How We Organize a Backyard BBQ for 100+ People

Backyard BBQs have been a tradition in my family since before I was born. It started as a small, annual gathering of friends in my parents’ old backyard, usually around 40 people. When my parents moved to the farm, they took advantage of the extra acreage and turned that event into 100+ bash. It’s a completely awesome way to mark the end of the summer.

Playing host to over a hundred guests is no small feat. It takes good planning to keep everyone safe, fed and amused. For someone looking to host their own 100+ person backyard BBQ, I’d make the following suggestions.

 

1. Have a Separate Fridge for Alcohol

When you have this many people over, you really don’t want them rummaging through your family’s refrigerator.

The more party guests you have, the greater the chance someone’s going to go digging in there for booze and inadvertently smash a jar on the floor or dump milk all over the inside of the fridge. Both are really lousy things to have to clean up (trust me) especially while you’re trying to entertain a hundred people.

Besides, do you really need all those people seeing all your fridge contents? I know I wouldn’t. The world doesn’t need to know how much chocolate-raspberry yogurt I buy.

One of the greatest party-related purchases we’ve made over the years has been a small, craft IPA beer fridge for the basement bar. It keeps people out of the main fridge and makes it easier to grab a beer for someone quick.

I would also recommend reading reviews to find the best small fridge for storing drinks that is available in your areas (I know the big brands are different in different regions.) I find that small fridges are more prone to breaking than a lot of other appliances so it’s definitely something you want to research first.

 

2. Start Prepping Food in Advance

And I mean WELL in advance. A week sooner at the latest. Making enough homemade hamburgers to feed a hundred people takes hours, and I’ve found the only way to do it without losing your mind is to stretch it out over the course of a few days. For things that are best made on the day of the party, like salad, you should at least get the ingredients ready so you can throw it together quickly (cut up veggies, make the dressing, etc.)

As for figuring out how much food to make? That’s more of an art than a science and something you can only learn from experience. I tend to rely on my brilliant mom to help figure it out. But there are two rules to go by, in my mind:

  1. If guests are bringing food like dessert or side salads, make LESS food than you need.
  2. If guests are NOT bringing any food, make MORE food than you need.

In our group of friends, people insist on bringing tons of food to every event and we’re always left with way more than we can handle. So, if we know a hundred people are coming, we’ll make around 80 burgers, because there’s always some people who turn them down and enough side dishes that no one will need seconds.

 

3. Help Everyone Get Home Safely (or Stay Over)

Drunk driving is something that has had a significant impact on my family (and most my family’s close friends). For that reason, we’re diligent in making sure that every since one of the hundred people who come over either have a designated driver or a place to sleep over at our house.

We encourage people to bring tents, trailers or air mattresses if they want to drink heavily. We also keep a list of the designated drivers and check in with them to make sure they’re being good.

Yes, it’s sort of nosy, but monitoring everyone’s consumption is a key part of being a good host.

Facts Only Solo Explorers Understand

A solo adventure may not be the highest priority on your rundown but rather once you’ve explored nations all alone, you’ll feel a sense of fulfillment like no other. You’ll come back home wishing you could remember the whole voyage again, and this time, you have learned such a great amount from it. Here are a few realities just solo voyagers will understand.

 

  • Mastered The Art Of Packing Light

 

Solo explorers know how to travel light and thrifty. You can easily pack terrifically vital things into one little knapsack since you aren’t pulling around a family get-together. You additionally know how to remain shoddy, since you can do things like lounge chair surf or rest under a cover on the shoreline in the event that you need to. You can make due of the absolute minimum and accordingly, have significantly more choices as regards how to and where you travel. You aren’t materialistic and needn’t bother with a considerable measure of things to influence life to work.

 

  • An Awesome Negotiator

 

Any performance explorer comprehends the significance of arrangement, as usually important to organize it when you require something or you are being exploited. Solo voyagers can’t depend on their companions to back them up, so all things considered they train themselves to wind up ace moderators – convenient!

 

  • Independent

 

You like doing things yourself and know how to meet people’s high expectations. You know you can deal with yourself and can experience regardless of where in the globe you may arrive.

 

  • Gain A Lot Of Confidence

 

Solo explorers have a quality of certainty and confidence that is not the same as different voyagers. This is on account of you know how to complete things, and in the event that anything needs to complete, you’re the person who needs to do it; there isn’t anybody prepared to pull you up, enable you to out, or lift you up when you’re down. You book tickets, traverse limits, arrange dinners in outside dialects, make sense of where the clinic is at, and so on. You do the greater part of this independent from anyone else, in light of the fact that nobody else is there to do it for you. When you consistently and continue traveling solo, you pick up a trust in yourself since you know you can do essentially anything you put your brain too.

 

  • Good Judge of Character

 

The individuals who travel alone normally should be more wary, particularly while making a special effort. Solo you’re a simpler target, so you rapidly wind up talented at understanding individuals, taking in the threat flags, and making sense of who is attempting to trick you and who is truly offering assistance. You additionally observe considerably more of the world since you are as often as possible going to new places where everything is new, so you have a significantly greater perspective on individuals than others. You can without much of a stretch see more about where the other individual is originating from and their experience.

