Do you want to host a BBQ event with your neighbors? Read my Tips for Hosting a Neighborhood BBQ!
Spring has finally arrived and while some families are still stuck at home, there’s no reason why you can’t plan a neighborhood BBQ. While crafting up my neighborhood BBQ ideas, I did take social distancing and other precautions into consideration.
These unique ideas will help you create a socially distanced, fun, and eventful neighborhood BBQ so that everyone can get some social time this summer without traveling.
Tips for Hosting a Neighborhood BBQ
Have a Designated Drink Station
You can use a pitcher with a spout that features a few different drink options. Perhaps you have one pitcher labeled fruit-infused water, one labeled adults-only punch, and another for a neighborhood favorite drink option.
Use disposable cups and set a black permanent marker out so guests can write their names on their cups. This will keep down the amount of trash you have after hosting this event, plus allow guests to know which cup belongs to them when they want to go back for more drinks.
Have a cooler filled with ice and/or drinks near your drink station, too! Try to include a variety of bottled or canned drinks including water, tea, soda, sparkling water, juice boxes for kids, etc.
Ask for Volunteers
Yes, you’re the one hosting this neighborhood BBQ event but that doesn’t mean you have to pay and make everything for the party. Ask neighbors if they can bring a dish or dessert to help offset the cost and time involved with this outdoor event.
Consider having neighbors’ assigned categories of items they can bring to help. Some items you may ask guests to bring include their own folding chairs, drink cups, utensils, food dishes, and dessert options. Make a list of things you’d like some help with and see which neighbors are willing to assist.
Keep Food Covered
Since this will be an outdoor-only event, you’re going to need proper storage containers to keep insects out of your food. You can use plastic or glass food storage containers that have a lid to keep food fresh and safe from outdoor pests. I prefer these disposable aluminum storage containers.
Another way to keep food covered is to have a few rolls of aluminum foil or plastic wrap available for guests to keep the food covered after they’ve grabbed their portion. Use ice cubes in a bowl to keep food fresh, and heating racks for food that needs to stay warm.
Don’t Skimp on Trash Cans
With a neighborhood BBQ event, you’re going to need those trash cans. Get some trash cans and recycle containers ready outside at various locations so that you’re not left with trash everywhere. Label the trash cans if they’re meant for specific items.
Have your neighbors bring over extra trash bins so you can cut costs involved with buying brand new trash bins. I’m sure your neighbors will be happy to help keep the neighborhood clean by bringing along trash cans to help offset the risk of people littering.
Mark Social Distancing
Lastly, if you want to maintain social distancing guidelines outlined for your region then use duct tape or sidewalk chalk for markers. This will help your guests maintain the 3-6 feet distance guideline. Some neighborhoods have had outdoor events like this with much success!
In conclusion, if you’re ready to mingle safely with your neighbors, then why not use my tips to host a neighborhood BBQ event this weekend?! I hope that these tips have inspired you to get outside to enjoy great conversations and delicious food with those who live in your local area.