Summer is the season for fun and food. Few things combine fun and food better than a backyard barbecue, but who wants a boring and bland barbecue? What can you do to make your barbecue a real hit? If you want your guests to remember your summer outing, you will want to stay away from plain hot dogs and buns. Try jazzing up your cookout with a theme.
A barbecue with a theme is fun for both the host and the guests. Put on your creativity cap and drum up some ideas of your own or try one of these fun themes.
A theme idea can begin with accessories like napkins and plates, or with the food itself. Combining themed food with fun accessories makes for a memorable event.
Fiesta with Flavor
Skip the hot dogs and burgers and trade them in for some grilled quesadillas. Toss the grill and grab some nachos. Have a taco buffet with all the fixings. Toss in a few Mexican themed goodies and you will have quite a fiesta on your hands. Pass out some sombreros for your guests and bring out the piñata! All guests will want to take a swing at the dangling donkey.
Say Aloha to Summer
Everyone wants to take a vacation to Hawaii, but we can’t all get away. Decorate your backyard island with sand and beautiful flowers. Pass out leis and mock grass skirts at the door. Tacky Hawaiian shirts and coconut bras are optional.
Remember how much you loved having a pizza party as a kid? Well, they still are a lot of fun. Skip the basic burgers. Buy some pita pockets and get ready to grill. Set out an assortment of toppings for your guests. Include everything from pineapple to mushrooms. Instruct each guest to create their own personal pizza using a pita pocket. Toss the pitas on the grill for a bit and each guest will have a fabulous grilled dinner to remember.
The pizza party theme is great for the host and the guests because the individualized pizzas allow others to do the grilling and give the host a break. If you choose to do all the cooking for the guests, you will have a great opportunity to chat with each guest as you grill their pizza.
The American Salute
With Fourth of July right around the corner, plan your salute to the stars and stripes of America with a patriotic picnic. Decorate in the familiar red, white, and blue. Cuisine should be all classic American favorites, of course. Hamburgers and wieners are just right for your Independence Day celebration. Toss in some potato salad and deviled eggs right along side of the baked beans. Enjoy a cake decorated like Old Glory for dessert, or bring out the hometown favorite, apple pie.
Bring back the fun associated with yesteryear with some old-fashioned games for the family. Your guests will enjoy playing the three-legged race and the egg on a spoon challenge. If local laws permit, top off the evening with some fabulous fireworks for all to enjoy.
Have yourself a party that is a cut above the rest with a kabob theme. No guest can resist the temptation of a fun kabob. You may even find a couple of guests fencing with their skewers by the end of the party. Kabobs are quick and easy to make, and even more fun to eat. For dessert, offer your guests fruit kabobs.
To make a fruit kabob, use bite-sized pieces of your favorite fruits. Some fun ideas are apples, watermelon, banana, and grapes. Cantaloupe and honeydew work well for dessert kabobs. Sprits a touch of lemon juice over the fruit to keep them looking their best. Store the dessert kabobs in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Whether you have a fun fiesta or go crazy for kabobs, your backyard barbecue will be one to remember for years to come. Try a new theme annually. Your guests will love the fun and thought you have brought to the party.