As the weather gets warmer, many will find themselves eager to break out the grill and start planning a cookout for their friends and family. There are many ways to do this, such as a pitch in or a planned menu.
Paying attention to the little details like lawn decorations and seating areas can have a significant impact on how much fun the guests have because the right options make it easier to be social before the food is served.
Liven Up The Lawn With Decorations
The first trick to hosting the perfect cookout is to pick up any trash or errant objects in the yard. Broken sticks, toys, or even animal waste can be hazardous, especially if children will be running around.
Once the mess has been cleaned up, the next step is to place a few good decorations in the cookout area. A few good potted plants are often a cheap and easy option because they add a lot of color to an area.
For an extra splash of color, try using a few cheap bean bags as decorations. Not only are they bright and fun looking, they can also double as seating for adults and children.
Serve A Variety Of Foods
No cookout is truly a cookout unless it has food. Many opt for the staples of hot dogs and hamburgers, but there are plenty of other options that can make the gathering a hit.
Corn on the cob is a good choice, and can be grilled either in its husk or aluminum foil. One tip to grilling corn this way is to open carefully the husk and brush butter and a tiny amount of salt to it before grilling.
Crab legs or whole crabs can also be grilled, but they are a little more tricky as the cook times vary depending on the size and thickness of the shells. As a general rule, the crab shells should be cracked open first.
Seafood is a bit trickier because it tends to dry out faster. For succulent seafood on the grill, consider wrapping it in foil first and making sure to add generous amounts of butter or other liquids.
Chicken is another favorite choice for those who want something a little different. There are many options for marinades and seasonings, making it easier to make something for everyone.
When planning the cookout, don’t forget to leave out a large assortment of condiments. One easy tip for this is to use muffin tins to hold the condiments as it is less messy and easier to reach them!
Arrange A Great Seating Area
The final tip for hosting the perfect cookout is to have plenty of outdoor bean bag furniture on and use them to create a great seating area for guests to use while they eat.
One option is just to line the chairs up near a patio or other area and let guests move them around to where they want them. Another option is to set them up in small groups of three or four chairs.
Some may find that having plenty of cheap bean bags available is more convenient than trying to set up lawn chairs or picnic benches because they are easier to move and store.