There is nothing better than throwing a rowdy redneck party in the middle of the summer. Everybody is always in a good mood and having a joyous time. The drinks are flowing, the fried food is tasty, and the games are competitive. These types of parties will always be fun, but the quality of the shindig usually gets measured by how authentic the party is. Does everyone truly feel like a redneck when attending?
In this article, we highlight the various strategies and party ideas to take your redneck celebration to the next level. We examine the various drink options, food alternatives, appropriate decorations, costumes, and party games. By promoting and maximizing each of these different components of the hillbilly get-together, you will have everyone in the neighborhood praising you and your efforts.
Redneck Party Drink Options
When someone arrives at the party, the first thing they will ask for is a drink. You do not want to disappoint with your selections, but one aspect remains consistent for your redneck drinks: they are all going to be cheap!
You can never go wrong with sweet wine, whether it is from a box, screw top, or wine coolers. Make sure that the wine is light in nature and fruit-flavored to some degree. Since hillbilly parties usually take place during the summer, you want to offer an option that is refreshing and will cool people off. Many products on the market satisfy these requirements, but some quality, fruity, low-cost wines include:
- Graffigna Centenario Pinot Grigio White Wine
- Fresita Sparkling Wine
- Gallo Family Vineyards, White Zinfandel
- NVY Envy Passion fruit
- Nova Tickled Pink Moscato
- Long Flat Red Moscato
- Boone’s Farm Sangria
- Wild Vines, Blackberry Merlot
- Emeri, Pink Moscato
Nothing screams “America” more than a classic and straightforward array of inexpensive domestic beers. The sweet wine may satisfy some of the crowd, but the safe option to please everybody is to provide cheap beer, such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Bud Light, Miller Light, Budweiser, and Coors Light.
You have the beer covered, and you have the light wine lovers happy. But the real way to spice your redneck party up is to include redneck cocktails that blend the best of hillbilly alcohol with a soda, preferably caffeinated. When you have drinks like these available, it adds a level of depth and authenticity to the party. People will also be happy with the amount of selection and choices that you provide.
When deciding which redneck cocktails to put out, there is a lot of great choices out there, including:
- Southern Comfort mixed with mountain dew (on ice)
- Bourbon with iced tea, blackberries, and a garnish
- Bourbon with sweet vermouth, bitters, and cherries
- Small glass with a shot each of bourbon and wine
- Hillbilly punch with white rum, peach schnapps, amaretto liquor, cranberry juice, and mountain dew
Redneck Martini (Beertini)
If you are trying to go over the top, a redneck martini, or “Beertini,” can be a funny twist to your hillbilly party. A redneck martini includes cold beer poured into a martini glass, combined with olives and olive juice. You will already have the beer supplied, so it is a matter of providing the olives, olive juice, and martini glasses. Once you add in this drink, you have all angles covered when it comes to the libations!
Redneck Party Food Alternatives
Now that you have your full set of drinks, it is time to pick out your foot options. There are spoofy desserts, main courses, and snacks that will satisfy your guests. You can get fun with it and add to the theme with some decorated treats, or you can keep it simple by supplying the most classic hillbilly foods.
Regardless of what food you decide to offer, you are doing it wrong if you do not supply fried treats! Fried foods are the base of redneck eating, and you must get creative with which snacks and desserts you decide to deep fry. These can include ding dongs, twinkies, moon pies, snowballs, ho hos, or even Oreos. Your guests will love you for the full selection, and it will make your party much more authentic.
Every great party has some type of dip or sauce. The best option at a redneck celebration is cheese whiz. This gooey greatness can go on just about anything, which makes it perfect for your hillbilly party. There is a long list of foods you can have available for this, but some of them include pretzels, hot dogs, broccoli, nacho chips, and more.
The Hot Dog/Hamburger/Bakes Beans Combo
You cannot have a redneck party without the baked beans. This delicious side goes perfect with your hot dog or hamburger bar, which will fit nicely on a red or themed plastic plate. Make sure to have barbecue sauce available for the people who love to take their baked beans to the next level. There are many ways to serve this, but you can keep it simple with a crockpot or large cauldron.
If you are looking to add even more authenticity to your party, spam-related food items are a necessity. There are different routes that you can go with this, but the best food items include spam casserole, Hawaiian spam pizza, or spam french fries. Spam is such a redneck staple that you could have these food items set up on their table and have a big sign.
Themed Cupcakes, Hunting Cookies, and other Themed Treats
For the dessert table, you can get creative with the cupcakes and cookies that you make. After cooking up some vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet cupcakes, you can decorate them with icing that is red-, white-, or blue-colored. You can then put some redneck fixtures on top of the frosting, including plastic beer cans with a candle, hunting rifles, flags, and buck teeth.
