It’s summertime and the livin’s easy, so what better excuse to head outdoors and celebrate? With the Fourth of July, warm weather and starry nights, summer is the perfect time to gather friends and family for a backyard barbecue party. So fire up the grill, kick back with a glass of homemade lemonade, and read on for some unique barbecue ideas and inspiration.
Let everyone know you’re hosting a summer soiree by sending out digital or paper invitations. Include all the information a guest might need, like location, time, date, and if attendees need to bring potluck items, swimwear, lawn chairs, etc. You can find digital invitations at websites like Celebrations, Evite, and Punchbowl and paper products at Etsy and Minted.
Fill a welcome bin with summer essentials like hand fans, sunblock, and bug spray for guests to use throughout the party. You can find relief items like sunblock and bug spray at any local supermarket and hand fans of all shapes, colors, and prints can be bought in bulk at Oriental Trading Co.
The great outdoors provides plenty of aesthetic elements, so keep your BBQ party decor simple. String lights or hang paper lanterns, place tea lights or citronella candles on the table, fill jars with wildflowers, accessorize tables with patterned tablecloths or a simple burlap runner.
You can also jazz up disposable plates and utensils with a few DIY tricks. Package plastic utensils, napkins, and salt and pepper packets to make it easier for guests going through the self-serve line. Or punch holes into disposable plates and attach the utensils and napkin with twine. To add color to throw-away cutlery, use masking tape and a bit of non-toxic paint as shown in this DIY Neon Utensils tutorial. Places like Party City and Michael’s craft store have all kinds of materials for your DIY projects, including paper and plastic tableware, Kraft bags, stamps, and paints.