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How to hold a chilled summer barbecue

Will Gore

Posted on May 24 2020

How to hold a chilled summer barbecue


Summer’s here and although it already looks and feels different to the summers we’re used to, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy some of what the season has to offer.


Here at Party Pieces, we love a good barbecue. In fact, we do an annual summer barbecue party in the grounds of our HQ. So here are a few hints and ideas on holding a barbecue, even if it’s just for your household…


Preparation is key


The secret to a great barbecue us for everyone to be able to kick back and relax. You don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is sunning themselves. Luckily lots of barbecue food can be prepared in advance. You can marinate chicken drumsticks the night before (think ketchup, maple syrup and onion for something smokey). If you’re holding a plant-based barbecue, vegetable skewers like these work well for vegans and meat-eaters alike, and can be assembled ahead of time, ready to sling on to a hot barbecue. You can cut up salad ingredients and mix dressings two hours before grill time, and lay out bread rolls in a bright woven tray such as this one, and cover with a tea towel until it’s time to eat. To get your grill ship-shape before cooking, you can heat it slightly then clean with a cut-up lemon dipped in rock salt.




Create a party atmosphere at home


If you’ve been spending a lot of time at home recently and fancy changing the scenery, you can make subtle changes by lighting candles (our summery candlesticks are popular), putting together a barbecue playlist of summer hits, and laying out this pom-pom bunting, with LED fairy lights for when it eventually gets dark. We love a dressed table, even for the smallest of occasions, and have plenty of tablewear to choose from. Our bamboo party plates made from compostable palm and matching platters are an eco-friendly and attractive option, while our Boho Spice bowls bring more pops of colour to the garden scene.




Don’t shuttle forward and back to the fridge to fetch drinks, fill a crate with ice and water to keep canned and bottle drinks cool and conveniently to-hand while you eat. If you’re drinking cocktails or cordials, this Kilner drinks dispenser holds up to 5 litres, and looks pretty filled with pastel punches, ice and sliced citrus fruit.


A family that plays together, stays together 


Give yourselves something to do while your food chars up. We love this jumbo tennis set for pratfalling or Wimbledon-level competition. You could also try inflatable limbo or get striking with these pop-up football goals. All provide amusement for whoever is doing the barbecuing.


Sweet treats


A fuss-free but super-fun pudding is, of course, to toast marshmallows. But why not also try adding summer fruits such as pineapple and peach? Chop up and set up ahead of time in these sweetie jars with pink scoops, so that all that’s left to do is for each person to assemble their own skewer and get grilling. You can even soak wooden skewers in water beforehand to stop them from burning.


We hope you enjoy your chilled barbecue and tasty treats. If you’re using any Party Pieces items, don’t forget to tag us into your photos on social media @partypieces


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