The smell of fresh-cut grass, the spray of sprinklers, cruising with the windows down and the crackle of a bonfire while surrounded by your family and friends. Summer. And what summer is complete without digging out the BBQ and losing an eyebrow or two? So take a break from chasing after the ice cream truck (you’re an adult now, right? You can outrun it) and catch up with some summer BBQ ideas that will make this summer the best one yet. Plus, as we re-emerge and gather with lots of friends and family that we may not have seen over the last year, the summer barbecue might be a staple this year. So, some ideas to make yours stand out!
“Pumpin’ The Tunes”
Nature is great. We love nature—our favorite stuff comes right from it (see also: fruit). But at a certain point you really just want to put on Sugar Ray and sing the chorus of “FLY” at the top of your lungs. Or Smash Mouth “All Star”. We don’t judge—but your neighbors might. What song reminds you the most of summer?
While you stand guard over the grill, cooking the food to charred perfection you can laugh as your family, friends, and neighbors slap Frisbees into cans, jump around for three-legged races or engage in a trendy game of “hoop trundling”. It’s a classic! Or, short of that, it’s amazing what games will be invented with just a few balls, an open space and a beautiful day. Work up that appetite! Plus, check out this easy way to beat the heat with some DIY backyard water party ideas with a pool.
“Probably one of the first things you think of when trying to find a way to cool off is “I need a pool!” If you don’t have access to a pool or an outdoor waterpark, throw your own backyard water party! Reasons we love this idea? You can celebrate with all your friends, you can customize these summer activities to be what YOU want, and it’s wallet-friendly! A water balloon piñata, a DIY Dunk Bucket, and (our personal favorite) a DIY Kiddie Car Wash are just a few of our ideas!”
But, for those hosts with a pool, remember some light and fresh snacks are a great summer BBQ idea. For example, a fruit platter packed with all your favorite summers fruit favorites, including watermelon, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and more is the perfect refreshing snack for your guests to enjoy while they take a break from the pool.
Outdoor BBQ’s are all about the grill. You know that. But did you know that you can add fresh fruits to your BBQ menu idea list along with your standard meats and veggies? It’s true! For the best fruit grilling experience just follow these simple rules:
- Brush your fruit with a small amount of olive oil. It’ll keep your fruit from sticking the grill and enhance the flavor.
- Try grilling over indirect heat instead of direct flame or right over the hot coals. It’ll keep your fruit from going up in smoke.
- Be quick! Fruit doesn’t need long to cook- so stick around. This makes them a delicious appetizer!
From the classics like grilled watermelons and pineapples to delightful dessert fruits like pears and bananas, we rounded up some of our favorite grilled fruit recipes.
Try some of our favorite fruits on your grill and let us know what you think!
Grilled Melons? (Yup! Just skewer it first in cubes or chunks!)
Grilled Strawberries (Skewer them first!)
And, of course, Grilled Pineapple.
Edible Arrangements® Treats!
No celebration is complete without a freshly-crafted arrangement from Edible Arrangements®. It’s like having a celebrity over to your BBQ. People will recognize it, walk over, and make conversation. Or, you know, savor the experience.
Our Berry Patriotic Chocolate Star Bouquet™ is filled with star-shaped pineapple, generously portioned fresh strawberries hand dipped in gourmet semisweet chocolate and plump grapes arranged in a mouthwatering, bright and fun display! We also have delicious chocolate Dipped Fruit™ boxes and fruit salads that are the perfect addition for your summer BBQ!
In the mood for other summer BBQ ideas that will leave your guest’s mouths watering?
Slice of Sweet Fruit Platter
Chocolate Dipped Indulgence Platter
Every party needs dessert and our Chocolate Dipped Indulgence Platter is chock-full of decadent chocolate-covered fruit, including apples, strawberries, pineapple, and more. It offers a healthier take on traditional desserts, yet it’s still oh-so-delicious.
One of the best parts of a BBQ is sitting back and relaxing in the summer sun! To help set the mood, our Simply Daisies® arrangement features mouthwatering pineapples, grapes and cantaloupe balls that seem like star bursts in the summer sky. Whether you’re hosting or need a summer BBQ idea for a gift, this delightful box is an extra sweet way to make day summer party special.
Simply Edible® Bouquet
Need another summer BBQ idea to treat the host of your cookout? Look no further than this Simply Edible® Bouquet filled with his favorite fresh fruits. Does your host love flowers, but you know they will quickly wilt in the summer sun? There is no wilting with this bouquet that includes fresh pineapple daisies, strawberries, and other summer fruit favorites. Plus, the bouquet comes in a simple summer keepsake, which can be used for a variety of things long after all the fruit is gone.
Is your mouth watering yet? We can’t wait for our next summer BBQ! If you’re looking for some more tempting treats to add some fun to your summer celebrations, check out our fresh summer fruit arrangements and our Sizzlin’ Summer Treats Pinterest board! Make a statement at your summer BBQ this season – we know you and your guests will love them.