It doesn't have to be hard to plan a backyard birthday party for your child. Yes, you need to have enough activities planned to keep the children entertained during the party, but holding the event in your backyard makes the task much easier. Check out these tips to help you plan a backyard birthday party for your child that all of the guests will enjoy.
Divide Your Yard Into Sections
When you divide your backyard space into sections, it gives you a place for the children to play and separate party area. This helps you keep the party under control, because it's easier for the kids to determine where they can play and where they need to settle down.
Your play area will be the space that you use to set up all of your fun activities -- games and any party rentals, such as a bounce house. In your party area, you can set up tables for food, gifts, and the cake without worrying about whether running children will knock the tables over. As the party goes on, move the children through both areas multiple times to keep them from getting bored. For example, let the kids play for awhile, and then, bring them to the party area to eat. After their food, let them play again until it's time to open presents or eat cake.
Plan Activities for the Party
School-aged children are perfectly capable of entertaining themselves. So, you don't have to plan a ton of activities. In fact, if you visit your local party rental store, you can rent a bounce house, an inflatable slide that ends in a splash pool, or an inflatable obstacle course, you can keep the children entertained for hours. However, if you want to play traditional party games, you should consider games such as:
- Hula hoop contests
- Potato sack race
- Freeze tag
Keep the Food and Drinks Simple
When you're deciding what type of food and drinks to serve at the party, you should keep things simple. If you're throwing a kid-only party that will only last a few hours in the afternoon, set out snack bowls filled with chips, pretzels, and popcorn and a bowl of punch. This way, the kids have something to munch on while they wait for cake and ice cream. If your child's party will last longer than a few hours, you should consider serving sandwiches or hot dogs for lunch. If you're hosting a party for the children and their parents, it's a good idea to fire up the grill or have pizza delivered so that everyone has enough to eat.
It's common for parents of school-age children to overthink things when it comes to birthday party planning. However, the important thing is that the kids have a good time. So, keep things simple. Set up an inflatable party rental in the play area or plan traditional party games, and relax. You don't have to throw an elaborate party to keep kids entertained. Contact a local party rental company, like City Rentals or a similar location, for more tips and ideas.