Memorial Day might be best known for barbecuing, but Labor Day is just as popular. While Labor Day weekend isn’t the official end to summer, it sure feels like to a lot of people. The kids go back to school, which kind of puts a drag on everything. However, you can say goodbye to summer with a bang by hosting a great Summer BBQ Party.

Bring the Family

You’re best off making this a family event since some people have kids and others don’t. You don’t want to leave some people out because they can’t find a babysitter. Instead, be sure to setup a kids’ area in your yard or driveway. If you have a basketball hoop in the driveway or a pool in the backyard, then you don’t need to worry about it. If not, then you can set up a net for badminton or volleyball. If that doesn’t work, then you can simply turn on the sprinklers. While kids are having a lot of fun, adults find time to relax when they’re at a BBQ. It’s a time to kick back, grab a drink and catch up with friends. By making sure the kids are entertained, you’re more likely to have a successful party. That said, the games aren’t just for the kids. Some adults love to play too. Therefore, you should set up horseshoes in the back of the yard. This will likely be a big hit.

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Food Selection

Next, you need to think about the food. Of course, you should have burgers and meat to a common taste. If you want to add a lot of flavor to your burgers, add soya sauce to them. This is a little-known trick that goes a long way. It’s a guarantee that people will compliment you on the taste of the burgers. Whether it’s burgers or meat, be sure to toast some of the buns yet not all of them. People like different things, and you want to make sure everyone is happy. Catch-up is obviously necessary, but when it comes to pickles, once again, everyone has different tastes. This can be tricky. Try going with Kosher Dill Spears, half-sour pickles and relish. This way, all bases are covered. Then you have to consider the vegetarians, which is why you need at least one salad and one fish. If you’re not sure what fish to go with, salmon is a pretty safe bet.

Alcoholic and non-Alcoholic Drinks

For drinks, the keys are beer, soda and water. Also make sure you have juice for the kids. Buy the plastic juices with straws, so you don’t have to worry about dropped glass. For empties, be sure to have a large metal container. This way, people won’t have to constantly ask what to do with their empties.

Dessert? Yes Please

For desert, it’s best to first tell guests to bring their own. This prevents people from having to spend money and it still makes them feel comfortable because they’re not arriving empty-handed.

Now you know how to throw the perfect Labor Day Weekend BBQ. Add some laid-back music to the equation and you’re ready to go.

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