July 09, 2021 Now that we’re allowed to welcome friends and family back into our home, there’s no better way to celebrate moving into your new Northstone home than by gathering your loved ones and your new neighbours together for a BBQ. With 100 million BBQs taking place in the UK last summer, there’s no doubt that it’s a British favourite for the warmer months. Here are our top tips for hosting the perfect summer BBQ this year… Clean your grill If, like many, your BBQ has been tucked away for some time, it probably needs a good clean before it’s fit for use. If your grills can fit in the dishwasher, go ahead, but if they’re a little too big a simple vinegar spray of equal parts vinegar and water can go a long way. Or you could soak the grill in hot, soapy water before scrubbing with scrunched up tin foil - this works brilliantly for removing any tough food remains. Make sure to also give the base a good scrub down with hot, soapy water, then you’re good to go! Preparation is key Once guests start arriving, you want everything to be as easy as possible so that you can concentrate on catching up and showing them round your new home. Begin marinating your meats the night before, as well as making a start on all your tasty sides – even better if these are served cold, as you can simply uncover them once you’re ready to eat. Don’t forget the veggies One of the easiest ways that we can protect the environment is to eat less meat, and it’s really important to make all your guests feel welcome, no matter their dietary requirements. Remember to check with your guests beforehand and think about some veggie and vegan alternatives that you can prepare in advance. Keep cool Preparing drinks can become a pain when catering for a crowd, but you can make things super easy by setting up a help-yourself drinks station. Some large ice-buckets for bottles and cans are really convenient. To save time cleaning up once guests are gone, place recycling bins nearby to ensure that clearing up is kept to a minimum and you’re doing your bit for the planet. Let your neighbours know A BBQ could be a perfect, informal way of getting to know your neighbours. Not only will they appreciate you letting them know you may be making a little bit more noise than usual but giving them the heads up to bring the washing in won't go amiss! An invite is also a lovely way of introducing yourself and building your community. We hope these tips help you to prepare your garden for a BBQ this summer and that you thoroughly enjoy getting to spend time with your friends, family and neighbours!