Last year, just before Alexander was born, Stu and I excitedly bought a shiny new barbeque from Barbeques Galore, in anticipation of lots of family friendly outdoor entertaining that summer. But alas! We were both so tired and run down from looking after bub that we only managed to use it just once so far. Whoops.
Easy barbeque food, side dishes and drinks. As hosts,
Stu and I want to have fun with our friends instead of slaving away in
the kitchen, so we always opt for easy food that can be cooked on the
barbie such as rissoles, sausages, chicken wings, corn cobs, mushrooms
and my favourite - haloumi cheese. We also like to serve side dishes
that can be prepared in advance, such as pasta salads, potato salads and
coleslaw. As for drinks, I like to whip up my signature party drink - lychee and mint muddle,
which you can make with sparkling wine for adults or substitute with
lemonade for kids. It really is the perfect drink for a summer outdoor
Wet weather contingency. it's not much fun eating soggy breadrolls in the rain, so we always make sure we have a contingency plan for bad weather. When Stu rebuilt our back deck last year he made sure to add an awning for this very purpose. On rainy days, we entertain under cover but if it's absolutely storming, we bring the party indoors.
Sun sense. Sometimes though, it can get too hot in the sun and the last thing I want for my guests to get a sunburn. We have a giant tree in the backyard that provides ample shade so under that tree is where we set the table on sunny days. I also find it handy to have a big bottle of sunscreen out so guests can feel free to use some, if needed.
DIY decor. There's no need to spend a heap of money on decorations; I just mix and match garden flowers in old jam jars for an eclectic look. I've also been able to use home made decorations, for example, for my baby shower, I made this doily table runner and pom poms. Also check out my DIY flower garland post and DIY flower napkin rings for more inspiration.
Entertainment for kids. Kids are not made to sit still for hours at a table and we are very lucky to have a big backyard for the little ones to roam and run around. Our furbaby Frankie also provides a ton of entertainment for children who love playing fetch with her. If you don't have a backyard or a pet dog, think about providing some simple entertainment for children such as water balloons, bubbles, backyard twister or hopscotch.
Do you have any tips of your own to share?