Summer time usually means it’s time to fire up the grill. From Memorial Day to 4th of July to Labor Day, there are plenty of reasons to throw a BBQ bash during the summer months. Whether a person is new to recovery or has been sober for decades though, it’s important to keep triggers away from such festivities.
Why does this matter? If you’re considering throwing a BBQ party, here are a few ways to throw the ultimate substance-free soiree.
Create an Impressive Menu
When the food is finger-licking good, guests won’t even notice the absence of alcohol. Create an impressive menu that includes regional BBQ styles (e.g. Memphis BBQ, Kansas City BBQ, etc.), impressive dishes, like the ultimate mac and cheese or a baked potato bar that features all the fixins’, a variety of salads, and plenty of appetizers. A traditional New England clambake is another way to impress guests.
Add Flavor without Alcohol
There are many ways to infuse alcohol into your dishes but for this BBQ party, test your skills and learn to add flavor without the alcohol. For those who are sober, even the slightest hint of alcohol can disrupt their recovery. Your BBQ bash should be completely free of substances, including any that may be included in a dish.
Let the Games Begin
What better way to entertain guests than by giving them plenty of games to play? Giant Jenga, cornhole, and Bocce ball are just a few lawn games you can have at your party. Board games, dominoes, and cards are also a great way to encourage everyone to participate and have fun. No drinking games needed here!
Have Options for Cooling Off
Even if you don’t have a pool, give guests a way to cool off. You could incorporate games, like a giant adult-size version of slip-n-slide, or even offer a kiddie pool where guests can keep their feet cool while enjoying the sunshine. Mini fans and misters are another way keep cool.
Give Guests all the Amenities
Another way to impress guests is to give them amenities. If a pool is available, make sure you have plenty of towels and some fun pool toys for everyone to enjoy. Sunscreen and misters can ensure everyone is comfortable despite the rising temperatures. Bug spray can help keep everyone protected from pesky mosquitos and gnats. If you’re having friends and family over for a BBQ, make your home feel as welcoming as possible.
It’s easy to get caught up in the notion that a party isn’t a party without some alcohol or other substances. However, there are plenty of ways to throw the type of party that will keep revelers entertained, satiated, and happy.