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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
7. Grilled Pineapple.
Whoa. That sounds like one hell of a delicious side to just about any BBQ meat you decide to go with.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
16. Sparkling honey limeade.
This sounds SO refreshing!
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.
Don’t worry — you don’t have to go to the post office or lick any stamps. Postable’s delightful party invites will be printed, addressed and mailed for you.
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.
18. Red shish-kebab invite
We love the illustration on this invite and the pop of red!
19. Burger BBQ invite
Get your guests excited about eating allllllll the burgers!
20. Backyard BBQ invite
A slightly more simple approach, but exciting nevertheless.
21. The grill invite
If hotdogs could talk… They’d tell your guests to come!
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.
23. Apron BBQ invite
Do you have your apron ready!? How fun is this illustration?
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.
25. Red white and blue invite
Another great Fourth of July invite!
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.
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.
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!
29. Drink storage.
A clever way to store the beer and add a little decor to your party. Win-win.
30. Red, white and blue.
The perfect way to store your silverware on the 4th of July!
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!