4 Fun Themes for Your Summer BBQs

Make lasting memories with these hot ideas

Want to make your next backyard bash feel less like dog days and more like a ray of sunshine? We’re here to help! Our team found four themes we love for a summer gathering that takes care of the BBQ, d├ęcor, and more.

  1. Western BBQ

Yeehaw, partner! Invite your guests to channel their inner cowboy or cowgirl with a backyard decked out in cowboy hats, bandanas, and denim shirts. Set up a photo booth with hay bales and a rustic backdrop to capture everyone’s country get-up. For food, round everyone up to enjoy classic BBQ dishes like smoked brisket, pulled pork, BBQ chicken, and a healthy serving of baked beans.

  1. Hawaiian luau

Aloha! Greet guests with a taste of the tropics using leis, tiki torches, and grass skirts. Amp up the atmosphere by playing island-inspired music and mixing up fruity cocktails and refreshing juices. When dinner time comes, gather around a table full of grilled pineapple, teriyaki chicken skewers, coconut shrimp, and rice.

  1. Beach party

Surfs up, dude! Bring the beach to your backyard – or make the pool your ocean, if you have one – with sand, beach balls, and sunhats. Classic summer dishes like grilled burgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob fit the mood perfectly – but don’t forget refreshing drinks like pina coladas and margarita mocktails.

  1. Americana BBQ 

Isn’t it great to call the good ol’ USA home? Celebrate with red, white, and blue decorations and a patriotic playlist. Nothing says America more than hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad, plus a festive flag cake to tie the theme together.