Now summer is in full swing, households all over the country will be firing up the barbecue for some outdoor fun. Having a barbecue can be a fantastic occasion. It’s a chance to catch up with family, friends and to eat some yummy food, all while being outside catching some rays. What’s not to love?
We’re looking for people to show us just how creative they can be with £50. This includes what food, drinks and decorations you used, as well as showing just how much fun you’ve had. We’re looking for people to get as much out of the £50 as possible, and are looking forward to seeing some fantastic outdoor parties being thrown without breaking the bank.
Well I cannot think why in this gorgeous weather I would not want to take up the challenge.We were going to have the barbecue in our garden as a sort of house warming party, but when some of the guests said they could not make it till 6pm we decided to enjoy the company of the same people but we would change the venue to our friends cottage as the evening did not suit them to come to us.
So I decided to eek out my money as I had a voucher from a local supermarket for £12 off if we spent £60, so what better way to be creative with my money?
|a handy money off voucher|
So we went off and did a pile of shopping, we had no vegetarians amongst out guests so it was easy to buy burgers and bacon and sausages all on buy two for £5 or buy three for £10 so they made for a great buy.
We added three dozen rolls to this. We topped up with coleslaw, sauces and cheese. We then wandered off and bought crisps, snacks and a bag of chocolate/toffee's that was a very good buy so people could pick until the food was ready. Thank goodness we did or they may have just gone and hunted out the nearest chip shop. At this point I am glad we had no young children there.
Lastly we had picked up bottled fizzy water, pepsi, coke and diet coke as well as some fresh fruit juice, most of the drinkers were driving so I did not buy alcohol.
We roughly added up the total and decided we were under the amount needed, and topped up with a few things for the house as earlier in the week we had picked up four disposable barbecues when we had been out shopping with son No1, they had cost us £8 for the four. By some miracle the total came to exactly £60.
So once we had been to the supermarket we went round and picked up two of the guests who do not drive as the cottage is isolated. They had brought some alcohol with them.
|the guests we picked up|
We arrived at our venue, a lovely rural country cottage, to find that seats and the table were already in place along with two of the barbecues reading for lighting.
|only warm in the middle|
Had to laugh at this point we realised we were going to be short of a chair, so what better way than the cottage owner to make us one, from chuck of wood, to shaped to usable, all while waiting on the food starting to cook, very clever I have to say.
|a diy seat, the wee man will love it|
|the back one cooking, the nearer ones cold|
|My friend Sam|
We transferred the food off of one of the non heating barbecue onto the newly light one.
|do not try this at home.|
We then lit this barbecue and finally managed to get some food cooking.
Meanwhile there was a lot of chat and laughter and fun going on. We even had an uninvited guest turn up who happily accepted a drink from us.
|R pretending to be the lovely Rita|
Have to say they were impressed with the product.
|a push on the kids swing|
|admiring the river|
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No just a tree.
Thanks to all of you for coming and giving us a fun evening, and to the cottage owner for hosting the event.