My son has a summer birthday. I love it. No school or weekend sport conflicts, great weather and so many venue options. It is also so much easier to entertain kids at summer parties. Less expense, no house mess, lots of entertainment choices and no competition for the same pricey indoor party venues.
If you have a summer birthday to organize, we are here to help! Evite® helps make coming together effortless and helps you capture the memories along the way.
I am super excited to team up with them to share my top 10 tips on how to pull off a Super Special Summer Party the kids will love!
1. Spread the Word
Get in quick and spread the word!
There is less stress around throwing a birthday party over the summer holiday period now thanks to save-the-dates and invitations by text message from Evite®.
For starters, don’t compete with other moms over the best date. Send a save-the-date well in advance to let everyone know you are planning a party, and instantly communicate with your guests by sending it via text.
When you’re ready to send the official invitation, click here for a fabulous range of Summer Birthday Party Invites you can use to spread the word. Don’t forget to include key details on your invitation – food, timing, attire (is a swimsuit required?) and rain or shine plans.
2. Co-Host the Party
If your child has a friend who also has a summer birthday, why not consider co-hosting? Don’t go it alone – not only do you share the expense but you get help with organizing and kid-wrangling on party day! Lol (no really, you’ll thank me!)
Summer outdoor venues and spaces are usually much larger so there is plenty of room for ALL the kids.
With Evite invitations, you can now add a co-host feature for your friend and fellow mom to help manage the event. How easy is that?
3. Get Help with Food & Drinks
More on getting help. It’s okay to ask for it! People love to bring things and get involved, especially family. Make the most of it and their relaxed summer vibe.
Whether you decide on a summer barbeque, picnic or finger food, let family and friends sign up to bring things. You can organize it all through Evite®’s What to Bring tool.
4. Gift Giving
I don’t know about you but right before a birthday party I always get emails from family & friends asking what Harrison would like for his birthday.
It used to be a lot easier to answer but these days he has a specific list of Pokemon cards or some other such obsession.
I love keeping a wish list on Amazon. My kids keep their hopes and dreams alive on this thing! It is really easy to share with guests to help them out.
5. Take it Outside with Fun Themes
The biggest advantages of having a summer birthday is getting to use an outdoor space and enjoying warm-weather activities. Kids love being outdoors!
Summer is the best time for outdoor party themes. Host a kid’s luau, spa party, pool party, garden tea party, barnyard party or throw a sports-themed party where the kids can run around.
I personally love outdoor movie nights in summer. This is a great way to celebrate under the summer stars. Or a camp-out, pitching backyard tents & catching fire flies.
6. Simplify the Menu & Decor
Since you are partying outside, skip the huge dessert table and go for fun, inexpensive foods that kids love such as popsicles, ice creams, and chilled drinks.
Use disposables – ALL the disposables, paper plates, cups and utensils all make for easy clean-up too and there are so many cute options these days!
Choose easy party décor – keep it simple, you don’t need much when you are in an outdoor space. A few bunting flags, a birthday banner or balloons mixed with fun tableware are all you need.
Consider a string of fairy lights or lanterns for the evening. Also try using things you already have laying around. Beach chairs, pillows & picnic blankets offer comfort for the guests.
7. Go for Convenience
Pick a convenient and FREE location — Backyards, your local park or playground, pools, camp sites and the beach are all great places to host a summer birthday party.
In all of these locations you can usually stay as long as you want and guests/parents/kids are able to move about freely in a large open space. Some even have picnic tables, shaded areas and a grill. Perfect!
Have the party on a weekday — It’s summer, don’t compete with the crowds on weekends. You’ll also save on any rentals like bounce houses and water slides. This is especially a good idea during the summer when you don’t need to worry about school!
8. Provide a Comfort Station
Keep your guests comfortable in the summer sun. Set up a small station with a selection of items your guests may need. For example, sunscreen, bug spray or wipes and a first aid kit for stings and scrapes.
9. Keep it Fun
Whatever you choose (or whatever the season) just make it special and remember to have fun!
It’s all about the kids! With an outdoor space, kids are easy to entertain.
Summer is the perfect time for scavenger hunts, bubbles, bouncy castles, sprinkles, water balloons, water guns, sidewalk chalk, outdoor toys like balls, bats frisbees! Ohhh and hey pinatas of course! Hang one from a tree and have some fun.
10. Share Moments & Memories
Don’t forget to snap photos and capture the memories. After the party you and your guests will be able to keep all your summer memories in one place with Evite®’s private sharing feeds, available on every invitation, for your guests only.
Upload photos, tag guests, and relive the memories anytime.
Speaking of which…want to win some summer prizes?! Yes Please!
Share your favorite summer birthday photo for your chance to win big prizes.
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- $150 Visa Gift Card
- $100 Amazon Gift Card
- Complete FUJIFILM Instax Camera Bundle
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Happy Partying xx