Barbecue budget beats holiday spending

Barbecue with PIMMS

Britons spend more money on barbecue entertaining during the summer than on the price of a holiday for one person, according to a survey by Pimm’s. Each barbecue sees a spend of around £141 as hosts go all out to lay on a lavish spread that includes all the trimmings. A family can easily spend £724 over the summer season on barbecues, according to the survey, while the cost of a summer holiday abroad would cost one person an average of £543, according to Pimm’s.

Three quarters (75%) of Britons in the survey said they host up to five barbeques during the course of the summer. However, not all the spend comes out of the host’s pocket, because many said they contribute food and drink when they attend someone else’s do. An average of £22.68 is apparently the amount guests spend contributing to each barbecue they attend – this sometimes is spent on gifts for the host.

Further findings from The Pimm’s Summer Socialising Report show:

  • The cost of summer BBQs isn’t enough to deter hardy Brits from their love of al fresco socialising – nearly half (48%) agreed the cost was well worth it, catching up with friends and having a good time is a top priority when attending summer get-togethers.
  • One in five hosts believe guests shouldn’t have to bring anything to summer parties, preferring to foot the bill themselves.
  • A third of hosts ask guests to bring along their own tableware, doilies and crockery.
  • One in ten admit to asking guests to bring their own coals and even firelighters to a BBQ.

Emma Sherwood-Smith of Pimm’s said, “Brits are already well-versed at huddling around rain-drenched barbeques and picnicing on windswept beaches, so the thought of spending a little extra is a cost we’re willing to pay to have fun with friends during the great British summer.”

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