When it comes to Father’s Day my husband doesn’t want anything fancy, he wants a great grilled meal. I, of course, am happy to oblige. But with two little kids I am smart enough to know that I can’t spend hours in the kitchen preparing it. Instead, I prepare a lot of things ahead of time and we grill it up when everyone is ready to eat. For those of you with busy households I have a few tips for how you to can throw an awesome Father’s Day grilling party. When we threw this party the other day I simply popped over to Target for a few supplies and it didn’t take much to get an awesome party rocking and rolling in no time!
8 Tips for an Easy and Fun Father’s Day Grilling Party 1 of 9
Tip #1 – Plan Ahead 2 of 9
Even with a simple menu it is a great idea to make a list of ingredients and necessities for the party. This way you won't forget anything and things will run very smoothly. Take this list with you to the store and wherever else you go for supplies! Then, when you get home, assemble the food immediately. I assembled these kebobs a full day in advance and kept them in the fridge!
Tip #2 – Dad likes it simple 3 of 9
I have never met a man who expects fancy showstopping plated entrees at a grilling party. When you develop your menu keep it simple with a capital "S." For this party we decided on kebobs and grilled vegetables, with chips and dip on the side. So easy and delicious!
Tip #3 – Add Flavor 4 of 9
The nice things about food like burgers, or kebobs, or even grilled vegetables, is that all you need to add flavor is a light marinade and a sprinkle of salt. Marinate anything you want up to a day ahead so all you have to do is light the grill when it is time to get the party started.
Tip #4 – Don’t forget dessert 5 of 9
If Dad has a sweet tooth then think of his favorite dessert and make it on the double. For my husband it is brownies. A nice batch of Double Chocolate Malted brownies is his favorite!
Tip #5 – Keep the beverages cold 6 of 9
Cold beer, lemonade, or iced tea, definitely pair best with a great grilled meal. Whatever it is, have a big bucket of ice ready to keep everything cold. And, even better, keep a few mugs in the freezer!
Tip #6 – Easy side dishes 7 of 9
Since we grilled two items I like to make third a no-cook dish. For Dad chips and dip, or cut vegetables and hummus will always fit the bill. Anything that is no-cook is a great idea for a side. This saves you a lot of time and effort and everyone always loves simple party munchies.
Tip #7 – Grill at Once 8 of 9
The best scenario is to be able to grill everything all at once. This way you don't have to spend hours grilling dishes one by one. The sooner the party is underway, the better!
Tip #8 – Celebrate! 9 of 9
With the menu designed, the food prepared in the fridge, the beverages chilled, and an easy dessert baked now all you have to do is celebrate!!! Light the grill, toss on the food and enjoy your family time with Dad!