9 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Your Backyard

An endless summer doesn’t necessarily mean fireworks and beach or lake trips. In fact, with Coronavirus concerns, many of us are having to update our summer traditions for un-traditional times. That means you’re probably spending more time than ever at home this year, but the good news is that there’s still plenty of fun to be had as a household. With a little creativity, you can observe social distancing and still enjoy the great outdoors by using the space you have. Here are nine ideas to occupy your family and celebrate summer in your backyard!

Ice cream social. Ice cream is synonymous with long summer days, so why not set up your own ice cream social and indulge? You’ll need a base of vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream and plenty of fixin’s, so everyone can make up their own sundaes. For example, sprinkles, fudge, candy, fruit, and whipped cream.

Backyard movie theater. There’s no better way to celebrate summer in your backyard than with an outdoor movie night! It’s easy to get set up with a projector, speakers, and white sheet or collapsible screen. Make plenty of popcorn, and set out lawn chairs or blankets and cushions for a park-style atmosphere. This is also a good option if you want to invite friends over, as you can set up seating areas six feet apart.

Hot dog bar. Who doesn’t love a hot dog? Make this all-American summer classic extra fun by setting up a hot dog bar with different types of sausage and a wide variety of toppings. For example, caramelized onions, guacamole, shredded cheese, pickles, mustard, sriracha, tzatziki, buffalo sauce, blue cheese, chili, pineapple, and bacon.

Backyard campout. A campfire party is always fun for kids, even if it’s at home. Pitch a tent or two, set up a fire pit, and enjoy stargazing, telling stories, and campfire food. Including s’mores, of course!

Carryout picnic. A picnic is always a fun way to celebrate summer in your backyard. But instead of having to deal with cooking (and clean-up), order in from your favorite restaurant or takeout. Easy, fun, and delicious!

Water fun. You may not be able to go to the water park this year, so bring a little of it to you instead. Set up a mini-course using a water slide, pool, slip ‘n slide, and sprinklers. Or fill lots of water balloons (with Bunch O Balloons), divide the family into teams, and have a water fight. The kids will love it.

Hawaiian luau. Instead of just having a pool party, make it a luau. Tiki torches and leis, tiki cocktails and an island-inspired playlist are the key ingredients you need to get you started.

Taco Tuesday (or Wednesday, or Thursday…) A taco bar with all the toppings is always fun. It’s also an easy way to feed a crowd, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it in a smaller group too. Set out a variety of tortillas, taco meat, and beans, as well as toppings like lettuce, sliced tomato, cilantro, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, chili sauce, and cheese. Add margaritas and you have an instant backyard fiesta.

Oysters and Bloody Marys. Bring a little of the seaside home by creating your own oyster bar. It’s easier than you think, as many restaurants and food services are able to deliver. You’ll need to shuck the oysters yourself, so be sure to invest in a shucking knife and watch a video or two so you learn the technique. Crush ice in a blender and create some tasty vinaigrettes, then serve with lemon wedges and Bloody Marys.

What fun ways have you found to celebrate summer in your backyard?


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