Barbecue Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Barbecue event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


A Barbecue is a casual celebration of food, fun, friendship; and, of course, lots of festive music. People's ears will be just as hungry as their mouthes. Indeed, a Barbecue party play list should be as tasty and vibrant as its menu.

The ultimate Barbecue party play list could include:

Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter
Shake Your Bon Bons by Ricky Martin
Cheeseburgers in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett
Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett
Long Tall Glasses by Leo Sayer
Chocolate by Kylie Minogue
These audio delicacies will have guests rocking out as they are munching down. In addition to some party songs that are downright yummy, guests at a Barbecue party of course will need a plethora of party supplies to make their meal complete. These could include plates, dishes, bowls and plastic utensils in every color of the rainbow, along with balloons in the shape and likeness of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, steaks, and even barbecue grills that could hang from the ceiling. Impress the eyes as well as the taste buds. Andy Warhol-style pop art depicting various food stuffs could be placed throughout the party area, and a vibrant plastic or paper banner could be posted, emblazoned with the name of the family or organization that is hosting the barbecue. The more personal this event becomes, the better. Take home party favors could include erasers and lapel pins in the likeness of burgers and fries, and—of course—plenty of leftovers! At the end of the day the guests want food and more food.

Quick tip: Avoid any shopping on the day of the gala to ensure being the hostess with the mostess as with having a stress free relaxing time. Have delicious food at an event and always give guests a few healthy alternatives to high fat, high calorie foods. Build excitement about the event by doing something different or unique with the invitations like including artwork or a picture to the guests.

Barbeque parties are an ideal time for homemade party supplies such as handmade aprons, homemade house flags and banners. What better accessories for a truly down home event. Most often, planning homemade Barbeque party supplies are more fun than actually planning the party. The more time and creativity you invest the more enjoyable it will be. A barbeque is a great time for handmade party supplies such as temporary tattoos, costume jewelry and glow sticks. What fun accents to an already enjoyable event. In addition to this, a homemade Barbeque party house flag is perfect for the host. What a better way to say, “Barbeque Party,” than by making a homemade barbeque house flag. This homemade apron will not will compare to any traditional party supply apron that is found in the kitchen.

Making a homemade barbeque party house flag is easy to make. Just follow these simple directions as closely as possible. First of all, take a typical plain white pillow case and press it out. After doing so, take a single sheet of paper and draw your handmade barbeque flag design. This design should receive a careful analysis prior to painting on the pillowcase. After the design has been checked and a review has been made, use fabric paint and carefully paint the design on the white pillowcase. A great addition to the handmade Barbeque party flag would be to add a catchy phrase or personalization. These homemade party supplies will be a great touch and provide a great deal of conversation among your guests. They are sure to love this very intimate and personal touch.


Nothing could be more festive or delicious than a neighborhood barbecue; except, of course, for a scrumptious barbecue party cake. A cake at a barbecue is--well--the topping on the cake!

Just about any hearty barbecue party cake would fit the theme; hungry guests will be pleased to wolf down just about any cake that is presented them, providing that it is fresh and delicious. Yet as a conscientious planner you really want to impress. Yet why not come up with a creative confection that will be just as clever and creative as it is delightfully delicious? Go all out for maximum effect at this barbecue do.

A barbecue host could take a round chocolate cake and add stripes of white chocolate icing across the top, giving the cake the appearance of a barbecue grill; thus transforming a standard cake into a barbecue party cake. Or she could pour her cake batter into long cylindrical cake pans, icing the finished food product with red and gold food dye until—voila!—he/she will have the confectionary version of a hot dog! Or something that tastes even better than this barbecue staple. Or she could bake a standard round chocolate cake and top it with a big, thick layer of gold icing, so that it likens an oversized hamburger.

A less crafty cook could bake a basic round or sheet cake in any flavor she chooses, then top it off with party supplies (anything from a miniature plastic grill to bubblegum hot dogs to rubber hamburgers) that reflect the barbecue party cake theme. Guests will appreciate these creative, fun and yummy efforts.

If you are looking to have some wholesome all-American fun, with good food, some beer and great conversation, then its time you throw yourself and your friends a good old fashioned barbeque party. Yeah, why wait till the 4th of July. Anytime’s a good time to hold a party of this kind (weather permitting of course).

The best part about a barbeque party is that it is so simple to plan and arrange. All you really need is a nice yard, a big enough grill, some drinks, loads of beef and you are more or less set. For the side dishes you could just have a potluck i.e. ask your friends to get something along with them. This will ensure you have some variety too. It might be a good idea though to ask a friend to bring his/her grill over, so that you can get your cooking done faster.

To make things more interesting why don’t you assign a more specific theme to your barbeque party? The most obvious one would be a Western theme and it’s also the one that works best. You could set it as a dress code, play country music on the sound system and maybe even have a square dancing session. To get that authentic touch to your party you could set up some bales of hay in your party area that could be used for seating. And maybe even have a bon-fire. This would especially be great if one of your friends could play the guitar. Then everybody can gather around the fire and join in for some singing.

The Barbeque party a time-tested tradition that promises to be fun for everyone.

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Barbecue History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Barbecue theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Nothing beats the rich, robust taste of barbecued food. And nothing quite beats the fun of a Barbecue party. This is the ultimate fun summertime activity.

Throughout the early part of the 20th century, the family barbecue followed a predetermined structure that had a lot to do with gender roles. Yep, Ladies, things used to be different. Dad cooked up the burgers and steaks on a massive open grill, while Mom served up condiments like homemade mustard, ketchup and relish, plus side dishes like French fries and slaw and any number of succulent desserts; anything from cakes to cupcakes, ice cream to cookies. Kids, for the most part, contributed to the family barbecue by playing in the back yard and eating. They had the easy part, to be sure!

As technology has developed, it is now commonplace for Mom and Dad to switch roles at a variety of family functions, not the least of which is the Barbecue. We are women, watch us grill--big time!

Now that grills are more compact, even the most petite mama should have no problem operating the equipment needed to pull off a successful barbecue. And now that more and more condiments and sweet treats come in prepared packages, even the most ‘culinary challenged’ dad and can provide side dishes and desserts.

Kids, for their part, are these days encouraged to take a greater role in all household chores, duties, and functions, including the family barbecue. That's right Kids; no more playing around!

They might set the picnic table, help transport all condiments, side dishes and desserts to the table, and—if they’re old enough—may even help to flip a few burgers.

Thanks to modern technology and changing gender roles, the family Barbecue is finally a family affair, where everyone plays an equal and important role. Plan a Barbecue Party today! A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas. Good organization is the key to planning an occasion with less stress, so may lists and check things off as you go. A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas. The history of Barbecue has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Barbecue to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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