30 Brilliant BBQ Party Ideas

BBQ Party

Summer has finally arrived. Hooray!!! This means more time outside with friends and family. BBQ parties are a great way to spend time outdoors, playing around with the grill, and getting crafty with some fun 4th of July decor. We scoured the world of Pinterest to find you the greatest BBQ party ideas out there. Everything from food to BBQ themed decor, this list of 30 Brilliant BBQ party ideas will get you excited about hosting your next backyard!

The Food

The obvious star of the show at any BBQ party is the food. And while you could totally go the traditional route and just stick with a simple burger and some hot dogs, we’re here to give you some BBQ ideas you may not have thought about.

You know, in case you wanted to spice things up a bit for your BBQ party.

1. Beer and honey chicken skewers.

Who doesn’t love a good ole’ chicken skewer? These look beyond mouth watering. Take the traditional dish and update it a bit with beer and honey.

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2. Sweet & spicy grilled chicken.

Ok, so how long before you get through this list and you immediately go eat? We’re already drooling! This Italian grilled chicken sounds amazing and would be a stellar addition to any BBQ party.

chickenfrom Plain Kitchen

3. Onion AND bacon wrapped goodness.

Just think of all those delicious flavors just oozing into your BBQ meat. This one would be the talk of the party!

onionBBQfrom Hugs & Cookies xoxo

4. Homemade BBQ sauce.

Make your very own BBQ sauce and impress the heck out of your guests! Take a step further by making a few different ones that your guests can try out.

BBQ_saucefrom Taste of Home

6. Deviled eggs.

Can’t leave out a classic like this one. Just be cautious how long you keep these little bad boys out in the sun.

eggsfrom Mrs. Happy Homemaker

7. Grilled Pineapple.

Whoa. That sounds like one hell of a delicious side to just about any BBQ meat you decide to go with.

pineapplefrom The Recipe Critic

8. Hassel tots.

Potatoes are always a good addition to have at any party, but BBQs pretty much require it! These look insanely crispy and we’re not sure our lives would be complete without at least trying these!

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9. Skewered garlic mushrooms.

Veggie options for your BBQ is always a good idea. You never know if you’ll have a non-meat eating guest or two. These mushrooms also sound like a dream — meat eater or not.

mushroomsfrom Noshing with the Nolands

10. Bacon wrapped hot dogs.

A twist on the old hotdog if you want to keep it traditional, but you’re also a rebel. Also, bacon wrapped anything will be a winner.

hotdogsfrom Six Sisters’ Stuff

11. Pineapple cucumber salad.

A little pineapple salad to go with that BBQ pork! An interesting side dish to include for your BBQ party to be sure.

pineapple2from Mom on Timeout

12. Parmesan corn on the cob.

Put cheese on anything and it’s pretty much gold. This corn especially sounds (and looks) to die for!

corn2from Must Love Home 


Ok, so you’ve got a good idea of what you’ll want to serve to eat at your gathering. Now for the second most important part of any party — the drinks.

Make sure to have non-booze options and plenty of water. The sun can be a brutal friend. The last thing you want is a sun and booze hangover combo!

13. A rainbow in a cup.

A little color in your BBQ cocktails never hurt. You’ll feel like a kid again!

layerfrom High Heels & Grills

14. Fresh strawberry mojito.

What could be better on a sunny day?! Cocktails like mojitos are a great idea for a BBQ party. You can easily make these in one giant pitcher and have guests help serve themselves.

mojitofrom Joyful Healthy Eats

15. Lemonade!

Can’t go wrong with lemonade to accompany your BBQ feast. If you want to turn this into a boozy option — make sure to have a non-alcoholic version. Create two batches and clearly label each one.

lemonadefrom Pottery Barn

16. Sparkling honey limeade.

This sounds SO refreshing!

sparklingfrom Cooking Classy


There’s no BBQ party without guests and no guests without BBQ party invites. While you could totally set yourself up with a Facebook event — you could also set your BBQ party aside from all the rest with some real hold-in-your-hands party invites.

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17. Simple and classy summer BBQ

This design will definitely catch your guests’ eyes! They’ll be more likely to attend your big bash with this invite which will no doubt make it onto their fridge.BBQ Party Invite

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18. Red shish-kebab invite

We love the illustration on this invite and the pop of red!

red BBQ party invite

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19. Burger BBQ invite

Get your guests excited about eating allllllll the burgers!Burger Party Invite

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20. Backyard BBQ invite

A slightly more simple approach, but exciting nevertheless.Shish kebab BBQ party invitation

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21. The grill invite

If hotdogs could talk… They’d tell your guests to come!

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22. 4th of July BBQ invite

Hosting your BBQ party for the fourth of July? This red white and blue grill invite will be perfect.July 4th BBQ Party Invitation

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23. Apron BBQ invite

Do you have your apron ready!? How fun is this illustration?Grill Apron BBQ party invitation

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24. Backyard picnic BBQ invite

Summer picnic parties are the best! You’ll definitely get your guests all sorts of excited with this picnic party invite.Picnic blanket party invitation

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25. Red white and blue invite

Another great Fourth of July invite!red white and blue party invitation

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Ok — you’ve got the food, the drinks, and even the party invites all figured out. Don’t forget to take your BBQ party to the next level with amazing decorations.

Here are some epic BBQ party ideas to take your gathering to the next level.

26. Lemon, mason jars and white florals!

So simple, but so lovely! You don’t have to spend much to bring some color to your party.

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27. A s’more station for the win!

If you want to focus all of your attention on the grilling for your BBQ — we wouldn’t blame you. You will, however, want to provide some sort of a dessert option. This s’mores display acts as both decor and dessert in one.

smoresfrom DeerPearlFlowers

28. Fairy lights.

Use lighting as a way to set the mood especially if you plan on taking your party into the evening. Nothing works better than fairy lights!

lightingfrom In My Own Style

29. Drink storage.

A clever way to store the beer and add a little decor to your party. Win-win.

beerfrom Huffington Post

30. Red, white and blue.

The perfect way to store your silverware on the 4th of July!

4thofjulyfrom Crafty Morning

Want to see more great ideas for your next backyard BBQ!?! Check out our Summertime Pinterest board where we’ve collected our favorite summer party ideas!

Don’t forget to mail your party invites!

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