Summer is (almost) here! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and you have this huge space right behind your house that is dying to be put to use. Well, take advantage of Colorado’s awesome weather and your green grass lawn and throw a fabulous summer shindig!
Whether you’re inviting neighbors, friends, frenemies, or family, don’t just default to a traditional BBQ. It’s your party, so make it as special and creative as you are. Need ideas? Your friends at Stepping Stone are here to help you out.
Backyard Summer Games
Bring that international competitive spirit to your own backyard, medals optional. Swing for a hole-in-one on this DIY Mini Golf Course, or grab a few bottles of spray paint and practice interesting yoga-like positions on a Lawn Twister board. (It’s always a good idea to stretch first!) If you have a bunch of angsty teens coming over, keep them off their cell phones with this real life DIY Angry Birds game. And if it’s going to be a hot one outside, cool off with a round of Water Balloon Baseball.
Backyard Beach Party
Why go to the beach when you can bring the beach to your own backyard? It’s easier than you think. First, cover up your fence with a few of these super-cheap shower curtains to optimize your view. You can also pick up beach balls or make your own from foam and felt. Cool things off with this homemade snow cone recipe or these vegan blueberry coconut popsicles. Yum! And while you don’t want to necessarily build sand castles out of the dirt in your yard, create edible sand art instead!
Vintage Garden Party
If you’ve toiled in the soil and have a fabulous garden to show for it, this is the perfect setting for a vintage garden party! Set the mood with soft glowing lighting and decorate your table with mason jars, mismatched plates, and a few vintage-inspired pieces. Bring a little extra ambiance with these DIY candle stakes and add a birdcage to the mix. Put these all together and it’ll transform your garden into a vintage wonderland.
Bohemian Backyard Dinner Party
If you have a love of intimate gatherings, consider bringing a small group together for a unique outdoor dinner party. Create a low dining table with a long piece of wood balanced on wooden crates. Drape it with a lovely handmade tablecloth. Guests can sit on the ground, on top of fabric and/or on faux fur pillows. Cover your table with fresh flowers mixed with dry ones and stack vintage plates at each table setting. Start off the festivities with cheese and charcuterie, followed by a family-style feast. And create a signature drink for the evening, something along the lines of a blood-orange margarita or a lavender gin and tonic.
Are you ready to throw a backyard shindig? If you do, please take photos and show off your creative party style! Be sure to tag @steppingstoneco on Instagram. And if your backyard isn’t in party mode, you can always host an event at the Lantern House. Enjoy your summer!