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5 Fabulous BBQ Party Ideas You’ll Love


The sun is shining here in the UK, and with the temperature beginning to climb, our fingers are well and truly crossed for a tropical heatwave! Not to get your hopes up or anything, but it might be time to start thinking about some great BBQ party ideas, a little bit in advance. What?! It’s never too early to start planning!

Before you even start thinking about what fun BBQ activities you can plan, however, you’ll need to make sure you’re confident when it comes to hosting your fun outdoor BBQ party. There are lots of elements that go into throwing the BBQ party of your dreams, but here are the top 3 things you need to remember to ensure your soirée goes off without a hitch:

1) The Venue

We’re all in agreement: having the perfect venue is crucial to making your Summer BBQ party the very best it can be. Make sure that your area has an adequate amount of shade and sun-spots for your guests to choose from, as well as access to restrooms, a power supply, and running water. When you’ve prepared for any eventuality, that’s when you know you’re a fabulous host.

2) The Music

Music creates atmosphere, and if you’ve curated the perfect Spotify playlist well in advance, you’ve saved yourself an awful lot of trouble later on down the line. Make sure your playlist has the perfect mix of classic Summer hits, newer releases, and tunes that make you want to immediately jump up and dance. If you don’t have the time to make a playlist yourself, there are plenty of already made playlists available online.

3) The Menu 

Keep in mind everyone’s dietary requirements every step of the way. Remember: everyone has very different tastes. So, just because you like spicy food, doesn’t mean your guests do. Make sure to offer your guests plenty of options, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a top-notch host.

Once you’ve got all of the above covered, you’re all set to throw a fantastic Summer party, and we’re sure you’ve already got so many BBQ party ideas swimming around your head. However, if you’re still a little unsure, here are some brilliant BBQ party ideas you’d be silly to miss out on this Summer.

Fantastic Summer BBQ Party Ideas 

1) Serve Special BBQ Summer Cocktails

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Cocktails and mocktails are an absolute must when it comes to throwing a BBQ party. However, why serve your usual cocktails, when you can serve special and fun summertime cocktails? We can’t think of one good reason you shouldn’t throw out your drab and dreary traditional cocktail book, and not try these beautiful Strawberry-Lemon Mojitos, or even these Cucumber-Rose Gin Spritz? If you ask us, we’re partial to a Banana-Rum Old Fashioned, but be warned, these pack quite a punch! 

If you’re not so buddy-buddy with alcohol, have no fear! These delicious Peach Iced Teas may just float your boat or even these adorable Raspberry Lemonade Slushies.

Not big on preparation?  If you’re more of a make-do-and-mend kind of party planner, simply use Make My Cocktail to create spontaneous drinks using the alcohol, juices, and extras you already have to hand. You’ll get the party started in no time at all.

2) Put Up BBQ Party Decorations At Milton Hill House

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At Milton Hill House, we like to party! More importantly, however, we like to make sure that you get the very best service when throwing your celebration here with us. Staying and celebrating with us means you’ll be getting excellent assistance from our friendly and knowledgeable staff, as well as ensuring your BBQ party goes off without a hitch.

Make use of our stunning 22 acres of surrounding land and be sure to decorate like there’s no tomorrow. Bear in mind, we might already have some BBQ decorations up, so it’s always best to double-check before putting up your own! Whether you’re wanting to keep it traditional with red-gingham picnic blankets and napkins or take it in another direction entirely, Party Delights and string lights are sure to have something perfect for your celebration. 

3) The Best BBQ Party Food Ideas

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Backyard BBQ food is absolutely iconic, so it’s very important to get this bit right! Don’t even think about your average ‘corn on the cob’ or pasta salad side dishes. You could stick to what you know and serve up a plain burger, a boring potato salad or two, and a couple of hot dog sausages in a bun. Smother it all in BBQ sauce and call it a day, right?

Or, you could really make your barbecue party food memorable and take this opportunity to let your culinary flag fly! Forget everything you think you know about BBQ food, and how about giving these Pesto Shrimp Skewers a try? 

These grilled meat BBQ Chicken Burgers definitely look like they’d go down a treat with your friends and family. If you’re catering for a more vegetarian crowd, there are so many light, fresh, and out-of-the-box ideas you can go for.

Halloumi Burgers are the perfect alternative to a hearty beef patty, and besides: who doesn’t love a cheese that squeaks back? A colourful Greek Salad would also not go a miss! All of these are super easy, and fit in entirely with your BBQ theme.

4) BBQ Ideas For Lawn Games

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What’s the point of a Summer BBQ party out in the sunshine if you don’t make the absolute most of it? There are plenty of lawn games and fun activities for children, adults and teenagers alike to take part in at a BBQ party. For example, creating your own game of Lawn Twister could be a really fun activity for all ages, and can be incorporated into a variety of other ideas and things to do. 

However, sometimes the old family favourites really are the best! Giant lawn versions of Jenga and Connect Four are bound to bring your family and friends closer together. After all, what is a BBQ party without a bit of friendly competition?

5) Delicious Desserts: BBQ Party Menu Ideas

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Desserts are arguably the best part of any meal. Even at your Summer BBQ, you can easily wow your guests with some really simple puddings that look incredible. No one will be able to tell you spent next to no time whipping them up, and you’ll definitely get to keep your “Best Party Host Ever” badge.

If it’s simply too hot to stand in front of an oven for hours, try this spectacular Banoffee Fridge Cake to amaze your family and friends.  Wanting something more casual and ‘on the go’? No problem, these Apricot Cheesecake Bars are perfect for munching on while playing lawn games or socialising on the move.

Last but not least, what is a BBQ party without ice cream? As long as you keep it chilled, this decadent Pistachio and Chocolate Icebox Cake is guaranteed to become a fan-favourite.  

Top 5 Fabulous Summer BBQ Party Ideas Conclusion 

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Kick back, relax, and get ready to apply a ridiculous amount of suncream: this Summer is looking like it’s going to be a good one! Whoever you’re planning on inviting to your special Summer soirée, with our list of summer BBQ party ideas you’re bound to make sure all of your guests have a fantastic time. Just to recap, here are our top 5 BBQ party ideas: 

  1. Serve Special BBQ Summer Cocktails
  2. Put Up BBQ Party Decorations At Milton Hill House
  3. The Best BBQ Party Food Ideas
  4. BBQ Ideas For Lawn Games
  5. Delicious Desserts: BBQ Party Menu Ideas

If you’re planning a celebration, whether it’s a BBQ party or otherwise, Milton Hill House has something for everyone and for practically every occasion! Our stunning hotel and venue based in Oxford offer fantastic service that’s both fit to serve social distancing guidelines and is entirely COVID-19 secure. Surrounded by thirteen acres of peaceful parkland, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for at Milton Hill House.