Planning a child’s birthday can often be a time-consuming experience. It can also be stressful, when you are not really sure what might be a fun way to celebrate your child’s big day. Weather can play a big factor on what might be fun for birthday activities. Here are a few great ideas to make your child’s summer birthday a hit!
1) A trip to the park: Renting a pavilion at a local park offers many great birthday planning benefits. Older children can easily entertain themselves on the playground, climbing on a jungle gym or playing a game of tag, while parents have a chance to relax and talk. Younger children can play under adult supervision, and babies can nap under the protection of the pavilion roof. Clean-up is also made easier, as you will not have to worry about extra children equaling a messy home!
2) Make a splash: Planning a pool party for older children is always a hit! Whether you have a pool at home, or you choose to rent a local pool for the big event, children are sure to wear out the energy they build up from eating cake and ice cream. Just be sure that you invite the parents to stay so that you have more eyes to help keep an eye on all the children in the water, for safety and for sanity.
3) A beach party at home: Want to have some beach fun, but live too far from an actual beach? How about bringing the beach to your home? Younger kids will enjoy playing in kiddy pools and sandboxes placed strategically in the yard to give it a beach feel. Add some beach towels, tools, and umbrellas, and give all the kids some sunglasses instead of goody bags!
4) Back-yard barbecue: Older kids might just well enjoy having a cook-out. Hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on the grill are always a hit, and they are a simple solution to feeding hungry bellies. Making homemade ice cream adds more excitement to the party.
5) Time for a luau: Time to pull out the hula hoops and limbo stick! A luau can be great fun for children of all ages. Decorate with bright flowers and tiki torches, and invite everyone to dress for the occasion. Pineapples and coconuts add to décor and the food list! Turn up the music and ask guests to show off their best hula dance!
6) We all scream for ice cream: Afraid that rain might ruin the fun if you plan an outside party? Creating your own ice cream shop can be just the solution. Scoop ice cream into cups and let the guests make their own sundaes. Offer plenty of toppings and the children are sure to enjoy creating their own treats!
7) Pizza party of a different sort: Summer is a great time for fresh fruits. Why not take advantage of this by making a fruit pizza instead of cake! Start with sugar cookie dough made into a pizza crust. Mix one jar of marshmallow fluff and one block of cream cheese, and spread over the cooked crust. Add fresh apples, oranges, grapes, peaches, pineapple, and coconut (or whatever fruit you desire!), and enjoy this cooled pizza treat.
8) Water fight: Hot weather can mean it’s time to cool off! Before the party, fill plenty of water balloons, and places them in buckets around the yard. If you prefer, give each child a filled water gun. Set the children free to attack each other with water balloons or water guns. Make sure each guest brings a towel and a change of clothes so everyone can dry when they are ready.
With these great party ideas, your child is sure to have a birthday to remember!