There is nothing better than a night with friends, great food, and fun. Do you want to throw an epic backyard bash? Effortlessly host an easy and nature-inspired gathering with the help of our outdoor party guide -everything you need to gather your friends this weekend.

We have everything you need for a night of entertainment and fun! With our outdoor party guide, we have ideas for your menu, drinks, decorations, lighting, and games!

Photo from Country Living.

Photo from Country Living.

The menu.

Grilled Peach, Blueberry, and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad : Try this refreshing salad at your next party. Combining fresh, in-season fruits with yummy cheeses, this salad is sure to be a hit!

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches : This mouth-watering sandwich is a great outdoor meal. It’s light, yet filling, and provides plenty of flavors that will appeal to your guests!

Mini Portobello Burgers : These mini Portobello burgers are perfect for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Top this dish off with grilled, in-season veggies; such as zucchini, eggplant, and squash!

Grilled Corn : Here are several different ways to add a special touch to your typical grilled corn. Whether you like it spicy, with a touch of flavor, or sweet, you’re sure to find something that you and your guests will love.


The Drinks.

Aside from water, soda, and your favorite adult brewed beverages, here are a couple of recipes to try for your legal, adult guests.

White Peachy Sangria : This peachy drink is refreshing for everyone, even those who “don’t like wine”. Combining white wine and refreshing fruit, you and your guests will be disappointed when it’s gone.

Classic Spanish Sangria : If you love the classic red sangria, this recipe is perfect for you to use at your next outdoor party! Combining fresh fruits, red wine, and rum, your friends are going to be begging you for this recipe!

Margarita Popsicles : You will love this icy take on the traditional margarita! This margarita popsicle will cool and refresh you and your guests on a warm night!

Photo from Redbook

Photo from Redbook


Add color and pattern into the décor for your next outdoor party by using a strip of gift wrap down the center of a table, like a runner. Decorate above the table using banners or paper lanterns that coordinate with the colors in the table runners. Use helium balloons and add mini LED lights into the bottom, once they’re blown up. To give your party a starlit effect, group a few of the balloons together [idea from redbook].



When the sun goes down, light up the night! Instead of staggering tiki torches throughout the yard, place a group inside a flower pot for a cool, spotlight, look. For a starlit look, string lights around tree trunks, or above your table and patio area.

Photo taken by Mike Duisterhof

Photo taken by Mike Duisterhof

Yard Games.

Yard games are essential for outdoor parties! They’re a great way to socialize and to keep everyone entertained! Here are some fun games to play at your next party:

  • Corn Hole
  • Ring Toss- Refurbish old bottles with some paint and use pool diving rings to toss!
  • Horseshoes
  • Washers
  • Yard Twister

What foods, games, and decoration ideas have you used at your outdoor parties?Share them in the comments; I’d love to hear your ideas!