BBQ Party Ideas

BBQ Party Ideas

Nothing says summertime quite like a barbecue. From time spent out in the yard soaking up some sun to the scent of something delicious being cooked on the grill. A barbecue is a great way to celebrate summer birthdays and warm weather holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. In this planning, you’ll find ideas for BBQ party invitations, decorations, party games, and more!

Planning & Invitations

In addition to basic party supplies such as plates, napkins, cups, cutlery, table covers, streamers, balloons, and a grill, consider buying, renting, or borrowing the following items:

  • Outdoor games and activities
  • Water guns and other water toys
  • Themed candy
  • A potato sack race game
  • A pinata
  • Insect repellent

While you may not need everything on the list, it’ll help you to figure out the items that you do need for your occasion. If you want to send fun and unique invitations that have been custom created just for your event, here are a few ideas of how to do so in a themed way:

  • Attach a card-style invitation to one of our personalized BBQ party supplies with curling ribbon by punching a hole in one corner of the BBQ invitation.
  • Design the card to resemble the grill you’ll be cooking on.
  • Include a sticker or temporary tattoo and some confetti with each BBQ party invitation and seal the envelope with a personalized BBQ party sticker.
  • Use paper with a red gingham border to create your invitations.
  • Print your invitations on colored card stock, and include clip art images of a barbecue grill, picnic table, etc.

Alternatively, you can choose ready-made invites that have been customized for your event.

Enhancing the atmosphere of your barbecue will be a breeze when you include themed decorations. Here are some ideas of how to set the scene for your cookout:

  • Hang a banner above the entrance to the party area that reads “Welcome to [child’s name]’s Birthday BBQ!”
  • Cover tables with red and white checkered cloth. Use red bandanas as napkins.
  • Use a pot of flowers as the table centerpiece.
  • Hang small clear twinkle lights in trees or on deck railings.
  • Fill red and white balloons with helium and tie them together in groups of five. Anchor the groups around the party space with balloon weights, and tie one group to the back of the birthday child’s chair.
  • On really hot days, set up a canopy or beach umbrellas to provide some shade.
  • Place separate recycle bins for paper and plastic (to include glass/plastic/aluminum items) near the food tables.
  • Hang a pinata in the party area that can be used as a decoration before the activity begins. Remember, you can transform any pinata into a pull-string with these easy instructions.

Party Favor Ideas

Choose fun, summertime party favors to encourage guests to continue spending time outdoors even after the party comes to an end, like:

  • Kites
  • Jump ropes
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach balls
  • Bounce putty
  • Water Toys

You can also include some personalized BBQ Party favors. Choose from bag tags, zipper pulls, magnets, lollipops, and more. Not only will these items be tailored to your theme, but they’ll also be customized with your guests’ names or a personal message to them from you.