One of the best summer activities is being surrounded by your family and friends and simply enjoying a nice BBQ. Even though this is an informal event, it is important to remember your manners. Whether you are the host or a guest, apply these etiquette tips when at your next BBQ.
Hosting a BBQ:
- Typically invitations are not necessary but can sometimes be helpful for an accurate head count.
- Be sure that your back patio or deck is clean and ready.
- Make sure your guests have been offered a beverage upon arrival.
- Allow the guests to make their plate of food first.
- Keep in mind whether or not your guests have special eating habits or dietary needs.
- Be courteous and be sure to talk to everyone who attended.
- Depending on the time and location, provide sunscreen and bug spray for your guests.
- Do not start cleaning until your guests have begun leaving.
Attending a BBQ:
- Typically the dress code is very laid back, but keep in mind the opinion of the host.
- Always bring something to contribute to the meal.
- It is often polite to bring a gift to the hostess to show your gratitude.
- Never offer to do the grilling unless the host asks.
- Never critique the person responsible for the grilling.
- Serve yourself rationally. Do not serve yourself too much when everyone has not been served.
- Complement whoever was responsible for the grilling.
- Always offer to help clean up towards the end of the BBQ.
- Do not overstay your welcome.