8 Backyard Birthday Party Ideas for Your Next Celebration

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Parents need to give importance and attention when planning birthdays. The balloons, ice cream, birthday cake, and other items aren’t enough. Bear in mind that birthday celebrations will always give new opportunity for parents to show kids or other family members that they do care. Planning birthday parties and holding it outdoors would provide more space to hold activities other than just blowing candles and eating cake.

Parents should already be familiar with what their kids love and appreciate. Base the theme of the party on this. Children almost always love fantasy creatures like unicorns, fairies and maybe even giants, and witches. From these, one can consider a fantasyland theme. There are rental shops that can provide the characters, and one’s backyard would be a perfect setting.

It’s also a good idea to make a drive-in movie set-up. Get some big boxes, cut them out and decorate them to look like convertible autos. Arrange them in front of a big screen or a projection TV. Children love to get involved and watching a movie on their own “cars” would certainly be a hit.

To ensure that the party would be a success, ask the child about their preference. From there, one can start brainstorming and surfing for ideas that would be most appealing to the child. The planning process can start from here.

Make Sure You Have Games to Entertain the Kids

Kids, games and a well-planned party make for a great combo. Playing games is one sure way to arouse their interests. Go online and search for the best children’s party games. To save a little time, here are some favorites:

Water Balloon Piñata – Those hanging paper mache piñatas are fun but too common and predictable. Children would rather prefer something new and exciting. Fill up some big balloons with water, then hang them with strings at different heights. Then let the children swat the balloons and watch them get the most fun when they burst the balloons and wet themselves.

Bubble Station – Prepare some homemade bubble solution and use it to fill a kiddie pool. Make use of a hula hoop as a bubble wand. Kids love bubbles. Watch them get excited by either bursting or chasing the bubbles.

Backyard Jenga – This game is always a hit in parties and is played not just by kids but adults too. Make some big Jenga blocks, set them up on a table that’s low, and start playing the game. Adults need to be reminded that this is a children’s party.

Scavenger Hunt – This is an easy and inexpensive game that involves a lot of fun and searching. Just to be sure everybody gets involve and to even the playing field, customize the search based on age. Double the fun by awarding prizes to the successful hunters. Using a color-changing key chain or a handful of color-changing rings makes for an entertaining, interactive prize for the winners or a treasure that the scavenger hunt leads to.

Food and Drink Food Ideas

When planning a party, try employing some fun food and drink ideas. Consider these:

S’mores bar – With s’mores, kids will have a great time with these favorite treats. But things can be messy, and sticky so prepare some hand wipes nearby. Set up a small outdoor table and lay out the graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolates. For a change and to save time, let the kids prepare their own s’mores.

Snack on the centerpiece – Hopefully, some kids may want to eat healthily. Slice some brightly colored vegetables then place them in a group of bowls, jars, or vases of different heights. The create an edible centerpiece beautiful to see and good enough to eat.

Use berries as ice – Adding some fresh strawberries or blueberries to lemonade servings will certainly up to the kid’s interest. It’s certain that they would prefer the great flavors of berries as against ordinary ice cubes.

Here are simpler yet unique food and drink ideas:

  • Portable tacos in lunch-sized bags of Doritos or Fritos.
  • On a beach theme setting, serve snacks in buckets with small shovels for scoopers.
  • Use ice creams cones in serving balled fruits.
  • Make ice-shot glasses for perfectly chilled hard drinks.
  • Install a burger bar, include condiments and dressings. Let the guests make their burgers.
  • Capture the Memories

    Photo booths in parties is a craze these days for the simple reason of preserving memories in pictures. One can innovate on what backgrounds or props can make the photo shoot memorable.

    How about an oversized picture frame where the guests can pose for instant framed shots? Build this one or get it from a thrift store. Wacky shots are fun, so set out some baskets of props then encourage the guests to be as creative or silly as they can get. Use your camera or let others use it for the photo shots. The guests can even use their own, so the host won’t have to send them their pictures.

    Clever Thoughts for Decorations

    Here are some clever and practical ideas that can serve as decorations at the same time providing information to guests.

  • Create a really big menu using a massive chalkboard which would inform the guests of the food choices. No need to be too meticulous about this. Get plywood, paint it with chalkboard paint and write the menu.
  • Gather some of those elegant wine bottles and use them as vases for gorgeous flower arrangements.
  • Have the party signs custom printed.
  • What is a kid’s party without the balloons? Run to the neighborhood party store and order a bunch of balloons. For kids, balloons will always light up their party.
  • Get some pinwheels. Children love watching these go in circles. Buy them or make them. Either way, kids will still love them and send the kids home with pinwheels as their parting giveaways.
  • Cool Lighting Options

    Lighting is also very important when it comes to planning parties. Look at these cool ideas:

    Create a warm-glow atmosphere – Purchase from a party supply store some mini-LEDs. They aren’t that expensive and can last more than the party’s duration. Pop these LEDs inside the balloons before blowing them up. There would be a twinkle in each balloon. To make starlight more interesting, pop in a few for maximum starlight effect.
    Light up the trees – String lights are great for the Christmas season, but they can draw as much warmth for birthday parties. Wrap a set of string lights around the outdoor trees to have that feeling of a joyous event. It’ll take a few minutes installing them and can provide the needed effects throughout the night.

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