Do we really have to light the grill before the guests arrive? There are a few other grilling etiquette rules that Idahoans might toss at the Memorial Day Weekend bash.

Okay, so it might be a good idea to ask guests if they are vegan or vegetarian ahead of time so they don't feel attacked by rows and rows of sausages, burgers, and weinies at the barbecue, but there are a bunch of other grilling etiquette rules that we can probably ax this summer.  See what you think.

Good Housekeeping suggests we light the grill before guests arrive, and that's probably to set the mood for the party and also to get a head start on the food.  But that seems like a quick thing that can be done after the first round of festive beverages and after our friends settle in.  It probably depends on what time the party starts.

The Good Manners website offers some grilling etiquette tips that feel a lil um, fancy.  Grilling seems to be a laid back sport where we can just chill and talk and play croquet and drink vodka and Diet Cokes, and we usually don't want to be bothered with being conscious about rules and things.  Will you keep these etiquette rules?

Grilling Etiquette Rules That Idahoans Will Most Likely Break And It Will Be Okay:

Arrive on time.  Arriving a few minutes early or late seems like the norm, and in fact, the start times turn out to be just a suggestion because our people show up when they can and it's cool.  Grilling invitations should just say "whenever."

Don't offer to grill the food, and don't provide grilling adviceIf guests offer advice, maybe we can learn some searing techniques.  It's not the end of the world.

As a host, the patio should be clean before guests arriveIt's okay if the patio isn't spotless.  It's a patio.  And if there are skateboards and sandbox toys nearby, we understand.  We have kids too.

As a guest, do not overstayUm, define overstaayyyGuests get caught in hangout mode, and then somebody gets out a deck of cards and the next thing we know it's 2 am and the host is cooking eggs and toast.  But if the host starts yawning at 9 pm, then yes, we gotta get the heck out.

Do you take a gift to the host when you go to a barbecue?  I usually take a bottle of wine, and maybe a host gift is a good etiquette rule to keep whether it's a barbecue or a dinner party.  Good Housekeeping offered another good tip, and that's to make sure that all our guests are comfortable and have a drink in hand before we start barbecuing. Done.

One of the biggest grilling weekends of the year is coming up Memorial Day Weekend, and now is the time to prep and decide what rules we're going to keep or break.  Have fun and eat a lot will be on the list right?  Those we can do.

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