I don’t know about you but when I have people over, I have a lot of fun because I love showing off my barbecue skills. I’m a very experimental type of guy so I’m not really big into offering the same kind barbecue that everybody else cooks. I am, of course, talking about standard American marinades. Those get old quickly.

Ever inventive, I search the Internet for the latest and craziest marinade ideas. So far, I’ve been having great luck. One week I would hold a Korean barbecue. The next week I would marinade the meat for my barbecue with Filipino spices. The next week after that, I would delve into a bit of Indian-inspired recipes.

Call me crazy, but I like to mix things up. I love variety. I don’t like getting bored and, believe me, eating the same stuff weekend after weekend gets old quickly.

This is why so many people come over. They know that they don’t know what the food will be. That’s part of the fun. A little anticipation definitely goes a long way. I’m happy to report so far, so good. Nobody has really been disappointed by the marinade of the week because it has something for everybody.

With that said, when you have people over for a barbecue or some sort of family get-together, please understand that you owe them a holistic experience. They are there to enjoy company. That much is true. However, they’re also there to get entertained. You really cannot afford to drop the ball.

So, how do you take care of this? How do you make sure that you give them the total package as far as the things they can taste, the things they can smell, the things they can see and the things that they can hear?

Well, offering great music is important, but you also might want to invest in the right kind of decking because you don’t want people to slip and fall. You don’t want the unnecessary drama of possibly being sued by somebody you invited.

If I invited by my brother, I probably would not get sued by him even if he skins his knee or he falls and possibly fractures a bone. He probably would need me to chip in for his medical care.

However, if it’s somebody I barely know or is, worse yet, a friend of a friend of a friend, then it’s anybody’s guess what will happen. So, if you really want to dodge the bullet regarding any kind of unnecessary legal drama, invest in the right kind of decking. This allows for a greater grip of people shoes so they don’t slip, fall and hurt themselves.