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10 Backyard Games You Can Play At Your Next Cocktail Party

Summer is far too short to go drinkless. Make history this summer with Jim Beam® Bourbon, making yard games more interesting since 1795.

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1. Rung in the start of summer with Ladder Toss:

Make your own ladder set out of PVC piping and golf balls or purchase a premade set. The rules are simple: Toss the connected balls, or bolas, at the ladder rungs to earn points. Keep that left hand clasped around a beverage. Will you be able to hang?
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Make your own ladder set out of PVC piping and golf balls or purchase a premade set. The rules are simple: Toss the connected balls, or bolas, at the ladder rungs to earn points. Keep that left hand clasped around a beverage. Will you be able to hang?

2. Take your friends to the cleaners with a game of Washers:

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Build your own board out of wood or use a tin can. Washers can be purchased at your local hardware store. But know this: Glory and honor on the washer pitch are not for sale.

3. Have a brainy day in the sun with Lawn Chess:

You'll think you've disappeared down the rabbit hole when you set up this jumbo-sized chess set. It's perfect for a peaceful afternoon or a low-key barbecue or garden party.
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You'll think you've disappeared down the rabbit hole when you set up this jumbo-sized chess set. It's perfect for a peaceful afternoon or a low-key barbecue or garden party.

4. Go the distance and create a Disc Golf hole (or 18!):

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You can set up one basket or a full 18-basket course, depending on the size of your yard. Buy your discs at a sporting goods store. A variety of games can be played with any number of baskets. Just be careful your long toss doesn't spill your drink.

5. Sink your afternoon into a game of Cornhole:

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The game of cornhole has three components: Two wooden ramps with "cornholes" drilled into them, beanbags for each player, and the beverage in your left hand.

6. Knock around your backyard with Bocce Ball:

Stake out your bocce court with twine or just freestyle over a patch of yard. The primary goal: Get your ball to land closest to the mark ball (called the Jack). The secondary goal: Don't spill your drink.
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Stake out your bocce court with twine or just freestyle over a patch of yard.

The primary goal: Get your ball to land closest to the mark ball (called the Jack).

The secondary goal: Don't spill your drink.

7. Puzzle your way through an afternoon with Giant Dominoes:

Dominoes is always a crowd pleaser. And it's incredibly satisfying to drop a big piece in place to block your opponent.
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Dominoes is always a crowd pleaser. And it's incredibly satisfying to drop a big piece in place to block your opponent.

8. Go buck wild with a game of Horseshoes:

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Toss a few back while you toss recycled horse sneakers at your opponent's stake. The goal is to get a ringer. You'll know it's a ring when you here the ding.

9. Kick it outside with a game of Hacky Sack:

You can't beat a casual game of hacky sack. And since no hands or arms are allowed, your upper body can focus on holding your beverage while your lower body tries to out-bump your friends.
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You can't beat a casual game of hacky sack. And since no hands or arms are allowed, your upper body can focus on holding your beverage while your lower body tries to out-bump your friends.

10. Lastly, topple empires with the Swedish game Kubb:

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The object of Kubb is to overturn your opponent's wooden blocks with your wooden throwing baton. First you must knock over their kubbs, then you may topple the larger king kubb. The Swedes have been playing this game of "Viking Chess" for thousands of years. It's time for you to add your chapter to this legendary yard sport.

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Jim Beam® is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. and is used with permission.

DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Jim Beam® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 40% Alc./Vol. ©2014 James B. Beam Distilling Co., Clermont, KY