Barbecue party themes

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Summer is here, which means it’s time to get outside, get the grill ready, and host a barbecue party! From Hawaiian luaus to fabulous fiestas, these barbecue party themes will have you entertaining your guests in style. So clean up those barbecue grills, pick your favorite party theme, and invite the neighbors for a summer party they won’t forget!

Hawaiian luau

Bring the tropical flavors of the Hawaiian beaches right to your backyard by hosting a luau barbecue party. Send out luau-themed invitations and greet guests at the door with colorful party leis to get the festive atmosphere in action. Light up the yard by placing colorful candles on tabletops and scattering about tiki torches.

Mexican fiesta

Ole! Don your sombrero, because this barbecue party theme is perfect for those nights when you crave margaritas, chips and salsa, and delicious barbecued tacos. Hang colorful paper lanterns in your backyard and set the tables with brightly striped table cloths and chili themed accessories.

  • Set up a salsa bar for guests to enjoy as they arrive. Try twists on the favorites, like grapefruit guacamole salsa, sweet mango summer salsa and balsamic black bean salsa.
  • Barbecue isn’t just about burgers and ribs. So add flavored glazes and marinades over your favorite fish — like mahimahi or tilapia — and barbecue it up for fiesta-worthy tacos.
  • Don’t forget the side dishes! Bush’s Black Bean Fiesta Grillin’ Beans will pair perfectly with fish tacos (or chicken, shrimp, you name it).
  • Spice things up for dessert by grilling pound cake squares and then topping them with dulce de leche glaze made by slowly simmering milk and sugar until it caramelizes.

Classic Americana

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Sometimes the best barbecue party theme is the one you grew up with. So whip up Momma’s favorite recipes, invite the neighbors over, and get barbecuing! You can keep invites and decorations easy. Classic red-and-white checkered tablecloths, simple dinnerware and a variety of chilled drinks will do the trick for simple set up.

  • Hot dogs and hamburgers are a must, but give it a twist with sliders or a DIY slider bar with all the toppings, like onions, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, etc. Love fish? Try tilapia sliders for another twist on the classic.
  • Use classic chalkboard signs (visit your local craft store) to label food like baked beans and potato salad.
  • What's more classic Americana than toasted marshmallows? Use your grill to make these toasted strawberry and marshmallow skewers.

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