15 DIY Backyard Games

Hello, hello! Yay for Friday! 
Allison here once again and it is time to finish out this month’s summer posts today. I am bringing you lots of ideas for outdoor fun! These 15 DIY Backyard Games are sure to make those summer get-togethers even more fun!

There are so many fun ideas out there and here are 15 that caught my eye! 

 How fun are all those games?!
Which one are you going to build this summer for fun with your family and friends? 
Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic!
Your hostesses,


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Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas

Hello and happy Friday, friends! With it being summertime, it’s the perfect time for partying outdoors with your family and friends. I gathered up the Best Backyard Barbecue Ideas so that you can throw the ultimate backyard party. Everything from food, games, lighting, DIYs, tips, and more!

Watermelon Pops

DIY Outdoor Games

Sunscreen and Bug Spray Station

Condiment Station using mason jars

25 Sides to bring to a BBQ


Bubble Refill Station

Easy Outdoor Serving Station

DIY Beverage Station

Creative BBQ Napkin Ideas

Grilled Tiki Orange Cornish Hens and veggie skewers

DIY Summer Picnic Coasters

DIY Personal S’mores Pots

Ultimate Hot Dog Bar

12 Backyard Lighting Ideas

How to Clean the Grill

Grill Cupcakes

Campfire Cones

Aren’t you ready to throw your next backyard barbecue?! I know I am! I can’t wait to try out some of these ideas. 

Stay tuned for more summertime tips and ideas from Allison next week! 


Your hostesses,
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How to Clean the Grill

With summer upon us, we are back to using our grill often. We love to barbecue by the pool or while camping and even on the beach. Most people find cleaning the grill to be troublesome and messy, but I’m here to show you how to clean the grill the easiest way possible. Plus, it’s chemical free, which is a huge win in my book. 

All you need to clean your grill is…

  • dirty grill
  • aluminum foil
  • grilling tongs

First, cover the top of the grill grate with aluminum foil. This will trap the fire/heat. 

*No need to wrap the grate all the way around, just the top.

Next you want to light your grill and put the aluminum foil covered grate back into place. Close the lid of the grill to really heat it up, but be sure to inspect and monitor the smoke. 

If your grill grate is super dirty, you’ll want to turn up the heat and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. If your grill grate is only semi-dirty, keep the heat at medium and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. 

Once the time is up, carefully use the grill tongs to remove the aluminum foil. When to aluminum foil is cooled, you can ball it up and use it to scrap off and scrub the ashes on the hot grate (you can also use a grill brush). Using the grilling tongs, take the grate out and smack it on the concrete to knock off the ash (sweep off the patio to get rid of the ash). 

Now you are either ready to barbecue on a clean grill, or your grill will be ready for the next time you use it. 

**Please remember to be careful and use your best judgement when cleaning and using your grill. Everything is obviously super hot. **

Check out that before and after! What a difference…and no chemicals necessary. 

How often do you clean your grill? If you found this post helpful, I’d love for you to PIN it, bookmark it, or share it with your friends. Happy summer grilling!

If you like grilling, then you’ll love this recipe for Tiki Orange Cornish Hens

Easy Party Drinks

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It’s almost summertime, friends, and you know what that means… pool parties, picnics and BBQs! I’ve got a super cute idea for some Easy Party Drinks that your friends and family are sure to love. It’s perfect to display at your next house party or easy enough to take with you to the next BBQ you’re invited to!

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You just need a few things to put these easy party drinks together! First, head to your local SAM’S CLUB and grab yourself a 32 or 35 pack of Diet Coke (because you know I love my DC!). Super cost effective for a party plus the cans have fun names printed on them like BFF, Rockstar, Trendsetter, and more!

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You’ll also want to dive into your craft supplies or head to your local craft store to pick up cute paper straws, washi tape, chalk marker, scrapbook pinwheels, and chalkboard tags. I also love to put chalkboard signs at parties or get togethers…plus I can use them over and over again!

First you want to tape a paper straw to each Diet Coke can…

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Then add a paper pinwheel to the paper straw…

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Using your chalk marker, write names on the chalkboard tags and clip or tie them to the cans…

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Put them all in a cute wire basket (I snuck an ice pack underneath the cans to keep them cool and I had them in the fridge beforehand) and they are easy to transport and display.

