Backyard BBQ Party Decoration Ideas You Should Try With Your Family

Backyard BBQ – Fire up the grill, pour a round of drinks and turn on the music. With chic decor and the best booze, mains and desserts on the block, we have your summertime barbecue 100% covered.


Backyard BBQ Ideas Choose Your Invite

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Sure, you could send the family a group text — or you could delight everyone with a cute backyard BBQ-inspired card, complete with a red gingham envelope.

Backyard BBQ Area Design Ideas Go Vintage

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Speaking of red gingham , order a few red and white tablecloths (they might as well be the symbol of backyard BBQ!) for a classic country vibe.

Backyard BBQ Decoration Ideas Upgrade Your Paper Plates

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So, you’re not about to do dishes for 25 people. Opt for these recyclable paper plates in a variety of floral patterns backyard BBQ.

Backyard BBQ Wedding Ideas On A Budget: Stock The Bar

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Booze and backyard BBQ go hand in hand, so you might want to turn a corner of your backyard BBQ into an al fresco bar. Add some greenery (we’re loving these XL palm leaves) and stock up on the ingredients for your signature summer cocktail.

Backyard BBQ Party Ideas Throw Your Drinks in a Wheelbarrow

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Go rustic and fill your wheelbarrow with ice and drinks. So much better looking than that beat-up travel cooler in your backyard BBQ, right?

Backyard BBQ Birthday Party Ideas Make Fancy Water

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Especially on a hot day, encourage your backyard BBQ guests to hydrate between cocktails with a tall glass of infused water. Blackberry and mint, strawberry and basil, orange and lemon: The flavor combos are endless, but all the results are the same. Infused water just tastes … better.

Backyard BBQ Party Decorating Ideas Cantaloupe Margarita

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Lime, puréed cantaloupe, tequila and Cointreau make this backyard BBQ margarita refreshing without being overly sweet.

Backyard BBQ Entertainment Ideas Mojito Float

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We’ll take our drinks as an ice cream dessert, thanks. Extra lime sorbet, please!

Backyard BBQ Engagement Party Ideas: Peach Bourbon Thyme Smash

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Peach juice and bourbon get a kick of spice, thanks to a little jalapeño simple syrup.

Backyard Barbecue Food Ideas: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders with Garlic Aioli

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When backyard BBQ party day hits, slow cookers are always a life and time saver. You can also prepare the lemon, chive and garlic aioli a day or two in advance. So easy!

Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos

These vegetarian apps are so loaded with flavor (thanks to a tangy balsamic glaze, fresh mozz and grape tomatoes), your guests will never miss the meat.

Slow Cooker Chipotle Lime Chicken Wings

It’s not a barbecue without spicy chicken wings, and with a healthy splash of chipotle in adobe sauce, you’ll definitely be feeling the heat. Serve with lime wedges to take the flame down a notch.

Mediterranian Spiced Burgers

You’ve already got the Mediterranean heat down, so a feta-topped burger with onions and spices seems appropriate.

Vidalia Onion Strings with Horseradish Aioli

Even though these fried onion strings are skinnier than onion rings, they’re even more addictive.

Saucy Kansas City Style Pork Chops

You’re gonna need napkins. Lots and lots of napkins. But for these chops, smothered in a brown sugar, molasses and cayenne sauce, it’ll be worth it.

Sicilian Pasta Salad

It isn’t a barbecue without pasta salad — load yours with radicchio, Ricotta Salata cheese, olives and ripe tomatoes.

Condiment Bar

We love our condiments, but store-bought bottles and jars can be unsightly. Stick chalkboard labels onto small metal tins and load up on the ketchup, mustard, pickles and relish. So much prettier, right?

Cocoa Nutty Lime Tart

A tart with a gluten-free crust and a no-bake lime and cream cheese filling is too good to be true right? Nope.

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortbread Bars

These sweet little bars, in a favorite summer flavor combo, will be gone as soon as you gather everyone for dessert.

Frozen Watermelon Pops

All of the watermelon goodness, none of that messy drip. Genius.

Make DIY More Pot

What’s an outdoor party without some s’mores? Guests will love these adorable, individual desserts.

Sip On A Mint Julep

There’s nothing better than enjoying a big batch of refreshing mint juleps while lounging in your backyard.

Cute Condiment Display

Go beyond basic ketchup and mustard by offering more unique options for hot dog and hamburger toppings, then display them in individual labeled buckets.

Refreshing Fruit Infused Water

For your guests who don’t want booze, this rose, lemon, and strawberry water makes a great drink option.

Boozy Watermelon Pops

What’s better than watermelon? Watermelon infused with tequila!

Label what’s hot-off-the-grill with rubber stamps

Before firing up the Weber, cut 10- by 10-inch sheets of parchment paper, then use letter stamps to print rare, medium, and well done across the tops in equal number. Lay one on each plate, and when the meat comes off the coals, just slide it onto the dish with the corresponding label and let guests grab what they want.

