So I accidentally published a draft of this post for about 1.3 seconds yesterday, and I apologize to those who got that automatic email alert fake-out. There should really be an “are you sure?” button that pops up when you hit the Publish button. I meant to hit ‘Preview’, not ‘Publish’, c’mon WordPress, if you don’t have safeguards to save me from myself, how is this going to work? I hope you don’t expect me to take responsibility for my own actions, because lawsuits like the “McDonalds Hot Coffee” case tells me someone else is always to blame for my clumsiness.

Anyhoozle, this girl needs a long weekend like nobody’s business. When was the last time we had a long weekend? Does anyone remember? I don’t. I can’t wait!!

3 day weekend

What will you be doing this weekend? Like many people, you may be attending or hosting a BBQ at some point. Therefore your schedule might be a little nuts, and you may not have time to get to the gym, or wherever you normally exercise, with all the preparations and FUN going on.

But fear not- today we are taking a page from the Chris Traeger handbook, and the world is our gymnasium.

the world is my gym 1 the world is my gym 2

Read on.

8 Ways To Channel Chris Traeger at Your Memorial Day BBQ

8. Is there a pool? Jump in the pool. Pools are not just for kids.


7. Play yard games- badminton, frisbee, frisbee golf (sorry dudes, I meant disc) bocce ball, cornhole, pétanque (can I get a high five from my fellow French majors?? Anybody play pétanque at the french department picnics? No?)

Set up any or all of these games, get a competitive person to play you, and you’ll be sweating in no time.


6. Be the bartender. Mix those drinks, shake those shakers, toss those beers, work those arms.


5. Will there be kids at your BBQ? Give their parents a break and offer to chase after them for a while. Kids are fast.


4. Offer to help the host/ hostess with the food and trays. Run back and forth from the kitchen to the yard with heavy trays full of food in your arms. Your biceps and hosts will thank you. (Don’t forget to smile like Chris Traeger and thank your hosts for allowing you the pleasure of helping them)


3. With all those yard games involving balls, frisbees and shuttlecocks going on, there’s going to be a lot of balls, frisbees and shuttlecocks stuck in trees, flying over the neighbor’s fence, rolling down the street, etc.

Be the one who chases down the balls before they roll into the sewer at the end of the driveway. Shimmy up those trees to retrieve the shuttlecocks. Everybody will applaud.

happy gilmore

2. Now that it’s getting late, how are you feeling? A few too many wine coolers? Awesome, walk home! The weather is beautiful, you’re drunk, leave the car where it is and walk your tipsy butt home, you party animal!




Just dance y’all.

traeger dancing

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!! Remember the sunscreen!!

What do you all have planned?

What’s your favorite yard game?

34 Thoughts on “8 Ways To Channel Chris Traeger at Your Memorial Day BBQ

  1. This is just hilarious! I love it…the world is my gym! Thank you Charlotte!
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  2. This is awesome – I LOVE the gifs! :) I, too, need a 3 day weekend like woah. I’m unspeakably glad that we’ve emerged from the hellish 3.5-month lull between long weekends (while President’s Day always makes me happy because spring is right around the corner, I also get a bit weepy about the fact that it’ll be over 90 days until the next long weekend). We don’t have anything in particular planned, but I fully intend to rest like a champion. :)
    Lillian @ Seize the Latte recently posted…WAIW: Gluten-Free Pancake PornMy Profile

    • omg “rest like a champion” is my goal too! nothing too crazy planned this weekend and i hope it stays that way. (haha listen to me, “hope it stays that way” its not like i’m leading some sort of life of mystery and danger, im quite confident it will stay that way)

  3. We’ll be in Hotlanta for the weekend, so there will be lots of time at the pool! After chasing both girls around the pool deck, I’ll need a recovery nap! Isn’t Happy Gilmore the best?!
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  4. What a fun post! I love Anchorman :)
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  5. Enjoy your long weekend! I love the chase other people’s kids tip. You’re right- that can be a lot of work!
    Sadly, we had a long weekend last weekend so I’ll live vicariously through blog photos of BBQs and fun!
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  6. I am of the dancing variety, and let me just saying, nothing makes me want to dance quite like a 3 day weekend. Come on Friday!!
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  7. I second the idea that there should be an “Are You Sure?” button that you have to hit before you publish – I’ve done the same thing, and it’s super embarrassing when you have a draft that’s full of INSERT PIC HERE and SOMETHING, SOMETHING. Now I’m just super paranoid.

