A summer wouldn’t be summer without a good BBQ. What more could you want than an evening spent with good food and friends. As the weather warms up and the days stretch out, you’re probably already planning your own get togethers. Here are some of our tips to help you throw the perfect summer BBQ.
When it comes to seating, round or square tables are perfect for BBQs and bringing people together. Everyone can easily chat with each other, whilst you can fill the table with salads, cocktails and candles as the night draws in. Tables are more sociable than having seats dotted throughout the garden, and good conversations and laughs are just as important as the food! We recommend investing in high quality garden furniture that is going to last you at least a few years.
BBQs aren’t just about burgers and hot dogs. Make yours a feast to remember with delicious marinades, vegetable kebabs, corn on the cobs and fresh seafood. The food doesn’t have to break the bank, but it provides tasty options for vegetarians and turns an average BBQ into something far more memorable. The Naked Chef impersonations are optional!
Brighten up your table with some colourful tableware. We think this adds a fun and summery touch to any BBQ and lets your guests know that summer is definitely here. Fill colourful glass bottles with lemonade, water or a cheeky cocktail or two. They look much prettier than plastic bottles and will keep things bright and cheerful, even if the clouds roll in.
There’s something very natural about gathering around a fire with friends, chatting away as the night draws in and listening to the crackling of the embers. Chimeneas and firepits are now a staple of many homes, providing a space to socialise long after the warmth of the day has gone. Logs, firestarters and kindling are easy to get hold of, so even if your caveman is a little out of touch, you should have no problem getting a roaring fire.
As the daylight fades, create a magical atmosphere with fairy lights dotted around your garden. String from your parasol or hang on trees and bushes, and finish off the look with candle lite lanterns.
To really make the most of your garden during summer, check out our other sun-inspired articles such as Summer Patio Ideas, and Embracing the Lighter Nights! We're sure you'll think up lots of fun and relaxing things to do in your own backyard.