Summer stirs up memories of grilling, picnics and long sunny days! A casual backyard barbecue or picnic is the ideal get-together for Fourth of July, Father’s Day, a family reunion, or any festive outdoor party. Steal some of these Fourth of July picnic ideas or get inspired for your next summer cookout.
1. Down-home Eats
It’s not a barbecue without homestyle comfort foods! Slow cook pulled barbecue pork for tasty sandwiches and serve it with corn-on-the-cob and potato salad. For dessert, bake an old-fashioned cherry pie to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth.
Borrow inspiration from the farmer’s market, and display fresh strawberries and plum tomatoes in vintage colanders. Serve mini apple juice bottles for the little ones in attendance.
Style Tip: Fresh flowers are always great for elevating your party’s look. Decorate your picnic table with beautiful yellow sunflowers and other seasonal flowers.
2. Refreshing Drinks
Keep your guests cool with fresh-squeezed lemonade in cute personalized mason jar mugs. A charming little pig design is perfect for a cookout!
Personalized water bottle labels add extra style to soda and beer bottles.
Top off a picnic theme with two-sided party straw flags decked in fun barbecue-inspired designs.
Party Tip: Muddle strawberries into lemonade for a delicious strawberry lemonade and garnish with one or two whole strawberries.
3. Personalized Touches
Having a family reunion? Add your family’s name to personalized bottle openers and other favors for a party everyone will remember.
Dress up the picnic table with a personalized table runner complete with a gingham design.
4. Portable Snacks
Fill burlap favor bags with potato chips for a portable snack. Guests can keep their bags when they’re done!
Party Tip: These favor bags have many uses! Fill them with wrapped toothpicks, mints and packs of towelettes so guests can get cleaned up after digging into their delicious barbecue.
5. A Cute Favors Display
Send guests home with favors they’ll love! Place after-dinner mints in adorable red gingham favor boxes topped with natural twine bows and cute spatula charms.
A personalized honey jar filled with gourmet honey is a sweet way to thank guests.
Create an eye-catching display by stacking mini honey jars and favor boxes in a rustic wood organizer.
Which ideas will you use for your summer cookout? Tell us in the comments!