Summer is officially here! If your child has a birthday during the summer season, you are pretty lucky considering all the outdoor alternatives for parties. Spray pads and parks are all fantastic places to keep parties outside, active and fun. But if you are looking for some more ideas for your child's summer party, we have come up with three great themes:
Let the kids paint their own plaster gnome and write the name on the bottom. Let the gnomes dry while the kids eat cake, and then hide them around the yard and have a scavenger hunt! Or, supply tiny terracotta pots for everyone, and let everyone spoon in some planting soil and plant a small plant.
Set a table in your yard and use red/white toadstools and gnomes as your inspiration! Ferns and mossy creations work great for centerpieces. Use red party hats for “gnome hats”
A garden gnome themed birthday cake or cupcakes, or why not red and white cake pops? Use the toadstool theme mixed with green and flowers, or use gnome toppers! Sandwiches cut with a tree-shaped cookie cutter brings the woodsie theme through, pretzel sticks (twigs) and appleslices dipped in chunky peanutbutter (watch for allergies) are other cute ideas.
Anything red and white works here! Swirly lollipops or gnome decorated sugar cookies make cute treats to take home, a gnome story book, gnome finger puppets and of course their own decorated gnomes or planted flowers are all great options for the party favors!
Free the fairies – Hide small fairy toys or figures in your yard. Each child has to find and free a fairy to earn their fairy wings. Make your own fairy wand – use wodden skewers and star cutouts for a simple fairy wand. Let the fairies decorate their wands with crayons and stickers, or use a metallic silver spray and sprinkle with glitter. Use a bubble machine and let your little fairies run around and catch the bubbles. Or make your own fairy garden, using a small bowl or pot, moss, rocks, popsicle sticks and other mini building elements.
Decorate in pastel colours like pale green, pink, lilac and yellow. If the party is outside, hang colourful streamers and pompoms from trees for a magical look. Use flowers and glitter on the main table and hang butterflies around walls or from trees.
Star shaped jam sandwiches make a perfect fairy party snack. Make wand cookies by cutting sugar cookies into star shapes, and insert a popsicle stick in the bottom before baking. Decorate ahead of time or let that be one of the party activities. For a birthday cake make a layered cake, using fairy figures as toppers, or cupcakes with pastel coloured icing, or cake pops in pastel colours and star sprinkles.
Make a fairy kit with wands, wings and costume jewellery. Include stick-on earrings, lipgloss, tiny fairy notebooks and bubbles. Or let them keep the wand and wings or fairy garden from the party if those were part of your activities.
Scavenger Hunt – explorer style! Hand out toy binoculars and send your little explorers on a hunt through the backyard (or park if that’s where you are hosting your party). An idea is to scatter small plastic bugs around the yard and give your campers a jar to collect them in. Or go fishing – Set up a fishing station where guests can “fish” for treats using a rod with a string and clothes pin attached.
Post a sign stating “Camp *place birthday child’s name here*” pointing to your “camp site”. A tent can be a perfect gathering spot for snacks or quieter activities. A camp fire is great if your menu contains camp foods like hot dogs and s’mores!
Hot dogs and corn on the cob are perfect camp foods, and for treats – s’mores are a given! A bowl of chocolate candies can be “bear poop”, marshmallows on pretzel sticks make s’more on a stick (if you don’t have access to a campfire). Popcorn and trail mix are great ideas (I love the idea of a ‘build-your-own-trailmix station’ with lots of options to make your own trail mix), ants on a log (celery sticks with nut butter and raisins), gummy worms (for going fishing) or snakes are also great camp-snack options. For a birthday cake we love the camping themed cake in the picture.
If your party is more explorer themed, you can give out small backpacks with exploring essentials – a hat, binoculars, a butterfly net, flashlight etc. If it is more camping themed, why not give out make-your-own-s’more kits, mini flashlights and compasses?