Grilling and enjoying outdoor living are two of America’s favorite pastimes, which is exactly why you can never go wrong when it comes to throwing a backyard barbecue. If you’re hoping to really thrill your family and friends, then these outdoor living ideas are sure to spice up the party:
You don’t need to go “all out” to impress your guests with expensive and fancy decor, but a few key pieces to help set the tone and ambiance will go a long way. For the fall months, autumnal-themed colors and items like pumpkins, hay bales and scarecrows are perfect for a more laid back barbecue, while wrought iron accessories and chandeliers are a great way to dress up your outdoor living space.
As much as your guests will be spending their time chatting up a storm at your party, you’ll want to make sure that your outdoor living area includes some key entertainment pieces. If you have a pool, take off the cover and consider heating it up (if it’s not already heated) and encourage guests to bring their bathing suits and take a dip. Plan some pool games, or buy some pool accessories that won’t break the bank like pool noodles, beach balls, and portable fountains.
Aside from the pool, make a couple of other games available. Some that are sure to be a hit are basketball, bocce ball, and good old fashioned touch football.
You know your guests best and will likely be able to determine what foods to put on the grill. If you’re throwing a larger party with some unknown guests, be sure to serve a fairly large variety of meats and salads (i.e. Tossed salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, fruit salad, etc.), and try to include snacks that will be complimentary to what you’re serving. Finally, be sure to give yourself ample time to prepare. If there are any foods that you can prepare or cook in advance, take advantage of that so you have more time to enjoy all of the outdoor living splendors our area has to offer with your family and friends.