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50+ Amazing DIY BBQ Party Ideas to Keep the Grill Burning All Summer Long

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It's Grill Time!

The weather is warm, and it is time to start cooking outdoors and escape the kitchen's heat. Barbecues are a great way to entertain a small or a larger group of friends during the summer.

There are so many holidays to celebrate during the summer months, such as Memorial Day, Fathers Day, and of course, July 4th. These are great reasons to host a barbecue.

Since the grill is at the center of the occasion, investing in a good set of grilling tools might be worthwhile to ensure you aren't let down while trying to cook. Decide if you are going for a theme such as a patriotic event, where you will want to include red, white, and blue decorations, or for Father’s Day, you may decide to go for Dad’s favourite colors. To help with your next outdoor barbecue party, here are a few ideas to add a bit of fun and novelty to the occasion.

Get Organized

From the eats to the equipment for the grill and even decorations, a checklist of everything you need is a key step for remembering everything you need. This is just a suggested list; there are quite a few things that most would add or subtract.

Also, remember to check with guests if they have any allergies or special dietary requirements so that they don’t have to go hungry at the event. The big takeaway is that it helps to have a list written out before you go to the shop.


Smores Box

What you see is what you get with this idea. The big decisions you have to decide on what containers to use and how you would like to organize your display. A drawer divider is a very handy way to separate items and make it easier for guests to grab and go for their treats.


Get the Corn Ready

Pre-skewer your corn so that your guests can easily grab and go without worrying about fiddly and often sharp corn skewers. The container also makes it easy to spread your seasoning and keep the corn warm after cooking.


Theme Your Cutlery

You can have a lovely cutlery display with just a few items from the craft shop. Burlap covers and a bit of twine are all needed to wrap your utensils in a novel way. You can make cute little chalkboard signs with chalkboard labels and pens.


Gourmet Hot Dog Recipe Cards

To help guests out, you could print out suggested toppings to try. Simply search online for some great recipe inspirations, type them out, and print them. They can be easily hung from a clothesline with pegs to give a bit of novelty to your hot dog area.

One idea to include could be this:

  • Buffalo sauce
  • Blue cheese
  • Bacon

Cupcake Tray

Bring a silicone cupcake pan to your next barbeque. The metal pans will react with acids like ketchup, tomatoes, mayo, mustards, etc..and can give an off-taste. Or use silicone cupcake liners. Then it is easier to put back leftover condiments and easier to refill if you run out part way through.


Lotion and Bug Spray

Make sure your guests have plenty of protection with this great idea for an outdoor summer party. Use labels and a caddy from the dollar store to create your own fun sign to go along with your party theme.


Barbeque Chicken Skewers

Barbecue chicken skewers are a delicious treat for guests to enjoy. This easy recipe is ready in about 40 minutes.


  • BBQ seasonings
  • Chicken pieces
  • Skewers
  • Chopped peppers
  • Chopped onions


  1. Preheat your grill to 400º
  2. Season the chicken pieces with BBQ seasonings
  3. Allow them to sit for 10 minutes
  4. Take a skewer and alternate between chicken, peppers, and onions, and repeat until filled
  5. Place skewers on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes

Walking Taco Bar

For a party hit that kids will love, use a clothespin to attach bags of chips on strings that are hung from one wall to another. You can have dips in condiment trays around the place so that they can have chips and dips.


Luau Veggie Tray

Give guests a healthy option with this colorful veggie tray. In addition, the colorful veggie platter will make a wonderful centerpiece for your table on the day. Choose from celery, carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes and anything else you enjoy. Make the tree for the dip from a carrot and some parsley leaves.


BBQ Decorations

When it comes to decorating for your BBQ, you can get really creative. Gingham table cloths look delightful on tables, while beer bottles wrapped in twine make fantastic centerpieces, especially when little flowers are added. You can also print or buy a bunting to add to the occasion.



Regarding entertaining, hacks for making life easier are a must. Learn from other people's tips and tricks with this simple idea which is also a great picnic idea! Tubs are filled with ice to keep salads chilled and lids to keep flies out.

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