Hosting a fun and unforgettable backyard party doesn’t have to involve a lot of work. Whether you are expecting just 10 or over 20 people, the key is to plan ahead and keep everything organized.
Sufficient preparation can save you from the stress and hassle of pulling out a party on your own. Firstly, you want to make sure that you have all the necessary equipment, from your outdoor grill or kitchen set to the fridge or cooler, tables, chairs, decorations, dinnerware, etc. The best way to prepare is to determine how much time you have and make a list of the items you need, as well as a timeline. Also, create a backup plan in case the weather turns bad during your party. It’s a brilliant idea to put up a shed or tent made of lightweight tarp. It’s quick, easy and inexpensive. Having a shed will protect you and your guests against rain or too much sunlight.
Also, make your backyard presentable. You can turn a boring patio into a stylish one by simply adding a few potted plants and lanterns, warm lights, a glass vase, colorful cushions for the chairs, and other adornments. Let your creativity soar!
Last but definitely not the least – get your grill firing up! Make sure to prepare delicious food for your dear guests. Speaking of food, here are 7 unusual barbecues for a satisfying, unforgettable backyard party!
Mushroom and onion are the stars in this one-of-a-kind burger recipe, perfect for your vegetarian friends! Coat the portobello mushroom with a garlic-basil mixture. On a hot grill, cook the portobello mushroom and onions. In a saucepan, cook the balsamic vinegar and honey until thickened. Serve with lettuce, tomato and mozzarella.
If you want something tender and a little spicy, try making this beef sate which is very popular in Singapore. What makes it different from traditional beef kebabs is that it uses fish sauce, turmeric, cumin and some other spices. Use bamboo skewers for a more Asian feel.
This grilled lamb recipe might sound fancy and complicated, but really – they only take less than 10 minutes to make! The green sauce is made from lemon zest and juice, salt, and some herbs. This makes a perfect last-minute recipe. You can also prepare the balls in advance and store them in the freezer.
Skip the pan and take your homemade quesadillas outside! Make it healthier by loading it with veggies, such as zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and onion. This recipe involves a homemade kale pesto which really tastes great. And of course, don’t forget the cheese! This unique quesadilla is a winner for both the young and old.
Grilled fish is definitely something most people anticipate when attending backyard parties. Salmon is a lovely, flavorful (not to mention super healthy) fish that goes well with the grill. But what makes this recipe even more special is the citrus salsa which is made with orange, fresh cilantro, gingerroot, and raspberry vinegar. To keep the salmon from drying out, grill it covered.
Ripe avocado and tomatoes make a perfect combi for a rich and healthy guacamole. But did you know you can make a completely different recipe from these pair too? Cut an avocado in half, brush them with olive oil and some herbs (like thyme, basil and chives), top with tomatoes and put right on the hot grill and you have a unique, superbly delicious nutrient-packed dish for your backyard party!
Of course – you shouldn’t forget the dessert! And yes, you can make a deliciously sweet treat right off your grill. This grilled pound cake takes only 15 mins to prepare, and a very few ingredients: slices of pound cake, pitted peaches and plums, and some melted butter. Top it with a homemade yogurt whipped cream. Yum!
See, you need not be a chef to make unique and truly delicious meals. Make your upcoming backyard party truly unforgettable with all these unique BBQ recipes. Hope you enjoy making them!