The holy trinity of a great get-together is food, refreshments and entertainment, with bonus points if you can keep everything on theme. For a backyard BBQ, summer picnic or pool party, that means breezy outdoor games that can be picked up quick to invite everyone in on the fun. With full bellies and happy hearts, your guests will leave your place thinking, "Best. Party. Ever."
Our list of the best BBQ party games includes some classics, one promising newbie, and a few sized-up yard versions of your game night favorites. Whether you buy or DIY, you and your guests will definitely have a blast.
Giant Jenga (shown above)
An oversized game that's been gaining in popularity lately is giant Jenga. It's a lot more pressure to avoid toppling the tower when you're playing with blocks made from 2x4s like the painted set above from A Beautiful Mess.
BUY: Uber Games
DIY: A Beautiful Mess
Up the whimsey with oversized dice to play everyone's favorite dice game in the backyard. Any number of people can play along. To make your own set like in the photo above from Momtastic, grab wood blocks, a bucket and start practicing your "Yahtzee!" scream.
BUY: PageLn on Etsy
This favorite tailgate game is just as at-home on your patio or breezeway as it is in a stadium parking lot. If you're skilled with a saw you can DIY this one, but I left the woodwork to the pros and bought my cornhole set from Victory Tailgate.
BUY: Victory Tailgate
DIY: DIY Network
This one is my personal favorite for underrated tailgate games. Make a pair of ladders for this game with PVC pipe to toss and play until the sun goes down, then just pack it up and take it to the next BBQ.
BUY: Dick's Sporting Goods
All my favorite watering holes are installing Bocce Ball courts. It's a really fun game that's easy to learn and pick up. All you need is a Bocce Set and a big-ish patch of grass.
BUY: Crate and Barrel
BUY: Uncommon Goods
KOOB: The Viking Game
I have never heard of this game before recently, but it sounds like an easy setup and great fun for kids or adults. Check out the video below for a quick lesson on how to play.
DIY: Let's Get Together
What are your favorite outdoor party games?