How to Throw the Perfect End of Summer BBQ

For many Orange County residents, Summer is considered a year-round season as Southern California boasts some pretty amazing weather. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t throw the perfect “End of Summer” barbecue. Although there are still sunny skies and late sunsets, let’s face it, with fall comes busy schedules. Your friends are rushing their children off to school, sporting games, piano lessons and tutoring. It’s hard to throw a last minute get-together when you’re only running into your friends in passing. Therefore, use the last few weeks of summer as an excuse to invite your closest friends and their children over to celebrate the last “hoorah” of summer. Wish these flawless tips we’ve provided below, you can be sure everyone will be talking about your barbecue long into the next season!

end of summer BBQ

end of summer bbq

Have a Theme

Make your end of summer get-together one to remember by incorporating a fun theme! Ever thought about an outdoor movie screening? Well if not, you’ve just found your party theme! Purchase an inflatable, outdoor projector and strategically place it in your backyard. If you have a pool, even better! Place the projector at the end of your pool. Make sure to pick a family friendly movie that everyone will enjoy! Fill your pool will all sorts of fun inflatable pool toys. If you’ve been keeping up, nowadays there are a plethora of fun inflatables from pool floats and flamingos, to slices of pizza. By filling your pool with some fun inflatables, you can create the perfect kid-friendly atmosphere. You can purchase an inflatable outdoor projector screen by clicking here. You can purchase some fun inflatable pool floats by clicking here.

end of summer BBQ

end of summer bbq

Know Your Audience

Knowing your audience is another important step! When deciding what kinds of foods to serve at your summer barbecue, keep in mind a couple of things: Do I have enough kid friendly foods? Does anyone have any serious food allergies? Do I have any vegetarian guests? Keeping these details in mind will make you that much better of a host. A great summer go-to, especially in Southern California is a taco bar. Grill up some meats on your barbecue and set up a table with appropriate toppings and seasonings. If the kids are younger, maybe grill up some hot dogs and hamburgers — always a favorite with the younger crowd! In fact, it’d be fun to provide some movie theater themed snacks for your outdoor movie themed barbecue. You can fill a separate table with popcorn and candy, that will leave your friend’s children raving about your party for months!

end of summer BBQ

end of summer bbq

Fun For All

With any great summer barbecue, it’s time to think about drinks. If you decide to go with the classic taco bar idea, what better to pair with tacos than Margaritas! After the kids are all settled in enjoying their movie, you can serve up some seriously delicious drinks for the adults! Looking for the perfect summer beverage? Try this blended Pomegranate Margarita recipe, courtesy of All Recipes. Not only is this recipe refreshing, but you can also offer it sans alcohol and it will be just as tasty!

Pomegranate Margarita


  • 4 Cups ice
  • 1 Cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 Cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Cup tequila
  • 1 Cup triple sec
  • 1/4 Cup powdered sugar


In a blender mix together, then serve in your favorite pool party glasses.

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