If you have never held an outdoor grilling event, then
you should really consider holding one. Outdoor grilling
can be fun for the whole family. Your family and friends
will enjoy delicious foods, good company and plenty of sunshine
when you host an outdoor grilling event.
One of the main problems when grilling outdoors is usually
when one person (usually the cook) tries to handle most
of the outdoor grilling tasks alone. The cook prepares the
food, grills the food and most likely helps with a lot of
the other tasks one has when having a cookout. Instead of
assuming that everyone is there to have just fun, one could
let guests know that certain tasks will be assigned to each
person that comes. This takes a large part of the load off
the cook, so that he or she can focus on ensuring that the
grilled food is cooked to delicious perfection.
If there are children around, there are also certain tasks
that even the youngest child can handle. A young child can
put ice in the cups for the drinks, set the spoons and tableware
on the table and pick up trash after the outdoor grilling
event. Older children can toss the salad, get buns ready
for the burgers and place the condiments on the tables.
Teens can help watch the meats so that the cook can take
a break, and they can also help wash dishes after everyone
is done eating.
Most people enjoy activities while waiting for the foods
to cook. You may want to think again if you plan to host
indoor activities during your outdoor grilling event. If
you plan to watch TV while having your cookout, then imagine
the disaster that awaits you once everyone leaves. You will
not only have your yard to clean but you will most likely
have to clean your whole house as well. You should think
of outdoor activities for your guests, and limit the amount
of people allowed inside of your home. Time allowed in your
home should be limited to bathroom breaks and to only those
who are needed to help in the kitchen.
A few outdoor activities that you can consider would be
volleyball or soccer. Adults and children love these two
sports. They would make your outdoor grilling event not
only more enjoyable but healthier for your guests too. They
get the pleasure of eating delicious food and the benefit
of burning calories. If you do not have a soccer ball or
volleyball net, you could host fun outdoor activities like
"hide and go seek" or "find the treasure".
These games are fun even for adults, and the children will
have a lot of fun trying to find their hiding parents or
a secret treasure.
Above all, the main thing you should focus on when grilling
outdoors, is of course the food. You should do all that
you can to ensure that your grilled foods are delicious.
You should also offer a variety of foods for everyone including
grilled vegetables and fruits for your guests who do not
eat meat. You should provide activities for your guests
to enjoy outdoors, and make sure that your guests understand
that the inside of your home is off limits except under
certain situations that you have set.