Most of us host at least one barbecue a year. It’s easy to get tired of the same old hot dogs and hamburgers routine, so why not try mixing it up this year? Sure hot dogs and hamburgers are crowd pleasers, but there are so many other menus that can really put some spice into your barbecue. Here are some sample menus and themes to change your barbecue. I’ve included the name of an appropriate invitation from MyExpression.com for each theme I’ve listed.
The Lobster Boil
Hold a cookout, New England style. Cook corn on the cob, lobster, and potatoes together in a huge pot over an open flame in your back yard. You can throw in any other items you desire, like shrimp, onions and crayfish, too. Sit on picnic tables and use lobster bibs. Unlike most cookouts, held when the weather is very warm, this barbeque is best when the evenings are a little chilly. My favorite invitations for this event are “Outdoor Boil” and “Crab Boil”.
The Elegant Barbeque
Start with a sophisticated appetizer, like oysters on the half shell. Visit a real butcher and buy some hand cut steaks. Serve by candlelight, with baked potatoes and a green salad. Pick a good red wine and serve something decadent and chocolate for dessert. My favorite invitation from our website for this event is the “Formal Blue Border White”.
The Tropical Barbeque
Grill chicken marinated in Caribbean spices, and serve with grilled vegetables, fruit salad and tropical drinks. Play reggae music and set up a small dance floor where guests can dance the night away under the stars – don’t forget to take a break from dancing long enough for a limbo contest. My favorite invitation for this barbeque is called “Tropical View”.
The Western Barbeque
Host your own hoedown, country style. Serve ribs, baked beans and beer. Offer line dancing and horseshoe throwing. Check out the Western invitations from our website for this Texas style barbecue.
The Retro Barbeque
Think 1950’s and serve chocolate malts and patty melts for a nice twist on the traditional burger cookout. Dance the night away to Fats Domino and have a prize for the person who’s still got it with the hula hoop and the person who can still do the “twist”. The gold and black retro invitations from our website are great for this party.
The Cajun Barbecue
Think zydeco, here. Pair New Orleans jazz with spicy grilled shrimp, crawfish, and a pot of gumbo on the side. Serve Hurricanes and end the evening with beignets and chicory coffee for dessert. The “New Orleans Date” invitations or the “Crayfish” invitations from our website would look great for this party.
So, as you can see, there are as many ways to throw a barbecue as there are hosts and hostesses. Whatever your interest or passion, you can work it into a barbecue theme. And, whatever barbecue style you choose, we will be there to supply your invitations.