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How To Be A Great Barbecue Guest

So, You Just Got a BBQ Invite

It’s the first day of summer and you’ve already got a barbecue invite from your neighbor and your uncle is also throwing his annual get together in the suburbs a few weeks later. Are you prepared?

Ok maybe your family barbecue isn’t as much pressure as a new neighbor or perhaps even a new manager that invites you over.  You want to make a good first impression, succeed at impressing, all the while having a good time.  Don’t stress out about it and don’t feel alone as many kind souls across the globe are racking their brains as they try to figure out what to bring.

Bringing the right snacks, accessories, the right “whatever” is an art, and it takes work.

Save yourself the headache and a few grey hairs and follow our quick guide for how to be a great guest at the local barbie.




The Must Brings

  • The Essentials
  • Ice, Ice Baby
  • Veggies
  • Carbs Please


Just Ask

Self-explanatory right?  We as humans are so wired to irrationally stress over nothing.  Instead of simply asking the host what to bring, we kill ourselves asking the “what-ifs” that we paralyze ourselves into anxiety.  A simple, “Hey, thank you so much for inviting me.  Is there anything you’d like me to bring?!”

Often times, the host will say don’t bring anything, but we all know a good guest brings something.  Reframe the question by asking the host “What is your favorite beverage/food item/etc?” to get a reference point.  Trust us, bringing something is always more memorable than nothing at all.


The Mandatory Essentials

Cups. Plates. Napkins. Cutlery. Aluminum Foil.  Plastic Wrap. Nice heavy-duty trash bags. Tupperware.

Come on people.  These things may seem trivial, but how necessary are forks?



It’s Sydney.  It’s hot.

Extra ice is always welcome.


You Brought Me Flowers?

Flowers or even plants are so underrated.  In fact, they are often overlooked for consideration when thinking of what to bring someone for a barbecue.  A gesture like this symbolizes life and continuity while uplifting the room and spirits of the recipient.  A nice floral arrangement can totally transform a table setting. Give it a try.


Carbs & Refreshments

A barbie can never have too many carbs.  Most likely the meat and main side dishes will be handled by the host. If it is a good host most likely, everything will be handled already.


Here Is Your Time To Shine.

Chips of all varieties, bread for the meats and sandwiches, cookies and cakes to satisfy known cravings.

Extra beers for those uninvited guests or beverages for the grill master and kids running around.

Good old-fashioned carbs and beverages are always a win-win to bring at a barbecue because these items always get used.

We believe it’s a nice adage that the host will never frown if you arrive to the party bearing pleasant gestures, it’s just the right thing to do.


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