Shoot for the Stars Backyard BBQ Party

Looking for something different for a graduation party or other backyard get together?  Well, what’s better than a nighttime backyard BBQ Party? Create a festive mood by stringing light across the yard, maybe wrap a tree or 2 in lights.  Add some stars and balloons hanging from the string light or trees, and you’ve got a party perfect for any special occasion.

The Party Plan

Shoot for the Stars Backyard BBQ Party


Artichoke and Spinach Dip with Tortilla Chips & a Veggie Tray

Grilled Santa Maria Tri-Tip Steak

Best Ever Baked Potatoes

S’Mores Station22 Amazing S’Mores Recipes


Blue Moon & Stars Margarita


Blue Moon & Stars Virgin Blue Margarita

+ Tubs of Ice cold Beer, Sodas Water, and sparkling water.



  • Hang string lights across the backyard.  Hang star garland with the lights.
  • If you have a tree that is out of the flow of traffic or a fence hang a collection of glitter balloons and drape string lights through-out.
  • Hang a Large empty picture frame for a photo station
  • Buy or make a fire pit for roasting S’Mores or make these cool mini fire pits
  • Make Glow Stick Jars
  • Make Bug Repellent Jar Candles
  • Create an Instagram hashtag & have guests tag their photos
  • Have sparklers around, just for fun
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The Plan

Shoot for the Stars Backyard BBQ Party

What a great way to celebrate any special occasion – I count weekends as special occasions – so really backyard parties are my favorite way to entertain.  Summer’s right around the corner, so take the party outside.  Just remember to have a backup plan.  As I write this the weather says rain for my party next week, so a backup plan is definitely on my mind.

S’Mores Station

This is one of my families favorite ways to finish a backyard barbecue.  Super simple and the ooey gooey goodness is hard to beat.  Set up an easy do it your self

Photo:  Hi Miss Puff

Backyard Lighting

I love string lights across the yard.  Everyone looks beautiful in this soft light and it makes the party feel more festive.  You’ll always have stars in the sky with a string of light hanging overhead.  Hang glitter balloons down from the string lights.  It ‘s really is magical.

Picture Frame Photo Station

Make these awesome hula hoop frames for your photo station.  To make wrap hula hoop with satin ribbon and greenery and a spray of flowers.  The have guests take photos.  Make sure you grab an Instagram hashtag and have guests post with the hashtag so you’ll have all the pics.


Glitter Balloons

Get the paper lantern look at a fraction of the price.  Put an assortment of large and small glitter inside transparent balloons in assorted sizes.  Use ribbons to hang balloons in a group and intertwine with string lights.  If it is windy weight with a marble or small pebble.  As the evening goes on they are fun to pop for a confetti shower.

Other Lighting

Wine bottle light:  Drill a hole in the side of a wine bottle, fill the bottom of the wine bottle with sand for stability and insert short string on lights
Fairies in a Jar: Cut open a glow stick and put contents into a jar, add some diamond glitter, put the lid on and shake hard.  So much fun.
Bug Repellent Jar Candles:  Fill a mason jar with sliced lemon, rosemary, lavender, thyme, cinnamon and 25 drops of citronella essential oil, top with hot water.  When it cools float a candle in the mixture and relax bug-free.

Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip

This is an easy grilled dish that can serve a crowd, is super simple to make and always a hit.  Santa Maria is a town on the south-central coast of California and known for its Tri-tip.  Locally it’s served with corn tortillas, salsa, and beans.  We love it just carved with a baked potato on the side.  Leftovers make great sandwiches or tacos.

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

This is one of my all-time favorite appetizers.  I’ve made it so much easier by microwaving fresh spinach and a slow cooker.  This recipe is filled with fresh spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, lots of cheese and garlic.  Great with tortilla chips or veggies.

Blue Moon and Stars Margarita and Mocktail Sparkler

Classic margarita recipe with Blue Curacao and silver edible star glitter, so much fun.  The mocktail omits tequila and adds a little sparkling water, but still gets the edible star glitter.  Nice and bubbly and so much fun.


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