Imagine you’re throwing a party right on the heels of a summer vacation. You need something you can put together quickly and with a minimum of fuss.
If you didn’t spend every penny on vacation, consider ordering trays of food from your local grocery store or catering from a favourite restaurant. There’s also nothing wrong with making the most of easy summer cookout staples like hot dogs.
Here are some ways to make those simple food ideas really pay off:
Easy Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
- A fire-pit party. This is best done late in the evening after the hot summer sun has gone down. The kids can stay up late—it’s summer, after all! Roast weenies, make s’mores, decorate with string lights and buy little flashlights or glowsticks for all the kids.
- A scavenger hunt. Use stuff you have around the house. Hide items all around your yard and type up a list of them and make copies for all the guests. Winner gets to take home an extra piece of birthday cake. If you have a little more time, you could make a treasure map of the backyard with clues about where to find certain things, and decorate with an adventurer theme, like Dora the Explorer, Indiana Jones or Captain Jack Sparrow. Make this idea even easier with our free printable!
- An indoor camping party. Unveil an epic blanket fort or forts premade by adults. Put pillows, lanterns or flashlights, and of course, snacks inside.
- A sunshine and sprinkles party. Is there anything better than a colourful party idea that comes with free printables and an easy-as-boxed-cake-mix DIY? Not in our book.
Easy Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Adults
- A takeout picnic. Meet at a park and encourage everyone to bring their favourite takeout to share. You can bring the cake, plates, napkins and forks. You don’t even have to clean your bathroom for this one!
- Have a house party with a music theme. Could be the guest of honour’s favourite genre or music from the year they were born. You could have a dance contest or karaoke contest if you have the equipment and your guests are game. Decorate with printouts of album/CD covers from the internet. And no need to spend hours curating songs—you can find lots of pre-made playlists on your favourite streaming service.
- A summer camp-themed outdoor party. Summer camp was always the best, so bring those memories back with games, songs around a campfire and marshmallows for roasting. Print out your favourite camp songs and copy them so everyone can get into it. Play games like “Would you rather…” and “Telephone.”
- A “destination” party within a 90-minute drive. Find somewhere that isn’t so hot! Depending on where you live, that could mean the beach, a mountain, a shady forest, or a favourite treed-in park. Bring a frisbee, a ball, badminton set, or anything you already have at home. Bring a cooler of cold drinks and an outdoor-themed cake.