Spring is here! We had our first bbq over the weekend with a few of our closest friends to kick it off, and it was glorious. Burgers and drumsticks straight off the grill, homemade sangria, and some incredible side dishes brought by our guests that included everything from guacamole, to macaroni and cheese, to homemade Indian samosas. It was a lovely relaxing evening in our back yard, and before long a few of the gang were head long in an intense game of bocce ball on the lawn.
There are so many awesome lawn games fit for a day of grilling, eating and drinking (because we have to burn all that off somehow, ‘eh?) so here are some classics you can play as the weather starts warming up and you look for more excuses to spend your weekends outside.
Play as two people or two teams, each with a set of 4 bocce balls. A small ball, called the jack, is thrown toward the end of the lawn, and the object of the game is for your team to get closer to the jack than the other team by tossing and rolling your bocce balls toward it. Just like in pool, things start getting ugly when opposing teams start knocking your balls out of the way to make room for their own near the jack! Each team takes turns based on who is currently closest to the jack, so strategy can be the key to winning!
Play as two people or two teams. The object is to throw your horseshoe at a stake at the far end of the lawn (traditionally 40 feet away). If you hook the horseshoe around the stake, it’s called a ringer. The only way to score points is by getting a ringer or landing your horseshoe on the ground, closest to the stake. Those horseshoes are heavy, so throwing one that distance is not as easy as it sounds!
This game always makes me think of that scene in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland where the Red Queen is hitting curled up ground hogs (or some rodent-type furry thing) with a flamingo-mallet through the playing-card-soldier arches. Firstly, it’s played with balls not cute furry animals, and the mallets are just mallets, not birds. The game is basically similar to golf, but played with mallets and there are arches instead of holes in the ground (which is much friendlier on your lawn). It’s known to be quite a competitive game!
The great thing about volleyball is you can play with any number of people; whether it’s one-on-one or seven-on-seven, anyone who wants to play can play. All you need is a net, a couple of posts, and a volleyball. I’m sure there are very specific “regulation” rules, but it’s a generally flexible game if you need to fudge the rules a bit for any reason. Plus, playing in your yard is great practice for when the party moves to the beach this summer!
This is probably the easiest to get going, since nearly everyone has a frisbee in their garage somewhere. Just a friendly toss back and forth will get you and your friends up and moving, and a couple challenging throws can make it a lively game. You can also get a group tossing it back and forth. I find most fun when you don’t know who it will get thrown to next! (I love a good fake-out!) If you have a big enough yard and are feeling especially ambitious, step it up with a game of Ultimate Frisbee (remember college?) which is a lot like football but without the tackling. Well, usually without the tackling anyway.
Happy Spring, everyone!
What’s your favorite BBQ activity?