As an Evite® Influencer, I’m happy to share this post about birthday party ideas. When my son came to me and said he wanted “The best” birthday party this summer, I was stumped because that’s just not what we have done in the past. It’s summertime, so with school being out and the weather being great, I knew that I could think of some fun ideas. It is so important to remember that when we are throwing these amazing, or “epic parties”, as our son says… that it’s all about our kids! 🙂 Have fun!
Before I even knew the details of his birthday party, I knew that it would probably be sports-themed and I knew which date we needed. I knew that it couldn’t be around a holiday or summer travels, so I actually sent out this save-the-date, via Evite
Evite helps make coming together effortless and more memorable. I have been sending invitations this way for many many years. I’ve always loved their summer invitation categories because they have such a huge variety of designs, so I can always find one that I love. Mickey, on the other hand, has used Evite to design his own invitation for a party. (He’s the creative one!)
I have also used Evite in the past to Co-Host a birthday party with my sister-in-law. Our sons have birthdays just a few weeks apart. It’s nice when you don’t have to do it alone. You can just cut your to-do list in half and plan a kids birthday party with someone else who’s celebrating a summer birthday. Just use the Evite co-host feature for this option so both of the hosts can manage the event and guest list together… makes life easier. 🙂
I’ve also had parties where everyone brings something: Evite has the What To Bring Tool, so I can let my guests sign up to contribute something. (I’ve used this option when I’m planning school classroom parties.)
Once we decided that his party was going to be a baseball party… I got the Evite invitation ready:
I even picked the option to invite guests via text message:
It’s an easy way to make sure your invitation gets seen for those who are less active on email, especially during summer vacation.
Oh! A great tip for when parents ask: “What do they want?” – You can connect an Amazon Wish List to your Evite invitation. Let your child help you create it. My kids have so much fun with this!
Here are some ideas to get you started on your summer birthday…
At Home Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
Petting Zoo Party
That’s right, this birthday party brings a petting zoo to your backyard. Wendy, one of our amazing moms, said they “had a petting zoo with pony rides, an alpaca, a calf, chicks, rabbits, ducklings, piglets, and more.” Do a quick internet search for “petting zoo parties (in your zip code)” to find a service that will bring the zoo to you!
Is your little one a fan of a favorite book? Host a Book Party with a character focus! Play treasure-hunts with different “treasures” from the story, play “finish the story” and let kids tell funny endings, or even let them dress up as their favorite book character.
One mom even suggested asking guests to bring books to donate instead of gifts!
Super Hero Party
Turn that old refrigerator box into a telephone booth for Superman and have an epic Super Hero Birthday Party! Capes and eye masks made out of felt make the perfect party wear while fruits and veggies can be arranged to look like Captain America’s shield or Thor’s hammer. Have plenty of super hero games ready for your active super guests!
Wrestling Birthday Party
If your wrestling fan is having a birthday, remove the furniture and line the walls and floors with mats for a hands-on WWE party! Birthday party planning mom, Tara, recommends a wrestling ring cake as well. “I didn’t get much sleep, but they all loved it and still talk about it 10 years later,” she said. That’s definitely a memorable party!
Pet Adoption Party
If your child loves animals or is big into animal rescue, create a birthday party to celebrate those things! A dozen stuffed animals will be waiting for adoption by party guests in this unique celebration. Mom Lindsay said, “[I] printed out fake animal adoption certificates and fake animal hospital check-up pages. [I] also bought a few dollar store doctor kits. The kids chose their animals, gave them check-ups, picked out names, and filled out their adoption papers. It was a huge hit!”
Drive-In Movie Birthday Party
For those warm month birthdays, host a Drive-In in the backyard! Hang a white sheet against the house and use an inexpensive movie projector to show a film to party guests. Large cardboard boxes can be decorated as cars, so each guest gets his or her own vehicle! Moms and dads can be car hops, bringing popcorn and juice boxes to each child.
Parties on the Go
Indoor Sports Park
From bounce houses to volleyball tournaments, indoor sports parks host birthday parties all year long. Some parks even have rock climbing walls and adventure ropes courses! The best part? It doesn’t matter what time of year your child’s birthday is, the temperature will always be the same inside!
Rent a Stadium
For sports-loving birthday kids, renting out an entire stadium would be a dream. That’s just what a family friend did for their son’s birthday party. “We rented a small stadium when it was out-of-season. We had 10-year-old boys playing football all over the field. It’s gone now and the kids are 17 now, [but] they still talk about how huge that was to them.” If you can afford it, renting a stadium would definitely make for an epic birthday party!
Down on the Farm
Contact your local farm or orchard to find out about the birthday parties they offer. Many include hay rides, animal petting, fruit or vegetable picking, and more! Get inexpensive bandanas or straw hats for party guests!
Remember, no matter what type of party you decide to have for your child, he or she will cherish the memories forever! Take some great photos & then look back at those smiles with fond memories.
When the party’s over, share those photos through the private sharing feeds on Evite. It is available on every invitation, for your guests only. You can upload photos, tag guests and relive memories every day.
Better yet, submit your photos to Evite’s Summer Birthday Sweepstakes for a chance to WIN prizes! Here are the details:
Summer birthday bashes bring great snaps and memories. Share a summer birthday photo for a chance to win big prizes!
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