20 Backyard BBQ Ideas for Your Next Summer Party

Say goodbye to ugly plastic plates!

Fire up the grill, pour a round of drinks and turn on the music. With chic decor and the best booze, entrees, and desserts on the block, we have your summertime barbecue 100 percent covered.

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Amazon
Decorations: Invitations

You could send the fam a group text — or you could get a little more creative with a cute BBQ-inspired card, complete with a red gingham border.

Barbecue Invitations, $20, amazon.com

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100 Layer Cake
Decorations: Tablecloths

Go gingham or go home, right?

Gingham Tablecloth, $12, amazon.com

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Meri Meri
Decorations: Upgrade Your Paper Plates

Because you're not about to do dishes for 25 people.

Floral Paper Plates, $5.50, etsy.com

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David Tsay
Decorations: Stock the Bar

Booze and barbecues go hand in hand, so you might want to turn a corner of your backyard into an al fresco bar. Add some greenery (we're loving these XL palm leaves) and stock up on the ingredients for your signature summer cocktail.

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Shelby Leigh Photography
Decorations: Throw Beer in a Wheelbarrow

Go rustic and fill your wheelbarrow with ice and beer. So much better looking than that beat-up travel cooler, right?

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Ever Mine
Cocktails: Make Fancy Water

The flavor combos are endless, but all the results are the same. Infused water just tastes better.

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Jelly Toast Blog
Cocktails: Cantaloupe Margarita

Lime, puréed cantaloupe, tequila, and Cointreau make this margarita refreshing without being overly sweet.

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Julie Blanner
Cocktails: Mojito Float

We'll take our drinks as an ice cream-based dessert, thanks.

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A Healthy Life For Me
Cocktails: Peach Bourbon Thyme Smash

Peach juice and bourbon get a kick of spice, thanks to a little jalapeño simple syrup.

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Stuck on Sweet
Mains: Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders with Garlic Aioli

When party day hits, slow cookers are a major time saver (and, by extension, a sanity-saver). You can also prepare the lemon, chive, and garlic aioli a day or two in advance.

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Cafe Delites
Mains: Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos

These vegetarian apps are so loaded with flavor (thanks to a tangy balsamic glaze, fresh mozz, and grape tomatoes), your guests will never miss the meat.

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Ethan Calabrese
Mains: Slow Cooker Chipotle Lime Chicken Wings

It's not a barbecue without spicy chicken wings, and with a healthy splash of chipotle in adobe sauce, you'll definitely be feeling the heat. Serve with lime wedges to take the flame down a notch.

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Parker Feierbach
Mains: Burgers

Is there anything more satisfying than a good burger? This classic's a universal crowd-pleaser.

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The View from Great Island
Mains: Vidalia Onion Strings with Horseradish Aioli

True, these fried onion strings are skinnier than onion ringe. They're also more addictive (that crunch!).

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Parker Feierbach
Mains: Honey Soy Grilled Pork Chops

It's salty, it's sweet, it's ... the best pork marinade you've never tried.

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Parker Feierbach
Mains: Italian Pasta Salad

Don't show up to a summer hangout without the pasta salad. This one's loaded with olives, mozzarella, and salami. People will go crazy for it.

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Kara's Party Ideas
Mains: Condiment Bar

We love our condiments, but store-bought bottles and jars = not so cute. Stick chalkboard labels onto small metal tins and load up on the ketchup, mustard, pickles and relish. So much prettier, right?

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Ethan Calabrese
Desserts: Banana Split Lasagna

This no-bake dessert is hands down the most fun way to eat a banana split.

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Parker Feierbach
Desserts: Homemade Strawberry Cake

This is the best thing you can do with strawberries. You'll be dreaming about the berry-infused cream cheese frosting for days afterward.

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Caroline Tran Photography
Desserts: Frozen Watermelon Pops

All of the watermelon-y goodness, none of that messy drip. Genius.

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