Saturday BBQs at Home

Kids table with bright  green umbrella !

Kids table with bright green umbrella!

We finally moved back to California this summer, after being in Texas for nearly five years. One of the things we were eager to start up again was Saturday barbecues. Living in Dallas was great but we never had a backyard appropriate for entertaining. Now, we finally do and we try and take full advantage. For us, one of the key elements to enjoying ourselves is having the kids entertained so the adults can relax. I will share some of my tricks that have worked really well for us.

Nora has begged to do this  Fairy Garden,  the BBQ was the perfect time to bring it out- it was a hit!

Nora has begged to do this Fairy Garden, the BBQ was the perfect time to bring it out- it was a hit!

We always have a dedicated kids table. It is where they can do a craft and eat. We set up a picnic table in the corner of our yard and it is dedicated for the kids. I bought a unfinished picnic bench and painted it a fun blue color and added a bright umbrella. Its not tacky but looks inviting to kids. I also save all the art activities that I have no patience for, and take them out for the party. This entertains the kids forever (or at least until food is ready). Its nice for the kids to have their own area and still be near the adults.

Setting up large  Jenga

Setting up large Jenga

We also break out the yard games. Large Jenga is a huge hit! Kids/adults of all ages love playing. It is so easy to set up and breakdown. Corn Hole is something we really started to enjoy while in Texas, so of course that comes out as well. If there are any Texans ready, you will recognize Big Tex. We won this set at an auction. I basically told my husband I will not be leaving until Big Tex comes with me... and he did! Again, Corn Hole is an enjoyable activity for all ages!

Big TEX!!!!!!

Big TEX!!!!!!

Nothing is better than a  Yeti cooler

Nothing is better than a Yeti cooler

Lastly, I try and keep everything super simple. We put the drinks in our cooler and set them by the table so people can help themselves. The glasses are waiting for guests when they walk in, so they grab one, head outside and there is nothing left of anyone to do but relax and enjoy!

These  LIfefactory wine glasses  are perfect for outdoor entertaining

These LIfefactory wine glasses are perfect for outdoor entertaining