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Then I set out the chalkboard easel with a cheesy message written on it… because it’s better to be cheesy than to be boring, am I right?

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Your friends and family will get a kick out of the fun names on the cans.

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And how convenient to have a straw ready to go?! Simply peal off the washi tape, remove the straw, crack open the can, insert the straw, and sip sip sip…

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Are you ready to #shareitforward at those summer parties, picnics, and BBQs? Yeah. Me too. 

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When you head to your local SAM’S CLUB to get your 32 or 35 pack of Diet Coke, SAM’S CLUB Demo (on May 17th from 11AM-4PM) will be sharing full cans of Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero while supplies last. 

Be sure to check out more fun ideas at the Share it Forward website. I’d love to hear your favorite!

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Food-a-licious Friday {33} BBQ Chicken Salad

Hey friends! Today I am going to share an easy salad that’s great for lunch or dinner and perfect for summer time eating. 
What you will need:
BBQ shredded chicken (leftovers)
-romaine lettuce
-corn (leftover off the cob)
-bell peppers
-black olives
-BBQ chips (crunched on top)
-Dressing: leftover BBQ sauce and ranch mixed
Just clean, chop, and toss it all together! Yum!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Food-a-licious Friday {32} BBQ Chicken Sliders

Hi there friends! Today I am going to share a great summer time meal that uses the crockpot to cut back on heating up your house…BBQ Chicken Sliders. Yum! This meal is great served with mac-n-cheese, pasta salad, potato salad, fruit salad, chips, fries, coleslaw… and the list goes on. 

What you will need:
-Large dinner rolls 
(I buy a bag of 15 from the bakery section of my grocery store)
-boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 per person)
-cooking spray
BBQ Sauce
-1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
-1 tsp minced garlic
-1 tsp onion powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-1 tsp lime juice
-1 drop liquid smoke 
-1 serrano  pepper (de-seeded & minced)
-1 cup ketchup
-1/2 cup terriyaki sauce
-1/2 cup mustard
-1/2 cup soy sauce
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup brown sugar
1. Defrost chicken breasts
2. spray inside of crockpot with cooking spray
3. place chicken breasts in crockpot and cover. Cook on low for 3 hours or high for 1-1 1/2 hours.
4. Right after you place chicken in crockpot, start preparing BBQ sauce by putting all ingredients into a blender. 
5. Pour BBQ sauce over the chicken in the crockpot (just enough to lightly cover the chicken).
6. When chicken is done cooking, shred with a fork and tongs in the crockpot. This is SUPER easy…the chicken is so tender and juicy. 
7. Put BBQ chicken in the large dinner rolls and viola… you have BBQ Chicken Sliders!

*Save your left over BBQ sauce in the fridge for other meals!
*Save your left over BBQ shredded chicken for a BBQ chicken salad! (recipe coming next week!).
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your Friday! I know I am!! 
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What I Like Wednesday: Memorial Day 2011

I hope you had a great Memorial Day with your friends and family! We sure did.

And of course I just had to decorate for the occasion.

How much do you LOVE my Uncle Sam on the vintage bike?? Clearance last year at Michael’s for $4.50. I know!

Scrap pieces of red, white, and blue ribbon are great embellishments to candles.

The great thing about my patriotic decor is that I can leave it up (and add to it) all the way through July!

Speaking of patriotic decor, make sure you check out my wreath tutorial and PB inspired flag pillow tutorial from last year!

We had our friends over for a BBQ on Memorial Day.

The kids had fun playing with water, bubbles, chalk, and each other.

The adults had fun eating and talking. 
-BBQ smoked ribs
-corn on the cob
-pasta salad
-chips and salsa
-turkey dogs for the kiddos  
-fruit (pineapple, watermelon, & strawberries)
Here are a couple of treats I made for the occasion…

{Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies}

I got the idea for these delicious (and addicting) cookies at I Heart Nap Time.

{Strawberries dipped in white chocolate with blue sprinkles}

I saw these strawberries on Pinterest and had to make them. YUM! 
(Which, by the way, I am LOVING Pinterest. Follow me! It is too fun.)
What did you do to celebrate Memorial Day?

Don’t forget to enter Tracy’s Bracelet’s and Soaps giveaway! It closes June 1st, 2011 at midnight!