This summer is a time to reunite with those you haven’t seen in over a year! With the weather warming up and families coming back from vacations, now is the time to host a backyard party to remember. Use these 10 backyard party ideas for inspiration on making your party a blast!
1. Set a Theme
To give your summer party a cohesive feel, try making it themed! A beach or pool party theme will really make it feel like it’s summer. Try adding in flamingos, palm trees, or bright colors in order to make your party pop.
2. Add Fun Decorations
Make sure your decorations align with your theme. Oftentimes a great tablecloth, patterned napkins and plates, and some fresh flowers is all it takes to make it feel festive. For a beach theme, blow up some beach balls, and have posters of the beach or a decorative surfboard. If there are kids, think about including a small sandbox. For a pool party, bring out fun floaties like this shark and these fruits. Just having a few decorations will go a long way!
3. Light Things Up
Another great addition to the backyard party ideas list is lighting. Lighting can be a great way to divide up spaces, add to the theme, and let the party last late. Lighting outdoors can allow for a certain area of the backyard to be the focus. If you have a deck with drinks and food, this would be a great area to highlight. A game on the lawn needs to have lights as well. Additionally, lights can be fun! Flamingo lights can make the summer party feel festive and colored lights or a disco ball light would be great for a dance floor.
4. Have Enough Seating
Make sure you have enough seating for your guests. Lay out beach chairs in a semicircle on the lawn. Set up tables and chairs by the food table. For larger groups, fold-up chairs are perfect to bring out on a moment’s notice because they’re lightweight and easy to move.
5. Provide Entertaining Games
Games are a must during a summer backyard party! Setting up a volleyball net or having a basketball hoop will entice guests of all ages to start playing. If you’re looking for some games specifically for adults, consider these giant pong cups that can be set up on the lawn. For a more space-efficient but riveting game, try Sinkhole! Our awesome washer toss game allows guests to play against each other while still being close enough to catch up.
6. Use Heat Lamps
Depending on where you live, having heat lamps is a must once the sun goes down. If you have a variety of spaces in your backyard that are being used, you might want to have a few on hand. Our favorite is this umbrella heater, which can be moved to different areas of the yard. If you’re looking for something more permanent, this heater can be bolted into the wall and controlled remotely.
7. Light a Fire
If you’re wanting to create a chill area, a fire pit is the best way to go. Not only will it provide heat, it also makes the backyard feel comfortable and relaxing. There are many different types of fire pits that you can choose from. If you’re handy, there are tutorials online on how to create a DIY fire pit, or you can opt for a gas fire pit. S’mores are a perfect activity to add to the fire pit…kids (and adults) will love it!
8. Drinks for Everyone
For this backyard party ideas list to be complete, drinks are vital. Be sure to get a wide range of options, from sodas to homemade lemonade to pre-made fun alcoholic drinks.
Make it easy for guests to serve themselves with these drink dispensers. Be sure to have separate tables for alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks as well as labels to make it very clear for all guests. Include a variety of beers, wines, and hard seltzers in buckets filled with ice to ensure drinks stay cool outside. These buckets give the backyard fun pops of color as well! Don’t forget to have a lot of water available!
9. Choose the Right Food for Your Event
Summer backyard party ideas tend to focus on BBQ because it’s so easy and great for a summer night. While this is true, you can also decide what would work best for your party. Getting large pizzas or pre-made sandwiches might be easiest if you’re having a lot of people over, and may work well with your party theme.
10. Keep Those Bugs Away
With a fun party going into the night, be sure to have some bug prevention on hand. Have bug spray accessible on another table so that guests can find it easily. Purchase citronella candles to prevent bugs from being around tables. Additionally, a gazebo or pop-up tent with a mosquito net will allow people to sit and converse outside without being worried about pesky bugs.
The summer is a perfect time to host a party! Good weather and great friends is all it takes, but these backyard party ideas will definitely make your next party run smoothly, and be more fun for everyone!