If you’ve recently moved into a new home, a housewarming party is a must! This time of year, why not have a housewarming BBQ? Great fun for the kids and adults alike, relaxed and informal, and everyone loves BBQ food! Easily tailored to reflect your personality and best of all, lots of the preparations can be made beforehand, meaning you get to relax and have a good time too. To help you plan your BBQ and give you some ideas, we’ve put together some top tips to make sure your housewarming BBQ is both awesome and deposit-friendly!
You should be mindful of your new neighbours, you don’t want their first impression of you to be that you’re a nuisance! Why not invite them over? It would be a great way of getting to know each other or alternatively, make sure you let them know that you’ll be having a few people over which if nothing else is a great way of introducing yourself to your neighbours and keeping them onside.
Choose a Theme
Not as cheesy as it sounds! Choose a theme that fits in with your guests, perhaps a more sophisticated idea if your guests are mostly adults, and something more fun-loving if families are to be invited. A beach, or Hawaiian theme can be created with colourful tablecloths and flowers, incorporate seafood into the menu and create some pineapple cocktails for a tropical feel. Alternatively, you could go for a sports theme with football/baseball/ tennis inspired paper plates napkins, streamers and banners etc. Once the theme is decided, get your invites out! There are some great choices online, available to print for free, or if you prefer, you can even send them all out online with something like Paperless Post.
Firstly, before the day of your BBQ, make sure your BBQ is clean and ready to go, there are some great tips on how to do this online, such as these from Lifehacker. Make sure that you have plenty of clear space to set up the BBQ. If you are tight on space, but have a balcony, don’t be tempted – BBQs and balconies really aren’t a great combination. It’s also a great idea to have the BBQ lit and ready before your guests are due to arrive. Secondly, do as much of the food prep as possible the day before, things like marinating meat and doing meat skewers, chopping vegetables and making side dishes can be done in advance leaving you to enjoy the party!
Keep it Entertaining
Garden games needn’t be expensive; DIY giant scrabble can be made by putting letters on large squares of card. If you are a dab hand in the DIY department, giant Jenga will be easy to do yourself, and if you’re artistically inclined as well, have a go at making piñata! Water pistols and water balloon bombs are an inexpensive way of keeping the kids amused, just watch your back!
Attention to Details
It’s always those little details that people notice. Hanging some bunting around the garden will give a party feel, and there is a great choice of solar powered garden lighting available, from orchid light to sophisticated globes, there will be a something to fit in with your theme. With prices starting around £8.99 from Amazon, you could even mix and match! Jugs of Pimms and lemonade, with chopped fruit are always a winner, add some citronella candles to keep the bugs away, and you’ll be good to carry on your housewarming BBQ well into the evening!
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