Three Lawn Games to Liven Up Your Reception

With fall comes beautiful Nashville weather, and a wedding during this season will allow for some outdoor time. If your reception venue is going to be one that takes advantage of the gorgeous Middle Tennessee fall, whether it be a backyard or one of the area’s amazing parks, consider including lawn games in your festivities! 

Outdoor lawn games at a wedding reception are a great way to keep your guests entertained, especially when you don’t plan on having dancing as a part of your celebration. There are so many to choose from that we had a hard time narrowing down the list for our blog today! In the end, we decided to share three that have been around for a long time and originated in other countries.

Here are our top three choices:

  • Croquet. Known and beloved the world over by both the young and the young-at-heart, this game is simple enough for anyone to play. It evolved from a French game called paille-maille around the 13th century, eventually finding its way to the US in the 19th century. Using mallets, players drive their wooden ball through a series of hoops driven into the ground along a set course to touch a wooden peg a the end as the goal. Even small children can have great fun playing this game (although rules won’t matter quite as much).


  • Cornhole. Everyone adores cornhole, and it’s another game that has been around a while. It has many names, depending on where you are, from Bean Bag Toss to Indiana Horseshoes, but whatever you call it, it’s a lot of fun for all ages. It’s said to have originated in Germany in the 14th century and then rediscovered in the Kentucky hills during the last century, but no one knows for sure. Using wooden boxes called platforms with six holes to pitch into, players toss small bags of corn and attempt to land them inside those holes. A corn bag in the hole wins 3 points, while one on the platform gets a player one point. The winner is the player that reaches 21 points first.


  • Bocce Ball. This game is a bit more complicated, but it’s still one that will bring your reception guests great enjoyment. It’s also the oldest of the three, by far. As early as 5000 B.C. the Egyptians played a form of bocce with polished rocks, while images of figures tossing a ball or polished stone have been recorded as early as 5200 B.C. The basic goal of bocce is to roll your ball(s) as close as you can to the pallino ball (or jack ball) which is placed at the far end of the court. Bocce can be played on most surfaces, although grass or sand are best. The court should be 60 feet long by 12 feet wide, but its size can be accommodated to fit the space available, if necessary. If there is one player per team, players get four balls, while two players get two balls and four players get one. The game is called after all the balls are thrown, and the owner of the ball closest to the pallino wins. There are more in-depth rules available, if the reader wants to research further here: Bocce Ball for adult level play.

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