A home-built bar, vintage truck, and country odes, such as guitars and plaid tablecloths, make this party fun and authentic. Southern Belle's Charm blogger Natalie Clause spills her secrets for hosting your best backyard barbecue ever.
Who doesn't love a pun? This booze-inspired invite lets guests know the party details. Tie each invite with a red bow and a bottle opener, then send and get prepping!
The most important part of this beer tasting party? The bar, of course. Natalie hides kegs behind a home-built wooden bar, then decorates with a rustic sign, some wire-strung red stars, and a (fake!) bull head.
A light-up sign shows the party's open for business! Look for these letter lights at your local crafts or home goods store. Tip: The cordless ones with LED lights stay lit best.
A printable banner makes it easy to dress your party in old-country style. String on red ribbon, then hang it on your table, truck, or between trees.
Not everyone has an adorable vintage truck for cranking tunes and serving food from. Get creative with your setting -- whether it's in your backyard, on your patio, or in your driveway. Different sized and colored tables break up the scene in a playful way.
Create a portable s'mores bar! All you need is a wooden pallet, charcoal briquets, and chafing dish fuel cans. Get Natalie's instructions below.
Give this tailgate-style party a fun activity such as bags. Don't have them? No problem. Find them at your local sporting goods store or make your own. Natalie tells you how, below.
Get extra crafty with the game by making your own bags. All you need:
- drawstring bags
- white paint
- star stencil
- foam for painting
Have friends and fam rate their favorite brews on old-fashioned wooden clipboards. A printable scorecard keeps prep simple and speedy.
Nothing says summer barbecue party like shandy. Use metal buckets filled with ice to keep the cold ones nice and chilled. Place a tray with mason jars on top to give guests the option of fancying it up -- in a country-approved way, of course. Pop a paper straw through the stenciled lid to finish.
A BBQ without lemonade? We don't think so! Make a freshly squeezed batch the night before the party so it's perfectly chilled, extra tart, and ready when you need it. Garnish glasses with lemon slices before serving.
Styling Tip: If you want to get fancy, rim the glasses with sugar.
Say hello to that good home-cooking from your childhood with personal mac and cheese bowls. Covered in ooey-gooey cheese and topped with crispy bacon, this dish can't be resisted.
Serve up all your barbecue favorites in a single jar. Simply layer pulled pork, baked beans, and coleslaw. Top with a pickle, and dig in!
One look at these cute berry parfaits and sweet tooths will be hovering the dessert table. Make the ricotta mixture at least 4 hours before; chill. Come party time, top with fresh berries, cool mint, and zesty lemon peel.
Send guests home with a Southern staple: barbecue sauce. Go sweet or sassy -- either way, guests will be remembering your event for days to come.
As founder of Southern Belle's Charm, Natalie has been able to fulfill her passion for designing beautiful experiences. Growing up a southern girl has provided Natalie the opportunity to see firsthand how special memories make life unforgettable. To each event she brings her unique sense of style and charm. Natalie's goal is to cultivate experiences that will have clients returning to Southern Belle's Charm for all their special events. She has worked with many brands, including Better Homes and Gardens, Disney, Chinet, Crate and Barrel, Chex Party Mix, Shutterfly, Cascade Ice, Marich Chocolates, Stack Wine, and Birthday Cake Vineyards. Living in Las Vegas has given Natalie an entertainment platform like no other. Natalie shares life with her fantastic husband, Eric, and their adorable son, Greyson.