Backyard Grilling and Get Together Ideas

Backyard Grilling and Get Together Ideas

It’s summertime, which means it’s time to let loose with friends and family and enjoy activities outside. Of course, it’s the perfect season for firing up the grill in the backyard too! Read on for some of our favorite backyard grilling and get together ideas!

Grilled Corn

A perfect appetizer for a backyard get together is some good old fashioned corn. You can throw some on the grill with a bunch of butter, and add your favorite spices and flavoring. One of our favorites is honey lime grilled corn, which is an easy but delicious side to your main dish that’s sure to impress your guests.

Fajita Foil Packets

Don’t worry about a mess with a delicious fajita foil packet! You can throw your chicken, spices, and sauce all into a packet and place it on the grill until it’s nice and crispy. Throw in peppers, vegetables, and your other favorite sides. Customize it how you like or follow this recipe for more guidance. 


Nothing beats a classic rack of ribs on the grill. You can follow your family recipe for the flavoring and seasoning, and choose your favorite cut. Whether it’s baby back, spare ribs, country-style or St. Louis style, the sky’s the limit for you and your grill. 

Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken

Hardly anything beats some classic chicken on the grill! It’s perfect to fit most people’s dietary needs or picky preferences, and it’s simple to make! Just combine lemon, olive oil, rosemary and thyme in a bowl to marinate your chicken, and cook on the grill for up to 10 minutes on each side. Enjoy!

Get Together Ideas

Now that you’ve got dinner and refreshments to choose from, here are some ideas for get-togethers with friends or family this summer.

Outdoor Movie Night

After a night of grilling and fun, relax in the backyard with an outdoor movie night! Set up a projector or large screen outside, set up pillows and blankets for your guests, and make some popcorn. Don’t forget bug spray so you stay safe from the mosquitos at night!

Garden Tea Party

Get together with some of your friends and family members during a nice afternoon for a tea party. This activity is perfect for kids to get involved with and is sure to be a relaxing time for socializing, baked goods, and of course tea! You can dress up as fancy as you like, set up decorations and even make floral invitations for your guests.

Backyard Olympics

Create your own backyard arena for a fun day of outdoor games and sports. Play some tug of war, corn hull, ring toss, or even shuffleboard with your neighborhood and friends. You can decide on a prize, such as gift cards or maybe a homemade trophy or medal if you’re feeling creative.


A fun themed get together that’s perfect for cooking on the grill is a luau! You’ll have a blast dressing up, putting up tiki torches and decorations, enjoying some grilled dishes and Hawaiian music. Make some fruity and delicious smoothies and don’t be afraid to get out on the dance floor!

Game Show or Trivia Night

If the weather outside is not the best, move the party inside for a night of trivia or fun games. Create your own questions or use auto-generated ones from a website with different categories to play to your teams’ strengths. 

Contact Us 

For the most comfortable and enjoyable time inside, make sure your home’s heating and cooling systems are in proper order and ready to keep you and your guests at the perfect temperature. Swinson Air Conditioning specializes in air conditioning maintenance to provide your family with the most comfortable air inside your home. Swinson Air Conditioning is your independently owned American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer, serving Fairhope, Daphne, Loxley and the Eastern Shore. Call us at (251) 964-9009 for more information.