If you’re like most people, you think of summer as having outdoor activities such as splashing in a sunlit pool, fishing at a nearby lake, and backyard barbecues at the home of friends and family. If you’re planning on hosting a 4th of July barbecue of your own this year, you’re probably feeling a mixture of anticipation and apprehension — you’re looking forward to the occasion and to showing off your barbecue skills, but you’re probably also nervous because you want everything to go well. Keep in mind that having your food and beverage game down is just part of hosting a successful barbecue. Here are a few tips
Be Mindful of Pets
Although it’s tempting to include your furry friend on the 4th of July fun, most cats won’t be amused, and some dogs may not enjoy being out in the heat. Also, some traditional barbecue foods, such ones containing onions, are dangerous for dogs to ingest. So it’s for the best to be sure to have some food options for your furry friends that are specific to their dietary needs. Lastly, have plenty of bowls of water for them to drink from to keep them hydrated and cool.
Provide Cover From Heat and Rain
Who says that 4th of July fun has to stop just because of a few raindrops? Be prepared with table umbrellas that protect your guests from the whims of your local weather. Table umbrellas also provide protection from the sun’s searing rays as well as prevent unfortunate mishaps that sometimes occur when feathered friends are flying overhead.
Provide Sturdy Seating
Barbecue hosts sometimes treat seating as an afterthought, but this approach results in guests being uncomfortable, causes spillage of food and beverage items, and in worst case scenarios, also contributes to accidental injuries. Solid seating options help ensure smooth sailing for backyard celebrations.
With the right foundation in place, your 4th of July barbecue is sure to be a smashing success.