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To throw a BBQ today without the most basic and fundamental thing? (lighthearted)

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elfycat Sat 21-Apr-18 09:34:06

I've invited some friends and their children round.

I have:

Cleaned the BBQ, ordered charcoal, snipped bay leaves to add to the smoke.

Mowed the grass, blocked potential toddler escape routes, put tools away. Set up tables and chairs.

Filled the fridge with meat and salad. Roasted veg chopped, potato salad made.

Stocked up on condiments. Ketchup. mayo, relish, yellow mustard and those plastic cheese slices.

Have wine, beer, lager, mixers, non-alcoholic options. One drawer in freezer is filled with ice (and sorbet). I'm making Long Island Ice Tea, Woo Woo and Blue Lagoon cocktails in jugs. My drinks cabinet is... extensive.

But as I was washing up the BBQ tongs I realised that I am missing one vital part of the BBQ plan. Something so basic that it might all come to a grinding halt (even with all the booze). What is it?

DickensianHysteric Sat 21-Apr-18 09:35:30


DickensianHysteric Sat 21-Apr-18 09:35:55

Oh no wait, marshmallows!

Pengggwn Sat 21-Apr-18 09:36:18


LiquidCosh Sat 21-Apr-18 09:36:25

A man to cook on it? wink

Thishatisnotmine Sat 21-Apr-18 09:37:04


NetflixandWill Sat 21-Apr-18 09:37:25

A BBQ grin

GimmeFourCrunchies Sat 21-Apr-18 09:37:25

The weather.

It's freezing!

RoseDog Sat 21-Apr-18 09:37:49

Matches or lighter?

AnoiaUnstickMyDrawers Sat 21-Apr-18 09:37:59

I'm going with bread too.

OP you realise you're going to get a list of 101 things and you will realise you have forgotten all of them too, right? grin

TwoBlueFish Sat 21-Apr-18 09:38:00

Sun ☀️

Betsy86 Sat 21-Apr-18 09:38:02

The chef. Sod doing the cooking part. P.s can i come smile days like today i realise i have no friends confused

NewToCats Sat 21-Apr-18 09:38:07


Sparklingbrook Sat 21-Apr-18 09:38:16

Checking the weather forecast? sad

NannyR Sat 21-Apr-18 09:38:22


x2boys Sat 21-Apr-18 09:38:26

Burgers ?

QforCucumber Sat 21-Apr-18 09:38:27

Something to light it with?

ScreamingValenta Sat 21-Apr-18 09:38:39

A match to light the barbecue?

x2boys Sat 21-Apr-18 09:39:24

Not everywhere Gimme the sun's shining brightly here !

AppleKatie Sat 21-Apr-18 09:40:33


And it is tricky without them. But you know, shops are open.

elfycat Sat 21-Apr-18 09:41:24

Weather forecast is good. I have matches as we have a woodburner. I did get bread and buns.

LiquidCosh got it. We're all women. We have no male-identified person to actually light the BBQ. Poke it expertly to determine the 'ready state' and then to actually operate it. We're doooooooomed!

Betsy86 It's in Suffolk. If you're local drop by. I never under-cater.

Sparklingbrook Sat 21-Apr-18 09:42:01

Sun shining brightly here also but it's chilly and rain forecast for 6pm onwards.

ScreamingValenta Sat 21-Apr-18 09:45:11


grin Can't you rope in a male neighbour?

littlepill Sat 21-Apr-18 09:52:04


littlepill Sat 21-Apr-18 09:52:29

AHHHH! Did not RTFT!

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