When I get back to the house from a hot afternoon playing disc golf (and shooting +27 over *cough-cough*), I like to knock out a cold, delicious beer. But that beer doesn’t quite compare to the ones you can drink while actually playing an outdoor game.
I used these plans to make my own cornhole boards that I may-or-may-not be able to show you because they may-or-may-not feature trademarked logos of my favorite sports team.
Pro Tip: Once you’ve made the cuts and assembled the boards, give them two weeks to dry before you paint (due to the pressure-treated wood).
Another game that lends itself to, well, to … consumption … is horseshoes. Of course, you’ll want to keep the toddlers wrangled when that beautiful clang! of horseshoe striking post fills the air, but this is the godfather of beer-in-hand games and brings that old-school feel to a backyard. Get your horseshoes instructions here.
New to the scene and getting more popular with every tailgate is ladder golf. Ages 2 to 92 are welcome at this party, and although it’s easy to turn loose of the bolos with your other hand gripping a long-neck, I’m just warning you now that there’s a nack to it.
Now, if you’re the type that wants to build 32 forms and pour concrete, do I have the game for you: patio chess. You may have to set that pint down for a sec when you execute your next move with these bad boys, but nothing looks more fun for the thinking imbiber.
Finally, spreading across beer gardens (like my favorite) and backyards faster than stomach flu on a playground (I can tell you all about that, too) is giant Jenga stacked wood blocks. Four (4) 2 x 4 x 16 pieces of wood (all cut to 10-1/2 inch blocks, stacked in 16 levels) and a little sandpaper are all you need to have a spine-tingling outdoor game. You can paint the ends for a livelier look if you’re so inclined, or go au naturel like I did here.