For the hunting cookies, these can be sugar cookies that are decorated with icing to fit the theme of the specific cookie that you want. In terms of design, you can do fish, deer, hunting bags, rifles, nets, and other guns. These can get decorated with green, orange, or different icing colors that fit the hunting vibe.
If you want to put some serious effort into adding to the hillbilly theme, you can make “hillbilly teeth” as a healthier dessert item. You can cut two apple slides and put them together to make the lips. You can seal them together with some peanut butter, and then you can attach the marshmallows to serve as the enlarged teeth. This creation is a tasty treat that will undoubtedly get laughs from your party guests.
Other Redneck Snacks
The options above should cover a bulk of the food, but some other small snacks can add significant value to your party. Deviled eggs are a fun, tasty snack that is very easy to make. Potato salad is also a delightful side for your main course, in addition to the baked beans. Lastly, beef jerky is an excellent snack option for people later in the party. You cannot beat that lean protein and chewy delight!
Table and Buffet Setup Displays
Once you have the food and drink all figured out, it is essential to set up the refreshments in a way that supports the theme for the entire party. The first is to stage a fold-up table or picnic table with some sort of designed tablecloth. This platform can be a red, checkered picnic-style table, or it could even be a camouflage them. You could also set up hay or straw around the table to add to the hillbilly theme.
Around the table, you can have foldout or picnic chairs for staging purposes. You could also set up redneck posters on the wall behind the counter. They could say “redneck parking only, ” beware of dog,” “no trespassing,” or “redneck lives matter.” You can find many other poster ideas to spice up your buffet display here. Besides posters, you can also cross rifles on the wall to add to the effect.
For the food, you can usually set them up in plastic containers, but you could also have food and drink items in a milk bottle crate. This option is a cheap, but fun way to package your drink or food selections and will undoubtedly get a laugh from the guests. Another great way to serve the drinks is to have an old, but cleaned out, washer or toilet that you can fill with ice and place the drinks inside for serving.
Redneck Drink and Food Presentation
So, what types of plates do you serve the food inside? What kind of cups and glasses do you serve the drinks? These are both fundamental questions, and you can accentuate the theme with the right choices.
For drinks, you must start with the mason jar theme. Rednecks love to package everything from jam to peanut butter in mason jars. It is an all-encompassing container for hillbillies, and it must be a primary choice of cup for people who attend your party. The guests will channel their inner redneck by using a mason jar for drinking.
You can take the mason jar glass idea a step further by offering these in the wine glass form. At the bottom of the glass is the traditional circle base, and the stem connects to a mason jar glass on top. These are great because they add a mock elegance to the party while also promoting the redneck theme. You can do the wine glass theme with red solo cups as well to offer more selections.
For the guests who are looking to go all out by taking shots, there are many ideas to offer several shot glasses. The best one by the bar is the bullet-theme shot glass, which is sure to be a big hit at the party and will have people coming back for more! These are also excellent take-home gifts that people can have, especially if you customize it with a party theme.
For the plates of food, you can keep this simple with a camouflage design, or a hardwood fence theme. There are plastic bowls on the market that have different sections with a space in the middle for you to put your drink. Regardless, you should have paper plates to support the redneck theme, and it makes for an easy party pickup for you and the other hosts!
Redneck Party Decorations
People love themed food and drinks, but your decorations will add another level of authenticity to the party. This part of the celebration preparation takes effort, and people will perceive that when they arrive. So, you do not want to disappoint.
Signs with bottle caps are a great start to your decorations. You can glue colored beer bottle caps to a board to spell out a message or theme for the party. Although this takes extra hard work, you can make these signs any size and impress your guests. You could create a simple “welcome” sign at the entrance or something that says, “redneck nation,” and places it anywhere at the party.
Flags are another way to show extra redneck spirit, and they can be eye-catching if they take a up a lot of space. A couple of ideas for flags include a confederate army flag, a “make America great again” flag, or a “don’t tread on me” yellow flag. Your messages on your banners give your party an identity, so you do not want to miss out on this opportunity.
Fake Roadkill and Other Fun Creatures
There are product options for stuffed living animals, so there are choices out there for roadkill. You can have these stuffed roadkill animals strewn throughout the party on the tables, or you can wear them on your head. Another redneck yard decoration is the pink flamingo. This decoration is a subtle (but appropriate) decoration that you can fork into the ground at the entrance to the party.
