Are you planning to host a backyard BBQ this summer? Whether this is for a holiday, family reunion, graduation party or simply because you like to entertain, take a look at some of our favorite tips for planning a picnic that will be the talk of the town!

Give it a theme

A backyard BBQ usually implies a casual picnic at your home with all of the traditional American menu items. But don’t limit yourself! Go ahead and give your BBQ a fun theme. For example, make it a chili cook off, serve “specialty” hot dogs with a variety of toppings or make it a luau. Your family and friends likely attend a handful of BBQ’s every summer, but by adding a theme, yours will be sure to the be the one they won’t dare miss.

Make your space fun and comfortable with a tent

If you plan to have your guests spend most of their time outside on the lawn, plan to have more than enough shade to cover and protect them from the elements – rain or sun. A small porch won’t hold everyone on your invite list, so consider renting a small tent that will fit some tables and chairs as well. Providing comfortable space will encourage your guests to stay a while and make them feel welcome in your home.

Get creative with how you serve food and drink

A picnic table is easy and simple to use as a serving buffet, but be sure to add some elements that are outside the box. For example, serve your cold beverages on ice from a wheelbarrow or canoe. Get creative with your serving dishes and use items like a tray painted with chalkboard paint so you can write the menu item right on the plate. This will make your backyard BBQ more festive and make your food items look even more enticing.

beer served from a wheel barrow

Rent some items to add a touch of class

You only have so many chairs and tables on hand at your home at any given time. If you’re planning a large BBQ, you’re not likely to have enough for everyone. Rather than buying these items (and having to figure out how to store them the rest of the year), rent them! We can provide you with any quantity of tables, chairs and linens. Best of all, you don’t have to take care of cleaning them afterward! Rental items will also add a touch of class and make your backyard BBQ an event people look forward to attending year after year.

Keep guests entertained with lawn games

If you have the outdoor space to accommodate it, definitely take advantage of the free fun that lawn games provide. You can go the traditional route with games like horseshoes, corn hole (bean bag toss) and bocce ball. Or you can introduce your guests to some new games like life-size Jenga (find countless ideas on Pinterest)! No matter what you lay out for guests, they will surely welcome to the activities to keep things interesting – and to form new friendships with one another.

corn hole

Give it a “Carnival” vibe with some self-serve concessions

Finally, really kick things up a notch by greeting guests with some of their very own serve-yourself concession items like popcorn, cotton candy or Sno-Kones! While everyone loves hotdogs and hamburgers, some nostalgic “carnival” treats will be a sweet and savory touch that will entice your guests to kickback indulge.


Do you plan to throw a backyard BBQ this summer? What questions do you have for our event planning experts – share them by commenting below!


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