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How to Host the Best BBQ


Summer is in full-swing and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with a sweet summer BBQ up on the LIV Apartments rooftop. With shared barbeques, plenty of seating and a great view, the rooftop terrace is the perfect place to host a get-together and show off your cooking skills! We’ve put together a couple of fun recipes and tips and tricks below to make sure your BBQ is easy to throw and leaves your guests impressed! After all, a summer BBQ is all about enjoying good company, great food and soaking up the sunshine.

Elevate classic recipes with some easy twists and touches that make the food both taste and look amazing.

Mexican Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a classic BBQ dish, but adding a little kick to it with an easy spice mixture that can be prepared ahead of time is sure to make it popular among your guests.

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad
This pasta salad can be whipped up in 15 minutes! A zesty homemade dressing and fresh veggies make this the perfect refreshing salad for the hot summer sun.

Hotdogs with a Topping Twist
Hotdogs are a no-brainer – they’re super easy and quick to prepare on the grill, but offering fun and tasty toppings is a simple way to pack a punch of flavour with minimal effort. Group the sets of different toppings out on a table so guests can top their hotdog to their liking (plus, it’s less work for you)!

Keep your guests happy and hydrated with some thirst-quenching and delicious drinks!

Watermelon Mojito
This refreshing and fruity recipe is non-alcoholic and healthy thanks to its fresh ingredients. Substitute the sparkling apple cider with rum to make a traditional boozy mojito!

Strawberry + Orange White Wine Sangria
Beat the heat with some crowd-pleasing sangria. It’s quick to mix and should be made ahead of time to let the flavours mingle.

A little bit of décor goes a long way. DIY décor not only cuts down on costs, but also adds the perfect touch of personality to your party.

Picture Frame Menu
Grab a picture frame and write your menu right on the clear cover with a dry-erase marker! A trip to the thrift store is a good idea if you want to find a cool frame to add a little flare.

Colourful Cutlery
Turn your plastic cutlery from drab to fab with just a little bit of coloured paint. Following a colour scheme will make your BBQ look well thought out and sophisticated.

With such a great space at your disposal, it won’t be hard to pull off a memorable BBQ for friends and neighbours. Take advantage of the hot tubs, barbeques and panoramic view of downtown Ottawa and throw the best BBQ with tasty food, drinks and cute décor!

For more ideas, visit our LIV Apartments Summer BBQ Pinterest board! If you try any of these recipes or décor, be sure to tag @livottawa in your photos.


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