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Outdoor Summer Party Theme: “Fire Up the Grill”

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DIY Fire Up the Grill Party

If you came here looking for a BOLD outdoor summer party theme, you came to the right place! Today I’m going to show you how to host a-blazin’ “Fire Up The Grill” party to kick off the summer. If you’re like me, you’re already anticipating the beautiful and predictable weather summer has to offer! So I say bring it on! Let’s get outside and enjoy our leisure time in style!

All you need to start Summer 2016 off right, is a party spot outside, DIY supplies and bold flavors your guests won’t soon forget!

To throw a fun and stress-free party, you can start prepping for the big event early. The craft projects can all be done in advance, so all you have to do on the day of your event is to cook, serve and enjoy!

Outdoor Summer Party Theme: “Fire Up the Grill”:

Let’s start with your decor. For this party, I created a super cute “Fire Up The Grill” printable banner for you to hang on the food table. I love hosting outdoor parties where the men gather around the grill while the women relax on the patio sharing their summer plans. With that in mind, my grilling theme was born.

Fire Up The Grill Banner

When I made this banner for my party, I cut out each piece and glued them together. Thankfully you don’t have to go to all that trouble because I’ve included a one-piece printable below!

Free Printable Outdoor Summer Party Theme Banner:

Free Printable Outdoor Summer Party Theme Banner

Step 1:  Print as many flags as you need and cut them out for your banner. Print your banner here. I recommend card stock, but you can also use printer paper.

Step 2: Punch Holes in the pennant flags and thread your ribbon or string through the holes.

Step 3: Hang your banner using transparent tape to secure.

The printable banner is just the first step. If you want to kick this party up a notch, it’s all about the details! You can include small touches that add flavor and variety to your party while seamlessly weaving in the “Fire Up The Grill” theme. Just take a look at this grill cake plate that only took 10 minutes to make!

Can you believe that’s just two serving bowls, some staples, and a bamboo skewer?

Fire Up The Grill Cake Plate

DIY Grill Themed Cake Plate:

Supply List:
(2) Disposable black bowls with lids
(1) Bamboo Skewer
Paper piercing tool
Gloss Black Spray Paint

How To Make It:

Step 1: Spray the bamboo skewer black and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Staple the bowls together using the tab. Then make holes in the bowls and one clear lid for the bamboo skewer using the paper piercing tool.

Step 3: Thread the painted bamboo skewer through the bowls and lid. Place something with a little weight and height behind the “grill” to keep the lid from falling away from the cake.

Step 4: Place the cake on your “grill”.

For those of you who love to save money and storage space, you could try out this DIY Drink Basket. Why waste money when you can quickly throw together your own drink basket?


DIY Drink Basket

Supply List:
Round laundry basket
(1) Black trash bag
(2 White trash bags
Transparent Tape

Step 1: Put the laundry basket inside the black trash bag. Tape the corners to the bottom of the basket.

Step2:  Line the laundry basket with the two white trash bags. (Double bag it) Set aside until party day.

Step 3:  On party day, add ice and drinks. In case you are wondering, on an eighty-degree day, this drink basket still had ice in it and had not leaked after three hours in the sun. After the party, you can dry out the bags and re-purpose them for trash; and use the $1.00 laundry basket for whatever you choose.

Now onto the food for the big day. If you want your guests’ taste buds blasted with intense sensations, take a trip on the wild side with Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausage. There are several unique flavors available in the hot dog section at your local Walmart including Original, Jalapeno, and Cheddar. The Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausage have no fillers, no added MGG, they are high in flavor, and Gluten Free. Also, these sausages are completely cooked so that you can cook on the grill, stovetop, oven or in your microwave. With rollback pricing of just $3.48, from now until Memorial Day,  you can enjoy the quality, tradition, and spirit of adventure that has been Jack Link’s way of life for over 100 years. Let your imagination run wild and your guests will be thrilled with the bold flavors in your recipes.

These are just a few recipes that you MUST try!

Bold and Colorful Jack Link's Wild Side Sausage Kabobs


Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages Hardwood Smoked with Cheddar Cheese
Jack Link’s Wild Side Jalapeno Sausages
Green, Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Peppers
1-Sweet Yellow Onion
1-Purple Onion
3-4 Zucchini
4-6 Yellow Squash
Small whole mushrooms
Olive oil
Your favorite vegetable seasoning
Bamboo Skewers

Jack Links Wild Side Sausage

Step 1: Soak your Bamboo Skewers in water for 20 minutes. While you are waiting for the skewers, prepare your vegetables.

Step 2: Cut up vegetables for Kabobs. You can use a shaped cutter for a prettier presentation, or cut them up with a knife. You should find that either method makes a beautiful presentation.

Jack Link's Kabob Veggies

Step 3: Spray cut up vegetables with olive oil. Then sprinkle your favorite vegetable seasoning on the vegetables and set aside.

Step 4: Cut the Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages into about ½ – inch pieces. Don’t worry about keeping the flavors in separate containers. Mix them up for an added daring surprise on your kabobs.

Step 5: Put cut up Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages pieces and vegetables on your bamboo skewers in random order.

Veggies for Kabob

Step 6: Grill over low heat until vegetables and Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages appear prepared to your preference, about 15 – 20 minutes turning over occasionally. Serve.

Jack Link's Wild Side Sausages on the grill

Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages Hardwood Smoked with Cheddar Cheese
Jack Link’s Wild Side Jalapeno Sausages
Pumpernickel Bread
Thousand Island Dressing
Sauerkraut (well drained)

Step 1: Cut out your bread shapes and place in a sealed container until it is time to assemble your sliders.

Step 2: When you are ready to prepare the sliders, layout half of your bread shapes and spread thousand island dressing on them.

Step 3: Cut your Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages (both flavors) into ¼-inch slices.

Step 4: Place one slice of Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages on bread with dressing on them. Then pile a little of the well-drained sauerkraut on top of the sausage slice.

Step 5: Top this with another slice of bread and hold the slider together with a toothpick or mini fork. Place your sliders on a serving plate and enjoy.
The last recipe I will share with you is for an hors d’oeuvre that also features the bold flavor of Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausage and is quite delicious.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages Hardwood Smoked with Cheddar Cheese
Jack Link’s Wild Side Jalapeno Sausages
Ranch Dressing

Step 1: Slice your cucumbers while grilling the Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages

Step 2: When sausage is cool, slice into ½ -inch slices

Step 3: Spread ranch dressing on half of the cucumber slices. Then place sausage slices on top of the dressing that is covering the cucumber slice.

Step 4: Top this with another cucumber slice and hold your creation together with a toothpick.

Enjoy the Bold flavor of your hors d’oeuvres!

I found everything I needed to create this outdoor summer party theme at Walmart.


So there you have it. I hope I have given you all the tools you need to create your own bold grillin’ outdoor summer party. When you have your party, I would love to hear how it turned out!

Fire Up The Grill Outdoor Summer Party Theme

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