It’s official! School is out for the summer! As backpacks are emptied and school work is long forgotten, it is time to start planning summer time fun! With Canada Day only a few days away, I am beginning to plan my annual Canada BBQ. It’s a time to get together with friends, eat good food, and spend a little time outside. A must do summer tradition for my family!
As fun as BBQ are, they can be a lot of work and cost a lot of money. Finding a way to throw a BBQ affordably while making sure everyone is fed, the condiments are stocked up and the drinks are flowing. With a little prep, planning and thought, you can actually throw together a hopping BBQ that won’t break the bank!
10 Tips To An Affordable BBQ
- Offer one main dish – When you start offering many different dishes (i.e. chicken and steaks, sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers, etc), the cost can become enormous. Instead, try focusing on one inexpensive, yet MOUTHWATERING, protein. My choice is HAMBURGERS!
- Make it a Pot Luck – Nine times out of 10 people are going to bring some food to your party (its Canadian nature!), so why not capitalize on it by organizing who brings what to minimize over purchase of one part!
- Prep your own veggies, rather than a prepackaged platter – Have you ever purchased a platter and have EVERYONE eat EVERYTHING! Many times things like carrots, peppers and cauliflower goes fast, while other vegetables barely get touched. By prepping your own veggie platter you can choose fan favorites and save money on the ones nobody eats.
- Prepare your side dishes and condiments – Salsa, bean dips, cheese dips are easy to whip up and your probably have most of the ingredients in your fridge already. Instead of purchasing pre made stuff, spend the night before making your own. It is a great alternative for people with food allergies and it tastes better! Here is a great appetizer recipe.
- Create a list before you shop – Before you set off to the store to purchase things for your party, create a list. This will allow you to get what you need without being distracted by things that the store is showcasing. It also allows you to check you cupboards for stock so you don’t buy duplicates.
- Base your menu on sale items – Look through your Friday flyers or use grocery apps to help you find out what is on sale! Plan your menu based on that for a bigger savings!
- Learn how to properly grill– You may think it easy to throw on the meat and grill, but it can take some talent (trust me! I don’t have it!). Knowing how to properly cook your meat makes it taste better and allows for a better flow to your party!
- Use your own plates – Although it might be easier to use paper plates and avoid the clean up, there is a set of FREE plates in you cupboard!
- Serve a Punch! – Instead of offering guests beer and wine, creating punch is a more economical option. You can double the serving power of a bottle wine by combining it with cheaper options like pop and juice.
- Make your own Dessert! – Desserts can be expensive! Here is a delicious recipe that is a great for last minute parties and people of all ages!
Upside Down Strawberry Cheesecake Salad
- 2 packages of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 container of cool whip
- 2 cups of Strawberries, sliced
- 3 tbsp. crushed graham crackers, gluten free
- In a large bowl, cream icing sugar and cream cheese together.
- Add in cool whip and vanilla
- Gently fold in strawberries.
- Chill for 10 minutes
- Serve topped with a pinch of crushed graham crackers