Throwing My First BBQ

One of the core strategies I employ to increase my social circle, be a leader in my social circle and to have an interesting lifestyle is to throw events. 

 I have become extremely proficient with throwing large scale house parties, averaging between 30 and 50 guests. I have been contemplating throwing a BBQ on such a scale, but with a hired chef and bartender. I decided to throw a small BBQ (ten guests) as a trial run, without hired help, to see if (1) I enjoy throwing BBQs for friends, (2) What the costs will be, and (3) Figure out the logistics of throwing one. 

I will be serving chips, baby back ribs, hot dogs and hamburgers, plus frozen margaritas and daiquiris, dessert. On food alone I spent approximately two hundred for an expected ten guests, though at the time of this writing it may end up being only seven total. 

Even though having guests bring food would cut costs, I do not like the concept of having guests bring food items for the simple fact that people are unreliable. There is always a significant chance that several, if not more, guests will cancel, flake or arrive late. 

Some re-usable items for the party that I purchased were: 

(1) 20’ x 10’ Tent: $280.00
(2) Cooler: $70.00
(3) Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker: $349.00
(4) 6’ Folding Banquet Tables x 3: $210.00

Total Cost of Reusable Items: $839.00 

As obvious from above I enjoy going all out. It is my belief that if you are going to throw a party, it should be of such caliber that any other party/bbq/dinner party/event that an attendee has been to before would pale in comparison. Put another way, if you are going to do something, do it right.

I put this entire thing together last minute, on a Tuesday, with the bbq being in a few hours through txt messages. Typically I use Facebook’s event feature to organize events, which I will do for future bbqs.

I set the BBQ to start at 3 p.m., with the ribs already on the grill at noon since they take four hours to cook. This will be the time I serve chips, dip and frozen margaritas and daiquiris. I’ve never been to a party where frozen drinks were served. I’ve been to parties and bbqs however that had non-frozen margaritas…icky. I have plenty of beer from my last large scale party a few weeks ago. From 4:30 to 5 p.m. I will serve the ribs, hot dogs and hamburgers. At 6 p.m. I will serve dessert which I purchased a large red velvet cake and a large apple pie. I expect the whole event to be over between 8 and 9 p.m. 

I will provide an additional update a week from now on how the above plan unfolded.


Johnny Caustic

July 14, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Re daiquiris: A former roommate of mine taught me (during a party we held while we were still roomies) to make these by buying lots of tins/bags of frozen strawberries (unsweetened, at least not with corn syrup). Throw one in the blender with water and sugar, and blend. Much faster and easier than using fresh strawberries--you can bust out a bunch of these as needed without missing much of the party yourself--and very tasty if you buy a decent-quality brand.


March 4, 2022 at 6:05 PM

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