With the warm weather and longer days upon us, it’s time to fire up the grill and embrace the quintessential summer activity: the BBQ!

Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a full-blown party, a summer BBQ is the perfect opportunity to enjoy great food, good company, and create unforgettable memories. To help you elevate your BBQ game and make it the highlight of the season, we’ve compiled a list of 12 fabulous ways to have the best Summer BBQ. So grab your apron, dust off the grill, and let’s get started!

Create a Theme:

Set the tone for your Summer BBQ by creating a fun and festive theme. Whether it’s a tropical luau, a backyard fiesta, or a beach party, having a theme adds an extra layer of excitement and sets the ambiance for your guests. Encourage them to dress accordingly and incorporate themed decorations to create a visually stunning and cohesive experience.

Plan a Stellar Menu:

One of the most important aspects of a Summer BBQ is the food! Go beyond the traditional burgers and hot dogs and create a menu that will leave your guests craving for more. Experiment with marinated grilled chicken skewers, juicy steak, fresh seafood, grilled vegetables, and mouthwatering side dishes. Don’t forget to cater to different dietary preferences and offer vegetarian or vegan options as well.

Signature Cocktails and Mocktails:

Step up your beverage game by concocting some refreshing and Instagram-worthy signature cocktails and mocktails. Create a dedicated drink station with a variety of options that cater to different tastes. From fruity sangrias to tropical margaritas, or even a DIY lemonade bar, providing a range of delicious drinks will keep your guests hydrated and impressed.

Set Up a DIY Burger Bar:

Give your guests the opportunity to customize their own mouthwatering burgers by setting up a DIY burger bar. Provide a variety of buns, cheeses, toppings, and sauces, allowing everyone to create their ultimate burger masterpiece. This interactive and delicious experience will surely be a hit.

Outdoor Games and Activities:

Keep your guests entertained throughout the day with a selection of outdoor games and activities. Set up a friendly cornhole or horseshoe tournament, organize a water balloon fight, or provide a volleyball net for some spirited competition. These games will create a lively atmosphere and ensure everyone has a blast.

Stylish Decor:

Transform your outdoor space into a Pinterest-worthy oasis with stylish decorations. Hang string lights, set up colorful tablecloths, and incorporate beautiful floral arrangements to create an inviting and vibrant atmosphere. Don’t forget to provide ample seating options, cozy blankets for when the sun sets, and citronella candles to keep the bugs away.

Dessert Delights:

Finish off your Summer BBQ on a sweet note with a tantalizing selection of desserts. From s’mores stations to ice cream sundae bars or freshly baked pies, offer a range of delectable treats that cater to different tastes. Your guests will be delighted to indulge in these sweet delights.

Create a Playlist:

Music sets the mood and brings people together. Create a lively playlist that complements the ambiance of your BBQ. Include upbeat summer tunes and timeless classics that will get your guests singing along and dancing. Consider asking your friends to contribute their favorite songs to make the playlist even more diverse and memorable.

Provide Cozy Seating Areas:

Ensure your guests are comfortable by creating cozy seating areas throughout your outdoor space. Arrange outdoor sofas, lounge chairs, and bean bags in designated zones, encouraging relaxed conversations and intimate gatherings. Add plush cushions and blankets for extra comfort, creating a welcoming and cozy environment.

Lighting and Ambiance:

As the sun goes down, create a magical atmosphere with well-placed lighting and ambiance. Hang lanterns or fairy lights in trees or around your seating areas to create a warm and enchanting glow. A beautifully lit space will create a memorable and intimate experience for your guests.

Offer Grilled Vegetarian Options:

Cater to all dietary preferences by offering delicious grilled vegetarian options. From marinated tofu skewers to veggie burgers or grilled portobello mushrooms, providing a variety of plant-based options ensures that everyone can indulge in the deliciousness of a Summer BBQ.

Remember the Essentials:

Last but not least, remember to have the essential supplies on hand. Make sure you have plenty of utensils, plates, napkins, and cups for your guests. Provide sunscreen and insect repellent to keep everyone comfortable throughout the day. And don’t forget to have a backup plan in case of unexpected weather changes.

With these 12 fabulous ways to have the best Summer BBQ, you’re well on your way to hosting an unforgettable gathering. From mouthwatering food and signature drinks to lively games and stylish decor, your guests will be talking about your BBQ for summers to come. So get ready to fire up the grill, soak up the sun, and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Cheers to a sizzling summer BBQ season!

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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