Summer is almost here and that means backyard parties! Barbecues are being planned across the state and there are actually a few unspoken rules about how you should behave at these types of events, at least in terms of Southern Hospitality. Let’s talk about how you can be the perfect barbecue guest.
It’s part of Southern hospitality to bring a dish when you’ve been invited to an event. Even if it’s not a potluck, we know the southern belle in you will want to bring a pie or side dish. If you can’t or don’t have time to cook, it’s always helpful to bring ice, napkins, plates, or beverages.
Don’t Invite Other People
You may have been given a plus one but don’t assume that you can extend the invitation to several people. Unless you’ve been specifically asked to spread the word, keep it to yourself with respect for the host. Also, make sure that it’s okay with the host if you want to bring your kids and that it will be a kid-friendly environment. The same applies to your pets.
Don’t show up and act unruly. Keep your manners in check and be sure to follow any rules listed by the hosts. Keep out of the house if that’s not a designated party area and don’t litter the yard with trash. In essence, treat the place like your own or even better.
Help When You Can
Just like your mama taught you, help wash the dishes, clean up, step in to stir a pot if the host gets busy, replenish the chips, or in general, be as helpful as possible. If you see something that needs to be done, don’t be afraid to be useful. The host surely has plenty else to think about and they’ll be grateful that you were there to help.
All in all, enjoy the party! The warm weather is inviting you to spend time outside in the backyard and we know you can almost smell those burgers. So if you’re going to a barbecue this summer, strive to be the best guest with these 4 tips.