Australia Day BBQ Ideas
Let’s start by stating the obvious. Australia Day is notorious for BBQs and backyard cricket. Pool time and punch. Lamb and lamingtons. Inflatables and ice blocks. And (hopefully) a day off work spent with family and friends.
It’s safe to say that many of us will either host or attend a barbecue this Australia Day. We’ve jotted down a few ideas to help you party hosts out there.
An Australia Day BBQ is actually one of my favourite parties of the year to host. It can be so simple and (usually) stress free. Lots of yummy food is essential. Have plenty of cold drinks in the esky, a few inflatables for the pool (if you’re lucky enough to have one) and a packet of Zooper Doopers for the kids. If you cover off all of this, you’ve already achieved party perfection in my eyes.
But if you want to add a few more touches to your event, here are just a handful of tips to get you on your way.
Design your menu and assign guests to different items. That way you spread the load around. In my experience, guests are more than happy to bring something along to a BBQ. It’s basically expected.
Start with Cob Dips, Cheese and Vegemite Scrolls, Grazing Boards (more on these here), Prawns Skewers, Salt and Pepper Calamari.
Follow up with Meat Pies & Sausage Rolls, Lamb on the BBQ (or anything on the BBQ really), Summer Salads. And tomato sauce on everything!
Finish up with Pavlova, Iced VoVos, Lamingtons. Or try this twist, and make lamington cupcakes –
- Bake your favourite vanilla cupcakes
- Use Donna Hay’s chocolate recipe here
- Remove paper case from cupcakes and dip in chocolate. Ensure complete coverage.
- Roll cupcake in desiccated coconut
- Using an aerosol cream, insert into centre of cupcake and fill with cream.
- Add some cream on top and decorate with a cherry or Allens raspberry lolly
For the Kids
Splice, Bubble-o-bill, Zooper Doopers , Icy Poles (RIP Sunny Boys!), Caramello Koalas
Yellow and Green Jelly Shots, Mojitos, Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Punch, Cider, Stubbies. Or have you tried Redskin Vodka? If you haven’t, you must.
- Make the day before the party
- Buy a bottle of vodka
- Tip some vodka out (save it of course)
- Fill with redskin lollies
- Leave overnight and then drink with lemonade. Yum.
Backyard Cricket, Marco Polo, Slip n Slide, Sprinkler under the Trampoline. Beer Pong for the adults.
Botanical floral arrangements, Style with food – grazing boards are the best, or a traditional ‘green and gold’ theme. And it doesn’t have to be tacky. You can still beautifully style your Australia Day event. For example, use the Australian botanicals to add life to your décor.
Check out our Pinterest board for ideas.
Not up for a BBQ?
Want to get out and about on Australia Day? How about a family bushwalk? Or head to the beach – try one you haven’t been to before. Grab your camera and play tourist for a day in your capital city. Take an overnight trip somewhere new. Visit an Australian museum and have an Australian history lesson. Whatever you decide to do, do it with friends and family and you can’t go wrong 🙂
Hosting an Australia Day soiree a little more extravagant that our backyard BBQ? Download a free copy of our party planning checklist here.