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Backyard BBQ Birthday Bash (with Free Party Printables!)

Backyard BBQ Dessert Table

I’ve always wanted to host a Pin-stagram-worthy party. Heck, I signed up to Pinterest back when nobody had heard of it. I’ve spent years scrolling, looking at the perfect celebrations yet, try as I might, I felt mine never measured up.

Last year we moved into a new flat just before my birthday and, never one to miss an opportunity to party, it presented the perfect occasion. This was it. I was going to host my themed-to-a-tee, perfectly executed gathering of friends and family!!!

I’m not going to lie, it was a lot of hard work. But boy was it worth it – it’s a party people are still talking about, over a year later! Ready to take a look?

Backyard BBQ Dessert Table

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Choosing the Backyard BBQ Party Theme

The theme was very much dictated by the space we had. Since it was summer and we are lucky to have our own little garden (practically gold dust in London!) it was a no-brainer! Darren is the king of BBQ, making that the obvious food to serve. Our garden is fully decked and surrounded by wooden fences, which seemed the perfect canvas for a rustic style American yard party and so our Backyard BBQ Bash was born.

Backyard BBQ Paper Fans

Decorating a Backyard BBQ

Once I had the theme, the fun really started. I love making everything match and coordinate together. Having just moved, we were on a tight budget so there was a large DIY element to the decorations which I LOVED.

  • I designed the printables using bold yellow stripes and a classic American western font in blue. You can grab these customisable printables here!
  • I wanted to keep the food table rustic with a pop of colour. I ordered hessian fabric from a building warehouse (much cheaper!) and a strip of mustard yellow chevron cotton as a runner to add interest down the centre of the table.
  • Decorations were made using a mix of wrapping paper and matching paper I printed and turned into paper fans. Check out this tutorial showing how I made them.
  • I designed some bunting which I printed and hung up using brown garden twine – you can download this bunting FREE from my resource library.
  • I love flowers, so for me, no party is complete without them. The obvious choice for this blue and yellow themed Backyard BBQ was bright and beautiful sunflowers – cost conscious and simple, yet very effective. I collected empty jam jars, decorated them with twine and used them to display the flowers.
  • I’d picked up a few galvanised steel buckets and tubs from TK Maxx a few weeks before. We used them to keep the beer cold and to hold cutlery and sauces.

Backyard BBQ Etsy Printables

Backyard BBQ Drinks

The drinks table ended up being one of my favourite set-ups from the BBQ. I invested in both a large and small drinks dispenser and used a collection of jugs and carafes to complete the display.

  • We served blueberry Louisiana Lemonade and a blackberry & lime cocktail as the boozy options.
  • I concocted a summer berry iced tea as the soft option, perfectly refreshing for a warm August afternoon.
  • The large drinks dispenser was filled with iced water and added cucumber and lime for a refreshing flavour.
  • The galvanised bucket was packed with various icy cold beer bottles.
  • We offered a range of glass bottled Coca-Cola products which were displayed on ice in this great Coke drinks bucket we picked up in Atlanta last year.

Backyard BBQ Drinks TableBackyard BBQ BeerBackyard BBQ Iced TeaBackyard BBQ Drinks

Darren’s ingenious last-minute suggestion was to pop a sharpie on the table so people could write their name on a cup. I loved this idea – not only is it cute and creative but it cuts down on lost cups and wastage!

Backyard BBQ Food

The food was the main focus of the party and followed loosely in the American theme. Planning the menu took a few weeks and a whole lot of trial and error.  Call me crazy, but when hosting a party this big, I always like to test run each dish so I know everything will run smoothly on the day.

Here are some of the highlights from the BBQ:

  • Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Blue cheese and bacon sliders
  • Honey and mustard glazed sausages
  • Kansas chicken wings
  • Texas slaw
  • Mexican street corn salad
  • Halloumi kebabs
  • BBQ beans

Backyard BBQ Bacon Sliders

Pssssst! Like these little food flags? Fancy customising them for your own menu? You can get the whole set of these party printables here.

Backyard BBQ SausagesBackyard BBQ Chicken WingsBackyard BBQ Halloumi Kebabs

And after a failed trial of peach cobbler cheesecake shots, the dessert table ended up looking something like this:

  • Sour cherry crumble pies
  • Key lime shooters
  • Peanut butter snickers cookies
  • Macarons (milk chocolate passionfruit and salted caramel flavours)
  • Bourbon pecan pies
  • S’mores cupcakes
  • A fantastic surprise Pecan and Coconut Chocolate Cake from Darren!

Backyard BBQ Cherry PiesBackyard BBQ Key Lime ShootersBackyard BBQ Pecan PiesBackyard BBQ Chocolate Birthday Cake

I nearly didn’t post this party, after all, summer is well and truly over here. And then I realised it’s always summer somewhere in the world! Where in the world are you celebrating from? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. I love this! The colors are so fresh and current. It makes me want a place on your invitation list!

    • Thanks so much Kim!

      I’d happily invite you – I invariably overcater every single time so it would be great to have more people to gobble everything up! I guess an ocean might be a long way to travel for a party though…

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. I’m looking at this in the morning, and now I want chicken for lunch. Lol. This looks like so much fun! Do you keep your fans after you make them? Just wondering if they’re easy to store so I can be lazy and only make them once. 🙂

    • Thanks Beth! I have kept those fans… but they are still fully assembled in my mum’s attic!!! I think if you used card instead of paper and then sticky Velcro instead of the tape, you could easily assemble them for the party and then fold them up for storage….

      In fact I might try it out! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Beautiful party! I absolutely love the printables you made. Those treats too!! They look amazing!

    • Thank you so much Sarina! It was certainly a lot of work, that’s for sure but totally worth it. We had a blast!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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