How to Plan a BBQ Party Menu Everyone Will Love

Inside:  Plan a BBQ party menu that all your guests will love.  Along with planning tips to make your party fun and relaxed for you too!  Print out your own party planning checklist and celebrate summer with your friends!

Great Ideas for how to plan a BBQ party menu that everyone will love!


Everybody loves a good BBQ! The weather is warm, the kids are out of school and the time is right for grilling outside.

Having friends over for a backyard party doesn’t have to be complicated!  I’ve even designed a special party planning checklist to make your life easier!  My planner has a party organization countdown, a place for a guest list, menu and special notes you don’t want to forget.

Get organized and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your party too!

Free Printable Party Planning Checklist

Planning ahead can help you have a great time at your own party!  I always try to have a couple of make ahead dishes.  Food that I can prepare ahead of time makes party day a lot less stressful.

For my summer bbq party, I’ll make the chicken and slaw for the sliders a day ahead, and get the dessert and the sangria prepped the day before.

When my friends ask what they can do to help, I ask them to bring a simple appetizer to share while we get the party started talking about our summer plans and getting the grill going.

BBQ Party Menu

BBQ Party Beverages

Along with the usual party beverages of beer, wine and water, I really love to serve a special drink at each get together I host.

Summer is the perfect time for a chilled, delicious adult beverage.

Fruit Sangria makes any BBQ party better.

This Red, White and Blue Sangria Recipe from Bren at Bren Did really fits the bill.  Festive, refreshing and delicious – what more could you want from a special summer beverage?

Once everyone has a cool drink in their hand, it’s time for the food!

Main Dish

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sliders and Creamy Cole Slaw

These delicious Pulled Barbeque Chicken Sliders from Kim at Serving Up Southern, are actually made in the crockpot ahead of time!  Talk about a time saver.

Served with a quick creamy slaw they make the perfect backyard picnic food.   So yummy!

BBQ Party Menu Side Dishes

Mexican grilled corn is the perfect side dish for a summer bbq party menu.

Just because we’re using our crockpot doesn’t mean we’ll be skipping the grill for our BBQ party menu!

This recipe for Mexican Grilled Corn from Becky at The Cookie Rookie is such a perfect side dish for a summertime party -so tasty and takes full advantage of all the fresh sweet corn available this time of year.

Make ahead side dish salad for your BBQ party menu.

This fast and delicious Cucumber Greek Salad from Carrie at Kennary actually gets better if it’s made ahead so it has time to marinate.

Since I always grow tomatoes and cucumbers in my garden, we eat this crisp, crunchy side dish all summer long!

Sweet, summer fruit salad is the perfect addition to a summer BBQ party menu.

This sweet summer fruit salad is made from a trio of summer berries and has a surprising sprinkle of poppy seeds added for some texture.

Maryea at Happy Healthy Mama created this Summer Fruit Salad recipe along with the perfect citrus-honey sauce to complement the sweet juiciness of the summer fruit.

It’s almost so good you don’t even need dessert!

Summer BBQ Party Dessert

Wait, did I just say we almost didn’t need dessert?  I was just kidding – we can’t skip dessert!

BBQ party menu dessert - ice cream sandwiches

These Red Velvet Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches from Mauri at The American Patriette look complicated, but they’re really easy to make!

Just make the cookies a day ahead, soften the ice cream a bit, roll in colorful sprinkles and voila!  – you have a delicious festive dessert that’s fun to make.

Summer BBQ Party Decorations

The food is really the star of the show for any summer BBQ party, but it’s still fun to get into the holiday spirit with some patriotic decorating.

While my yard is landscaped with plenty of red and blue  salvias for hummingbirds and butterflies, I still spend some time putting together some pretty party decorations.

Patriotic Party Decorations

From simple red, white and blue accents to more ambitious decorations, the SITSgirls have some great holiday party decor ideas.

I just can’t wait for summer BBQ season!

Ready to Plan Your Own Summer BBQ Party?

Get the password for my resource library to download your own Party Planning Checklist and get ready to relax and enjoy your next party!

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