Instead of having your kid’s birthday party inside your house or taking a team of kids to the same place that serves dodgy pizza and ball pits, why not have the party at the outside?
Outdoor parties give kids a place to stretch and run, and let you get creative with theme, food, and games.
Although you cannot predict the weather, you can plan ahead. Make arrangements to move the party indoors at the last minute if necessary, and in hot weather, get creative with staying cool.
Nicole Heinbaugh, owner and event planner at Simply Sweet Party Boutique, said there are plenty of ways to cool the kids down on hot days. “To stay cool, use small fans as favors. They even make ones that vaporize water. It’s definitely a great option to keep guests as cool as possible in the summer heat,” she said. “I also like to set up refreshing stations. Serve a cold frozen drink or an optional frozen dessert. The frozen ice creams are also such a hit and inexpensive.
Let the party begin. Here are 15 outdoor birthday party ideas to inspire your child’s next party.
tie dye party
From shirts and beach towels to socks and scrunchies, there’s no limit to what kids can dye at this groovy party. Grab a few tie dye kits and let them get creative. Have a clothesline and plenty of clothespins ready to hang all their tie-dye creations to dry, and before the kids leave, send them home with instructions on how to care for their newly dyed items. .
Break out the s’mores, get ready to sing songs around the campfire, and take a hike, even if it’s just in the backyard. A summer camp-themed party is a great way to whip up food kids and adults alike will enjoy and play some of your favorite childhood games and activities.
Children will be addicted to this fishing trip. Start by letting guests make and decorate their own fishing rod with wooden dowels, eye hooks, string, and metal clips. Then have a casting contest and fill a baby pool with paper fish of different sizes so the kids can try their luck at catching a big one. While the kids are eating, they can pull out a deck of cards and play a few games of Go Fish.
Edit a movie under the stars using a projector and a bed sheet as a screen. Have plenty of movie theater snacks like popcorn and candy on hand, and since this party starts after dark, hand out glow sticks as favors.
Bring home the gold with this party theme by setting up obstacle courses and relay races. Before the athletes go home, wrap a cookie in gold foil and tie it with a ribbon so everyone receives a sweet gold medal.
Turn family game night into a party. There are many family-friendly lawn games you can buy, like oversized checkers and a cornhole. However, you can also create your child’s favorite games, like making a Twister board on the grass with spray paint or creating a DIY version of skeeball with buckets and some small balls.
The bubbles are quite magical and you can adapt this party for children of all ages. Set up machines to squirt bubbles while kids work on a craft wand to blow bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Fill a baby pool with bubble mix, have the kids stand in the pool, and use a hoop to blow giant bubbles around the kids.
Dinosaur fans will dig this theme. Hold an archaeological dig in a sandbox or wading pool for partygoers to search for artifacts. Give kids shovels, buckets, and paintbrushes to explore the dinosaur figurines, fossils, and gold coins. At the end of the dig, the artifacts become gifts for children to take home.
outdoor arts festival
Let kids tap into their inner Bob Ross at an art party. Now is the time for all those messy arts and crafts your kids want to try. Fill the squirt guns with paint and use large canvases as targets, whip up a few batches of slime, or give the kids a palette of paint trays and let them get crafty.
Splash Splash, it’s time for a water party! For this outdoor party, you don’t need a pool, just lots of ways to play in the water. Break out a sprinkler, Slip N’ Slide, and fill tubs of water with lots of water toys. The perfect party favor? A comfortable beach towel for guests to dry off with and take home.
Let the kids try their green thumb at a garden party where they decorate their own pots, then get to work planting seeds, flowers or succulents. Create sensory bins filled with soil and kid-friendly gardening tools and fill mini terracotta pots with a cupcake and top with flower decoration for a sweet treat. When the party is over, send the kids home with seed-filled mini watering cans to start their own garden.
It’s time to party. Using items like cardboard boxes, balls, and pool noodles, build a mini golf course for your pros. Turn sandboxes into sand traps and turn a large open space into a driving range. For younger players, avoid regular golf balls and use beach balls instead.
Buckets of sand, beach balls and lots of sunscreen are essential for a beach party. Even if there is no ocean nearby, paddling pools full of water will do.
This one is great for older kids because the action starts when the sun goes down. Stock up on glow-in-the-dark necklaces, fill baby pools with glow sticks, and place colorful plastic cups on tealights to light up the party.