Posted By Heather Rusick on 5/25/11 10:17 AM

Memorial Day Weekend B-B-Q

Memorial Day is right around the corner and it’s time to figure out what you will be doing this holiday weekend. You might be considering a mini vaca or just lounging around your apartment and hosting a barbeque. We’ll if you are staying at home and planning a Memorial Day bbq, here are some things something to keep in mind so you don't aggravate your neighbors and can keep the fun going all night long - or until you want it to end!

First, you need to decide if you are going to bbq your delicious food on the community barbeques or your patio barbeque. It is going to be a busy barbeque’in weekend so you want to map out your attack if you are using the community grills - they're going to be hoppin' this weekend!

No that that’s settled, it's time to let your neighbors know about your mellow little fiesta! This is just common courtesy - the longer the bbq and the more alcohol guests’ drink = the louder voices get – I am just trying to save you the trouble. Once you have tackled this, it is time to start planning this relaxing event!

  1. The earlier the better! A bbq is more enjoyable during the day, the kiddies are playing, parents are enjoying the sunshine with cocktails in hand. Or if you do not have kiddies, it is always a better idea to get the party started early - the earlier the party the earlier it will die down, which means it is less likely the cops will be called.
  2. Menu. Bbq’s are fairly easy to plan; keep it simple with burgers, hotdogs, steaks, potato salad, beans - you got it! Just make sure to have some snacks on hand when your guests arrive, chips, dips, wings and other delicious goodies - the best thing about a bbq is the ability to snack all day long!
  3. Activities. It is a good idea to have some activities going for your guests so they are not cramped in your apartment all day. Reserve a table by the pool, plan an outside sporting event or a board game competition will make for a great Memorial Day bbq.
  4. Let the fun begin. Of course you will have traditional drinks and cocktails, but try switching it up with some alcoholic popsicles.
  5. Friends & Neighbors. Barbeques are all about surrounding yourself with your closest friends and family members, keep it personal, don’t invite the whole neighborhood… Unless it is your actual neighborhood – it's always great to be friendly with neighbors, plus I’m sure they won’t mind if your noise volume goes up a notch!

What you need.

  • Grill
  • Serving dishes, napkins and glassware. I would go paper and plastic, barbeques are not meant to be fancy.
  • Aprons, for the grilling kings of course.
  • Outdoor toys and games
  • Cocktails. For the adults, 21 and over.

What are you grilling this Memorial Day weekend?