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9 Epic Backyard Parties You Should Throw Immediately

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1. Host a crawfish boil and get messy.

You need a big pot, crawfish, corn, taters, artichokes, a picnic table covered in newspaper, and a bunch of hungry friends. Beverages are strongly encouraged... as are napkins.
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You need a big pot, crawfish, corn, taters, artichokes, a picnic table covered in newspaper, and a bunch of hungry friends. Beverages are strongly encouraged... as are napkins.

2. Scare your friends all summer with horror movie nights.

There are more slasher films than summer days. Why not watch them all? Set up a projector and spread blankets and pillows on the lawn. Then sneak off to dress as the villain and scare the crap out of your friends during the climax.
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There are more slasher films than summer days. Why not watch them all? Set up a projector and spread blankets and pillows on the lawn. Then sneak off to dress as the villain and scare the crap out of your friends during the climax.

3. Host a country western barbecue.

You need: plenty of meat, cold beer, horseshoes, a pair a jeans that fit just right, and the radio onnnnnnnn. Not to mention pecan pie, good friends, good stories, and maybe a hound dog or two.
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You need: plenty of meat, cold beer, horseshoes, a pair a jeans that fit just right, and the radio onnnnnnnn. Not to mention pecan pie, good friends, good stories, and maybe a hound dog or two.

4. Keep things classy with a full moon party.

Who needs daylight? When the sun sets, the fun rises. Place a large paper lantern on a pole and illuminate your space. Bring the lunar theme to the decorations and the dress: black and white. Add Sinatra and cocktails, and you'll have a ball.
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Who needs daylight? When the sun sets, the fun rises. Place a large paper lantern on a pole and illuminate your space. Bring the lunar theme to the decorations and the dress: black and white. Add Sinatra and cocktails, and you'll have a ball.

5. Bring out your competitive side with backyard game tournaments.

You need various backyard games, a bracket, refreshments, and prizes for the victors. Have fun with it and hand out awards for "Worst Toss," "Biggest Fail," "Beginner's Luck," and the fan favorite: "Best Spectator's Award."
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You need various backyard games, a bracket, refreshments, and prizes for the victors. Have fun with it and hand out awards for "Worst Toss," "Biggest Fail," "Beginner's Luck," and the fan favorite: "Best Spectator's Award."

6. Let out your wild side with a bacchanal.

In ancient times, bacchanals were all-night revelries with food, drink, and dancing. The modern equivalent is more refined but maintains the spirit of the original.
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In ancient times, bacchanals were all-night revelries with food, drink, and dancing. The modern equivalent is more refined but maintains the spirit of the original.

7. Throw a garden party with lawn games.

Keep the food light and fruity, the beverages refreshing, the decor tasteful, and the croquet fearsome. And of course: everyone must wear white.
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Keep the food light and fruity, the beverages refreshing, the decor tasteful, and the croquet fearsome. And of course: everyone must wear white.

8. Relish in seasonal irony with Christmas in July.

Chestnuts roasting on a charcoal grill, Jack Sweat dripping off your nose... Because why should you only celebrate once a year? Drag out those decorations, put on your red and green summer wear, and throw that delicious Christmas ham on the grill.
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Chestnuts roasting on a charcoal grill, Jack Sweat dripping off your nose... Because why should you only celebrate once a year? Drag out those decorations, put on your red and green summer wear, and throw that delicious Christmas ham on the grill.

9. Lastly, you can never go wrong with a guy night.

Steaks, cigars, old friends, and good conversation. Because things don't always need to be complicated. These are the nights you remember forever.
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Steaks, cigars, old friends, and good conversation. Because things don't always need to be complicated. These are the nights you remember forever.

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