While playing The Sims I have tried to throw many different parties and was extremely unsuccessful. You have different tasks that you must complete in order to get a gold star for your party and move on to the next party level. That is A L O T of work! You have to be a good host. You have to get everyone eating food at the same time. You have to have entertainment. You have to have everyone mingling. When you break it down, the Sims is just preparing you for real life (grownup) parties.
So, I love any reason to have a BBQ and invite everyone over. So now that Memorial Day is literally right around the corner the time has come for another BBQ!
You don’t have to get too festive in your decorating, but I like to come up with a few things at least! So for this BBQ we will go red, white and blue colored theme. Any reason to celebrate ‘Merica!
When I think of a BBQ I think of hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans, deviled eggs, cookies etc… It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be good. Thank you for all the prepping Sims!
You want to be a good host and make sure that your house is inviting! Clean up, make space available for people to mingle in different locations and offer refreshments and food. You want your guests to feel comfortable in your environment (especially people that do not normally come over).
I think this is the most important part of the party. You can win anyone over with good food! I like to make sure that you have plenty of easy finger foods that do not require a lot of work. You want people to have a good time and socialize while they are eating. You don’t want to have a sit down dinner that requires them to be at a table. Hot dogs and hamburgers are a grab and go necessity for any BBQ. They are easily customizable and require minimum work on your behalf. Since we are going with the red, white and blue theme I decided to throw a couple of themed foods in there as well.
- Pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and themed sprinkles.
- American flag brownie dessert with vanilla frosting, blueberries and strawberries
- Red, white and blue deviled eggs
- Red White and Blue Pasta Salad
- Pico (Red and White) with blue corn tortilla chips
I got these plastic star shaped bowls from Target for $9. I will definitely be using them again for other parties. I thought they were an easy and cheap addition for the Red, White and Blue theme!
You want people to have things to do while at your house. Eating is a good first step, but you will want to go a step farther. We set up corn hole, ladder ball and had the dart board up in the garage. Since most of our friends have kids, I set up a movie inside for them to watch and get out of the sun for a little break now and then!
So now that the BBQ was over, I must say it was a success. Wish I would have taken some more pictures, but I just didn’t have time! Too busy hosting! What’s the next holiday that I can start planning for? 4th of July? Labor Day?