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Backyard Barbecue Party Ideas for Your Next Cookout

August 20, 2021

Fire up the grill, invite a few pals and host a backyard cookout worth celebrating with these top tips, recipes, decor ideas and more.

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Fun-Filled Barbecue Cookout Ideas

Invite friends and family over for a fun-filled backyard barbecue this spring, summer or fall. We're sharing delicious barbecue recipes that will win over a crowd and boozy sips that will leave them smiling all afternoon. Even better? We're dishing on our go-to dining setup, cookout decorations and entertainment ideas for guests of all ages.

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Photo: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith. From: H. Camille Smith.

On-Theme Libation Station

What better way to greet guests than with an ice-cold brew by the back door? This old charcoal grill was upcycled into a charming, one-of-a-kind drink station perfect for a backyard barbecue. Recreate this on-theme cooler for your next cookout and fill it with dry white wine, rosé, spiked seltzer and local craft beers.

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Photo: Flynnside Out Productions. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Start a Corn Hole Tournament

Set up your tried-and-true corn hole boards to keep guests entertained while they await your world-famous ribs. Corn hole is an easy, crowd-pleasing game that kids of all ages will enjoy. Pro Tip: Bring out a chalkboard or dry-erase board to keep score throughout the day. Award the champion with a special dessert or gift card to a local barbecue restaurant.

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Photo: Shannon Petrie

Buzz-Worthy Sangria Pops

One never grows too old to appreciate the simple joys of a popsicle, and these fruity pops are made especially for adults. Serve guests these sangria ice pops as a refreshing treat to kick off the barbecue festivities.

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