It seems like summer just started, but in reality, the most laid-back, fun season of the year is coming to a close. Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, falls on September 5, so it’s time to start planning a backyard bbq to bid farewell to the warmest season of the year.

Since a backyard bbq is a casual event, you may think preparations will be a breeze, but even informal parties require a lot of hard work and planning. Start making your guest list now, so you can better gauge your crowd and plan a party with something for everyone.

Food

The food served at your bbq should match the casual theme of the party. When people RSVP to a bbq, they expect be served fare such as ribs, pulled pork, corn on the cob, and pie. In addition to these dishes, you’ll also need to find out if any of your guests have any dietary restrictions — vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. — to make sure there’s plenty everyone can eat.

Music

Summer bbqs are exciting, entertaining events, so you need a playlist that really brings the energy. The specific genres included should depend on your guest list, but choose songs with a fast beat, and maybe even a country twang, to keep the festivities lively.

Activities

Games always make a bbq more fun, and they’re a must if kids are on the guest list. Choose activities according to the amount of space you have to work with. If it’s a large area, consider putting a volleyball net up or having a potato sack race. If you only have a small space, don’t worry, activities like a bean bag toss or horseshoes can easily be confined to a corner.

Décor

You don’t need a ton of decorations for a bbq, as the outdoor space really takes care of itself. Tablecloths — gingham is always a popular style — and fresh flowers in vases on each table complement the setting, without taking away from the relaxed feel.

Staff

You planned a summer bbq because you want to spend time enjoying the reason of the season with your family and friends — not waiting on them. Staff your party with quality servers and bartenders you trust, so you can unwind and have a great time with your guests.

Waitron is here to help make your backyard bbq a success. Enjoy a stress-free event when you have NYC’s finest bartenders and servers on-site working hard to tend to the needs of your guests, so you can focus on having fun! Your Waitron staff will arrive at the bbq completely trained, screened, uniformed and ready to get to work. Contact us to learn more or get started today!