Ohhhh Boris! I am so done with lockdown now. I just want my old life back!
Fond are the memories of sipping cocktails at the poolside in Spain, planning the crazy evening ahead with my besties, or sitting cross-legged on the floor of a restaurant with my sister, Moroccan music filling the air, eating tagine in Marrakesh.
That glorious, sun-kissed, beach scented, warm and fuzzy, holiday feeling.
In the meantime, here’s elebubble’s top tips for hosting the ultimate BBQ for your guests, over the next four weeks…
Hosting the Ultimate BBQ
Setting The Scene
- Even if you haven’t picked a theme for your BBQ, you want your guests to feel relaxed and comfortable. By adding twinkly lights or lanterns, cushions and blankets, you’ll be sure to set a happy relaxed vibe.
- There’s nothing worse than having nowhere to perch… Don’t forget to make sure you have plenty of comfy garden chairs for everyone, alternatively you can lay a rug and some floor cushions down, or if you’re feeling adventurous this mermaid tail lilo is a big hit!
- For me, bunting is the bread and butter of all party decorations. Whether your garden is teeny-tiny or gives glasto a run for its money, bunting is a cute and fun way to jazz up the gate you were meant to fix during lockdown, or disguise that overgrown bush.
- Keep those pesky mozzies away with several citronella candles. Alternatively, if you’re worried about little burnt fingers or looking for a more natural method, lavender and lemon grass act as a great deterrent against those blood-sucking pests! We love popping some sprigs of lavender in a vase as a cutesy centre-piece, adding lemongrass too will be sure to keep the beasties at bay!
- Now, it might seem obvious, but I am putting it out there for all those people who are still cocking this up…Set up your food table in the shade! There are plenty of reasons you want this to be a bash to remember and a dodgy tummy is not one of them!
Feeding Your Faves.
Whether you’re a carnivorous BBQ Host, or of the herbivore variety, every BBQ needs is a lil flavour to really get those chops watering.
We LOVE this spicy marinade for soaking your veggies or meat in! We recommend giving them drizzling with this and leaving for a few hours, in the fridge, before the big event.
- 3 cups dry white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Why don’t you take some of the strain out of hosting a BBQ and do a ‘potluck party?’
Ask everybody to bring a pot or a dish, sweet or savoury... Just don’t forget to agree on dishes beforehand, sadly there is such a thing as too much potato salad.
Drinks, drinks drinks!
Serving your guests something which looks as good as it tastes, can really make such a difference to your gathering. Get quirky with your drink accessories, whether it be berries, umbrellas or cutesy ice cubes, make your guests feel like they are on a staycation break for a few hours.
Our go-to cocktail is a refreshing mojito and it’s super easy to make!
Make a Mojito
- 1 ½ oz light rum
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ lime
- Mint sprigs
- Soda water or lemonade
- Squeeze the lime into a large, chilled cocktail shaker, add the mint and sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved
- Fill the shaker with crushed ice, adding 25ml/50ml of rum
- Pop the top on the shaker and really mix it up
- Empty the contents into a glass, topping it up with soda or lemonade to taste
- Garnish with mint sprigs, a cocktail umbrella and a wedge of lemon
Summer drinks in the garden are transformed with these cute reusable ice cubes. Perfect for plonking in the kids’ lemonades or for keeping your gin cocktail colder than a witch’s titty on a brass broomstick.
I do love a gin glass! There’s something about filling up that globe shaped glass, with berries, ice cubes and accessories and supping from it on a beautiful summers’ day, that really gets me. If you’re a clumsy oaf like myself, these durable plastic gin glasses are a gorgeous little life saver, for you and your guests to enjoy again and again.
What is summer without cocktails? From a porn star martini to a sex on the beach, cocktails sure do get a party moving. Why not mix things up with this ‘super-profesh’ cocktail mixer & be the ultimate hostess with the mostest.
Keeping The Kids From Devastating Boredom!
With a growing family, I quickly realised that the key to a successful get-together, was to subdue the children early on and have plenty of distractions up my sleeve throughout the day. So here are some great ways to keep the brood entertained… you are welcome!
- My favourite trick, although it does expire at around the age of five, is the ol’ ‘painting the fence with water’ job. A small bucket of water + a variety of different brushes + one fence that aunty needs a hand ‘painting’ = peace & quiet!
- Give the kids their own space where they can have the ‘advantage’ of escaping their ‘rents for a bit! Decorate the area with floor rugs, cushions, or even make a little tepee out of some long sticks and twine. Litter the space with sticker books, lego, cars and barbies to quench any desires the little darlings might have, to announce their boredom for the 96th time that hour.
- Kids of all ages, whether it be the sulky six-year-old, or terrible-teen, will love the ‘frozen t-shirt race. Soak a bunch of t-shirts in water, place them in plastic bags, and then stick them in the freezer overnight. The next day, hold a race to see who can "defrost" and pull on a frozen t-shirt the quickest. It’s also a great way to keep the kids cooled down on the three hot days we have a year!
- ‘Monkey toes’ has to have had the most laughs at any of my garden parties! Fill up a small paddling pool, or bucket, with water, throw in some marbles and give the kids a minute to see how many they can get out, using just their toes!
- Absolutely everyone will find hours of fun with this tweak on the traditional ‘BBQ beer pong’. Take a range of different sized buckets or bins, the smaller the bin, the more points you get. You can use bean bags or balls, take aim and throw them into the buckets to score points!
We would love to hear your stories or tips for success! Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck for hosting the ultimate BBQ with your bubble!
Lots of love,
Lauren (and Linda)