BBQ Party Planning 101.
December 6, 2010 10:05 AM Subscribe
Backyard BBQ Planning 101. My fiance and I are set on having a backyard BBQ for our reception. We want it to have that good old fashioned family BBQ feel (everyone serves themselves, cooks when they want, horseshoes, croquet, and no stuffy formality). Plus we met at a BBQ so it makes sense. I need to know everything we need to think of before pulling the trigger and sending out our invites. Deets and budget inside...
posted by MayNicholas to home & garden (44 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This will be held in Richmond, VA. We are guesstimating a guest list of 50 ppl MAX, but more like 30-40 people (only a couple of friends- mostly family). We have a small, but not tiny back yard. We are planning a mid-May wedding for weather purposes.
Our budget for the BBQ is $1300.
Total wedding budget is $2000.
We plan on getting all the food from Costco. The BBQ will have the staples: burgers, hot dogs, pastas & salads, cheese plates, chips, beer and wine. Other food suggestions that I am missing are welcome.
Decorations will be minimal. I know we will have to rent tables, chairs and a tent. We have no place to go if it rains because our house is too small to accommodate that many people inside. Everyone, with the exception of one couple, will be coming in from out of town.
We thought of renting a pavilion in a local park, but all of the ones I have found say that alcohol is not permitted. Not that we will be a bunch of drunken fools, but we would like to have alcohol.
Would we be better off hiring a full service catering company to provide everything or stick with the full DYI that we have in mind?
So, have you done this? Forget that this is a wedding and think of it as BBQ planning. Can we do this on our budget? What happens if it rains?
All advice, words of wisdom, cautionary tales and the like are welcomed!