If you are planning a BBQ party where you will invite a lot of friends to have fun, you should consider choosing some games to play. Games are a great way to have fun and bond with other players, especially during a BBQ. In this article we’ll introduce you with various games that you can play during your party.
The easiest part of the BBQ party is to buy the food and invite your friends. When it comes to activities that you will do during the party, it gets a bit tricky. There are 40 different games in this article from which you can choose. Find the best one and enjoy!
It may seem hard to keep your friends occupied, but it may not be as hard as you think. See how to do it in the following chapters. So, let’s start!
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15 BBQ Games (No Supplies Required)
We start our list with 15 interesting BBQ games that require no supplies. You need to gather your friends and start playing! Here is what you can do:
This game is very easy and fun to play. It is played by writing sentences on paper. The only thing you need to pay attention to is that the thing you wrote can be acted out. It can also be played in groups or pairs.
2. Rock Paper Scissors Game
There is no difference between group and individual rock paper scissors except it is more fun and intriguing in a group. Gather your friends and prepare for the funniest tournament in rock paper scissors you ever participated in! The bigger the group, the better it will be.
Anyone can play limbo if they are in a bigger place and have a limbo stick/branch/anything that looks like it. It is a fun dancing game suitable for adults and kids and can also be played during any weather condition.
4. Improv Games
These kinds of games can be played anywhere and during any weather conditions, which makes them very practical. You can try playing “yes, and” or a game of mirror where you mirror each other’s movements. They are called improv games because that is all you need: improvisation.
5. Flip Cup
For this game, you will need little supplies such as cups and something to drink. It can be either from a selection of soft drinks or alcohol, anything you want. The game’s goal is to flip the cup after you finish your drink. It is a popular game, but it can be just as fun if you play it without alcohol.
6. Relay Race
This is a great game because you can shape it to your needs and create a game even if you are limited to a few or no supplies. By consulting your guests, you can make a relay race that everyone wants to participate in.
7. Never Have I Ever
“Never have I ever..” is another game that can be played without equipment. It is a great ice-breaker and a fantastic game to get to know each other by spilling out your secrets. Only for the bravest!
8. Scavenger Hunt
This game is very popular, and a lot of people love to play it. You will need to plan it beforehand, and this will be easier if you check your weather the day before.
It is desirable to have sunny weather without rain, but it does not matter since you can modify it and play it somewhere inside. If you plan it well, it will be a nice and fun game for your guests at your BBQ party.
For this game, you will need spoons and cards, but you can easily use anything else instead of a spoon, even your own tongue. It is a flexible game that you can modify to your needs.
10. Murder Mystery Game
If you do not want to move much but still want to play a game, you can choose from already-made murder mystery games or get creative and make your own. All you need to do is think about the characters and the plot.
Since this is a static game, you can choose to play it during bad weather. You need to google some trivia questions and divide people into teams. Each team will guess an answer, and you can even count points to see who is the biggest geek!
12. The “Newlywed” Game
Even though it sounds as if you may need it, you do not need to prepare any wedding to play this game! It is a simple game to see how well people know each other.
13. Story Starter
A typical BBQ game that can make any party interesting. Storytelling has its fun, and it is easy to play. You just need to choose a person that is going to start telling the story, and then every other person adds one-two new line to it.
14. Truth or Dare
If you want, you can prepare for this game by choosing some prompts beforehand, but it can always be simpler, and you can let your guest choose their own. Maybe then they will be able to surprise you too with their imagination!
15. Two Truths and a Lie
This is another game for bad weather or if you are just lazy to go anywhere or play active games. Simple as that, you say two truths and a lie, and players guess what a lie is.
25 BBQ Games That Require Supplies
These are the games that require supplies, but usually, it is not something that you already do not have. If you do not, you can choose the games beforehand and buy supplies for your party.
1. Beat That
Beat That is a fun game and requires activity but still less than some other games. This board game will test your skills of random activities like balancing things, jumping, flipping, or even rolling. It is better not to ask questions, just play it!
2. Bocce Ball
If you buy a set, you will have every supply that you need for playing this game. It is a very simple and fun activity to do with your friends in sunny weather. You only need four to play!
3. Bean Bag Buckets
This game is a fun team activity and a good way to see if you have skills in throwing bean bags. It is not dangerous since bags are soft, and it is ideal for people that don’t like playing games that require a lot of effort.
If you are on the competitive side, you will love playing croquet. This game is played with up to six players and can be modified based on the mobility of the players.
5. Corn Hole
For this one, you will need two to four players, but you can also choose to play it with more. Corn hole also requires good weather like Bocce ball.
Finska is a game that can be played with many players but the weather should be nice. It looks and is played like bowling, and you can even DIY the set.
7. Giant Checkers
This game is for two players only, but it is fun to look at also (since it is giant). The best would be to play it outside, but if the weather is bad, you can choose indoors also.
8. Cross Net
This is a very interesting game that can be played with multiple people simultaneously. You can play games like badminton or volleyball.
9. Giant Jenga
Another giant counterpart, but this one can be played with as many people as you like. It does not require nice weather, and the rules are the same as for the regular-sized Jenga.
To play horseshoes, you will need to throw horseshoes to the poles and look for the best method to hook them around it. You do not need to move much to play it, and it can be fun for children too.
11. Glowing Badminton
This game can also be played when it gets dark. It can be played with two or four players maximum.
This Swedish game will ensure you have fun with your friends when the weather is nice and sunny. Collect six players, read these rules, and begin to play this exciting game!
13. Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag
If you are having a BBQ during the night, then this is the right activity you wanna play. It is ideal for people that like to be active.
14. Ladder Toss
Before playing Ladder Toss, make sure that you have big enough space (at least 20 feet). You will also need to form two teams.
15. Jumbo 4 to Score
This is another game that is a giant version of an already popular one. You will need at least two players to play, but you can invite more.
16. Lawn Bowling
If you want to bowl but do not want to go anywhere, you can easily bowl on the lawn. You can play this game with two and more players.
17. Large Dominos
Since it is a larger version of the actual game, it can be played by more people. Classic Dominos needs only two players.
18. Lawn Darts
If you want to play Lawn Darts, you should be careful, especially if kids are playing or running around. You can easily buy darts with soft tips to prevent any injuries. By doing that, you can safely enjoy this game on a nice day.
19. Ring Toss
It is easy to play Ring Toss since you only need to toss an object, but it also requires sunny weather. More people can easily play it.
20. Ring Swing
To play Ring Swing, you will not need many supplies. What is best about it is that it can be played anywhere, with little space, and in all weather conditions. You can even set it up in a covered gazebo or your basement.
Spikeball is similar to volleyball, but it is much easier. You will need a lot of space to play it, and you should get familiar with the rules before mentioning it at your BBQ party.
22. Self-Sealing Water Balloons
Playing with water balloons is a good game for both adults and kids. You should ask you guests if they want to participate or not. The best would be to choose a space where you will throw water balloons so that other guests are safe from getting wet.
23. Tug of War
You can buy items that are made for this game specifically, but you can also use any rope that you have. It does not have a limit of players.
24. Yard Pong
For these games, you do not need a lot of equipment, just good weather and a lot of players and an audience to make it fun. If you loved to play it in college, you would love this giant version even more. It is smart to add water or sand into buckets to avoid knocking them over. This is also a great game for kids, and you do not need much space to play it.
25. Yard Dice
Since they are very large, it is very funny to play with them. You can play a lot of games with them, but there are also games that were designed for these yard dice, so you can play them also.
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There are a lot of games to choose from for your BBQ party, and that is why we listed a lot of them to make your choice a bit easier. Gather your friends and have fun!