Throw a true blue Aussie BBQ with Airtasker

We all know there’s no better way to spend Australia Day than enjoying a cold beer and a snag with "Throw a true blue Aussie BBQ with Airtasker"

Throw a true blue Aussie BBQ with Airtasker

We all know there’s no better way to spend Australia Day than enjoying a cold beer and a snag with your mates while counting down the hits on Triple J’s Hottest 100.

At Airtasker, we’ve come up with a few ways to organise a stress-free Aussie Day BBQ that’s cooler than a slab of VBs in an esky.

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Prep the tools

First up, make sure you have the barbecue essentials set up and ready to go so you can fire up the Webber without any problems. Be sure to clean the barbecue and refill the gas bottle. If cleaning isn’t your forte or you have no idea how to connect a gas bottle, hire an Airtasker to take care of the set-up for you.

PRO TIP: Always apply soapy water to the connection point to check for gas leaks

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Sizzle the snags

There’s nothing worse than a burnt sausage and while tomato sauce might mask a bit of the charcoal, it won’t mask the shame of ruining the barbecue and leaving your mates feeling hungry. When it comes to serving the food and drinks, do your guests a favour and hire someone who has manned a BBQ or two in their time and can make a mean potato salad.

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PRO TIP: For an extra set of hands, hiring wait staff on Airtasker can make a world of difference.

Airtasker Zhana Y. from Sydney, had a great experience working at an Australia Day BBQ last year:

Waitressing for Jo and her lovely family was a breeze! Everything was organised and ready for us to go. The guests were lovely, and it was so easy to ask questions. Would be more than happy to work for Jo again! Plus, she has two gorgeous kids.

Ice ice baby

No Australia Day is complete without an esky full of ice and drinks. Hire an Airtasker to take care of the ice and drinks so that you’ve got more time to spend enjoying the day rather than driving to the servo.

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Don’t drink and drive

If you’re planning on enjoying a few drinks, think smart and organise transport to and from your party for yourself or your guests. A safe Australia Day is a good Australia Day.

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Don’t sweat the clean up!

This year, Australia Day falls on a Thursday. For most of us, this means a rough Friday at work and the headache of cleaning up after the fun. Rather than spending the night cleaning or leaving the mess for the weekend, look at hiring a helping hand on Airtasker. By the time you arrive home on Friday evening, your house will be spotless in time for the weekend and you won’t have to lift a finger.

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Now that you’ve gotten everything ready for your big Australia day BBQ, take a look at how to plan the ultimate Australia Day party with Airtasker.

How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party

The most important day of any patriotic Aussie’s calendar year is upon us… Australia Day! If you’re looking for Australia "How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party"

How Plan The Ultimate Australia Day Party

The most important day of any patriotic Aussie’s calendar year is upon us… Australia Day! If you’re looking for Australia Day party ideas or Australia Day food ideas, look no further. Here is your guide to throwing the ultimate Australia Day party. You’re welcome.

House Prep

The impeccable lawn
First things first… If you’re having the party at home, you must have a nice tidy lawn for all of your friends to admire. If mowing the backyard in 35 degree January heat is not your idea of fun, why not hire someone else to take care of it via Airtasker?

The flag
No Australia Day party is complete without an enormous patriotic, plastic Aussie flag (made in China, of course). Check out your local cheap shop for a bargain.

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Source: Foter.com

The pool toys
If you’re lucky enough to have access to a pool or the beach on Australia Day, inflatable pool toys are a must! Just remember that at the beach the current can easily sweep you away, so don’t paddle too far out on your inflatable crocodile.

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Source: The Third Row

The kangaroo
No pool for inflatable toys? Never fear, you can still have an awesome time with a giant kangaroo as your mascot for the day! Go for a green and gold specimen for extra Aussie brownie points.

The ‘look’ (decorate yourself)

Staples for Aussie Day attire are:
• Aussie flag face tattoos (or go the extra mile and paint your entire face).
• Thongs, a.k.a. pluggers (a double plugger style is best). Guests without appropriate footwear should be refused entry.
• A chesty Bonds singlet and stubbies combo with a wide brimmed hat will put you in the running for the best dressed award. Acceptable substitutes are bikinis, boardies, or anything that is official Wallabies merchandise.
• Green and gold zinc (slip, slop, slap!).

Australia Day fun and games

The Triple J Hottest 100
You are simply not Australian if you do not celebrate Australia Day by listening to the Triple J Hottest 100. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t listen to the radio all year; you just need to on this day. So make sure you register your party with Triple J online and have big speakers ready to pump tunes all day, or your friends may boycott your party.

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Source: Triple J

Backyard cricket

Backyard, beach or even balcony cricket (mind the windows)… who doesn’t play cricket on Australia Day? This game is all about the zinc.

Thong toss
Thong toss, a.k.a. plugger toss or thong throwing is a very important game that probably began way back in 1994 when Australia Day was first celebrated as a public holiday. The rules are simple; each player takes a thong off their foot and throws it as far as they can. The winner is the person who throws their thong the furthest.

Tip: Thong toss does need a reasonably large space; so if your backyard doesn’t cut it, take this one to the park.

Slip ‘n’ Slide
If you grew up in Australia, you know that the only way to fully appreciate slip ‘n’ slide is by way of the homemade version: a tarp, detergent, a hose and a run up!

Essential Australia Day food and drinks

No one ever remembered an Australia Day party that didn’t serve traditional Aussie fare and ice cold beers; so don’t get slack on the catering part.

For drinks, you can’t go wrong by supplying some of Australia’s finest cold ales in an esky full of ice, such as VB, XXXX or Toohey’s Extra Dry. Alternatively for some alcohol-free Aussie drinks opt for Bundaberg Ginger Beer, Passiona or Cottee’s Cordial.

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According to a very reliable poll on Facebook, Australia Day food should always involve:

Sausage rolls

Homemade is the best and it’s the easiest thing to make. All you need is puff pastry, sausage mince and melted butter.

Meat pies
This is a no brainer guys! Four’N Twenty is your standard frozen go-to but for a mass party siutation good old party pies are a winner.

Lamingtons
You can buy these off the shelf, but for those of you who’d like to show off your enviable cooking skills, try this recipe for in-bloody-credible Lamingtons with white chocolate cream (*drool*).

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Source: Foodwise

Pavlova
This is one that I recommend you either get your mum involved in, or make yourself. Store bought pavs are okay, but really… they just don’t taste the same. Go on… give it a shot.

Snags on the barbie
If for no other reason than the fact that Australians are the only ones who seem to call them ‘snags’. Just add some tomato sauce and a slice of bread = heaven.

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Photo credit: Christopher Craig via Foter.com

Lamb of some description
No one really knows why, but check this epic video out and you’ll want to serve lamb anyway!


YouTube video: Australia Day Lamb 2016

If you need with the food prep or cleaning up there are plenty of Airtasker’s to help you this Australia Day

Okay, you are all set to host the most epic Australia Day party! If there’s anything I’ve forgotten, add it to the comments below. Happy Australia Day people!

Written by: Airtasker Rhiannon Wordsworth