5 Ways to Throw a Great Kids’ Summer Birthday Party


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School’s out, the sun is out, and everyone is ready to let loose and have fun. If you have a child with a summer birthday, you’re in luck, because summer is a great time to throw a birthday party for kids. If you’re ready to start planning the festivities, look below for some ideas on how to make this the bash that your child and young friends will rave about.

Make the food fun

If your party has a theme, you can work food into it. You can also make the food interactive, which kids will enjoy. Make-your-own root beer float bars and ice cream sundae stations are fun ways to give food an interactive and playful edge.

Simple and familiar foods are best served at a kid’s birthday party, so be sure to stick to eats like hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, tacos, and chicken fingers. Other goodies, like popcorn and cotton candy, are great too. Tasty frozen treats are fun to serve in warm-weather as well. You can find entertainment companies to contact for a slushie machine rental.

Play water games

To help the kids cool down on a hot summer day, you can set up water games for them to play. You can arrange a water balloon toss, a water limbo game, or have the kids do a water obstacle course, which you can set up in your backyard.

You can also have other items like a water slide or an inflatable sprinkler for kids to play with. Inflatable sprinklers can either be purchased or rented, and come in fun designs like a dinosaur, a unicorn, or a rainbow.

Let the kids get wild and crazy

Kids typically love any opportunity they get to run around, make a mess, and go a little wild, so why not incorporate that as much as possible this year?

Colored powder is one thing that’s a blast for kids to throw around — it can either be purchased or you can make it yourself. Have a look on Pinterest to learn how to make your own.

Another type of wild time can be had with a shaving cream balloon fight. Shaving cream balloons are lightweight and easy to handle, plus they make a huge mess when they pop, which is half the fun.

Screen your kid’s favorite movie outdoors

Surprisingly, setting up an outdoor movie theater isn’t hard or too expensive. To set up, you’ll need a large white curtain to use for the screen, a projector, audio speakers, and a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

You can buy a white curtain for about $10 from Walmart. Priced at around $250, a quality projector is the most expensive item you’ll need, and one can be purchased from stores such as Sharper Image or on Amazon.com. To handle the sound of an outdoor movie, a good audio device will run you around $100. Yamaha makes a great portable bluetooth speaker that can support the sound of a loud action movie. If you decide to purchase or rent an inflatable big screen for movies, getting it going is simple and easy enough that you should have no problem setting it up.

Hand out creative goody bags

Handing out a party gift is a nice gesture. Instead of including extra candy or small trinkets that break easily, you can opt for more creative items like a miniature craft kit, a small coloring book, a pack of crayons, sidewalk chalk, Play-Doh, or stickers. Other items like mini water squirters and wash-off tattoos add a bit of active excitement for the kids.


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