that you know you can pull off and that will be enjoyed by all!

Here are a few of our favorite BBQ recipes that when put together make a delicious yet simple to prepare meal:

3. Set a Pretty Table

pillar candle sticks on outdoor patio

If your yard is already beautiful, you’re golden. But if it’s still a work in progress (like ours is) then you definitely need to up the pretty factor for your BBQ.

  • Bring indoor decor out (for the duration of your party)
  • Use nice looking outdoor dishes
  • Fabric napkins are a nice touch
  • Use pretty cushions, placemats, candles, etc. too

Create a scene – with layers of texture and lighting – just like you would if you were hosting indoors.

after dinner outside

If you use just these three tips, your summer BBQ will rock and your friends will want to come back again and again!


What other tips would you include? Do you prefer big or small outdoor gatherings? How are your BBQ skills?

This post is part of an #HDBLOGSQUAD BBQ series sponsored by The Home Depot. 🙂
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