Lawn Games

As everyone with a Pinterest account knows, Aaron and I tackled the front yard this spring. But what you might not know is that our  backyard is actually in worse shape than the front yard was. I’m not going to go into detail now because we aren’t planning to so much as look at the backyard until the temperature drops about 30 degrees. But I will tell you this: There will be a patio. And a firepit and grill. And places to sit. And parties and barbecues and all the other stuff you do when it’s delightful outside and you have a patio.

So if I plan to have lots of people over to hang in my backyard oasis, I need some sort of yard game, right? Let’s explore our options, shall we?


Requirements: A croquet set (mallets, balls, wickets) and a level stretch of lawn

Pros : Minimal set up, easy to play, makes you feel fancy/British/like a Kennedy

Cons: I’d have to put out the wickets every time I wanted to play, because they’d get stolen otherwise.


Requirements: a net (blah), racquets, shuttlecock

Pros: Still makes you feel fancy/British

Cons: Set up’s a bit more complicated, since I couldn’t leave the net outside all the time. Also, I suck at racquet sports.

Yard Bowling

Requirements: balls, pins, a wooden bowling alley if I want to be awesome


Cons: I will probably not be building a wooden bowling alley any time soon, so this photo loses a bit of luster.


Requirements: stakes, horseshoes

Pros: Incredibly easy set up, simple rules, reminds me of my roots (BEEBE, AR 4 LYFE!)

Cons: Is it enough to keep people really interested or would they bore easily?

Bocce Ball  or Pétanque 

Requirements: A court – could be grass or sand but needs sides and backboards of some sort, a bocce set

Pros: Can have many players, is similar to bowling (I LOVE BOWLING) and seems like an addictive sport

Cons: Set up is mid-level, not the easiest, not the most complicated. Also: I don’t exactly know how to play.


What do you think? Do you have a favorite lawn sport? Am I missing a very important one?

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7 Responses to “Lawn Games”

  1. 1 Lana Hallmark July 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Good post! Although you did forget my personal favorite……volleyball. Unfortunately, I haven’t played volleyball in about a decade and it would probably kill me now.

    • 2 rosemaryonthetv July 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      I took volleyball in college and was actually pretty good. I fear set up would be a headache though.

  2. 3 Julie July 17, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    CORNHOLE. I put it in all caps not because I’m a big fan, but because I think it’s funny. And I never heard it called that until I moved to South Carolina.

    • 4 rosemaryonthetv July 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      I swear, I didn’t include it because I can’t its name. But yes, BEAN BAG TOSS is an alternative, though I don’t have much room to store the wooden box things…

  3. 5 Natalie July 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Ladderball! It is relatively inexpensive to buy, easy to set up (and also portable for tailgate), and similar to horshoes and Baggo (or Cornhole, if you must) in that you toss something at a target.

  4. 7 Nicole Hunnicutt July 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Yay, bocce ball! That’s our game. We have a great set of bocce balls. You don’t need a course. Just a yard. It’s really easy and fun to play. xo.

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