Summer is the perfect time to plan a kid’s party. School’s out, it’s warm enough to be outside, and there are endless party themes and fun to choose from. Whether you have a birthday party to plan or you just want to throw a party to offset the doldrums that can sometimes set in after a few weeks of summer vacation, here are seven ideas to help you through the perfect summer party for your kids:
1. Carnivals Parties
Is there anything that evokes the nostalgia of being a child more than a carnival? Even if your children have never been to a carnival, they will surely appreciate the bright colors and carnival games. When it comes to picking up party supplies, all you need are banners, plates, and cups in a variety of colors. If you can find a multicolored tent or umbrella to go over the good table, that will undoubtedly round out this entire theme. Carnival games could include a milk bottle toss, ring toss, fishing pond, basketball toss, football throw, and more. Having a variety of games that the whole party can participate in is the best way to keep everyone happy and involved.
2. Outdoor Camping Parties
If your child has been begging you to let him have a sleepover with his friends, but you can’t stand the idea of having a rabble of children in your home for an entire night, an outdoor camping party is a great alternative. Whether you set up a tent in your backyard or set up camp in a real national park, this is a great way to get kids out into wilderness and away from their electronics. No camping party would be complete without a fire to tell spooky stories around, hotdogs to roast, and s’mores to make. Other fun activities might include a nature scavenger hunt or a contest to see who can build the best shelter out of sticks and some rope.
3. Tea Parties
Great for toddlers and little girls alike, a tea party is a great excuse for your little girl to invite all of her friends over, dress up, and have some fun. If you set up a little table and some chairs in your garden, this can be a whimsical event that all will remember even years down the road. If you’re not comfortable giving tea to your children, juice is always an excellent substitute. My mother would give us a little bit of soda with some cream added—it looked like tea, but we would actually drink it. Tuna fish sandwiches cut into triangles and petite cookies would also make an excellent addition to the table. While this is usually a party for a small group of girls, it could just as easily be a large event for your daughter or son’s entire class.
Cinco de Mayo may be well behind us now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a fun fiesta in your backyard. Party supplies for this kind of bash will be extremely easy to find—just pick up red and yellow and orange banners, some hanging paper banners, and maybe a piñata and you are ready to go! Hand out the sombreros and serve chips and salsa. Let the kids go to town on the piñata and then have fun swapping candy. This party is simple to throw together and is perfect for hot summer afternoons. After the food and piñata bashing are over, the kids will love dancing to some traditional fiesta music!
5. County Fair Parties
Almost every county has a fair come summertime! For most kids, the county fair is part of their childhood, and that makes it the perfect theme for a fun summer party. Line up a few fair games and maybe even throw in some contests. See who can make the biggest pig out of recycled containers and toilet paper rolls. Have a pie-eating contest (just be ready to clean up any aftermath). Have each kid throw something different into a batch of cupcakes and then have a round of judging to see who made the best combination! There are endless possibilities with this theme, and you can even throw some carnival games into the mix if you’re running low on activities.
6. Water Parties
It’s already been a hot summer and it’s only going to get hotter. One of the best ways to cool down (and to water your grass) is to turn on a sprinkler and let the kids run through it. A sprinkler on the lawn can provide hours of fun. Put a sprinkler under trampoline and you’ve got even more hours of fun! Set up a water obstacle course and tell everyone to bring their swimsuits. Your lawn will get watered and you’ll help keep the kids cool. Serve hamburgers and popsicles for a truly quintessential summer party.
7. Obstacle Course or Scavenger Hunt Parties
If you’re looking for something a little bit more elaborate than just setting up a sprinkler, setting up a fun obstacle course or scavenger hunt in your backyard, front yard, or around your neighborhood or park is a great way to get everyone involved and moving. Don’t make the obstacle course so difficult that none of the kids can actually complete it and make sure the scavenger hunt is reasonable, but as long as you’ve got those two things covered, this will be a fun and memorable party for all involved.
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