The BBQ season is officially in full swing! Making great barbecue is a lot like video production.  You need the right tools, proper lighting and time everything perfectly! It’s a great way to unwind after a stressful week of work (trust me I feel ya) and a low maintenance alternative to extensive prep work for a dinner party. Not Martha Stewart? No problem! We’ve got 4 easy tips to earn you the title of grill master in no time.

Tip # 1: The Menu

What’s a party without good food? Delicious food is crucial to winning over your party guests taste buds. You don’t need a whole days’ worth of prep, or Bobby Flays’ magic touch in order to whip up some delicious food. Here are some quick 30 minute recipes to leave your friends with full + happy bellies.

Tip # 2: The Theme

Every party needs a fun theme. Decorations can range from simple string lights to disposable dishware that is sturdy + trendy. Décor doesn’t have to be a headache or hassle either (I know that’s what you’re thinking). Check out these easy DIY décor tips on sprucing up your backyard.

Tip # 3: The Groove

Because who doesn’t love some killer jams? Spotify has you covered with the ‘best BBQ playlist’, 10 hours to be exact (in case your visitors overstay their welcome).

Tip 4: The Fun

If small talk isn’t happening and all you are hearing are crickets, que the backyard games. A little competition will bring out the spirit in everyone. Games don’t have to require a lot of setup and props either. Here are some games that you can make with objects found in and around your house.

Whether you’re a party throwing newbie or a seasoned vet these are the perfect guidelines to follow to make your gathering with friends a success!

Check out the video we produced for Dixie about their Ultra plates that are able to hold up to 2 lbs. of food, allowing your guests to load up on BBQ at your next backyard get together.

Dixie Plate – No Dirty Dishes Day! from Snippies on Vimeo.

Written By: Grace Jenkins, Snippies Intern