As the anticipation builds for the long weekend and plans start to fall into place, you may find yourself hosting a party or BBQ with no idea where to begin.

From food, to decorating and even an outfit, there is so many things to consider to ensure your party is roaring success!

Nailing the menu

With various dietary requirements these days, it can be difficult to navigate food choices for all your guests. As a rule, it is best to cover all bases to be sure everyone is catered to.

Planning your menu makes this process a little easier. Heading to your local fishmonger, such as Sunny Seafood to source fresh seafood is a good place to start. Whether you pop salmon or prawns on the BBQ guests will always be impressed!

Likewise, picking up a few meat options (perhaps a steak and some sausages) from a fresh food market like Vicfields is a good way to ensure everyone is catered for too.

Businesses like this are also handy for fresh deli produce, flat bread and fruit, making it easy to nail the perfect cheeseboard.

To save on costs, affordable snacks like chips and lollies can always be purchased at Aldi.

Creating the ultimate bar

Generally guests at these types of get togethers will bring their own booze, but it never hurts to have a little extra just in case you run dry!

Providing alcohol, however, can get a little expensive, so visiting Aldi on your snack run is a good move. You can pick up a bottle of wine for as little as $3, while slabs of beer start at just $25.

If cocktails are more your thing, pick a signature drink – perhaps a Gin and Tonic or Bloody Mary – to impress your guests.

Get decorating

Create Instagrammable moments and inject some colour into your party with fun decorations. Shops like House & Party offer affordable, but stylish party decor such as balloons, coloured cutlery and plates to help take your BBQ to the next level.

Sunshine Plaza has an ongoing commitment to providing customers with a range of retail and fresh food stores that can help you plan the ultimate party.