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Friends over for BBQ planning questions

ntvandehey | Sep 20, 200909:04 PM

I'm planning to have some friends over for an informal BBQ (just moved to San Francisco and would like to bring together different groups of friends). I'm thinking like 10-12 people or something like that. (all 20-something professionals)

I'm not really much of an entertainer myself (ex-wife would have been better at this) so hopefully the chowhounds out there can help me get by on my own...

Anyway, I've got a few questions...

(1) Planning on hosting on Oct. 10. I was going to put up a facebook event invite... when is the right time to do that? Now since I already know that that date works for some people?

(2) I live in a three-story flat (share backyard with two other apartments). Would it be okay to put notes on their doors (or something) requesting they don't also plan a party for the same day?

(3) I really can't afford (time or $) to get everything together myself for this... what (if anything) can I ask others to bring? I was thinking I should say that I'll buy the drinks (beer/wine) and/or meat and buns for grilling and then suggest that others could bring a side or dessert. Does that work?

(4) I'm definitely thinking informal... buffet style and eat when food is ready, rather than a sit-down type of affair. Any tips on how to make that work well?

Thanks in advance!

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