Not only does this week mark the arrival of (semi) consistent warm weather, but it’s also the first long weekend of the summer! If you’re a hostess with the mostest you’ve probably been counting down the days to the much-anticipated 3 day weekend. It’s your first chance of 2017 to host a fun barbecue for your friends, where you can (hopefully) gather outside and enjoy the weather. Luckily this weekend, although a mixed bag, looks like it will have a couple days of decent weather. Assuming things stay somewhat balmy, here are all the necessities you’ll need to throw the best long weekend BBQ ever. 

 

Delicious Food

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From the moment your guests arrive, you’ll want to have something tasty to offer them. Start with finger foods and beloved appetizers, like chips and guac (always a favourite). If you really want to impress your guests, make homemade versions of trendy foodie faves like bacon-wrapped jalapeños or a to-die-for charcuterie board. For dinner, it’s a great time to fire up the barbecue. Go the homemade route and prepare burgers, delicious grilled chicken, and roasted veg for your guests. For sides, be sure to have lots of pasta and legume salads, so your veggie guests will have something tasty to fill up on. Keep it simple for dessert, offering something with few dishes and little mess like no-bake s’mores bars.

 

Drinks for All

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Ensuring your guests don’t get parched is a big part of the perfect long weekend BBQ. You want to make sure there’s something for everyone, kids included! Set up a table of Pinterest-worthy dispensers filled with water, lemonade, and a spiked option. Be sure to label each, so everyone knows what they’re getting. Even if you’ve requested ‘BYOB’, it doesn’t hurt to have a few bottles of wine and an ice bucket of beer on hand.

 

Inviting Decor

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One of the most important parts of throwing a party? The ambience! Set the scene, and create a great environment for your guests. For a non-themed party this can be done with fun and colourful linens and tableware. Also, make sure you’ve set up comfortable and cozy seating with big comfy pillows and cozy throws nearby for when the night cools down. Finally, you’ll definitely want to include twinkling lights or colourful lanterns. Fun lighting always adds to the party’s vibe, not to mention encourages a good Instagram moment.

 

Great Music

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Something you’ll definitely want to check off your BBQ to-do list is getting an amazing playlist made before your guests arrive. This way you won’t have to keep checking your phone as the night goes on. Be sure to include a good mix of beloved oldies and popular (non-obnoxious) top 40 hits. If any of your friends are musicians, encourage them to bring their instrument of choice for an impromptu jam session.

 

Fun Entertainment

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While good food, drink, music, and company is often enough to throw a great party, sometimes it’s fun to add some extra entertainment for your guests to take part in. Some fun options include classics like horseshoes, frisbees, croquet, or lawn bowling. Out of the ordinary ideas that will keep the good times rolling could be lawn twister, oversized lawn scrabble, or outdoor ping pong!

 

With a little planning, a lot of guac, and even more good times, your long weekend BBQ is sure to be a hit!