Ideas for a Birthday Party at the Park

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A birthday party at a park might be a good place to try a piñata.
A birthday party at a park might be a good place to try a piñata. (Image: Todd Warnock/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A birthday party at the park is a unique way to celebrate the annual event without the mess at your home. Consider renting a temporary tent or on-site shelter to use in case of inclement weather. Be sure to check the park regulations about group gathering limitations and rules before moving forward with your park party.

Theme

Using a park as a venue for a birthday party creates several opportunities to tie in the venue location with the party theme. A seasonally focused birthday celebration during the summer could include traditional water activities and summer picnic food. For a young son who likes insects, use the park site to take a nature walk and identify different insects. If you don’t want to have a themed birthday party, consider picking a park with on-site activities for party goers to enjoy as part of the party, such as a playground, horseshoes or nearby lake facilities.

Games

Outdoor games at the park give attendees a large area to play traditional outdoor games. Play traditional games such as bobbing for apples, relays, tag, or the three-legged race before eating for guests to work up an appetite. Consider hiding little treasures near the party site or have a scavenger hunt for nature items. Other birthday party games at the park could center on the party’s theme, such as water volleyball or pin-the-antenna-on-the-insect.

Food

With the exception of winter in some climates, consider serving food at the park birthday party. Bring a pre-made or storebought covered birthday cake to serve to guests. If you would like to provide guests with a meal, you could have pizza or other food delivered to the park. If the park has a grill, bring hot dogs, hamburgers or other prepared items to cook up outside. On the side, serve pre-cut raw vegetables, a pre-made salad such as a potato salad, and chips. Serve assorted individual sized beverages or buy or prepare beverages in large and disposable cups.

Decorations

Decorating for a birthday party at the park can range from a little to a lot. The use of colored or birthday-themed plastic tablecloths on picnic tables lightens the festivities of the occasion, along with birthday- or other-themed napkins. Hang oxygen or helium filled latex balloons and colored streamers around the end of the picnic table or the edge of the shelter's roof.

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