Every now and then, we host a BBQ in the backyard in Oakhouse Kichijoji 2.
This time, we planned something big and we invited more than 30 people from outside the house. Along with the photos of the BBQ, let me tell you some tips on how to host a party like this in Tokyo.
■ Buy food and drinks online
Although, supermarkets are available in walking distance, it makes more sense to buy food and drinks online. You probably want to do some research before you make a purchase but there are thousands of shops selling meat and vegitables on Rakuten. Amazon Japan is also as useful or maybe better than Rakuten when buying certain things, I think Rakuten has more options when it comes to buying food.
We got a lot of marinated beef on Rakuten and it was very good. I would buy the same thing again.
■ Collect money upfront
No matter how you invite people (messaging a group, talking to people in person, Facebook, etc…) there will be always someone who doesn’t show up on the day. It won’t be a problem if that is 1 or 2 people. It will be if the number gets bigger.
And this problem is usually serious if you plan to buy things in advance. Someone has to pay for the food and drinks and people never pay for what they didn’t eat.
■ Consider “Bring your own food and drink (BYOF＋D)”
The easiest way to do something with this is to go potluck. Tell your friends they need to bring something to eat and their own drink to participate this party.
People usually prefer this way because they can choose what they can bring and how much they want to pay.
I usually host a party this way in the house and we get more than enough food on the table.
■ Go for “Wild Magic”
Wild Magic is a BBQ site in Toyosu, which is located on the east side of Tokyo. The place is pretty big for the location (16,000㎡) and the entire facility is fairly new (opened in 2012). It’s also a camping site so you have an option to BBQ and stay the night here too.
This place is getting popular so you might want to make a reservation in advance. What’s good about this place is that they have food options that you can choose from. Basically, you don’t need to prepare anything to do BBQ here. They have marinated meat, vegetable, drinks, everything. My favorite is “Beer chicken”. Basically they give you a marinated whole chicken and you put opened beer can with beer inside and stick it in chicken’s ass. Put it on the BBQ grill long enough, you get to cook the chicken from both outside and inside.
Check out their website for more information.
■ Not enough cash? Here’s the cheapest party option of all
If you’re in short of cash, or you plan to invite people who don’t seem to have too much money, I found a perfect option for you. Find a Domino Pizza in your neighborhood (they are literally everywhere) and order a pizza without toppings.
Why no toppings? Because it’s the toppings that make the pizza so expensive. I think the pizza tastes way better than the Domino pizza in the United States (What a cliche) but it’s usually more pricy in Japan for some reason.
Anyway, order a pizza without toppings and cook the toppings you want with everyone coming to the party. I don’t know any cheaper party than this.
But, make sure to order online. and do make sure to look at the English website, NOT JAPANESE. Domino pizza sometimes do campaign like “Get one pizza, Get one free” ONLY ON English website. Just google Domino and change the language setting. If I remember it correctly, it should be 1400 yen. and with the campaign it’d be 1400 yen for two large size pizza!!
Let me know if there are other cool tips that you know and I don’t!