BBQ Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed BBQ 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.


No BBQ party would be complete without all of its party supplies – a playlist full of songs that showcase summertime at its finest! Guests will be too busy dancing to eat--well almost!

Smash Mouth - Walkin on the Sun
Marky mark and the Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations
Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
Chich - Good Times
CC and the Music Factory - Going to Make you Sweat
Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari
UB40 - Red, Red Wine
Sheryl Crow - Soak Up the Sun
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup Baby
Jimmy Buffet - Margarittaville
First Class - Beach Baby
Martha & the Vandellas - Heatwave

When selecting music for a BBQ themed party, it is important to look for these main attributes: fun, lively and uplifting. Save the sappy, syrupy ballads for another occasion. BBQ parties are had so that people can get together, have some fun and enjoy good food.

It is best to try and avoid heavy metal because just like the name implies, the music is heavy and contradicts that whole mood of the party. Plus very old and very young guests might object. The only exception to this is a group of people that listen exclusively to heavy metal. Also try to avoid any repetition in music or genre choice at one time. Break up the monotony and keep it fresh and entertaining to listen to. This move will prevent rampant boredom among the guests. You want to keep them eating, dancing, and singing along all day! Centerpieces can be artistic like hand painted flower holders or something more practical like candles to provide light. Stretch resources at a social function by using potted flowers as decorations and then giving them as door prizes. Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night.

BBQ parties are the perfect party for homemade party supplies such as handmade aprons and banners. Most often, homemade BBQ party supplies sometimes outdo the actual cooking of the food. Just as guests appreciate homemade cooking, they'll appreciate homemade 'extras' too. A BBQ is a great time for handmade party supplies such as temporary tattoos, costume jewelry and feathered boas. In addition to this, a homemade BBQ party apron is perfect for the host. He/she will have to wear an apron anyway, so do it with style. What a better way to say, “BBQ Party,” than by wearing a homemade BBQ apron. This homemade apron will not will compare to any traditional party supply apron that is found in the kitchen. It is sure to be far flashier and more fun.

And here, dear host, is some very good news. Making a homemade BBQ party apron is easy to make. First of all, take a typical plain white apron and press it out. After doing so, take a single sheet of paper and draw your handmade BBQ apron design. This design should receive a careful analysis prior to painting on the apron. After the design has been checked and a review has been made, use fabric paint and carefully paint the design on the white apron. A great addition to the handmade BBQ apron 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 look at aprons in the same way.


Nothing says BBQ like a BBQ theme cake! After all of the ribs, corn on the cob and biscuits, let your guests enjoy a delicious piece of strawberry cake! Balance the spicy with the sweet dishes on this day. This will be one of the party supplies they will enjoy the most. Probably due to the fact that it is downright yummy!

Here is exactly what you need to make this dish: Ingredients:

2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup fresh crushed strawberry, unsweetened
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Frosting of your choice

First, start out by pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees F. Sift the baking powder, salt and flour together in one bowl in then in another bowl combine eggs, vanilla, sugar and butter. Beat the eggs mixture for about 3 minutes.

Add the flour mixture and the strawberries, alternating between both, to the creamed mixture; beat for about 2 minutes.

Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans and then bake for 25-30 minutes. You will know it is done when you can stick a toothpick in the center and have it come out clean.

Finally, when done, turn the cake out of the pan on a wire rack to let it cool. Once it is cool, top with your favorite frosting or glaze for a yummy treat for BBQ party guests! They are sure to have a berry good time eating this cake. OK OK we shouldn't have gone there--but we did.

You will want to make your kids next party a fun affair during the summertime, and the messy but tasty foods offered at a BBQ can help make that happen. It is also a great part to mix with the summer holidays and you can hold it outside. That’s three excellent reasons to host a BBQ in your backyard or at your local park.

To ensure that you have food that all the kids like at the party tell them in the invitations that it’s a BYOB or a ‘bring your own beef’ affair. Don’t forget to let them bring their own beer. Of course they don’t have to bring beef there are lots of options available. Someone may be a vegetarian and bring tofu, someone else might have a garden full of veggies they want grilled with butter and a few zesty seasonings. What’s great about this potluck style affair is that everyone is assured that they have food they’ll eat at the party and everyone can bring a little extra so people can sample new BBQ tastes.

Always decorate your BBQ parties with paper supplies. This makes for very easy clean up and very easy decoration. Whatever the holiday just make sure you find matching themed plates, napkins, tablecloths and so on. Then at the end of the BBQ hand your guests a trash bag and encourage them to take part in the great clean up. Even on holidays such as Earth Day you can celebrate with a great BBQ and using recycled materials make a quick clean up afterwards.

Games at the BBQ can be themed on whatever holiday you are helping to celebrate. There are an incredible number of games you can try, such as a Dinosaur Run, or Pass the Orange, which always ends with most guests giggling so hard they can hold their oranges.

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BBQ History, Facts and Educational Resources

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

Although seemingly a basic, down home festivity, the BBQ Party is in fact a time-honored tradition celebrated in communities everywhere. Every community has its own version of the barbecue.

Contrary to what many believe, the barbecue is not an American tradition. Sources trace the origins of the BBQ Party everywhere from France to Haiti; it’s an established fact, though, that here in thegood ol’ USA the community barbecue predates the Civil War days. Who can forget the timeless image of Scarlett O’Hara in the first moments of “Gone With the Wind,” bedecked in a lovely summer’s dress and enjoying an outdoor feast with the Tarleton twins? Of course, modern ladies would scoff at donning petticoats for a BBQ!

While always a festive social occasion, the BBQ took on particular importance as time progressed, serving as the site of political rallies and conventions. And when BBQ restaurants opened in the ‘50s and ‘60s, they facilitated a number of indoor, impromptu BBQ parties that involved people of all races, classes and genders. After all, who doesn’t love a good BBQ? This happening has morphed into an American tradition.

The foods served at BBQ parties vary slightly according to the tastes of the guests—and, for that matter, the culinary expertise of the host. While some serve yummy basics like burgers, hot dogs, chips and fries, others prefer pork (a particular favorite in the south) and steak. Beverages could range from beer and wine coolers to soda and bottled water, and desserts could range from lavish homemade cakes and brownies to store-bought sugar snacks. The menu at a barbecue is as diverse as the guest list.

Regardless of the culinary fare served at a BBQ Party, fun times and warm memories—and, of course, good eats—are guaranteed for all. Plan the ultimate BBQ Party today! Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night. Arrange furniture for a get-to-gather in small groups to help initiate conversations. Invite everyone who’s interested in helping to create artful decorations by using plates, glue, glitter and more which can be sent home with the creators at the end of the night. The history of BBQ 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 BBQ to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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