Barbecues are a fun way to entertain family and friends for any occasion. But if you want to put on a special bbq events, then a themed BBQ makes the party a very special event. Here I have suggested two top barbecue ideas for your themed BBQ.
One theme that is always a success is a Luau or Hawaiian themed BBQ. This is a very relaxed kind of party especially popular with teenagers. Your first step is your invitations. These could be themed as well in the shape of a pineapple or palm tree. There are many online party supply shops that can help with not only invitations but decorations and accessories such as plates and napkins etc.
Decorating your BBQ area with lanterns, candles or glowing tiki torches adds to the atmosphere. Sea shells, coconut shells and pineapples placed around the area add to the effect. If you are good at crafts, making your own palm trees from rolls of painted cardboard and shredded paper for the leaves, will set the scene even further. You can also buy inflatable palm trees if you can’t make any.
Ask your guests to participate fully by coming in a Hawaiian costume. These include the traditional grass skirt and coconut shells or brightly colored shirts, shorts or dresses. Flip flops are a must. You could even make your own out of thread and flower heads to hand out to your guests as a traditional Hawaiian symbol of friendship.
Music is very important in getting the right atmosphere for your party. The Beach Boys and Bob Marley are both associated with Hawaiian parties.
Games can be a fun addition to your Hawaiian BBQ. The traditional limbo is an easy game to set up if you have enough room.. All you need is a pole or cane and two people to hold it. Having a hula competition can be great fun too.
Of course one of the main ingredients at a BBQ is the food. Try to give your BBQ that Hawaiian feel by cooking dishes such as Hawaiian BBQ Chicken. This is a very simple dish that really gives the Hawaiian feel.
* 6 chicken thighs
* 1 cup pineapple juice
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
Marinade the chicken thighs with the rest of the ingredients for 30 minutes. Place them on the grill over medium heat. Grill thighs until juices run clear.
Dessert dishes such as grilled pineapple or bananas with chocolate sauce continue the tropical theme. Drinks that contain fruit such as a punch (with or without alcohol), and lots of cocktails and cocktail umbrellas to finish the effect.
For a themed Barbecue with a difference a Hollywood stars BBQ party can be elegant, yet relaxed. Start by sending out your invitations asking your guests to either dress as a Hollywood star or come dressed in evening dress and suits. Your invitations can be handmade or professionally made for that glamorous touch. Or you could send an invitation in the form of a ticket to the stars to the Oscars etc.
Decorate your BBQ area with lots of twinkling lights and if possible have a red carpet from your entrance to your BBQ area. Many party supply shops or online suppliers sell accessories for this kind of party, including paper red carpets. You can also buy posters and banners of stars and objects such as Oscars. Having a glitter ball or rotating light all add to the Hollywood effect.
Serve your guests Champagne or sparkling wine on arrival or cocktails. If possible get a person that is good at mixing up cocktails for you. You can buy plastic cocktail glasses and shakers from many stores.
Music is important for the atmosphere, so a good selection of movie themes, especially the Bond films. Or favorites songs from The Rat Pack.
Food for your Hollywood themed BBQ should be simple yet elegant. Burgers and hot dogs can be served as miniatures. BBQ salmon and prawns make good dishes. Along with mini BBQ ribs and classic salads. Fresh fruit salads or strawberries and cream are easy but refreshing desserts. For a special dessert, New York Cheesecake is always popular and can be made ahead of time.
Games to play at your Hollywood BBQ could be guess the star. Each player has the name of a star stuck to their head with a post it note (they do not know who it is). They then have to guess who it is with clues from the other guests. Awards can be given for the best costume in the form of an Oscar.
These are just two top ideas for your themed barbecue. You can use a BBQ for any occasion such as a baby shower, heroes party or even a wedding theme. The list is endless, you are only limited by your imagination.
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Gary H Andrews is a highly successful freelance writer and the author of Simple Barbecue
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