Celebrate the Queen with a barbecue

Victoria Day is just around the corner, and for many Ontarians, this long weekend is the kick-off to summer because it’s the first of many during our warmer months. Though the weather on the more commonly known May 2-4 isn’t always ideal, a great way to welcome the upcoming season is with an outdoor party on your new barbecue.

As we’ve previously mentioned, barbecues are great for large gatherings because, depending on the

size of your grill, cooking a meal for lots of people is much easier – whether it’s chicken breasts, ribs, burgers or a combination. The latter is a great option because then you can offer a variety of options, pleasing even the picky eaters.

Hosting a barbecue doesn’t have to be difficult or even stressful because it’s typically a more casual affair, and it can go more than one way if you choose. Either you can provide all of the food or you can offer guests meat and ask them to bring side dishes.

However, if you choose the latter option, you still may want to have another salad or dessert on hand in case other guests don’t bring enough food. There’s no harm in having leftovers, but there’s nothing worse than running out of food at your own party.

Also, be sure to offer guests the best of the best – meat, baked goods and produce. It’s ok if you buy lesser quality items for yourself during an average day, but a party is a special occasion and presumably your friends and family deserve to be treated.

Whether it’s hot or unpredictable as it often is in May in Ontario, be sure to offer your guests plenty of beverage options, both alcoholic and non, and particularly if the weather is warm. And be prepared for all sorts of weather with sunscreen, umbrellas and insect repellent. Or, have an inside backup if the weather is too uncooperative.

And what would a Victoria Day barbecue be without some fireworks to celebrate the Queen’s birthday? The perfect end to a perfect meal and party.

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