5 Festive Fourth of July Picnic Ideas

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 […]


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.

Backyard BBQ Picnic Table Kate Aspen

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.

Barbecue pork sandwiches

Cherry pie on a barbecue picnic table

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.

Barbecue picnic table with tomatoes, apples and strawberries

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.Barbecue picnic table with sunflowers, strawberries and apples

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!

Backyard barbecue mason jars and straws

Personalized water bottle labels add extra style to soda and beer bottles.

BBQ Soda or Water Bottle Labels Kate Aspen

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.

Backyard barbecue straws

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.

Customized bottle openers with spatula design

Dress up the picnic table with a personalized table runner complete with a gingham design.

Customized barbecue table runner with 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.

Burlap favor bags filled with potato chips

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.

Red and white gingham favor boxes

A personalized honey jar filled with gourmet honey is a sweet way to thank guests.

Customized honey jar favors

Create an eye-catching display by stacking mini honey jars and favor boxes in a rustic wood organizer.

Cute barbecue favor display

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Which ideas will you use for your summer cookout? Tell us in the comments!

Happy Planning!