Let guests know what’s on the menu

Coat a tall piece of plywood with black chalkboard paint for a professional-looking board. Blogger Nan used an overhead projector and white acrylic paint to add the “menu” graphic.

Turn a watermelon into a keg

You’re going to be too busy having fun to play bartender—let you guests self-serve with this DIY watermelon drink dispenser.

Label Condiment

Wooden craft sticks do double duty in this hack, serving as both labels and spreading utensils.

Hot-Dog Holders

Eliminate the risk of ketchup and mustard spills by wrapping hot dogs in coffee filters — they’re durable, lightweight, and more flexible than paper plates.

Mess Free Tacos

For Tex Mex-themed cookouts, reduce cleanup time and waste by adding taco fillings directly to bags of corn chips.

Keep Food Cold

Unlike a cooler, the kiddie pool’s wide surface area accommodates multiple bowls and trays without stacking. Place it on a table where pets can’t get to it.

Keep Bugs Out Of The Buffet

Sure, you could ward off ants and flies with plastic-wrapped bowls, but at some point the salad has to come out from under its cover. A much prettier — and more practical — solution: Pack side dishes in single-serving lidded jars. Spoon individual portions into the containers, then set out one for each guest.

Dress Up Bottles In One Minute Flat

Sparkling water and lemonade, jars of pickles, even soda bottles become part of the decor when wrapped in patterned paper secured with double-sided tape. Use scraps of gift wrap or wallpaper that match your color scheme.

Get Your Grill Ready For Summer

Say sayonara to caked-on gunk with this cleaning method: Place your grill grate in a large plastic garbage bag with one cup of ammonia, seal it up tightly, and let the fumes work their magic.

Repel Mosquitoes With Herbs

Adding sage to a fire pit or warm grill (after you’re done cooking) is just one way to kick bugs out of your backyard party.

Anchor TableCloths With Rails Of Posies

kip store-bought weights and make your own by filling tiny buckets with wildflowers and a half inch of water. Just suspend the bouquets from your tablecloth using a clip and fishing line or skinny ribbon. Tie and knot one end around the handle of the bucket and the other around the clip.

Create Two Drinks From One Ingredient

Hibiscus syrup, which comes in a jar with 11 edible flowers, gives a floral note and a lovely red tinge to tall glasses of tea.

Dress Up Your Bubbly

Adding one of the hibiscus buds to a flute of champagne literally makes it bloom.

Let The Games Begin

There’s no better solution for early arrivals and the post-lunch slump than a collection of no-skills-required lawn games. Set out a basket of Frisbees, Wiffle balls, and badminton rackets — along with a croquet set — all within view of the picnic table.

Introduce Over-Sized Scrabble

There are tons of backyard games you can make yourself, including this giant version of the classic word-making challenge. Break it out to help guests break the ice.

Help Guests Keep Their Cool

Battle scorching sun, aggressive mosquitoes, and stifling temperatures with a few thoughtful amenities your friends will appreciate. Buy a supply of fans, plus sunblock, and bug spray, and have everything at the ready when company comes.

Turn Holiday Lights Into Summer Sparklers

With a little embellishment, Christmas lights become twinkling flowering vines, crawling along a porch post and railing, To make these blooms, puncture the bottms of paper muffin cups in the center and slide one over each bulb.

Prep Ice Cream Ahead Of Time

Pre-scoop ice cream into cupcake liners to store in the freezer until ready to serve. You’ll save yourself time and stress on the day of the party and won’t have to worry about ice cream melting in the hot sun while you’re serving.

Simplify The Sundae

For a fancier dessert, dress up cones before the party starts to streamline the dessert-bar process. To make these treats — think of them as environmentally friendly bowls and toppings all in one — just dip each cone in melted white or milk chocolate and roll in tiny marshmallows, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, crushed cookies, or candy chips. Set out a selection of ice cream flavors chilled in a tub of ice, and dessert is done — without your taking a single order.

Hang Lights Wherever You Want

You don’t need a pergola or porch to add twinklers. Stylist Emily Henderson creates posts for string lights by filling buckets with rocks and anchoring bamboo polls in them.

Recycle With Style

Guests don’t have to guess where to stash their trash when you spell it out for them. Buy colorful enameled metal buckets, then label them with stick-on vinyl letters.

Give The Kids Something To Do

While grown ups may be content to relax with a beverage, younger folks have energy to burn. This giant bubble wand, made using a hula hoop and a plastic pool, offers a fun distraction.

Punch Up Your Plates

At your next self-serve soiree, help guests avoid a juggling act by hole punching disposable plates and attaching plastic utensils with a loop of twine. They’ll have a free hand as they tackle the buffet—all the better for scooping an extra serving of your famous slaw.

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