For our family, summertime is about finding ways to beat the heat. Since my husband is on vacation and my daughter is out of school, our schedule is more relaxed. Thus, we try to stay busy to keep boredom at bay. One of the ways to keep life interesting is to have fun parties. These five creative summer party themes for kids are a great way to celebrate the season.
Summer Camp Bash
I have wonderful memories from summer camp. Relay races, campfire songs, and good friends were all part of my camp experience. It is easy to bring summer camp to your backyard. Start the party at dusk. Decorate with pennant banners, wooden signs, and lanterns. Set up food on picnic tables and serve lemonade. When children arrive, pass out two different colors of camp shirts. Then, have kids partake in games like potato sack races and a tug-of-war. Next, let your guests decorate the shirts with fabric or puffy paint. Serve barbecue fare on cafeteria trays. Finish off the evening in front of a fire pit with traditional s'mores .
Snow in the Summer
Snow in the summer is unexpected. The best way to make this party a hit is to bring in some "fake" snow. Another idea is to place cotton batting over the grass in your backyard. Then, decorate with penguins, polar bears and icebergs. Furthermore, hang snowflakes from the ceiling (if available). Consider using all white food for guests. For instance, cauliflower with ranch and an assortment of white cheese and crackers are nice appetizers. For treats, make round cupcake pops dipped in white chocolate. Fun activities include making snowmen out of snow or getting the right crafting essentials to make smaller, individual snowmen. Other ideas would be an ice fishing activity where kids lower a plastic fishing pole into a container with a hole on top. Inside the container there should be an assortment of hookable toys.
Outdoor Movie Soiree
As a kid, I always enjoyed going to the movies in the park. For this party, the host can set up a concessions stand with candy, popcorn, and drinks. Pigs in a blanket or wraps are good food choices. Decorate your backyard with movie posters and small lights. Next, set up pillows and blankets. Then, have children vote on an age appropriate movie to watch. Use a projector and shine it onto a big white sheet or screen. Finally, turn the backyard lights down and enjoy the movie under the stars.
Water Park Party
You don't need a pool to have a water park party. Ask guests to come in bathing suits and flip flops. Set up a slip and slide in your backyard. Or, fill up a kiddie pool for smaller children. Have several water stations available. In addition, set up a water balloon toss and bubble making station. Have plenty of beach balls and inflatable water toys for lounging if you do have a pool. Consider punch with umbrellas, cups filled with colorful fruit salad, and finger sandwiches. This is a perfect gathering for a hot day.
Under the Sea
Invite kids to an underwater sea party. The first step is to transform your house into an ocean. Line walls with blue cellophane and sea murals. Hang shells and fish cutouts from the ceiling. For food, make mini crab cakes, blue jello jigglers , and sandwiches cut into the shape of fishes. For dessert, try starfish sugar cookies on a bed of light brown sugar "sand". Keep guests entertained with island music and a game of freeze dance. Then, go outside for a crab walk relay race complete with prizes.
Celebrate summer with one of these fun events!Content by Melissa Matters.