If your kids have birthdays coming up in the next few weeks, you’re in luck! Since you have the benefit of good weather and long days, summer is a great time to gather family and friends for birthday celebrations. One of the best ways to make a memorable summer birthday is to select a fun theme so that kids and adults alike can enjoy it. Therefore, if you’re thinking about how to help your kids enjoy the day, here are five great kids’ summer birthday party tips that everyone is sure to love, and while you’re at it, find out how to keep party food costs low too!
Kids love firefighters, and a firefighter-themed party is a great way for little kids to have a great birthday, and for you to get some adorable pictures at the same time. To establish the theme, buy cheap firefighter hats at a toy store, or have your kids make them at home out of construction paper. Find some large cardboard boxes that you can transform into burning houses by cutting out windows and doors, and coloring flames and smoke on them with magic markers. Pool noodles and small buckets can serve as gear for the little firefighters to spring into action and start putting out the fires. Finally, if you call your local fire department ahead of time, they may even let you stop by at some point for a birthday tour. Many fire departments welcome the chance to show kids what they do, and the kids may even get to sit in a real fire truck!
Backyard Birthday Campout
A backyard campout can be a memorable birthday party. Have the guests bring sleeping bags and flashlights and pitch a few tents in the backyard for everyone to sleep in. If you have a fire pit or a safe spot to build a small fire, surround it with logs or chairs and let the kids cook hot dogs on sticks. Later, you could supply all your guests with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars to make some messy but delicious s’mores. Once everyone is done eating, a game of flashlight tag is always fun, and discount stores usually have glow sticks and glow jewelry that are popular at sleepovers. Finally, you can end the night with a nice round of ghost stories around the fire, and then head back to the tents for a night of sleeping in the “great outdoors.”
If your family relishes competition, you can turn your backyard into a birthday Olympics! The best thing about an Olympic-themed birthday party is that you can choose whatever games you like, and they don’t have to cost anything at all. A three-legged or potato sack race, water balloon throwing contests, long jumps over an inflatable kiddie pool, and relay races are just a few good ideas. Your kids may have may some original ideas for their own Olympic events as well. Put up a chalk or whiteboard in the center of your yard to keep score throughout the events, and then present some homemade gold, silver, and bronze medals at the end for all the birthday party Olympic champions. If you can’t find cheap medals at a nearby discount store, you can make your own. To finish the Olympic theme, decorate the birthday with white frosting, and adorn it with different colored frosting to make the five Olympic rings.
Birthday Carnival Party
If you want your kid’s birthday to be jam-packed with fun activities, turn your backyard into a carnival. Use colorful sheets and big cardboard boxes to fill your backyard with a series of festive carnival booths. Then, select a bunch of carnival-type craft events, such as face painting, balloon animals, and the like to occur in each one of the booths; you can also ramp up the excitement by having booths with some easy-to-make carnival-style games in them. You may have to enlist a few family and friends to man the booths and supervise all the crafts and games. Additionally, you can use colorful tablecloths to reinforce the carnival atmosphere. Finally, a birthday cake shaped and frosted to look like a giant circus tent would be a great way to drive that carnival theme home.
If you have a big back yard or public land available, scavenger hunts can make great birthday party events. Set out a series of items for kids to find across the area and prepare a few written clues to get everyone on track. Candy in sealed bags or inexpensive items from discount stores is perfect to hide for a birthday scavenger hunt. Then, divide the birthday guests into teams, and let the hunt begin. The team that finds all their items and returns to the starting point first is the winner. Finally, a pirate’s treasure chest-shaped cake is a great complement to a birthday party centered around finding hidden goodies!
If your kids have birthdays this summer, take advantage of this time of the year to throw a birthday party that family and friends can enjoy. So, consider these tips here, and start planning a summer birthday party that everyone will remember for a long time!