Summer is the perfect time to host a backyard barbecue for friends and family! And these awesome backyard barbecue ideas will make hosting easy – everything from delicious food ideas to tons of outdoor games to play with a crowd!
The summer is all about the outdoors! Invite friends and family over for the ultimate summer backyard bash. There are so many different ways you could do this, but I’ve put together some of my absolute favorite recipes, activities, and decorations to help make it easy to host!
So whether you want to have a fun outdoor night with your neighbors, a full-on we get to be together again bash with your entire block, or a huge family reunion in your backyard, these backyard barbecue ideas are for you!
I’ve split this guide into four different sections – food, things to do, decorations/themes, and hacks. It’s literally everything you need for the ultimate backyard event!
Click on each of the links in the guide below to be taken directly to that idea!
Table of contents
Yard Games & Activities
One of the toughest things about hosting an outdoor event, especially in the summer, is the heat. I’ve put together an entire post with beat the heat party ideas PLUS a full post with tons of water games, so I won’t rehash those here. But I do recommend incorporating some of them, if for nothing else to keep your guests cool!
These are instead non-wet outdoor games, yard games, DIY backyard games, and pretty much anything else you can think of to do in your backyard!
Outdoor Party Decorations & Themes
These fun party decorations work for any backyard barbecue, no matter what the theme! And of course, I have a couple of fun theme ideas in here too!
Backyard Party Favors and Hacks
Alright, let’s add the finishing touches to this backyard blowout! These are some of my absolute favorite backyard ideas and hacks to just put it over the top – in a good way!
Backyard Barbecue Food
A backyard barbecue isn’t called a barbecue for no reason – this type of get together is all about the food! So let’s finish it off with food!
There are so many different things you could serve for a backyard barbecue, so I’m just going to share a handful of my favorites! Obviously something grilled up on a barbecue grill plus sides, refreshing drinks, and desserts that won’t melt!
I tried to include more creative and unique ideas than just the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs. I always like those two but if you’re looking for something really special, these recipes hit the spot!
Now that we’ve talked about main dishes, it’s time to talk about my favorite part of any backyard barbecue – the sides! These sides all make perfect additions to the typical meat, meat, meat part of a cook out!
Now it’s time for desserts. When it comes to desserts, you want to make sure and serve things that are light, refreshing, and that won’t melt. Or if they will melt, serve them immediately from the freezer!
These are a few of our favorites, recipes that we make every single time we have people over! They’re definite keepers!
Last but not least, you can’t forget the drinks! These are just a few drinks you can serve whether you’re having an event with kids, adults, or a mix of both!