Another cheap but effective redneck party decoration is toilet paper for streamers. You can have these hanging from the rafters, above the refreshment table, or draping across the entrance. If you want to add light and a sense of festivity to the party, there are beer can string lights that you can hang up. This idea is excellent for hillbilly holidays that take place around the holiday season.
If you want to get extra creative, you can thread beer cans onto a string and then hang them as garland streamers around the party. You can line the tables with these or have them dangling from the rafters of your barn or house. But, make sure they are cheap beers cans!
Redneck Party Costume Themes
When you invite your guests, you can set the expectation right away by assigning costume themes for the party. You can either limit the restrictions or promote a variety of different costume ideas. Here is a good list below that you can prompt your guests to wear:
- Trucker hats
- WWF shirts
- Fake mullets
- Cutoff jeans
- Camouflage clothing
- Flannel shirts
- Denim dungarees
- Hillbilly tattoos, especially on the lower back
- Walmart bag purses
- Beer cans
- Black teeth or black eyes
Redneck Party Game Themes
The entertainment aspect of your party is crucial for its performance. Every grand redneck celebration has a competitive component that everyone gets excited about. Games keep your guests occupied and prolong the life of the party. Drinking games are vital because the more people drink, the more competitive and passionate they will become to participate in the various games that you have to offer.
You can set up tournaments, give out prizes, and even have an MC who talks on the megaphone to cover the sports games. As a party planning committee, this will take extra organization and work on your end, but it makes the party so much better and memorable for the guests in attendance. Below, we listed out some of the best competitions that you can run for a themed redneck party.
Seed spitting is a classic game that involves drama-filled measurement and suspense. You can hold the competition to determine who can spit a seed the farthest and mark the results. This competition can get done with either watermelon seeds or sunflower seeds. You can give each person three tries and record their best one, or you can ramp up the pressure and let them only spit once.
Twinkie Eating Competition
There is nothing that gets the crowd going more than a twinkie eating competition. Everyone will be on the edge of the seat, while the people at the front scarf down as much food as they can in two to five minutes. To determine the contestants, you can have the attendees of the party vote and nominate the top three to five people. You can do this with regular or fried twinkies, or even hot dogs.
Turkey bowing puts a hilarious spin on the traditional game of bowling. Instead of using a regular bowling ball, you can purchase frozen turkeys that will not get used for eating, but for rolling! You can make an individual or team competition out of this, or have the bowling station going freely for anybody to participate in at any time. Instead of bowling pins, you can use beer cans!
A Shooting range is a perfect activity to set up to keep your party attendees occupied. Make sure to pick an area that is somewhat secluded from the rest of the party. You can set up the range by balancing the beer cans on the wall. Then, you can stage two to three stations for people to shoot nerf guns at the targets. If you want to get serious, you can coordinate an actual shooting competition with real firearms.
A belching competition might be the most redneck competition on the list, so it is a perfect addition to your line of party activities. For this game, you can have two separate winners. You should see who produces the loudest burp, and you should also determine who can create the loudest belch as well. This competition can get judged by the other attendees of the party.
Hillbilly Photo Op and Booth
A hillbilly photo op and booth are excellent ways to send a gift home with the party guests. You can purchase a life-sized cardboard cutout for people to stand behind and get a picture. If you want to create a booth with hillbilly props for people to use, this will add to the quality of the experience. You can also have themed picture frames that people can place their pictures in to take home.
Toilet Seat Toss
The toilet seat toss is another great measurement game to see who can throw the toilet seat the furthest. After making sure that the toilet seats are clean, you can line everyone up individually or in teams of two. Make sure the MC is calling this event because people can get into it.
Human Wheelbarrow Races
The human wheelbarrow races are the best team event on this list. Be sure to have your guests pick a partner for the night and enter them into the competition. You can either do this as a big race or make this a tournament bracket with head to head matchups. For the race, have the first partner walk on hands and the other partner standing up. For the ride back, have the teammates switch roles.
Conclusion: Make it Authentic and Have Fun with It
Now that you have all the fundamentals taken care of, it is essential to remember to make it authentic and have fun with the party ideas. As the party host, you can set the tone with your demeanor and the way you talk or greet guests in your hillbilly accent. Make sure to spice up the party with folk and country music as well. If possible, you could rent out a barn or have it at a friend’s barn to add to the effect.
By combining the critical components of food, drink, containers, decorations, costumes, and games, you can take your party to the next level and make people feel like rednecks (if they aren’t already!). The greatest thing about a redneck party is that you can put on a grand celebration while spending minimal money. With the ideas on these lists, you can get creative and put your twist on it. Have fun!