WHEN you have young children, it can be hard to organise catch-up with friends, and Saturday night barbies can become an organisational nightmare.
One way to get around this is to host breakfast barbecues. Sure there is less booze but there’s also less work. No one expects a big deal for a morning get-together, so take advantage of it and keep it simple.
In The Hungry Mum household we often catch up with friends for al fresco breakfast barbecues at Cronulla. There are free barbies at Shelly Beach which are clean and cook food efficiency. We bring sausages, rolls and sliced mushrooms along with tomato sauce and juice. We use plastic utensils and plates, and someone always does a coffee run across the road to the wonderful Nun’s Pool.
I take along some chopped up fruit or homemade fruit muffins to tide the kids over while the food is cooking: we can all do without the ‘‘I’m huuuungry’’ whine at 9am on a Sunday.
The kids are happy to run off their breakfast at the park or explore the rock pools while the parents natter.
If you can pick a good weather day, you’ll never host a night-time barbecue again.
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