Summer is here! It is the best time to enjoy the sun in a tropical country like ours. You and your guests can enjoy the great weather and spend time dining, playing, talking, and chilling in the vast space. Hold your outdoor party late in the afternoon or at night and enjoy gazing at the starry skies while basking in the cold summer night breeze. Whatever your event may be, an outdoor party is always a terrific concept.
My son and I are April folks. We were born in the hottest month in the Philippines. Because my family always celebrated birthdays traditionally, I always celebrated mine indoors. That is why I made an effort to do my son’s special day differently. At 12, he has experienced turning a year older in parks, swimming pools, amusement parks, and the beach. There were also some when we just went to the mall and ate because it was scorching hot outside!
For the sake of sharing ideas, you may choose a park, a pool, or just your backyard. Wherever you end up holding your event, remember that being with your loved ones during your special day is what truly matters. Make sure to have fun together in the open space. Feel the wind blowing on your faces and get tickled by the green grass or sand on your feet. Summer spent outdoors can truly make your party unique and extraordinary!
Here are my 10 simple but awesome outdoor party ideas:
A pool’s crystal blue waters lure anybody on a hot summer day. Pump up your inflatables and floaters because the pool party is calling your name. Scrimping on your budget? Resorts can be expensive. You can still make a splash by renting a portable pool. Remember to keep them hydrated by serving ice-cold water and other fun drinks! Serve a sumptuous feast for your guests after a tiring time in the water.
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Take everyone to the beach and delight in the ocean waves! To set the mood, use tropical decorations like leis, tiny umbrellas, and coconut trees. Or you can use the theme and bring home the beach with a backyard luau. Grilled barbecue, fresh fruits, and piña coladas are great options for your menu.
Barbecue in the Backyard
Depicted in Hollywood series and movies, backyard barbecues are one of the most common outdoor events in the States. Why not try it here with leveled-up touches and clever upgrades? Turn it into a potluck and ask your guests to bring their “grillable.” Serve snacks and drinks while everyone is busy grilling! Planning simple games and entertainment can also be fun.
Picnic in the Park Outdoor Party
Who can resist laying that red checkered mat on the grass and sitting on them on a lazy afternoon? Bring out that trusty vintage picnic basket and fill it with goodies you can enjoy with your family and friends while having a serene chat. Such simple joys! Packing games such as cards, balls, and others can be helpful to make the time to be more enjoyable.
Mini-Sportsfest Outdoor Party
In open spaces or quiet streets, hold your very own Olympics! Both young ones and young-at-heart will be thrilled and bond over the dynamic competition of ball games and relay races. If you have a big group, you can divide them into teams. Avoid blunders by explaining the mechanics of your games and setting up a scoreboard. Hold an awarding ceremony and celebrate with a lavish meal after the games.
DIY Fair and Carnival
If you and your circle are not that sporty, then the DIY carnival games in an open space are for you! Take advantage of the thrill of competition. Playing individual and group games can be exhilarating for adults and kids alike! Think of easy-to-setup and easy-to-play games like ring toss or balloon shooting games. Pop some corn and weave cotton candy to make the party a hit. Prepare a handful of small tokens or toys for the booth winners.
Game and Movie Night
Who wants to avoid going when invited to a game night? Play the classic team and board games under the starry skies and watch everyone pour their hearts out in the exciting and friendly competition. Tuck in a surprise by modifying or upgrading the versions of your usual games.
When everyone is satisfied with the games, play a movie to tone the party down. Lay down pillows and mats as you bring the moving picture outdoors with a large cloth and a projector. Build a snack bar that serves chips, popcorn, chocolates, and soda.
Pet Outdoor Party
If you have a circle of pet lovers, they will love you even more for throwing a pet party. Convert your open space into a cat or puppy playground or café. In your invite, let everyone know that they can tag along with their furry loves. Remember to serve two menus: one for humans and another for pets.
Arts and Crafts on the Porch
If your bunch is more laid-back or leaning toward the artistic side, treat them with an arts and crafts party. The common notion is that this kind of party is for kids only. But let the stars in the summer sky be the limit. You and your friends can display your woodworking and sculpting skills. You can include crocheting, weaving, beading, and others that rock your creative boat! To double the fun, serve cocktails in addition to a hearty meal.
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Let us not forget our “Plantito” and “Plantita” friends (or relatives). Spend a warm day or a balmy night in a park or garden to tend to your living greens. You can use pots and soil or make a terrarium. Hang décor such as string lights to create a perfect ambiance. Be ready for uninvited guests, and bring insect repellants to ensure your party-goers are safe and happy.
Whether you are planning your event this summer or not, serve good food and provide ample seating. Spend quality time with your invitees and ensure they’re having a great time. Doing these will make your party fun and memorable for everyone! Enjoy!