Want to relive the good ol’ days with your family and friends? Consider throwing a retro style barbecue party. This is the best way of bringing men together to bond with the family across generations. From setting the menu to decors, you will need a retro touch to have an unforgettable BBQ party. Bonus points if you hold the party at the backyard!
Retro Style BBQ Party Ideas
A retro BBQ party is an excellent occasion for reuniting with family and friends. The party provides everyone with an opportunity to catch up with Uncle Joe and Aunty Mary whom they have not seen for some time. If you are throwing a BBQ bash for friends, you can relieve the happiness and escapades of the yesteryears and form even closer bonds.
Here’s a quick guide for throwing a retro style BBQ bash.
Timing is Everything
Timing is big when planning any party. Parties are more fun when there are many people involved. Therefore, it is essential to get the timing right. You may want to call your guests in advance to find out about their schedules before settling on the date of the party. The last thing you want is to get a lot of apologies because of poor timing.
Ideally, you should plan your BBQ party on a summer weekend or a holiday. These are the times when most people have some free time on their calendars. Your old buddies will gladly show up for the party in their summer shorts ready to get wild! Also, require the guests to confirm attendance in advance so that you plan for the meals and drinks appropriately. Finally, make sure you distribute a map to your residence or the BBQ party location, just in case some people will be driving from out of town.
Get the Menu Right
When planning a retro BBQ party, you have to get the menu right. Consider the people you’ve invited to the party and find out their favorite dishes. Since you can grill different entrees at the party, go all out with variety. You can prepare steak, roasted veggies, kebabs, hotdogs, hamburgers, and more. Having variety is essential as you want to be sure all guests can build a la carte plates to their liking.
Entrees are huge, but they are not the only thing to concentrate on. There are BBQ side staples like green salads, pasta or potato salad, corn on the cob, and even mac & cheese to think of. If you are holding the party during the summer, you may need some ice cream as a refreshing dessert.
There are tons of BBQ necessities that will complement any menu you are preparing. You can use the essentials to prepare the BBQ and when done, offer them as gifts to the men who love grilling. Depending on the grilling equipment, you can hold the party in your backyard, rooftop, or even a local park.
Drinks. Drinks. Drinks.
Are the guests you’ve invited to the BBQ party big on beer or liquor? Get ready with the right drinkware. No beverage is as smooth and tantalizing as beer when taken with BBQ. Therefore make sure you’ve appropriately stocked.
Get double-walled drinkware to ensure the drinks will stay cold in the warm weather. To cater for cocktail lovers, make sure you have the right shakers that will let you mix the perfect drinks. The shakers can also make attractive gifts if you are celebrating someone special.
Depending on the number of visitors you expect at the party, the cost of drinks can quickly escalate through the roof. Don’t play Atlas and carry all the world’s problems on your shoulder. Instead, ask the guests to help with the drinks. For example, you can require guests to come with a case of specific beer brands. If liquor is your thing, have a guideline on the type of drinks to be brought and any mixers that may be required.
Retrorize the Scene
The scene has to be perfect for your retro BBQ. This means taking things further than what you would usually do with regular weekend BBQ parties.
To begin, you should have some fun activities lined up while the food is being prepared. Depending on the crowd you expect, you can have Yahtzee, dominoes, Jenga, checkers, and cards. These are easy games which can be played outside and are entertaining to people of all ages.
And what would be a retro party without some funky blues or jazz from the 1960s? Make a playlist of nostalgic music that will remind the guests of the golden era of music of their time. You may also want to set up some string lights to create a moody glow ambiance when the sun begins to set. LED lanterns would also be perfect for lighting up the tables without having to worry about them getting blown out by the wind.