summer parties / yard games

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a great summer parties. Doesn’t matter if it’s a luau, memorial day bbq, or drinks in the park with friends, I truly enjoy them all. Lately I’ve been hankering for a good old summer party of yard games. It’s a great way to kick-off the summer.

Yard games are a great way to get different guests to interact and break the ice. They’re casual, easy to learn, and portable. So why not throw a party with your favorite games and invite a big mix of people.

observant nomad | summer parties yard games

When I invite larger groups I make sure to give a couple weeks notice before hand so I can count on how many people will actually be attending. I also like to ask people to BYOB and something to share if they’re inclined. I always provide some beers and maybe a signature cocktail (like these ginger beer-garitas) as well as a couple platters of food. Nothing over the top, maybe a fruit platter from the store and a few appetizers. In this case I would love to grill up some pineapple, spicy chipotle shrimp skewers and these mexican grilled corn crostinis.

If you’re like me and yard-less, make sure to gather some items that are portable like this folding portable charcoal grill (nothing like charcoal), and a utensil caddy for all your grilling necessities and spices. I also love to bring these paper food boxes instead of plates; they’re disposable, won’t make a mess when you eat from them, and can be covered to take home or to put away if someone calls you in for a game.

If you’re not sure what yard games you might like, our favorites are cornhole toss, bocce ball, and polish horseshoe. Rusty made a set of polish horseshoes one afternoon last year, and it didn’t take long since the hardware guy can cut the tubes. It’s probably the cheapest investment among our favorites.

I’d love to make a diy set of cornhole this summer. Something simple, geometric. and stained like the ones above. It’s not too difficult to make your own set, but if you’d rather purchase them, there are plenty of people who can make them for you. And you can buy custom or unique cornhole bags through several places on etsy.

Well I’m off to research wood for our set, let me know your favorite yard games in the comments!


clockwise | spicy chipotle shrimp skewers by simply scratch | grilled corn with crema mexicana & cilantro crostini via bon appetit | walnut serving boards arrow on a sunny afternoon | ginger beer-garitas by how sweet eats | foldable portable charcoal grill on crate & barrel | white wood caddy on crate & barrel | paper food boxes on crate & barrel | bocce ball on copper hewitt | cornhole toss diy on HGTV | summer shandy by leinenkugal | red picnic cooler on crate & barrel