BBQ Rehearsal Dinner Inspiration
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Wedding Inspiration

By: Caitlin Zentgraf

Cookouts are the best part of summer, especially on the 4th of July with family and friends. Who doesn’t love hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks? Bring that laid-back vibe to your rehearsal dinner. Here’s how to do it.

1. Big-Batch Chilled Beverages

Mix up big batches of flavored water, lemonade, or sweet tea and let guests serve themselves! Use mason jars as glasses for an extra picnic-y feel. Photo by Katelyn James Photography. 

2. Gingham & Sunflower Decor 

Set your wooden banquet tables with checkered linens or napkins and use bright yellow sunflowers in your centerpieces. Here’s our step-by-step guide to styling a summer table. Photos by Chelsea Fuss and Nami Dadlani Photography. 

3. Finger Foods 

Pass around bite-size burgers, BBQ sliders, pigs in a blanket, french fry shooters, and corn on the cob halves as appetizers. Photo by Jose Villa. 

4. Strawberry Shortcake 

We all scream for ice cream! As much as it would cool off guests, it would also quickly melt in the heat. Instead, try a strawberry shortcake. Light and sweet, it will leave guests feeling satisfied but not heavy. Here’s a complete step-by-step recipe for creating the one pictured. Photos by Chelsea Fuss. 

5. Lawn Games

Entertain your guests with lawn games such as cornhole, croquet, hula hoops, bocce ball, and badminton. Photo by Orange in Bloom. 

6. Outdoor Lounge

Countrify your backyard with an outdoor lounge of hay bales, quilts, and wooden barrels. Photos by Katelyn James Photography. 

7. Bonfire Desserts 

S’mores kits are an edible favor that your guests can enjoy while keeping warm by the fire. Photo by MaryBeth Clouser. 

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