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How to Take Your Cookouts to the Next Level


Take advantage of the two beautiful outdoor grilling areas at Alta Brighton Park in Summerville, SC, by hosting amazing barbecues for your friends, family, and neighbors. Want to make it a cookout to remember? Small touches go a long way in enhancing your summer cookouts at Alta Brighton Park. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite tips for hosting creative cookouts.


What’s a party without music? If you don’t want to take advantage of the tunes we are offering up at the pool deck, bring your own Bluetooth speaker and develop the perfect playlist to serve as the soundtrack to your creative cookout. Adding a Bluetooth speaker helps you run with a theme – think Hawaiian reggae to pair with mai tais and teriyaki chicken skewers. Having a Bluetooth speaker lets anyone with a smartphone connect, which could lend itself to music guessing games, impromptu dance parties, and the perfect backdrop for your cookout.

Yard Games

You’re in luck! Alta Brighton Park offers giant Jenga, bocce ball, and cornhole at the pool for you and your guests’ enjoyment. If you’re looking for something different, a quick Google or Pinterest search loads an endless list of fun yard games for all ages. Keep the crowd engaged by crafting a variety of DIY yard games that appeal to your specific group. Kids in attendance will love getting tangled up in a game of yard Twister. Just bring that old mat outside or get an old sheet and spray paint the dots to create your own version. Yard dice, as well as classics like croquet also make for a fun cookout experience.

Tasty Recipes

Really want to take your cookout to the next level? Try your hand at tasty recipes like homemade barbecue sauce. Pinterest makes it a breeze to convince your friends you’re a secret chef. From grilled street corn to a cold watermelon gazpacho, good food means a great cookout. Burgers and hot dogs may be a staple of the classic cookout, but straying from the norm is an easy way to up your cookout game.

Dynamic Decor

Don’t just throw a stack of paper plates and a plastic tablecloth in your shopping cart and call it good on cookout decor. Take it to the next level with simple yet dynamic decor. Whether you plan to follow a specific theme focused on food, decor, or an occasion, you can use simple elements to beautify your cookout backdrop. Blue or red gingham tablecloths add a traditional touch, and fresh flowers complement any space – indoors or out. From brightly colored balloons to Mason jars with country accents, the decor can really up the aesthetic of your cookout.

Your Best Barbecue Yet

Make your next cookout one for the books with these ideas. Your friends will be boasting about your creative cookout and the beautiful outdoor grilling space at Alta Brighton Park. It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy with these fresh tips for your next barbecue party.

Not an Alta Brighton Park resident yet? Check out our photo gallery to get a sneak peek at our stunning outdoor space and start imagining the cookouts you’ll throw for friends, family, and neighbors here.

Alta Brighton Park


115 Great Lawn Drive Summerville, SC 29486

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