3 Easy Steps to Throwing the Ultimate Backyard BBQ

Invite the spirit of summer to your house by hosting a backyard BBQ. No summer season is complete without a backyard party where you can soak up the sun, socialize with friends, and fill up on food and drinks.

Hosting a Backyard Party

A backyard BBQ is the perfect way to bring friends and family together for a warm-weather gathering. A combination of relaxation, food, and fun is the perfect recipe for an enjoyable backyard experience. With elements such as comfortable patio furniture and entertaining yard games, you can turn your backyard BBQ from just a meal with friends into a real party. Follow these easy steps to ensure your backyard BBQ party is a hit this summer.

A backyard BBQ with a patio dining set, patio furniture, and a grill

1. Set the Scene

Patio Furniture & Outdoor Decor

Outdoor furniture that will comfortably accommodate all your guests is the foundation to any social event in your backyard. To set up a relaxing area for lounging, bring in a patio set with an outdoor sofa or sectional. Complete the look with an outdoor ottoman that can serve as either a foot rest or a place to set food and drinks. Metal and wicker patio furniture are both durable seating options that will stand up to the weather conditions during any season.

Tie your outdoor seating together by arranging it on a patterned patio rug. An outdoor rug is an easy addition and helps your space feel more cozy and connected. Finish the look by incorporating patio umbrellas or pop-up gazebos to provide ample shade on sunny days.

A closeup of patio furniture with stripped outdooor pillows
A colloage of patio furniture and outdoor decor

Hostess Tip:

Use patio furniture cushions to coordinate the seating area's color scheme and complement the rest of the patio decor. Different colors of cushions can be purchased separately from your furniture, so you can easily switch up the look and feel of your patio.

Hostess Tip:

Use patio furniture cushions to coordinate the seating area's color scheme and complement the rest of the patio decor. Different colors of cushions can be purchased separately from your furniture, so you can easily switch up the look and feel of your patio.

2. Fire Up the Grill

BBQ Grills & Outdoor Dining

Whether you're a master chef or a casual cook, food is key to an enjoyable backyard party. Gas grills and charcoal grills are the most popular options for cooking in the backyard and can be portable or permanently installed in a patio bar or BBQ island. A simple BBQ tool set will provide everything you need to flip burgers, grill vegetables, and serve up tasty goodies to your guests. For drinks, use a mini fridge or beverage cooler stocked with ice to keep them chilled and easy to access.

A patio table set with outdoor dinnerware provides the perfect setting for your backyard dinner. Sturdy plastic or melamine dinnerware is a good replacement for your fragile indoor dishes and is less susceptible to damage.

A patio dining set
A BBQ grill with grilling accessories

Hostess Tip:

An outdoor bar cart is a convenient way to relocate your drink cooler to different parts of your yard. This cart can have extra glasses, ice, and snacks or appetizers in one location that can move wherever the party does.

A BBQ grill with grilling accessories
A BBQ grill with grilling accessories
A BBQ grill with grilling accessories

Hostess Tip:

An outdoor bar cart is a convenient way to relocate your drink cooler to different parts of your yard. This cart can have extra glasses, ice, and snacks or appetizers in one location that can move wherever the party does.

3. Let the Games Begin

Yard Games & Party Essentials

After everyone has finished eating, keep the party going with some backyard recreation. Set up fun backyard games with a bocce ball set or bean bag toss. If you have a pool, liven things up with water games like pool volleyball or cannonball contests, or simply throw in some pool floats for lounging. For those who prefer to relax and socialize, light up a fire pit and set out ingredients for s'mores. Because every activity is better with music, use outdoor speakers to play your favorite tunes. Portable wireless speakers let you bring music to any part of the yard and control them from a smartphone. Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are perfect poolside options that won't mind getting splashed.

When the sun starts to set, it's time to turn on the patio lights. Hang string lights with large bulbs over the social areas to provide a relaxing ambiance, or hang lanterns from trees to illuminate your yard games. Good outdoor lighting will keep your backyard BBQ going long after the stars are out.

A collection of yard games and party essentials; pool toys, a fire pit, and a lawn games
A collection of yard games and party essentials; pool toys, a fire pit, and a lawn games
A collection of yard games and party essentials; pool toys, a fire pit, and a lawn games
A backyard pool with pool toys floating in it
A collection of backyard essentials- lawn toys, pool float, and a fire pit

Hostess Tip:

If your backyard sees frequent visitors, consider incorporating permanent landscape lighting and outdoor speakers so your yard is always ready to entertain. Use solar-powered lamps and lanterns to avoid the need for cords, and find speakers designed to look like rocks to integrate seamlessly into your yard.

Hostess Tip:

If your backyard sees frequent visitors, consider incorporating permanent landscape lighting and outdoor speakers so your yard is always ready to entertain. Use solar-powered lamps and lanterns to avoid the need for cords, and find speakers designed to look like rocks to integrate seamlessly into your yard.

A backyard pool with pool toys floating in it
A collection of backyard essentials- lawn toys, pool float, and a fire pit