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1. When should you send out your invitations? Send out your invitations via U.S. mail several weeks in advance of your barbecue, or if itís really close family and friends, and more of an informal affair, give them a phone call or send them an email. In your invitations, remember to request an RSVP by a specified date (include a self-addressed stamped envelope, your telephone number, or your email address) to account for the number of guests that will be attending your barbecue. For pre-made party invitations and other supplies, visit your local party supply store, an arts and crafts store (e.g., Michaels Arts & Crafts), or an office supply store, such as OfficeMax or Office Depot.

It would be nice to also invite your neighbors. Apart from being neighborly and taking advantage of a good opportunity to get to know the people that are living next to you, if you havenít already - it might be wise to invite your neighbors to your barbecue to avoid any complaints (i.e. noise disturbance due to music; parking might become an issue - extra cars parked in your neighborhood; etc.). Have a block party! J  

If you plan to use your swimming pool or will include water activities for the kids, be sure to mention this to your guests prior to the event so that, if they choose, they can bring along appropriate swimming apparel.

2. On what day should you host your barbecue? Weekends are the most popular days of the week to have a barbecue. Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays are when most people are available for get-togethers, parties and leisurely activities.

In warm climates, barbecues may be held year-round. Cookouts are also popular during holidays and to celebrate special occasions.

Check out the RECIPES section for fantastic cooking tips and hundreds of delicious, mouthwatering, easy-to-follow, step-by-step barbecue recipes for you and your guests to enjoy. With many different, wonderful recipes to choose from, youíll find the perfect ones to suit your spring, summer, fall, or even winter (weather permitting J) barbecue.

Not only will you find great recipes for your outdoor get-together, youíll find fabulous recipes to fix a delicious, complete meal at home on any day of the year, and recipes perfect for holidays and special occasions, which include but are not limited to (listed alphabetically):  

  • All Saintís Day (November 1; Christian)

  • April Foolís Day (April 1)

  • Arbor Day (last Friday in April)

  • Ash Wednesday (seventh Wednesday before Easter; first day of Lent; Christian)

  • Baby Shower

  • Bachelor Party

  • Bachelorette Party

  • Back to School

  • Birthday Party

  • Block Party

  • Bridal Shower

  • Christmas Day (December 25; Christian)

  • Christmas Eve (December 24; Christian)

  • Cinco De Mayo (May 5)

  • Columbus Day (second Monday in October)

  • Company Picnic

  • Earth Day (April 22)

  • Easter Monday (Monday after Easter; Christian)

  • Easter Sunday (Sunday following first full moon during spring; Christian)

  • Family Reunion

  • Fatherís Day (third Sunday in June)

  • Festival

  • First Day of Fall (autumnal equinox, occurs on or about September 22)

  • First Day of Spring (vernal equinox; occurs on or about March 20)

  • First Day of Summer (summer solstice; occurs on or about June 21)

  • First Day of Winter (winter solstice; occurs on or about December 21)

  • Flag Day (June 14)

  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter; Christian)

  • Graduation Party

  • Groundhog Day (February 2)

  • Halloween (October 31)

  • Hanukkah (begins on Kislev 25 according to the Hebrew Calendar (December); Jewish)

  • Housewarming Party

  • ĎId al-Fitr or Eid al-Fitr (marks end of Ramadan; occurs during the tenth month of the Muslim year, at the sighting of the new moon; Islamic)

  • Independence Day (July 4)

  • Job Promotion Party

  • Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1; African-American)

  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)

  • Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday - day before Ash Wednesday; Christian)

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (third Monday in January)

  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)

  • Motherís Day (second Sunday in May)

  • New Yearís Day (January 1)

  • New Yearís Eve (December 31)

  • Patriot Day (September 11)

  • Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter; Christian)

  • Passover (occurs during the month of Nisan of the Hebrew calendar (March or April); Jewish)

  • Picnic

  • Pool Party

  • Potluck

  • Presidentís Day (third Monday in February)

  • Retirement Party

  • Rosh Hashanah (occurs during the month of Tishri 1 of the Hebrew calendar - (September or October); Jewish)

  • St. Patrickís Day (March 17)

  • Summer Entertaining

  • Sunday Dinner

  • Super Bowl Sunday (first Sunday in February; date moveable)

  • Tailgate Party

  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)

  • Valentineís Day (February 14)

  • Veteranís Day (November 11)

  • Wedding Anniversary

  • Wedding

3. At what time should you have your barbecue? A good time of day to have your guests arrive to your barbecue would be late afternoon or early evening. During the spring, and especially during the summer months, days become longer, and daylight is prolonged into the evening hours.

4. Provide good directions to your address. Your invitation should include clear, easy-to-follow directions to your barbecue, even if you think your guests know where you live. Thereís nothing more frustrating for your guests than getting lost, and arriving late. Also, thereís bound to be traffic, especially on a weekend, so provide good directions (your guests will appreciate it).

5. Keep an organized list and plan your menu accordingly. Jot down who you want to invite. Writing it down will help jog your memory, and it will be easier for you not to forget or miss anyone.

If you decide to have a potluck, be sure to mention this to your invited guests and ask them to bring their favorite specialty dish or preferred beverage. As the host/hostess of the barbecue, you will, of course, provide the meat and other items (i.e. vegetables) that you will be grilling. Make sure that you keep an organized list of what kind of dishes and beverages each of your guests will be bringing to the event. Ensure that you have available a variety of foods and drinks - at least two to three different items under each of the following categories:

Appetizers

Dry Rubs, Bastes, Sauces & Marinades  

Meat & Seafood

Grilled Vegetables

Sides

Breads

Desserts

Beverages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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