8 Characters You Must Invite To Your Summer BBQ

The summer barbecue reins king among the many events that occur during the perfect season. From heaping portions of potato salad to ice cold beer, thoughts of barbecues are what get me through the traitorous winter months. There are many ways to spice up your barbecue, from fun outdoor games to water activities, but most of barbecues are made legendary because of the people that attend them. I know you love your friends and family, but what if you got the chance to invite some people who you were certain would liven up the party? What if your favorite TV characters attended your Memorial Day barbecue?

I was born in July, so summer has always been my most favorite time of year, and Memorial Day is widely considered the true beginning of the season. Since it's still light outside at the end of the workday, there are tons of happy hours and rooftop parties to attend. Weekends are spent at the beach, or sprawled on a blanket in the park, which leaves plenty of time for daydreaming. There are a ton of fictional people I would invite to a barbecue if I could, and I know I'm not alone on that.

So, here are eight television characters you absolutely must invite to your summer barbecue if you want to have a good time.

1. Cookie Lyon

Show: Empire

With Cookie present, I can guarantee that your BBQ will be the highlight of the year. She has amazing dance moves and could provide the tongue-lashing of the century to unruly guests. I'd also be interesting in seeing how she rocks fur in the summer.

2. Sally Draper

Show: Mad Men

When I was a teenager, I hated everything. Nothing makes a BBQ more enticing than a teenager that can't be bothered. I'm sure Sally will be anti-social and stand in the corner, giving the entire BBQ 1960's realness.

3. Jon Snow

Show: Game of Thrones

I'm a meat-eater, but cooking meat grosses me out. If you're like me, then you will surely need someone to cook the burgers, chicken and franks. Jon Snow seems like he would be up for the job. After all, summer weather will give him a much needed reprieve from brutal cold of The Wall.

4. Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren

Show: Orange Is the New Black

All Crazy Eyes wants is some love and affection. A BBQ is a warm environment where everyone is happy to be in each other's company. Crazy Eyes would be a wonderful, though somewhat terrifying addition, to your soiree — provided she can take leave from prison of course.

5. Mindy Lahiri

Show: The Mindy Project

It's always best to have a foodie overseeing the side-dishes. Like me, Mindy will know how pivotal certain dishes are to a successful BBQ. She would make sure that you had enough of everything, and that there were several different type of pies, custards, and cakes for dessert. (Who knows? If you invite her, she may even let you hold one of her glorious Chanel bags.)

6. Diane & Jack Johnson

Show: black-ish

BBQs aren't cheap events to throw. I would suggest having some sort of donation table set up in order for guests to gain entry. Diane & Jack would be the perfect pair to man the donation station. They're super cute, but you wouldn't want to cross them. (Especially not Diane.)

7. Schmidt

Show: New Girl

I hope you weren't planning on cooking all of the food for the BBQ yourself. Schmidt's invitation to the soiree is an absolute necessity. How else will everything be made to perfection?

8. Titus Andromedon

Show: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

You'll need some sort of entertainment at your summer BBQ. If the price is worthwhile, I'm sure you could entice Titus to provide you with a show.

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