Up to 75 percent of all adults in the U.S. own a smoker or grill. The fact is, there’s just something about cooking outside.
What you may not realize is that barbecuing isn’t just an evening activity. In fact, up to 11 percent of all grill owners prepared breakfast in the past 12 months.
If you are planning on hosting a backyard party using your grill or smoker—regardless of the time of day—you may want some ideas on how you can do this on a budget.
One of the best things about a backyard barbeque is that you don’t have to spend a fortune. There are effective ways to throw an amazing event for an affordable price.
Keep reading for some helpful tips and ideas.
Bug Repellant Is a Must Have
No one wants to have to deal with pests while enjoying some delicious grilled foods at a backyard party. However, using chemicals and torches may not be the best solution either. Not only does this smell bad, but it can be quite costly, too.
Looking for a better solution?
If so, place a few strategic planters around the party area. There are several types of plants that pests hate, including:
- Lemon balm
- Lemon Thyme
You can create a few container gardens and put them all around.
Add More Seating
What happens when you have 25 guests and only five outdoor chairs? It may not be feasible to purchase all the seating you need.
A better, more affordable, and easier option is to turn to your indoor seating. Chances are you have dining room chairs, poufs, ottomans, drum stools and more you can use outside.
If you keep things casual, you can even spread out a few blankets and quilts on the ground. Why not have a picnic-style party?
Another more affordable option is to rent seating. There are some service providers that will even deliver and pick up the chairs for your party.
Choose Inexpensive Decorations
What’s the theme of your party? If you don’t have one, pick one. You can decorate for virtually anything—fiestas, luaus, graduation parties, and more.
If you plan ahead, you can even purchase the decorations during the offseason when they may be more affordable. You also need to search online for sales as you can find some great deals if you are a savvy shopper.
Another (even more budget-friendly option) is to borrow the decorations you need from a family member or friend. Make sure you remember who you borrowed the items from so you can return them after your party. Also, make sure you replace anything that is damaged.
Remember, you don’t have to get overly fancy or be a great decorator to add a bit of fun and festivities to your event. Some decorations to consider using include:
- Paper lanterns
- Freshly cut flowers from your garden
- Paper streamers
- Mason jars or glass bottles filled with tea lights or candles
- Paper lanterns
- Outdoor holiday décor you currently own
- Pool inflatables
You can mix and match these items to create a festive atmosphere that meets your needs and that your guests will love.
Set up Games and Entertainment
Are you planning to have kids at your backyard party? If so, you want something for them to do, right?
Even if it’s just going to be adults, having something for them to do can make the event more fun for everyone.
There are all types of lawn games you can purchase; however, for a more affordable option, you can make your own. If you look online, you will find all sorts of ideas and options.
Lighting Is Important
Is that your dog across the yard or a skunk? If you can’t tell, then it’s time to add some light to the space, especially if your party’s going to be happening after dark.
Don’t worry though, you don’t have to invest too much. Consider adding some string lights on your fence or deck. You can even put them in nearby trees.
Other options include tealights and hurricane lanterns. If you have to run cords through the yard, make sure you safeguard them to prevent trips.
An easy way for you to do this is by sniping old wire hangers and bend them into pegs. By doing this, you can keep your cords secure in the ground.
When it comes to parties, they simply aren’t complete without some great music. Don’t worry though. You don’t have to spring for live entertainment.
Instead, create a playlist of tunes that are going to reflect the timing and tone of your party. Make sure to add some dance music if it suits the occasion.
Another option is to recruit your musical friends. If you know someone—or several people—who play a musical instrument, then ask them to bring them to the party. They can provide some live entertainment for your guests.
What Are You Planning for Your Backyard Party?
As you can see, when it comes to planning a backyard party, you don’t have to spend a fortune. You can have an amazing event and ensure your guests enjoy themselves by using the budget-friendly tips found here.
Everyone loves a barbeque. You can ensure yours is the talk of the town by planning properly.
If you are looking for more helpful information about grilling in the backyard, then be sure to check out our blog. We offer all sorts of information, including menu ideas for your backyard barbeque.