Spring and summer are excellent times to barbecue. If you're a barbecue fan, this is also a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday---combining a milestone party with the casual, outdoor feel of a barbecue with friends and family. Make a birthday barbecue memorable with a special menu, barbecue-inspired games and even gifts that pay homage to the cook.
Incorporate a little challenge into your birthday celebration with a barbecue cook-off, potluck-style. Guests can enter different barbecue categories and bring their best barbecue dish. The birthday guest of honour can act as judge, getting a chance to taste all the savoury food. Design your birthday invitations around this idea, asking guests to prepare something to be served at the party and double as a cook-off entry.
Incorporate barbecue-theme decor into the birthday party. If you are expecting a lot of guests, cover tables and benches with red and white checkered tablecloths for an authentic barbecue feel. Give the guests white grilling aprons to decorate with fabric markers or paints. Instead of a regular birthday cake, order a cake designed in the shape of a grill or a giant hamburger. Guests will have fun eating the novelty decor.
If there's going to be a cook-off, there might as well be an eat-off to follow. Provide guests a little competition by having a rib-eating or devilled-egg-eating contest. These games are a wonderful way to keep your guests entertained while making sure there are no leftovers.
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