The idea of throwing a winter BBQ may seem strange to some. With the perfect planning however, it could be one of the best social events of the year. Here are some top tips to help you with yours…

Firstly, you will need to write your guest list, one of the best things about having a BBQ is that you can invite more people than a sit down dinner. As it is a laid back environment you don’t even need a table. Bringing patio chairs inside is a good idea for making more seating.

There are two ways to prepare the food for your winter BBQ. One is to use your standard outdoor grill (you will need to wrap up warm though). Alternatively you could use an indoor grill, which works just as well to cook all your favourite meats/ alternatives (without getting cold). To give your BBQ a winter twist you could serve dishes such as winter vegetables, jacket potatoes and beans to accompany your BBQ’d food.

A great dessert idea is heated marshmallows and a chocolate fondue would make it even yummier!

In terms of drinks, you could either go for the traditional BBQ beverages of fizzy drinks and beers, or you could make the drinks more festive. For example, hot chocolates and mulled wine.

Your decorations are another factor you will need to consider, Christmas lights are a cheap and effective way to decorate a large space. Table cloths are another cost effective decoration you could use, making a winter centrepiece out of twigs or pinecones and candles can also work well.

For entertainment you could play Christmas music, or run a Christmas quiz for all your guests to enjoy.

So why not try something new this winter and host your very own BBQ.

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