Summer is so close. Finally. And you know what that means: It's time to fire up the grill, pour a round of drinks, and turn on the music for a backyard BBQ party. Whether you host a huge garden party at your own home or you swarm a local park, you'll want to check out our backyard BBQ ideas. With and the best booze, entrees, and desserts on the block, we have your summertime barbecue party 100 percent covered. Read on for twenty backyard BBQ ideas.
Go gingham or go home, right? Layering a more whimsical floral tablecloth on top of the classic check adds an unexpected twist. Then repurpose old cans for a rustic, country chic floral centerpiece.
Gingham Tablecloth ($12)
If you have a pool in the backyard, turn the BBQ into a pool party. Don't forget to put out pull floats that double as decor.
Swimline Giant Inflatable Swan ($17)
If you're dining al fresco in the evening, set a romantic mood by hanging string lights around the table area. Then put sheepskin throws over the benches for a cozy, inviting environment. For more stylish entertaining ideas, check out .
New Zealand Natural Sheepskin Throw ($58)
If you're eating family style or doing a wine tasting and the table is going to be fully stacked, skip the centerpiece and opt for overhead greenery instead. This will keep clutter to a minimum on the table while still creating a special atmosphere. For a summer soiree, bring in dreamy, light plants like pampas grass. Bring florals to the table with pretty plates instead.
Floral Paper Plates ($6)
Whether you want to keep the party going after the sun goes down or it's a chilly evening, a fire pit is the ideal place to gather. Plus, now you have an excuse to make s'mores. Don't worry if you don't have one already—there are tones of affordable portable options out there.
Coral Coast Cast Iron Fire Pit ($98)
Booze and barbecues go hand in hand, so you might want to turn a corner of your backyard into an al fresco bar, or just roll out a bar cart for the occasion. Add some greenery and stock up on the ingredients for your signature summer cocktail. Speaking of which, let's talk summer cocktail recipes.
Pottery Barn Galvanized Storage Cart ($69)
Alternatively, you could go the rustic route and fill your wheelbarrow with ice and beer, as did here. So much better looking than that beat-up travel cooler, right? And it fits the theme of a country BBQ party.
3R Studios Decorative Wheel Barrow ($73)
These blackberry mojitos are super refreshing, and, even better, they literally only take five minutes to make. Not too tart, not too sweet, and undeniably photogenic... What more could we ask for in a cocktail? Get the full recipe from .
Rainbow sangria is the ultimate summer BBQ party drink, and this kicks up a notch with the only the best fruits. We're talking mango, strawberries, kiwis, pineapple, and blueberries (because seriously, who wants honeydew and cantaloupe in their fruit salad let alone their sangria?).
Okay, now this is how you present a cocktail when you want to impress guests with gourmet drinks. They look deceivingly fussy and difficult to put together, but they really only take fifteen minutes to whip up. Get the full recipe for these adorable and tasty shooters from .
When you're hosting a ton of guests, a big batch cocktail or punch is going to be a lot easier to prepare. And they can be just as good as their small-batch brethren, which is definitely the case with this giant Moscow mule recipe from .
There are regular hotdogs and then there are these spiral hotdogs from that make everything just taste so. Much. Better. The little pockets in the meat ensure you get maximum flavor and topping action in every bite. The more condiments the better, too.
What BBQ is complete without cheeseburgers? Stick to the classics with the best burger recipe ever from . Pro tip: Brush the buns with a light layer of garlic butter and then throw those on the grill too for extra crunch and flavor.
What BBQ is complete without cheeseburgers? Stick to the classics with the best burger recipe ever from . Pro tip: Brush the buns with a light layer of garlic butter and then throw those on the grill too for extra crunch and flavor. A universal crowd-pleaser.
Get the recipe from .
If you're over the typical hamburger spread, opt for a Mexican food-themed party instead. These grilled fish tacos from are perfect for a backyard soiree since they're light, delicious, and easy to make and customize.
Like a caprese salad but with a much better twist, this dish from is going to keep the guests coming back for more. With a grilled chicken base and loaded with mozzarella, tomato, avocado, basil, and balsamic, this is the perfect recipe for a filling, nutritious, and delicious meal.
A friendly reminder to get your greens... Fresh, seasonal, and super easy to throw on the grill, asparagus is the go-to BBQ veggie. Follow this simple and yummy recipe from for the best grilled asparagus ever.
It's not a barbecue without spicy chicken wings, and with a splash of chipotle in adobe sauce, you'll definitely be feeling the heat. Serve with lime wedges to take the flame down a notch. And make sure there are plenty of napkins nearby. Get the full recipe from .
Don't show up to a summer hangout without the pasta salad. Plus, it's always a good idea to serve up a vegetarian option. This one from is loaded with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, olives, and crumbled feta. People will go crazy for it.
There's really nothing more refreshing than watermelon. Except maybe a diced watermelon salad topped off with cucumbers and mint. Get the full recipe from .
Blackberry cobbler is the ultimate summer treat. You will need to bake it in the oven in a skillet, but it's definitely worth the trip inside and away from the grill. Just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Get the full recipe from .
This easy dessert recipe from Delish is the definitely the most fun and healthy way to eat a banana split. It's the perfect thing for a summer BBQ.
These ketogenic popsicles from are seriously too good to be true. They're made from avocado, coconut milk, and a keto-friendly chocolate. Once you try them, you'll be hooked, whether you're on a healthy diet or not. Keep in mind you'll need to prep them ahead of time—but that means you'll be free to enjoy the party.
And last but most definitely not least—in fact, we obviously saved the very best for last—we bring these decadent and delicious personal mud pies from . Each jar is layered with vanilla and coffee ice cream, crushed oreos, caramel sauce, and hot fudge sauce.