4 Amazing Outdoor Party Ideas That Don't Require a BBQ

4 Amazing Outdoor Party Ideas That Don't Require a BBQ

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Jennifer Hunter
Jul 19, 2015

Perhaps grilling isn't your thing or maybe your itty bitty outdoor space will barely fit you, much less your guests. Either way, there are lots of ways to spend time outside doing fun things with your friends and family this summer that don't involve burgers and dogs. Try these four so you can host without having to haul home a heavy bag of charcoal anytime soon.

The treasure hunt

So you have no outdoor space at all in which to host? No biggie. Take advantage of all the parks, markets and outdoor areas your city has to offer by organizing a treasure hunt. Split your group into teams and go from clue to clue, touring your city while on a mission to win. Pro tip: end your hunt at a bar or restaurant for the food and drinks portion of the party (without the cleanup). Losing team pays! Talk about motivation.

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The movie night

If you have the backyard for it, throw your own. If you don't, get a group together for a local movie-in-the-park (check your city, most have a least a few outdoor movies during the summer). Play off the type of movie and pick a theme for food and drink to serve and grab some lawn space and watch your fav flick under the summer stars.

Pool party

Maybe you used to have these as a kid, but I'm here to tell you, they're still fun! If you or some other lucky duck that you know has (or has access to) a pool, then cross your fingers that they want to co-host and get your swimsuit ready. Pool parties are great because kids can entertain each other while the adults get to socialize (and get some sun). Pro tip: hire a lifeguard. You want everyone to relax and not have to keep track of their kids every minute and a professional will give you and everyone peace of mind. Safety first.

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S'mores party

Sure, it's still technically about food, but instead of you having to man the grill all night, your guests get to get all hands on with their s'mores concoctions. All you have to do is buy (or assign your guests to contribute) plenty of the big 3 and some fun extras for unique flavors and you've got yourself a ready-made dessert party that works anywhere you can get a fire going — whether it's your backyard, the beach or a park picnic area.

See how the Kitchn does a S'mores party right → A Backyard S'mores Party

Now it's your turn, what's been your most successful outdoor party?

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