BBQ grill and tables adorned with picnic decor with bright green grass and foliageSummer is just around the corner and you know what that means: it’s time to break out the grill and start barbecuing! The backyard barbeque is more than just a great summertime meal; it’s an iconic American pastime. That said, nobody wants to throw a bad barbecue, so here are a few tips to make sure your summer barbecue is one to remember for all the right reasons!

Proper Prior Planning & Preparation

One of the most commonly forgotten things at a barbecue is that it’s not just about the grill. There are side dishes to consider as well, especially if you have vegetarians coming to the event. It’s a good idea to stick to cool, refreshing sides like tomatoes, sweet corn and watermelon.

So plan your menu out ahead of time and prepare for it the night before by marinating the meats overnight, chopping up fruits and vegetables, and assembling the side dishes. You can cut down on stress by having everything ready to go, leaving you free to work your grill magic on barbecue day.

Safety & Fun

If there are going to be kids at the party, it’s a good idea to have some activities planned to keep them occupied while the adults socialize. This way, everyone has a great time! Water balloons and water guns are safe and inexpensive, and slip and slides are always fun on hot summer days.

Fun and games shouldn’t be limited to the kids, though. After people have eaten, have some backyard games planned for everyone to enjoy, like badminton, horseshoes, trivia, or even just cards. Having something fun to do will keep the party alive and keeps your guests entertained.

Artificial grass makes the perfect playground for this, as well; as it’s safe, soft and can easily stand up to the abuse of heavy foot traffic. SYNLawn’s synthetic turf is even fire resistant, just in case there are any unfortunate mishaps around the grill area.

Specialty Drinks to Fit Your Theme

It’s also a great idea to pick out a special drink for the evening. Anyone can throw a few beers in a cooler, but you’re setting out to make a great party, so pick something special to serve! Sangria makes for a refreshing cocktail, or go online to find one of the thousands of twists on classic lemonade that appeals to you.

This can go hand-in-hand with a theme you can set for the overall party. Maybe your barbecue is a Hawaiian luau or a southwestern night on the range. Picking a theme can help you nail down your choices for menu and décor.

Follow these simple tips and your barbecue is sure to be the talk of the block! Contact SYNLawn of Kansas City or call (816) 886-2747 today to learn more about how our artificial grass can improve your outdoor space. Get a free quote!