By Maria Darbenzio. Updated by Mary DeMaio

Invite a few couples from around your neighborhood to get together for a backyard barbecue bash as a fun and romantic date idea this weekend. Sure, it’s fun to have some alone time with your sweetheart, but mingling with other couples is a great way to make new friends, especially if you haven’t met all of your neighbors yet.

Check out these fun barbecue date idea activities!

Hanging out together gives you a chance to see how other couples express their love. Not only can you learn a few pointers about your own relationship, but you’ll get an idea of who to call when you want to go on a double dinner date.

For the barbecue, have each couple bring one of their favorite appetizers or entrees. Depending on how many guests you invite, you should be able to put up a decent-sized buffet. The diverse dishes will also be great talking points, as you can find out the history behind each recipe. As the hosts, you and your partner can provide beer, wine, and cocktails as well as desserts. Preparation for the barbecue can be just as fun and exciting as the actual event!

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If you have a pool, tell your guests to bring their swimsuits. After all, pool parties aren’t only for kids! It’s a great way to keep things lighthearted and fun. Of course, if you’re serving alcohol at your get-together, remind everyone to drink responsibly both in and out of the water.

No pool, no problem. Set up some of your favorite backyard games — anything from horseshoes to corn hole to volleyball.

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Once everyone has had their fair share of swimming or games, build a bonfire and hang out around it as the sun begins to set. Provide marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate bars to make s’mores for a sweet end to the evening. At the end of the day, you and your partner will have memories and friends that last.

What are your favorite barbecue activities? Let us know in the comments below!