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Outdoor Summer Barbecue Party Ideas

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I started with a long folding table and covered it up with a cream colored tablecloth. I found some mason jars in the cupboard and used my colorful hanging plant as the centerpiece.

My favorite type of party to throw is an outdoor one! Perhaps it’s because I love being outside with nature. With all these summer holidays approaching, barbecues are a great excuse for family and friends to gather. so here are some outdoor summer barbecue party ideas. I was excited to work with Evite again, but this time creating a party for summer barbecues. This upcoming weekend,  I am having some friends over, so I tested out some BBQ-appropriate decor & recipe ideas.


Fun lighting details can add a lot to decor, especially if you’re throwing an evening BBQ. I added tea lights inside the mason jars and scattered them around the center of the table. I also placed mini decorative lights placed inside the plant centerpiece and I strung outdoor lighting from one tree to another. Special thanks to my husband for telling the electrician to put enough outlets around our back yard. Keep the party alive by adding string lighting.  Adding all the lights in a different area creates a magical look.


 planning a BQ party


Crystal Water Goblets, William Sonoma porcelain china, and my vintage silverware.


planning a BQ party


Nothing like traditional BBQ food!

I’m creating a menu consisting of blackened marinated chicken, grilled squash and a healthy summer salad. 


planning a BQ party

Healthy Summer Salad

Arugula & Mesclun Mix

Roasted cubed Butternut Squash

(Strawberries work nicely too, or try both if you’re feeling daring)

2 Tomatoes (chopped)

1/4 Purple onion(chopped)

Pistachio Nuts

Light goat cheese

Balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

Just combined all the ingredients, add the salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar to your liking.


Marinated the chicken in soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper for a few hours, then place on grill until ready. Green Squash. Slice the green squash in wheels, place in aluminum foil. Added salt and pepper and olive oil for seasoning. Wrapped tightly and place on the grill for about 15 minutes



I hope you have enjoyed these Summer BBQ ideas. They have tons of beautiful options to choose from! Check out there new line of summer invitation here.


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  1. sheila ressel says:

    What a beautiful setting and the menu sounds wonderful! Such an inspiration!

    1. BBQ are fun! Wish I could do them every day, but sometimes its too hot outside.. Take care Maria

  2. Gina Fiorini Toothe says:

    i love the recipes above! What beautiful pics you have here.Great ideas~ Esp. love the mason jars and lighting 🙂

  3. Emily Endrizzi says:

    Awesome ideas! I love the mason jars. You have a gorgeous yard!

    1. Marisa, dinner parties are so much fun! I could do them everyweek! Have a great week! Maria

  4. WOW gorgeous table setting. Love the wicker chairs with the table. Very chic!

    1. Sandra, great! I will head over to your blog, lets try to get together soon, living for Miami next week.

  5. Fabulous idea Maria! Such a fun and creative setting for a party. You have beautiful yard! I’m going to use a couple of those recipes! Caio

  6. Beautiful Maria! Nothing beats an outdoor bbq, and your setting is picturesque. Thank you for all the wonderful summer ideas! Looking forward to trying some of those recipes

  7. You have a backyard. I love the elegance of the setting yet it is casual and inviting.

  8. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Your natural tablescape is beautiful. Sometimes I think there is beauty in simplicity. I also love to entertain outdoors, especially during the Summer.

  9. What a beautiful table & great recipes! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Fb! Have a great week!

    1. Cool, I thought I something like a pingback from your party! I’ll go check it! Thanks so much.

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