Do Not Let Canadian Winter Stop You from Being Active

Believe it or not, it is possible to be Canadian and hate winter. We are not being facetious when they say this; the Americans seem to think we all love ice and snow, which is why we live up here. True, there is a significant number of Canadians who do dig skiing and snowboarding and hockey, but a lot of us do not. We prefer sports played in warmer weather, which is why the coming of winter can be especially depressing for some people.

Fortunately, there is a way to get around all that ice and snow thanks to an air dome structure for sports. These structures are increasingly popular and there is a very good possibility that you have seen one in your travels. However, you might not have known that these air-supported structures can be used for sporting activities.

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Installing such a dome does require some planning and things like land preparation and permits, but they are not nearly as involved as what one faces when building a regular structure. If you are interested in adding an indoor tennis court to your community, the first step is to determine the cost to a build a tennis course bubble. Once that is ascertained, the manufacturer will work with you to determine the best location and help you to perform whatever land preparation is required.

Also, most manufacturers will help you to do the research and paperwork involved in obtaining the required land and building permits, as well as the financials involved in purchasing the building materials.

Construction on domes generally starts in the spring so that they are ready by the fall at the latest. That way, your community can play tennis and other outdoor sports while it’s warm and then have the dome ready to host such events when it is no longer hospitable outside.

 

Safety in Sports

It’s true that many injuries come from playing sports.  Most of them are from contact and team sports like football and soccer.  However, individual sports like diving, skiing, surfing, and tennis also have consequences when not played right.  Before putting your child in any sort of team or individual activity or sport, always take them to the doctor first to get checked.  It’s important because if they grow up and become really successful in whatever sport they play, they may have a professional career playing in that sport.  This leads to the topic of workplace safety – in sports, this is even more important because the chances of getting hurt increase drastically. 

Whenever you start a new career in sports, you should always have class training for health and safety.  It’s similar to swimming – you take CPR and first aid in the classroom before going into the pool.  Even in the army, you must learn health and safety information in a classroom before practicing out in the field.  Classroom work is extremely important because you have to learn the basics of everything before trying it out. 

For sports like diving, you should always know the safety instructions for working at heights training.  Just because you’re jumping into a pool of water doesn’t mean that it’s a safe sport.  In every sport, there are injuries and there are ways to prevent those injuries by learning about safety in the workplace.  People who have careers in sports often become injured and have to either take time away to heal or even end their careers due to not knowing prevention tactics of getting hurt.  This is why health and safety is even more important in a career in sports because the chances of getting injured is higher than ever.  Everyone should know the basics and safety rules of whatever they participate it.  Protect yourself and others by understanding this information. 

Running Your First Race

I remember running my first marathon a couple of years back.  It was not only difficult but also exciting and exhilarating.  When you cross that finish line, you’ll feel so proud of yourself like never before.  There are some things on race day that I wish I had known when I ran my first marathon.  A good routine to follow always helps me get my mindset in place for the big run.  Make sure you eat a balanced and full breakfast in the morning.  This will be your ultimate energy supply throughout the day.  When you’re training, follow a general routine everyday so that you can get used to doing the same things every day in advance to your race.  On the day of, do the same routine you have done and it should help calm your nerves.  The night before, lay out what you’re planning on wearing for the marathon.  You don’t want to have to think about clothes and shoes on the day of your big run.  Remember to include your unique bracelet to notify of an emergency in case something happens to you.  You don’t want to be put in a situation where the doctors aren’t sure of what you’re allergic to or if you have any diseases.  This is especially important.

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Remember to wear the shoes you’ve been training in and also wear layers when it comes to clothes.  Depending on the weather, it might start out cold and then as you are continuously running, it may get warmer and warmer.  You can start to take off the layers and tie it around your waist.  Also make sure to bring a granola bar or energy bar that you can eat while you run.  Your energy will get depleted pretty quickly so you’ll want something to help boost you up.  Depending on the styles of medic alert necklace or emergency bracelet, make sure that it’s safe to wear and won’t be choking you or making you feel uncomfortable.  Lastly, if you’re allowed music, I highly recommend bringing earphones and a small music device.  In some of my runs, you’re allowed to listen to music and on others, you’re not.  I’ve always felt that the run goes faster with music and it’s also a great way to motivate myself.

I hope these tips help you out in your first run.  Just remember to do the same things on the day of the marathon like you would do on a training day.  Wear the same shoes, similar clothes, and eat and drink the same as you would on your routine.  You just have to get your mind in the mentality and you’ll do great!

Training For Your First Marathon

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Marathons are hard work, and training for your first marathon might be a huge challenge to some people.  We understand how tough it may seem in the beginning because we’ve done it before.  And then again and again and again.  Eventually you get the hang of it and start to really love it.  The training pushes your body, and your health will increase like it never has before.  Here are some tips for first time marathon runners.  Remember – training is just as important as the marathon itself.

You know what makes training for a marathon easier?  Friends!  Friends and teammates provide much more inspiration and encouragement than anyone else.  Why?  Because they’re training too.  Having people to train with keeps you accountable as well as gives you encouragement not to stop training.

Make sure you have the right shoes and that they’re comfortable.  The last thing you want is to buy new shoes the day before your marathon and not being to break them in.  Train in the shoes you’re planning on wearing during the marathon.  That way, nothing will surprise you.

When you’re training your body, you also want to train your diet.  Eating the proper foods is just as important as running each day.  If you’re not intaking the proper nutrients or not enough, your body will deteriorate and you won’t have enough energy to continue training.  Always make sure you’re feeding your body what it needs.