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You might be looking forward to the fine weather for a lot of reasons but, if you’re like many, the idea of BBQing sounds nice and all, but often comes with more work than you’re really ready to do. Especially if you don’t know how much of a summer you’re actually going to get. However, it doesn’t need to be so much of a hassle. Here are a few ways to make it a little easier to enjoy a good BBQ-filled summer.
Know how much you need
You might not need as elaborate a BBQ set-up as you might think that you do. For one, you want to make sure that you’re able to keep things budget-friendly, so you should avoid buying more than you have to for that reason alone. Take the time to consider how many people are really likely to be out eating at any given time. This will help you decide how many seats you’re going to need, as well as plates and dinnerware if you want to buy any that are specifically for eating outdoors. Of course, it’s even more budget-friendly to reuse what you can from the kitchen.
You don’t need a ton of space
You might be worried about how much space you need as well to create a comfortable dining space. Even if you’re able to get the space that you need for tables and chairs, you might find it particularly unwieldy and in the way when you’re done using them or you might want to use that garden space for something else. However, you might be able to get that space back with some of the collapsible or foldable tables that you can get for the garden. Others allow you to save space by, for instance, having chairs that perfectly fit under the table to take up as little room as possible. Check out some of the space-saving outdoor furniture ideas that you can make use of.
Gas will be your friend
If you want to make cooking outdoors a little more convenient, then be mindful of what you’re cooking with. The more elements you have involved, the more mess are going to be involved. One of the big benefits of a gas BBQ is that it doesn’t create any of the mess of charcoal, no coals, no woodchips, and no fuss. Another one of the benefits is, of course, that’s typically less expensive to buy, so if you don’t already have a BBQ, it can make it a lot more accessible to get one. Of course, you can even hook your gas grill up to the gas line in the home so that you don’t need to worry about supplying it with new gas. Just make sure that you and your family have it drilled in your head on how to be safe with gas.
Keep some storage outdoors
If you want to create a comfortable outdoor sitting and eating area, then you’re going to need dinnerware to eat with, table settings, soft furnishings to make seats comfortable, and so on. Of course, that’s a lot of things that need a place to be when they are not in use, especially when it’s raining. You might also have things like BBQ-specific ingredients, wood chips, and other accessories that you use to cook with. To that end, you should look at some of the smart space-saving storage options that you can get for the garden. Whether you make use of vertical space by attaching exterior cabinets or you even use something like wicker baskets that can be easily tucked away, you do have storage options you can rely on.
It’s not tough to create a little atmosphere
Providing some seating, getting out the tableware, and making sure that you can get cooking to serving up some BBQ food should, of course, be considered the bare minimum. You want people to have a good time when they’re out with you, not simply to get fed. To that end, you don’t need a lot to create a good atmosphere. A simple Bluetooth speaker hooked up to a Spotify or Youtube playlist is going to do a lot of good. If you want to make things feel a little more special, then you can hook up some fairy lights or even invest in proper lighting fixtures for your outdoor dining area.
Of course, it still takes time and a little effort to BBQ and to do it well. But the tips above can at least make it a lot easier.