Up your summer entertaining game with grownup versions of your favorite backyard games and activities.

Outdoor movie screen and setup

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Picture a warm summer night in your backyard catching up with friends as the sun casts a warm golden glow over the garden. A drink in hand, you turn on a classic Billy Joel song, and everyone’s feeling the music (and the drinks). What better way to kick off the evening than with a little bit of friendly competition? A fun lawn game under the warmth of summer air can add an extra memorable element to your backyard barbecue that will leave guests saying, “Let’s do it again next week!”

Outdoor lawn games have entered the backyard scene once more, but this time as a staple piece of your decor rather than a weak spot in your home’s outdoor design. We’ve collected our favorite outdoor games that are fit for any group, from carved birch cornhole and jumbo dice made of Western red cedar to a Swedish block game played by the Vikings. These carefully crafted games made for both fun and beauty are timeless pieces that will enhance your home and will provide enjoyment for years to come.

“Consider adding outdoor games that are as beautiful as they are fun. Outdoor games no longer have to be an eyesore but an expansion of your already carefully curated outdoor space,” says Sarah Wasmund, associate merchant for home decor and furnishings company Grandin Road. “Introducing interactive elements into your backyard welcomes family and friends to make memories.”

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Call your friends and tell them to mark their calendars. These are some of the best outdoor lawn games for you to choose from for your next warm-weather barbecue!

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