15 Backyard Barbecue Ideas for a Fun Wedding Reception
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 , 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
Have outdoor-friendly accessories on hand for guests, like hats, sunnies and sunscreen.
2. Seasonal Blooms
Stick to seasonal summer blooms like dahlias, clematis and garden roses for the freshest stems.
3. Patriotic Accessories
Red, white and blue accessories, from bow ties to patterned socks, is an easy way to nod to a holiday weekend celebration.
4. Lawn Games
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!)
5. Colorful Cocktails
Mix up bright colored cocktails to really get those summer vibes going.
6. Picnic Plaid
Incorporate red gingham table linens for an authentic picnic experience.
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 Favorites
Fry up backyard party favorites (like bacon baskets and fried chicken!).
For an outdoor celebration it's important to keep cold drinks cool.
11. Beer on Tap
Local brews on tap? Does it get any more awesome than that?
12. Sauce Station
A DIY sauce and topping station means everyone can fix their plates exactly how they like them.
13. Unexpected Eats
Delight your guests with a snack or dessert that's widely adored, but rarely seen at weddings.
Supplement the dessert table with classic pie favorites.
15. Saucy Favors
Thank guests with custom condiment favors (like BBQ sauce!).