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5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

Getting together with friends and family over food, has never been easier!  Here are 5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ!

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I think it’s obvious that I love to cook and bake, but at the same time I’m the first person to admit that there are times when it’s just nice to buy things that are ready to go.  This is especially true for last minute gatherings with friends and family…impromptu BBQ’s on summer nights are the best.  So I gathered some friends together for a BBQ and we tried out some of President’s Choice new Canadiana themed food from the PC Insider’s Collection!

Here are 5 tips to make these last minute get togethers fun and stress free!

1.  Buy everything that you can

Sometimes it’s just nice, and necessary, to buy everything that you need to host a BBQ with friends.  It takes the load off and means that you don’t have to spend the day in the kitchen preparing dinner!  We bought premade burgers, smokies, chips, buns, drinks dessert and Maple Marshmallow s’more ingredients!  I did make a pasta salad, but only because I wanted to!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

For this BBQ we tried out the PC Loads of Canadiana Beef Burger and PC Poutine Flavour Smokies!  It was a great opportunity to try some fun new flavours!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

2.  Make it self serve

Make dinner a buffet.  Spread everything you are serving out on a table, and let your guest help themselves.  People love to do this…it feels casual and fun.

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

3.  Put all the drinks into a cooler with ice

Fill up a cooler with ice and put it out on the deck where you will be having dinner.  That way your guests can just help themselves when they want something!  We put out a selection of PC Organics Watermelon Lemonade, iced tea, PC De-Alcoholized Lemon Radlers, and Caesar’s using the new PC Bacon Flavour Tomato Clam Cocktail!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

4.  Keep the set up simple.

Host everything outdoors, this makes clean up so easy!  Then throw on a table cloth, put out paper plates, napkins and cutlery.  Set out cushions for comfort, string some lights around your patio, light candles and don’t forget to keep the bugs away with a citronella candle.  An easy breezy night.

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

5.  Don’t stress

But most of all, don’t stress.  Nights like these are supposed to be fun.  That’s why you’re buying what you need…so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your impromptu night with friends.

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by President’s Choice, owned by Loblaw Companies Limited.  But as always the pictures, my voice, all content, and opinions are mine alone.  Happy Summer! xo

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    July 17, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Buying pre-made burgers is a HUGE time saver. We often do that when we have bigger gatherings. Good tip!

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      July 17, 2017 at 8:35 PM

      Such a big timesaver! And makes the whole night more fun because we’re not stressed with party prep!

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    July 17, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    I don’t want people to go “all out”. I hate when you are invited for dinner and the hosts are stressed. UGH. THE WORST.

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    July 17, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    I love easy backyard BBQ get togethers. These are great tips!

    Thank you.

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      July 17, 2017 at 8:34 PM

      Backyard BBQs are so fun! Especially when we keep things simple and enjoy them!

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    July 17, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    I love how you say keep everything simple and just buy the food! That is kinda refreshing since it makes entertaining so much less stressful! P.S. Your pictures make me want to throw a party!

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      July 17, 2017 at 8:33 PM

      Now that is awesome!! I hope you do throw a party…and buy everything for it! So fun!

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    July 18, 2017 at 1:33 AM

    Really great ideas! I love a good BBQ.

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