When the sun is shining, nothing beats a big family BBQ in the back garden. However, when there are kids involved, nothing is straightforward.
Pre-kids it’s as simple as cooking the meat to perfection and making sure everyone’s drinks are topped up. Post-kids, there are a few more things to think about. Make sure your family BBQ is flipping amazing by following these pro tips.
There are lots of kids that are fussy eaters so to ensure you cater to everyone, it’s best to keep things simple. Hot dogs and burgers are a safe bet but of course, you need to check if there are any vegans or vegetarians in attendance. In addition, ask if anyone has any allergies. Kids tend to be impatient when they’re hungry so it’s a good idea to include cold foods which don’t need a turn on the barbie. Bread rolls, sliced-up cucumbers and carrots and fruit kebabs are all great options for stopping little tummies from rumbling.
Speed Is Of The Essence
A family BBQ that includes young kids is bound to finish up earlier than an adult-only affair. Therefore, it's a good idea to get the cooking underway before your guests arrive. At least that way you can spend the majority of time eating together instead of waiting around.
Of course, safety is a priority when kids are invited, so make sure the BBQ itself is well away from where the children are playing. To ensure the food is cooked correctly, consider getting a meat thermometer so there’s no guesswork involved, and if it’s a hot day provide shade and plenty of sunscreen.
This isn’t the time to get out your best china, instead pick up some paper plates or plastic versions which can be washed and reused. And the same applies to cups, when there are kids running around in all directions, your tableware needs to be unbreakable. However, there’s no need for everyone to drink out of tumblers, there are plenty of stylish outdoor wine glasses available that are made from acrylic or metal.
The best way to keep a smile on the children’s faces is to ensure that there are plenty of games or things for them to do! Races are always popular – think egg and spoon race, sack race or three-legged race. If it’s a hot day get the paddling pool and water pistols out, and if you’ve got music playing why not organise a game of musical chairs. There’s one thing for sure, everyone will sleep well afterwards!