Many things pair well with barbecue. You’ll want a perfect side dish, like crisp coleslaw or grilled corn on the cob, and a refreshing drink, too.
But you might also want to pair your outdoor gathering with a great backyard game to keep everyone smiling. Thankfully, you don’t have to invest a lot of time or money to come up with a fun game for everyone. Here are a few do-it-yourself options sure to keep you and your guests having fun during the summer barbecue season:
Glow-in-the-dark bowling: Take 10 plastic water bottles and open them, pouring out about a quarter of the water. Don’t worry about being precise. Insert a glow stick into each water bottle, then seal them back up. You’ve just created the pins for your bowling game. Find yourself a heavy ball like a soccer ball or basketball and see if you can get a strike.
Frozen T-shirt race: This one is perfect for a blistering hot day. The night before you want to play, take a T-shirt and soak it with water before placing it inside a plastic bag. Seal it, then freeze it overnight. When it’s time to play, hand everyone a frozen shirt and race to see who can be the first to thaw and successfully wear their shirt.
Water balloon piñata: Hang large balloons filled with water from a tree, clothesline or anywhere else they can be just above head height. Have participants attack the balloon with a stick or dowel rod. Instead of falling candy, the reward here is a refreshing splash of cold water on a hot day.
The match game: Decorate two pieces of poster board with identical images, leaving one side blank. You can get creative and decorate them any way you like – such as with stencils, paint or even photographs – as long as the two match. Repeat until you have a dozen pairs. Place them image-side down behind the house, scrambling the order in the process. Have participants flip two cards to see if they get a matched set. Everyone should take turns flipping the cards until all pairs have been discovered.