My Birthday is 24th August, so falls in the middle of the school 6 weeks holidays, my mum always had great ideas for my parties, but the majority of them were outside under shelter.
There is a running joke in my family that I am the one with a summer birthday, but usually the one who encounters the rain.
I have a few ideas for parties that won't break the bank, and will keep you sheltered from whatever mother nature wants to throw at you.
1. Party in the Park (if you don't have a large enough back garden)
Hire or borrow a couple of gazebos, and head down to the local green space. Blankets on the floor, and an outdoor theme (sport or mini creatures) can be a great setting.
Food can either be a buffet, or a bbq (but check you are allowed to use one in the park)
Sports theme Activities
- Design your own Football shirt, this can be on biscuits, using icing, or on paper using colouring pens
- A game of sport, football/rounders (this would be age dependant)
- Decorate stones to look like bugs using pens or paint
- Bug hunt, have a wander around the park looking for bugs in the grass/trees/undergrowth
2. Party in the garden (if your garden is large enough)
There are many different things you can do in your own garden, my back garden has a large raised decking area, which would look really good as a pirate ship, I did this for my sons birthday a few years ago, bought a couple of inflatable palm trees and skull and cross bone flags, and created a safe play area for him and his friends to play pirates.
My parents have a very large back garden and as a child I remember the big green tent coming out every year for my parties.
They would put the family tent used for camping up in the garden, and we would use it for shade from the sun, or shelter from the rain.
My parties would involve general party games, to this day I won't play musical chairs, as I was rubbish at it, and general running around.
You don't have to theme a party I personally find it easier to work towards a theme.
3. The get wet party
If we continue to have this glorious weather, you could have a paddling pool/sprinkler party, just make sure everyone brings their costumes and plenty of sun cream, and there is plenty of adult supervision
I wouldn't worry too much about the food, a BBQ is always good, a few sausages and burgers, and a bit of pasta and salad.
4. The out and about Party
There are loads of local attractions that have birthday party packages. Local farms/Zoo's are fantastic places for younger kids, and the venues usually provided a tour, and food and access to the attraction for a set price.
Hope these ideas help, for my birthday this year I am planning a bbq, you can guarantee it will rain at some point though out the day, so I will work on plan B just in case