Summer is a season that brings with it an abundance of joy and excitement. It’s a time when the sun shines brightly, the days are longer, and the air is filled with a sense of freedom and adventure. One of the beloved traditions that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of summer is hosting BBQ parties from the comfort of your own Tim Lewis home. Join us as we explore tips for hosting the perfect summer BBQ.

Prepare Your Tim Lewis Outdoor Space

Now that you have the home of your dreams, it is time to host to your heart’s content. Preparing your Tim Lewis home for a summer BBQ involves a few key steps to ensure your outdoor space is clean, inviting, and perfectly set up for an enjoyable gathering. Besides giving the backyard a thorough cleaning, several things can add to the ambiance of your BBQ.

Shade Structures

The Northern Nevada and California summer sun can be intense, and providing shaded areas is essential for the comfort of your guests. Many of our communities offered California Rooms to bring the luxuries of indoor living outdoors. If your home does not have a California Room, installing a gazebo from Costco, Lowes, or any other warehouse store can be a great shade addition at a low cost. Additionally, consider utilizing natural shade from trees to give your guests a retreat from the heat while still enjoying the outdoor festivities.


When it comes to outdoor lighting, setting the right ambiance is crucial for evening BBQs. Hang string lights or lanterns along the perimeter of your patio or overhead to create a warm and inviting glow. Also, add solar-powered path lights to guide guests to different areas.


To set the mood, curating a summer BBQ playlist can go a long way. Feature upbeat tunes that everyone can enjoy. Whether you go with a permanent surround sound system or a Bluetooth speaker, let the good times roll (but not too loud, we love our neighbors).

California room in Crowne Point II community

Fun & Games

Fun and games are an essential part of any BBQ gathering, adding an extra layer of excitement and entertainment.


Classic games like cornhole, ladder toss, and horseshoes are always crowd-pleasers, providing friendly competition and laughter. Setting up a volleyball net or basketball hoop for those seeking more active challenges can energize everyone.

Pool Activities

If your Tim Lewis home features a pool, like the beautiful Magnolia at Granite Bay, you have a fantastic opportunity to incorporate pool activities into your BBQ. Arrange pool floats, noodles, and water toys to encourage splashing and play. Consider organizing friendly swimming races or pool volleyball matches for both kids and adults to enjoy. For relaxation, set up lounge chairs around the pool area where guests can unwind and soak up the sun while socializing.

Nearby Parks

In addition to lawn games and pool activities, you can explore the nearby parks if you need more space. Check out the nearby parks:

Cedar CreekCanyon Creek Park
Kingsbury Estates Mountain View Pond & Gardner Park
RevivalRick Gonzales Senior Park
Reflections at Poppy Lane Oasis Park & The Preserve at District 56
The Lake at Crowne Point IIPark by the Lake
The Summit at Whitney Ranch Willard Park

By incorporating these fun and games into your BBQ, you’ll create an atmosphere of laughter, friendly competition, and shared enjoyment. Regardless of age or interests, there will be something for everyone to participate in and have a great time. So, get ready to ignite the spirit of fun and games at your BBQ, and watch as the joy and laughter fill the air, leaving lasting memories for all who attend.

Kids enjoying their Magnolia pool

Food & Drinks

Food is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any BBQ gathering. Plus, it’s an opportunity to delight your guests with various mouthwatering dishes. Traditional BBQ fare classics like juicy burgers, succulent grilled chicken, and tender ribs are always crowd-pleasers. Enhance these staples with your favorite marinades, rubs, and homemade BBQ sauces for an extra burst of flavor. For a unique twist, consider experimenting with unconventional options such as grilled shrimp skewers, smoked brisket, or even grilled pizza, showcasing your culinary creativity and adding an element of surprise to the menu.

To quench your guests’ thirst, offer a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic summer beverages. For those over 21 who enjoy alcoholic options, create refreshing cocktails like a classic margarita, fruity sangria, or a tropical rum punch. Non-alcoholic alternatives include homemade lemonade, infused water with fresh fruits and herbs, or mocktails such as a sparkling watermelon spritzer or a virgin piña colada. The key is to provide a variety of options that cater to different preferences and ensure everyone stays hydrated and satisfied throughout the BBQ.

With a combination of traditional and unique BBQ dishes and a refreshing assortment of beverages, you’ll be well on your way to creating a culinary experience that will leave your guests craving more. So fire up the grill, explore new flavors, and let the tantalizing aromas and delectable flavors take center stage at your next BBQ gathering.

Tip: If the amount of food feels overwhelming, opt for a potluck. Guests can bring their own meat to grill and a side to share to allow for a variety of options and keep the amount of food prep on your end down.


Friends enjoying the perfect summer BBQ

The Perfect Summer BBQ in Your Tim Lewis Home

Hosting BBQs in your Tim Lewis Home is an incredible opportunity to embrace the summer season and create cherished memories with friends and family. The warm weather and beautiful surroundings of your Tim Lewis Home provide the perfect backdrop for unforgettable gatherings. Whether it’s the sizzle of the grill, the laughter of loved ones, or the aroma of delicious food wafting through the air, these BBQs become moments that encapsulate the joy and spirit of summer.

We invite you to share your BBQ experiences and photos, showcasing the happiness within your Tim Lewis Home. Let’s celebrate the joys of hosting BBQs as we create lasting memories that will be cherished for years.

Ready to start making summer memories in a Tim Lewis Community? View our available communities and start the journey to the perfect summer BBQ!