Borrow the best parts of backyard grill parties to create a spring or
summer wedding that stays true to the red, white and blue. When your wedding lands on a summer holiday like Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day, adding a dose of patriotism only adds to the celebration. Here are 15 ways to take barbecue favorites and spin them to work at your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. 1. Outdoor Accessories
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Have outdoor-friendly accessories on hand for guests, like hats, sunnies and sunscreen.
From: A Low-Key Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania 2. Seasonal Blooms
Michelle Walker Photography
Stick to seasonal summer blooms like dahlias, clematis and garden roses for the freshest stems.
From: A Colorful, Whimsical Wedding at a Private Estate in Sonoma, California 3. Patriotic Accessories
Dana Cubbage Weddings
Red, white and blue accessories, from bow ties to patterned socks, is an easy way to nod to a holiday weekend celebration.
4. Lawn G ames
Jessica Sparks Photography
Set up lawn games for a fun cocktail hour. Croquet, corn hole, life-sized jenga or tic-tac-toe are bound to all be crowd pleasers. (And icebreakers!)
From: An At-Home, Rustic, DIY Wedding in Woodville, Alabama 5. Colorful Cocktails
Julie Mikos | Photographer
Mix up bright colored cocktails to really get those summer vibes going.
From: A Woodland Fairy-Tale Wedding in Hopland, CA 6. Picnic Plaid
Colette Kulig Photography
Incorporate red gingham table linens for an authentic picnic experience.
From: A Colorful Backyard Barbecue Wedding in Rutland, Vermont 7. Refreshing Apps
Keep guests refreshed with small bites of seasonal fruits like watermelon.
Balance heavy barbeque foods with light farm to table snacks for grazing guests.
9. Party F avorites
Fry up backyard party favorites (like bacon baskets and fried chicken!).
From: A Green Building Wedding in Brooklyn, New York 10. Koozies
The Harris Company
For an outdoor celebration it's important to keep cold drinks cool.
From: A Modern Nautical Wedding at Newport Beach House in Middletown, Rhode Island 11. Beer on Tap
Jessica Crews Photography
Local brews on tap? Does it get any more awesome than that?
From: A Pretty DIY Wedding at Robin Hill Farm in Brandywine, Maryland 12. Sauce Station
Natalie Franke Photography
A DIY sauce and topping station means everyone can fix their plates exactly how they like them.
From: A Nautical Vintage Wedding in Edgewater, MD 13. Unexpected Eats
Thisbe Grace Photography
Delight your guests with a snack or dessert that's widely adored, but rarely seen at weddings.
From: A Garden-Inspired Jewish Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, Texas 14. Pie
Mary Alice Hall
Supplement the dessert table with classic pie favorites.
From: A Relaxing, Outdoor Wedding in Boyne City, MI 15. Saucy Favors
Eliza J. Photography
Thank guests with custom condiment favors (like BBQ sauce!).
From: A Vintage, Garden-Inspired Wedding at Bissell House in South Pasadena, California