How To Throw an Old Fashion BBQ

Summertime is perfect for throwing an outdoor get-together with friends and family. It is also a good time to get to know your new neighbors or rekindle old friendships. Whether you are new to the neighborhood or have been there for years, follow these simple steps to plan and host a great BBQ shindig.


Things You’ll Need 

  • Grill 
  • Tables
  • Lawn chairs
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Invitations
  • Music
  • Lights
  • Games
  • Plates and flatware
  • Tableware



  • Clean your grill. If you don’t have a grill, purchase or borrow one. Make sure that you have enough charcoal or gas for the grill.
  • Gather tables and comfy chairs with cushions. You can always cover an ugly table with a decorative tablecloth.
  • Decide who you want to invite and send them BBQ themed invitations.
  • Clean off your deck or patio and mow the grass. Guests will feel more comfortable in a clutter-free environment.
  • Stock up on food for the party. The following are popular BBQ party foods and condiments: BBQ sauces, salads, vegetables, burgers, chicken, hot dogs, kabobs, coleslaw, buns, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream, watermelon, beer, iced tea, lemonade, water and soda. Also, don’t forget the ice.



  • Decorate your party space with BBQ themed decorations, such as Texas Cowboy BBQ, or Hawaiian Luau Party. Light decorative candles to add a special ambiance to a BBQ party that occurs in the evening.

  • Choose festive plates, cups, cutlery and napkins for dining outdoors.
  • Have the following on hand: an apron, BBQ tools (tongs, basting brush, spatula, prong fork, as needed) and a fire extinguisher.
  • Place party lights or patio lighting around your patio and backyard. When it comes dusk, the twinkle of lights will create the perfect atmosphere.
  • Understand that a BBQ is not a BBQ without some good tunes. Create a playlist of songs that celebrate summertime, good food and fun.




  • Grill the food you selected to barbecue. To grill vegetables, place them on a skewer and brush them with olive oil. Cook directly on the grill.

  • Liven up your party with some good, old-fashioned fun and games, such as horseshoes, and badminton. You will be amazed at the memories these games create.
  • Mingle with your guests and enjoy the party. Take pictures and share them with your friends after the event.


Here at chez vous, we also provide BBQ styled catering. If interested in having your backyard BBQ catered feel free to check out the menu below and give us a call today at (718)-720-0900.


BBQ Menus

#1 Choice of Two of the Following:

Tossed Salad
New Potato Salad
Three Bean Salad
Cold Pasta Primavera

Choice of Three of the Following:

Hot Dogs
BBQ Ribs
Marinated Grilled Chicken
Grilled Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Accompanied with Corn on the Cob

$18 per person

#2 Choice of Two of the Following:

Tossed Salad
Rice Salad
Tortellini Pesto Salad
String Beans and Potato Salad

Choice of Three of the Following:

Grilled Chicken Rollatini Florentine
Chicken and Vegetable Kebobs
Beef Spedini With Mozzarella and Bacon
Grilled Swordfish with Mango Chutney

Accompanied with Assorted Grilled Vegetables.

 $24 per person


Grilled Sirloin Steak or Grilled Salmon – $5 per person

Veal Spedini or Surf and Turf Kebobs – $7 per person

Popcorn – Pretzel – Hot Dog Cart – $125 each

Additional Entree Selections – add. $4 per person

Chef, Bartender, and Waiter Service – $120 – $160 (depending on location)

60″ Charcoal Grill – $100         60″ Propane Grill – $200