Best Of: Backyard Bash Edition!
Throw an even better backyard bash with these party hosting tips, tricks and ideas!
Use A Slow Cooker To Keep Food Hot
One of the easiest things to overlook when pumping out food for a crowd is how to keep it hot! An awesome and easy way to do this is to run an extension cord outside to set up one or two slow cookers. Simply grill up your goodies and pop them on the “warm” setting for perfectly hot burgers, hot dogs, veggies and more! If you don’t have a slow cooker, racks and sternos are another great way to keep your food hot all night long.
Serve Sides In Sealable Containers
On the opposite side of the coin, keeping your other backyard barbecue fare at the necessary food-safe temperatures, as well as safe from outdoor debris and crawly critters, is another entertaining obstacle. For this, we love the investment of these 64 – 256 ounce jars with lids. Not only can guests serve themselves easily by lifting the lid and using a designated serving utensil, but re-lidding keeps the food free from outdoor contaminants. Another plus – clean up is as easy as popping the jar in the fridge at the end of your bash. 👌
One way to take your party to the next level is to think beyond ketchup and mustard when it comes to condiments! With the right topping selection, your guests won’t just have the run-of-the-mill burger/hot dog, but the opportunity to make the burger/hot dog of their dreams! Some toppings to consider for a truly fully-loaded topping bar:
- Pickled Onions
- Buffalo Chicken
- Pulled Pork
- Baked Beans
- Onions In Sauce
- Black Beans
- Mango/Pineapple Salsa
- Fresh Onions
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Pickled Or Fresh Jalapeños
- BBQ sauce
Chips On Clips
Ditch the chip bowls that can get stale, dirty, and need refilling throughout the night for this genius idea. Simply grab a party pack of assorted chips and clip them up around your event for guests to help themselves throughout the night. It also doubles as a festive decoration, no?
Finger Food #FTW
As much as we love eating, we find that the best barbecue foods are hand-held. Think hot dog, hamburger, ribs, sliders, meatballs, kabobs, etcetera – the less utensils the better! That’s why for your barbecue menu, shooting for bite-sized finger food makes for a major win. Not only does it mean your not constantly on the brink of running out of forks the whole night, but your guests will get to enjoy a little bit of everything. For side dishes like salads & casseroles, try…
There’s something fun about personal-sized just-for-you foods. Not only are these the perfect portion, but they’re also great for the hand-held approach we talked about above. You could just as easily enjoy these sitting around a fire as you could standing around the cooler! Not to mention they look as awesome as they’ll taste. 😉 Not interested in portioning out for your whole party? Set up your fork – cup combos out for guests to make their own.
Fresh Fruit Cones
You’ll be the talk of the town when you pass out this quality dessert! This great idea helps your guests to avoid the melty-mess of ice cream and the plate-utensil requirements of cake, plus it’s more on the healthy side to your usual dessert. Kids will love the festive berry-white chocolate-sprinkle combo just as much as adults, plus you can get creative and fill with whatever fruits, candy, cookie bits and other ingredients you love!
Especially at an event where there are there are lots of kids present, making authentic over-the-fire s’mores is easier said than done. Avoid the mess, risks and monitoring by serving up your own pre-made s’more pops! This recipe is easy, quick and uses pretzels instead of sticks for a 100% edible goodie that even the littlest party-goers can enjoy.
Have your own great tip for a Backyard Bash? Tag us with #BestMarket – we would love to see!
May 14, 2019