Fun BBQ Birthday Party Ideas

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If you live in a warm climate or you are throwing a birthday party during the summer months, a nice BBQ party is a fantastic idea. It allows you to enjoy a laid back party to celebrate that special day. Guests can enjoy the fresh air, the delicious smell of barbecue wafting through the air and plenty of tasty food.

Although you may have thrown a nice BBQ in the past, a BBQ party requires making sure that every part of the event goes along with your theme. You’ll need great BBQ party ideas for decorations, invitations, games and more. Here are some wonderful tips and ideas you can use to make sure your party is full of summer fun and unforgettable for your guests and the guest of honor.


Since your invitations set the tone for your party, make sure your invitations reflect the type of BBQ birthday party you are hosting so guests know what to expect when they arrive.

BBQ APRON INVITES - If you want to make invitations yourself, consider sending an invitation made out of a barbecue apron. You can find barbecue aprons for a reasonable deal and then use permanent markers to write all the party information on the apron.

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BBQ APRON-SHAPED INVITES- If you don’t want to buy actual barbecue aprons, consider creating invitations out of cardstock that look like barbecue aprons.

BBQ GRILL-SHAPED INVITES - Another fun invitation idea is to create an invitation that looks like a grill. Cut out black cardstock to look like a grill or you can paste on pictures of grills to the front of plain cardstock invitations. Then you can print out party details or write them in yourself.

BBQ UTENSIL INVITES - For a 3-D invitation, consider purchasing wooden grilling utensils. Print out the party information on a nice card and then tie it to the utensils with some ribbon and give them out to guests.

COKE BOTTLE INVITES - Another idea is to take small glass bottles of coke, printing out party details on a card and tying the cards to the neck of the bottle. Guests are sure to appreciate this creative and unique invitation.

BBQ SAUCE INVITES - You can also send out glass bottles of BBQ sauce instead of the coke, which offers guests an exciting 3-D invitation that they can actually enjoy using.

Of course, don’t forget that there are many great premade invitations that will fit your BBQ theme as well. Look at party stores, online party stores or any store that carries cards to find great invitations that fit your needs. You can even use card creation programs to create everything on your computer and then print them out for fast and easy invitations for your BBQ birthday party.


Since you’ll be throwing your BBQ party outdoors, it’s pretty easy to come up with some BBQ party ideas for your décor. All the plants, trees and other backyard décor you have in place can be used to add to the décor of your party.

  • Start decorating by adding red and white checkered tablecloths to your tables. If you don’t have a shaded area or covered porch or patio, you can rent a canopy or tent to offer shade for your guests.

  • Make your trees look festive as well by draping some streamers over the low hanging tree branches in the colors you’ve chosen for your color palette. Red and white or summer colors like orange and yellow make wonderful color choices.

  • If the party will continue after dusk, it’s nice to have some lights set up outdoors. Simple white lights can be strung around the party area to add to the evening ambiance. Tiki lamps or fairy lights also are great choices to add outdoor lighting.

  • It’s also nice to find a place where you can hang up a big “Happy Birthday” banner to add some festive cheer to the party.


Of course, you want to ensure that guests don’t get bored at your BBQ birthday party. Make sure you have some great games and activities planned to keep guests busy during the party.

WATER BALLOON FIGHT - One great game idea is to have a water balloon fight. Have buckets filled with water balloons and divide guests into two teams. The team that stays the driest wins when all the water balloons are gone.

BADMINTON - Another great game to play outdoors is badminton. Badminton sets are fairly cheap and easy to set up outdoors.

VOLLEYBALL - You can set up a volleyball net and play some volleyball to keep guests entertained as well.

LIMBO - It’s always fun to have a limbo set on hand so guests can try their hand at the limbo. Have some great music and see how low everyone can go, which is sure to have everyone laughing.

3-LEGGED RACE - Three legged races can also be fun and full of laughs.

HORSESHOES - A nice horseshoe pit can be set up so guests can enjoy throwing some horseshoes to keep themselves entertained.

CROQUET - Croquet also makes a fun outdoor game that several people can play.

KARAOKE - It’s also exciting to set up a karaoke machine so everyone can take their turn belting out their favorite songs.


One of the most important parts of the party is the food you serve and you’ll want to come up with some great BBQ party ideas for your menu. The great thing is that it’s pretty easy to come up with a menu for a BBQ party.

APPETIZERS - It’s nice to start everyone out with some appetizers, which they can enjoy while the main courses are being grilled up. Great appetizers include cheese fries, cocktail shrimp or even breadsticks and dip.

BBQ MEAT IDEAS - For the main course, it’s nice to offer a variety of different barbecued meat. You can enjoy grilling some tasty pork ribs or you can grill up some nice pork chops for guests to enjoy. Hamburgers and hotdogs are both big favorites at a BBQ. Beef Brisket, chicken wings and grilled fish also make great main course ideas.

VEGETARIAN DISHES - If you are having some vegetarian guests, it’s nice to have a few bean or tofu burgers on hand for them.

CONDIMENTS - Also, make sure you have a variety of different BBQ sauces that guests can experiment with.

SIDE DISH IDEAS - On the side, it’s nice to have a variety of veggies and side dishes for guests to enjoy with their grilled meat. Consider gilled up some zucchini, corn on the cob or some red and green bell peppers. Grilled eggplant is a tasty choice as well. Other great side dishes that definitely go with a BBQ menu include baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad and baked potatoes.

DRINK OPTIONS - Since the party is outdoors, make sure you have plenty of drinks on hand to keep your guests from getting too thirsty. Have plenty of bottled water to keep guests hydrated. Punch, fruit juices and cold sodas make great drink choices. Fruit shakes or milkshakes also are cool, tasty drink options you may want to serve.

DESSERT IDEAS - It’s nice to end with a yummy dessert. Ice cream is a great choice. Consider setting up a sundae bar where guests can choose from a variety of toppings for their ice cream. Puddings, tarts, pies and cheesecakes all make delicious dessert ideas to serve guests as well.


Serving up a birthday cake for your BBQ birthday party is important as well. You can have fun choosing a nice cake that goes along with the BBQ theme.

BBQ GRILL CAKE - Consider a cake that is decorated to look like a grill.

CHECKERED TABLECLOTH CAKE - Another idea is a round cake that is decorated to look like a red and white checkered tablecloth.

READY-MADE BAKERY CAKES - You can also check with local bakeries to see if they offer cakes that may go along with your theme.


Make sure you send all your guests home from the BBQ birthday party with some exciting favors that go along with the laid back party atmosphere. If you need some BBQ party ideas for favors, here are a few to consider:

  • One idea is to send guests home with a nice jar of gourmet BBQ sauce or a jar of homemade BBQ sauces.

  • Personalized chocolate bars make a tasty favor idea as well.

  • A nice BBQ cooking apron makes for a great long-lasting favor choice.

  • A beautiful personalized mug or personalized glass bottles of soda are sure to be enjoyed by guests too.

YOUR Favorite BBQ Birthday Party Ideas, Cakes & Costumes

Do you have some favorite BBQ birthday party ideas, cakes and costumes? Do tell! Please share all your party tips and ideas for invitations, decorations, games, etc., along with your BBQ themed cakes and costumes.

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