Are you looking for outdoor bday party ideas that are easy to set up? You’ve come to the right place.
From your backyard to a local campsite to deep in the forest, there are so many places to party outdoors. Each venue is totally unique.
That said, partying outdoors is thwart with conditions we can’t control, such as the weather. And when you’re trying to plan a birthday at the same time, these inconveniences can help or hinder your plans.
With all this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of outdoor bday party ideas to help keep your stresses to a minimum.
Key Factors For Any Outdoor Event
Before we get into these outdoor ideas, there are a few things you need to be aware of when planning to party outdoors.
This is one major problem with going outside. These days, the heat is as bad as rain and wind in ruining parties. Keeping your guests also warm or cool, depending on the circumstances, is another area to think about.
Managing your venue
Unless you’re partying in a square backyard, most outdoor spaces tend to be unconventional shapes. This can influence where you place your food, guests, dancefloor and chillout area.
Protecting your food
We’re not only thinking about flies swarming around your cakes. Your food is vulnerable to sudden gusts of wind, dusty breezes, melting and going stale. Plastic containers can affect the taste of food. If you’re cooking outside, you need to think about storage space for food items and refrigeration.
Now we’ve got these important points out of the way, it’s time to focus on your outdoor ideas.
Outdoor Bday Party Ideas
Let’s start this list with the simplest one of all. A brunch is very easy to organise and you can host it in your backyard.
This being brunch, think of light meal items such as salads, fruit, coffee and sandwiches, birthday cake for dessert. Brunches are a great alternative for friends who can’t commit to a big birthday party.
Glamping stands for “glamorous camping” and is a luxurious alternative to partying under a canopy. Glamping tents are made from a thick cotton canvas in a bell-shaped design, with a pitched roof around a wide circular base. You can adjust the width of the tent to accommodate a dining table and some chairs. The tent can be decorated with string fairy lights, vintage lanterns and scented candles.
The best thing about a glamping tent is that you can go camping with it as well. Many campsites will allow you to use their services like ordinary campers.
Birthday Game Night
Who doesn’t love board games! I’m a fan and I don’t think any outdoor bday party ideas can be complete without one. Games like Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble are guaranteed to keep you playing all night long. A game night is easy to set up in any garden, but you need to be mindful of noise in case you disturb any sleeping neighbours.
Wine Birthday Party
There are many different wine-themed outdoor bday party ideas you can try, from celebrity wine to regional varieties. If your friend enjoys a glass every now and then, this could be the idea for them. We’ve written a whole post about wine party ideas for you.
Love singing? Got a guitar to hand? Then make the most of both of these, by inviting your friends to a birthday singalong. A singalong is perfect after the cake is cut, Happy Birthday sung and everyone’s relaxed. In the past, my friends and I have ventured into woods with the guitar for more singing. If you don’t fancy doing that, you could also snuggle up to songs in the park.
Picnics are great in that they can be anything you want them to be. You can bring pre-cooked food, buy from the store or make sandwiches on the spot. Picnics give busy friends the chance to come and go from your party. And picnics don’t have to be relaxing either; check out our list of fantastic picnic games to get the energy flowing.
Can’t bear the thought of doing all the cooking on this special day? Then host a potluck with your friends, inviting each of them to bring their favourite birthday dish. To stop guests bringing too much of the same food, write down a list of what you want to include, then ask specific friends to bring specific things.
If you’ve got adventurous friends amongst you, then why not throw a dare party? Dares are great fun and definitely filled with memorable experiences. Some example dares include dancing like a ballerina as friends walk around the party; doing impersonation of the birthday friend; getting everyone in a group conga. You can learn more about crazy dares here.
Outdoor Movie Night
Watching a movie under the stars is the highlight of this party idea. To make the screen, you need a large white bedsheet strung up between 2 sturdy trees, a small projector attached to your laptop and good speakers for sound project. You can also combine your movie night ideas with a birthday BBQ.
We couldn’t leave this list of outdoor ideas without suggesting something not energetic at all. If your birthday friend prefers to laze around in the sun with beers and cake, then organise some deckchairs and a bluetooth speaker. Try and pick a location close to an observatory or museum, so you can add a short sightseeing trip to proceedings too.
Keeping your outdoor bday party ideas as simple as possible is what will make the day a success. The outdoors can be a problematic space with too many factors that can ruin your event. I hope the ideas here have inspired you in some small way.