Summer holidays are here, and barbecue season is upon us. All we need is the sun to shine, and then there is no excuse not to Get in Your Garden! and get the barbecue started. If you need more convincing then this post is for you!
Get in Your Garden! Week #19
This week’s guest post is written by Emma from Even Angels Fall, and all about why she recommends hosting your own BBQ this summer.
Emma is the writer behind Even Angels Fall, a lifestyle blog featuring motherhood, weddings, beauty, food & fitness. She lives in Bournemouth with her soon to be husband Ed and their children Cameron, Carly and baby Benjamin.
Why I Recommend Hosting a Barbecue in your Garden this Summer
Is there anything more British than a barbecue in the garden? Possibly fish and chips by the seaside, but I’m not a huge fan of the batter… To be honest, barbecues were never really my thing either, until June this year when I ended up buying my partner Ed a gas barbecue of his very own. All of a sudden, we were finding any excuse to crack open the barbecue and get some use from it before the typical British weather let us down again.
We’ve hosted a few barbecues over the last month and I’m now a total convert. Here’s why I recommend hosting a barbecue in your garden this summer….
My family are big on meals. We tend to have them for any celebration – birthdays, anniversaries, engagements. One of the main issues we face, as a big family, is that you never get the chance to speak to everyone when sat around a table.
Barbecues are brilliant as you can mingle, and their relaxed nature means you don’t feel rushed and can really take the time to socialise with those around you.
They Bring Family and/or Friends Together
As I mentioned, we tend to go out for meals to celebrate, but sometimes it’s nice to meet outside of these times and a barbecue is the perfect excuse to bring family together.
Similarly, if you want to bring a group of friends together, it’s a brilliant way to get everyone in one place – who doesn’t love a good barbecue?
They’re Child Friendly
One of the things I’ve noticed since having children, is that it isn’t really socially acceptable to be out with them very late of an evening. This means that family meals tend to have to be earlier on, which isn’t always convenient for everyone else.
One of the great things about barbecues is that they can accommodate children. If it’s going to go on past their bedtime, set up some camp beds inside and let the little ones sleep whilst the party continues outside (obviously be sensible about it, use baby monitors and ensure there’s responsible designated adults to look after the kids where necessary).
They can be Budget Friendly
Barbecues don’t have to be expensive. All you really need are some rolls, meat, salad and sauces, plus options for those who don’t eat meat (and any other dietary requirements your guests may have).
To cut costs down further, you can ask guests to bring their own meat, or to chip in for the food.
It’s Good to Get Outside
Even when the weather isn’t perfect (let’s face it, this is Britain, it rarely ever is), it’s nice to get outside and have some fresh air and vitamin D.
If rain is threatening, why not put up some umbrellas or a gazebo and keep the party going despite the showers!
The Barbecue is the Ultimate ‘Boys’ Toy’
I haven’t met a man so far whose guilty pleasure isn’t manning a barbecue. There’s some primal instinct to cook on flames.
Ed was so pleased to finally have a barbecue of his own, he went straight out and put it together, and now I’m pretty sure it’s one of his most prized possessions, along with the drone I got him last Christmas.
It’s the Perfect Excuse for Daytime Drinking
Please tell me I’m not the only one who loves an excuse to crack out the wine in the daytime over summer?
A nice chilled glass of wine, or a Pimms if you’re feeling fancy, is the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon barbecue. At least if the sausages get a little burnt you won’t care after a couple of glasses…
You Can be as Creative as You Want
Sometimes you can’t beat the traditional beef burger or sausage in a bun… but it’s always nice to experiment a little. Why not get your creative juices flowing and have a little fun with your next barbecue?
There’s lots of inspirational ideas on Pinterest or good old Google. Whilst you’re at it, you could theme your barbecue to make it that little more special… I recently heard of a Mexicue which is, as you might have guessed, a barbecue with Mexican food – my idea of heaven!
It’s Less Hassle
Grab yourself some paper plates, cups, napkins and cutlery and hey presto, no washing up! It’s the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon option food wise!
So, grab the burger buns and sausages and get yourself outside this summer!
Thank you so much Emma. If I’m honest we love a BBQ and any old excuse to have one we are there, rain or shine! I’ve never heard of a Mexicue, that’s now definitely on my to do list!
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