August 22, 2013 04:00 ET

HomeServe Shares Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Final Bank Holiday BBQ

WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Aug. 22, 2013) - Some things are traditional, like lamb and mint sauce or hot chocolate with cream and one of our new favourites, the summer BBQ which is set to take centre stage this weekend. As the final summer Bank Holiday weekend looms we've prepared some tasty top tips for you to make the most of your BBQ this weekend!

Grill essentials - Dust down your grill and all of your utensils and get ready for what promises to be a great event, your BBQ. Ask yourself have you got all of your favourite food items - burgers, sausages and veggies? Are you going to have children at your BBQ? If so, remember to buy some child friendly drinks along with all of the extras that you'll undoubtedly need such as napkins, throw away cups, plates and disposable cutlery.

Prep your BBQ - Make sure you get your BBQ turned on and heated up in advance of your first guests arriving. It might sound silly but be sure to check you have enough charcoal to cook all of your food. Before you actually prepare any food make sure you wash your hands the same as you would if you were cooking in the kitchen.

As you're likely to have lots of tasty meats all cooking at once leave the meat you aren't ready to use in the fridge until you need to use it on and ensure that it's thoroughly cooked before serving to your guests.

Make it fun - Pick a theme for your BBQ that adults and children alike can join in with. Not only do you have to turn up as your favourite character but why not try themed food too? Dessert island deserts, tropical treats, seafish surprise to name but a few of the things you could add to your BBQ to make it stand out from the crowd.

Get into the groove - It's not only your food you need to consider when planning the perfect BBQ, what about setting the scene? Imagine your guests turning up to your garden in silence. Think about what songs you enjoy most and would like to listen to all summer long and then create your very own BBQ playlist.

Enjoy - Finally kick back and relax with your family and friends, you deserve it!

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