Planning on having a backyard birthday party? Looking for ideas to help make your backyard birthday party special? Let us help! We’ve been there! We have hosted more than 15 parties over the years and have learned a thing or two about making a birthday memorable, while staying on a budget!
The first rule to planning an AWESOME backyard birthday party is to keep kids busy. That’s right, busy. The more things you have to keep them occupied, the less of a chance you have of anyone getting bored. Here are a few great backyard birthday ideas:
- Rent a bounce house, inflatable slide, or water slide – This is a backyard party MUST. It allows children to run around, bounce around, climb, and slide. It keeps them happy, keeps them busy, and allows them to get their energy out! Bounce house rentals from Bounce House NH start at only $150 delivered!
- Set up an art table – Art tables are an absolute blast, and they are very affordable to set up. AC Moore and Michael’s sell wooden bird houses, jewelry boxes, and masks for $1.00 each (or less). Grab some glitter glue, washable paint or markers, a pack of feathers, and some jewels and you are in business! It encourages children to get creative, and let’s them take something home! If you have a themed party, the crafts can be related to the theme. For example, princess parties can make crowns or wands; pirate parties can make pirate hats or parrots.
- Set up stations – Stations are a great way to bring variety to your party. When the kids were little we would have an art table, a bubble table, a Play-dough table, a water table, and a sand table. We didn’t always have ALL of them at once, but 2-4 offered a great variety.
- Hire entertainment – Hire a face painter, balloon artist, or petting zoo to come to your home! These are GREAT ways to keep kids entertained BUT keep in mind, kids need to wait in line for their turn. If you plan on having a face painter or balloon artist, consider also having a Bounce House and/or art tables.
- Hire an ice cream truck – Sounds funny, but we hired Kona Ice to come to our party one year and an Ice Cream truck to come another year. Kona Ice was a HUGE hit, and more affordable than you think.
- Water balloons – Who doesn’t love water balloons? You can play water balloon tag, dodge ball with water balloons, water balloon hot potato, and more!
- Decorate your own cupcake – This is always a fun way to get kids involved. Instead of making cupcakes or a cake, set up a cupcake decorating station that allows kids to frost and decorate their own cupcakes.