BBQ Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Any time is a great time to host a barbecue—gather the kids together, snack on tasty treats, char some food and relax.
Barbecuing may be an American pastime, but each region has its own unique style. Select a theme and carry it through from decorations to food preparations. For example, if you want to have a Texas-style barbecue, go over-the-top with rhinestone cowboy accessories and Lone Star decor. If the Deep South is more your speed, hang a tire swing from a sturdy tree branch and serve sweet tea in jelly jars.

If you're keeping your barbecue a little more general, a few simple touches can give your backyard a lively atmosphere. The classic red-and-white-checked tablecloths are synonymous with barbecues. You can also line walkways with votives or river stones and drape a little red and white crepe paper along low-lying tree branches. Hanging white twinkle lights on fences or patio railings provides great ambience when the sun begins to set.

If there's room, set up a tent or canopy, or encircle a table with netting to create a graceful buffet area. For some added flare, incorporate a fire pit or a chiminea, perfect for adding light in the evening as well as for roasting marshmallows. Burning pinon chips is also particularly effective in repelling mosquitoes and other annoying insects.
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