    No long weekend for us up here in Canada – last weekend was, though. We had a BBQ at the lake that got a little rained out, but getting drenched was more than worth being able to enjoy some corn on the cob. Could have used a little bit more dancing, though.
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    • RIGHT- just a little “are you sure” pop up would be soo helpful! i’m super paranoid now. I knew it was going to happen eventually because its almost happened several times in the past. i realize its not a big deal but i felt like such a dunce! and omg- that corn on the cob you posted on your blog earlier this week made my mouth water for corn on the cob. so good!!

  8. I hear you on the are you sure button… I nearly do that all the time. Meanwhile once I did it and I didn’t even push publish. Dang you wordpress!

    I have nothing exciting planned for the 3 day weekend but I’m so ready for it. Love this list btw, cracked me up!
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    • yeah wordpress makes it wayyy too easy to accidently publish! that publish button sits soo close to the preview and save buttons! i dont have much planned this weekend and im sooo excited to take advantage of doing as little as possible :)

  9. LOVE this post. I am slightly obsessed with Parks & Rec and therefore support any and all references to it :) I love Rob Lowe’s character. He is literally the best! (Get it?) Haha! Have a great Memorial day weekend, pretty girl!
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    • hahahaha he is LITERALLY the best! i know, i was hoping people would get the reference and it wasnt just something that I found funny :) enjoy your memorial weekend girlie!

  10. Ahhh I love yard games! I’m terrible at them, but at least I try. That counts for something, right? :) I wish I was good at cornhole; I feel like the people who are are super cool people. My favorite would probs be frisbee. At least I can kind of make the frisbee go where I want it to 😉
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    • AH frisbee is my worst yard game! i can not get the frisbee to go where i want it to. it inevitably flies about 85 degrees left or right of where im aiming. im horrible at it. BUT i love it and that doesnt stop me from playing, much the chagrin of everybody else :)

  11. Please tell me what pétanque is!

    We’re planning to go hiking on Saturday and then hang by the pool and BBQ on Sunday. Hope you have a GREAT weekend!
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    • petanque is really similar to bocce! in fact im not even sure what the difference is come to think of it… maybe the type of ball they use? Sounds like you have a fantastic weekend ahead of you!! have a great time!

  12. You are fantastic times one million. I love Chris Traeger and quite possibly this post, more than anything in the world. :) Dance I shall, eat I shall, play games, I shall. You, have a fabulous day, my dear, and enjoy your long weekend!
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  13. This is hilarious. I love your posts. I’m planning to run a 10 miler as speedy as possible, then sleep, then drink too much, then dance…all in all that should be a lot of calories burned! Let’s just hope I do not end up streaking down the mean streets of Chicago! Happy Memorial Day!

  14. 3 day weekend, yay! I plan on celebrating these holidays in my apartment, on my bed. I might also do some homework, because I am Very Exciting 😛

    Seriously, though, I am totally ready for the time off!

    bahaha, it is NOT frisbee golf. Also, apparently saying “Ultimate Frisbee” is lame and the cool kids simply say “Ultimate.” IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW!
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    • Ahhh of course- ultimate! I’m so not hip to what all the cool kids are saying. I need to go hang out at a college quad or something… which is remarkably easy considering I live in boston. all you have to do is walk outside and you are on at least 1 college campus at all times :)

  15. We’re planning to drive to NYC for a few days and visit some friends and family,
    I love three day weekends! Enjoy your time off and dance girl!
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  16. I think we all need to be a bit more like Chris Traeger in, well, basically all aspects of everything we do. I mean, no one smiles more than Chris Traeger! Plus, I’m always up for your top eight lists, and this weekend is looking to be particularly hectic (by which I of course mean the kind of ‘hectic’ where your family is in town but you do nothing but sit around and drink beergaritas with your cool cousins) so I think I may just up the ante on our game of ladderball and try to get my burn on a bit 😉
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    • isnt chris traeger is the best?? simply the best as far as im concerned. and it sounds like you have one freaking awesome weekend ahead of you lady!! here’s a virtual beergarita cheers to that! :)

  17. We have a camping trip planned! Hoping it’s not a wash out…
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  18. Charlotte, I loved reading this post! Unfortunately, with my husbands job & where were living it’s not really celebrated. So it will be low key. We’ll do our celebration when we visit the states in September :)

    Favorite outdoor game would be cornhole for sure.
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