Hosting the Perfect BBQ Garden Party in Australia

There’s nothing more quintessentially Australian than firing up the barbie and enjoying some quality time with friends and family in the great outdoors. If you’re thinking of hosting a BBQ garden party, we’ve got you covered with tips, tricks, and a little touch of the Aussie spirit.

Backyard Vibes

First things first, the setting. Our weather can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to have a plan B in case the skies decide to sprinkle a bit of liquid sunshine. Ensure you’ve got ample seating, some outdoor games like backyard cricket or a friendly game of footy, and of course, plenty of shade to escape the sun if you’re throwing the party during the day.

BBQ Essentials

Now, let’s talk about the star of the show, the barbecue. Whether you’re a charcoal enthusiast or a gas grill lover, make sure it’s in good condition. We take our barbies seriously, so don’t forget to clean those grates and stock up on quality meats. Throw some snags, lamb chops, and shrimp on the barbeque for that authentic taste.

Sip in Style

No Aussie BBQ is complete without some refreshments, and what better way to elevate the party than with some schnapps? This German spirit has found its place in Australian hearts, especially during warmer months. Create a designated schnapps corner with a variety of flavours to cater to different preferences.

Serve your schnapps ice-cold in small shot glasses. Top Tip: peach schnapps is a crowd-pleaser, offering a sweet and fruity kick. For a bit of Aussie flair, consider mixing it with some lemonade or ginger beer. Just be sure to sip responsibly as your guests are here for a good time not necessarily a wild time.

The Menu

While the barbie takes centre stage, a true BBQ garden party needs a diverse menu. Consider a DIY burger station with various toppings, a fresh and zesty coleslaw, and classic potato salad. For those who want to throw in a bit of traditions, you can add the iconic damper, a simple bush bread that pairs perfectly with butter and golden syrup.

For dessert, keep it light with a pavlova topped with fresh berries or a lamington tower. These sponge cake squares coated in chocolate and coconut are a dessert staple.

The Playlist

Create a playlist that captures the vibe of the party. Think a mix of classic rock, indie hits, and some local artists. Keep the tempo upbeat, and don’t be afraid to throw in a few classic anthems, a bit of Men at Work or John Farnham will get everyone in the party spirit.

Safety and Comfort

As the host, it’s your responsibility to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. Have a designated area for rubbish and recycling, keep plenty of sunscreen on hand, and perhaps provide some insect repellent to ward off those annoying mosquitoes.

With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to hosting an unforgettable BBQ garden party. Embrace the Aussie spirit, enjoy the company of friends and family, and savour the flavours of the BBQ.

Dane Faron

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