BBQ 101: The Complete Guide to Your Summer Outdoor Entertaining

School’s ending and those summer feelings are starting to hit us… hard! We’re so ready for the warmer weather and all the outdoor entertaining over the next few months. It’s easy to fall into the same routine with your outdoor activities, which is totally fine, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and try something new. In the spirit of trying something new, we’re sharing our favorite ways to switch up your summer barbeque for you to try this year.

Food

If you’re hosting a BBQ, it’s pretty much assumed that there’s going to be grilling going on. While we love the classic combo of burgers and dogs, there are tons of other great meal options you can test out, too. Try some smokey ribs, or grilled shrimp! We love having a variety of sides too. Whip up some pasta salads, a nice garden salad, some corn on the cob and baked beans. Depending on the size of your crowd, make it into a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite summer side dish to take some of the burden off of yourself.

Entertainment

It’s not all about the food, you need activities too! We loooove activities. There are so many things you can do, even if you’re confined to a smaller space. We love yard games. Things like corn hole and ladder toss are classic favorites. Or go old school and throw around the football or frisbee. If you have plenty of space, play a little game of wiffle ball! There are so many options when it comes to the great outdoors. If you have a fire pit, get that fire started around dinner time. Not only does it give off some great ambiance, but who doesn’t love making some s’mores?!

Setting

An outdoor backyard event can still be set nicely. Maybe you don’t want to go all out with table linens, which is totally fine, and you can still set a nice spread without them! How about an upscale picnic feel? Set up some blankets in a general eating area for your guests to lounge on while they chat and eat that delicious food you’ve worked so hard on.