The summer season is the perfect time to gather friends and family for a fun backyard cookout. Cookouts do involve a little planning and coordinating, but it doesn't take much time to make your event a success.
Online sign ups are perfect for planning and organizing cookouts. Simply list some of the side dishes you'd like for people to bring or require people to list a dish in the comment field for others to see. Either way, you'll avoid the snafu of having 20 bags of chips and no other sides at your party. This way, you can focus on enjoying time with others and not having to worry about last minute details or a quick trip to the grocery store.
To help you prepare, we have four tips to help you execute a fun and well-organized cookout for you and your guests.
An RSVP formatted sign up is an easy way to get a head count of everyone who plans to come, and you can require that people comment when signing up to share what food item they plan to bring.
Knowing who can attend also helps ensure you've planned accordingly. It takes a lot more planning and preparation if 30 people decide to attend, versus only 10.
Even if you have the food covered, you need to be sure you have the adequate supplies and condiments for the party. If you are providing the food on the grill, you might want to ask your guests for help with other food and supplies for your summer bash.
An online sign up relieves the stress of having to coordinate multiple people and food items and simplifies the process for you and your participants. Create specific food slots with a limit to how many people can sign up, guaranteeing you will have just the right amount of each item.
To help ensure people don't forget about your cookout, you can make sure your guests are prepared by sending reminder emails. Need to communicate additional information in the reminder or send text messages? With our premium plans, you can send custom reminder messages to relay any details you want to share with your group. We recommend reminding your guests about the time, location and any items they need to bring!
If you have kids attending, try to incorporate some of these backyard games into the event to keep them entertained!
We hope these tips help you plan a cookout that you and your friends won't forget. Maybe you'll even decide to start planning monthly get-togethers to keep the fun going throughout the rest of the summer.