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Four kids' garden party ideas

Whether it’s a birthday party, summer sleepover or weekend playdate with friends, a garden party is a great way to get everyone outside and who doesn’t love a good theme?

Here are our 4 favourite kids' garden party ideas, that everyone can help prep and decorate with a little imagination and a lot of fun!

Hawaiian Tiki Party

A tropical garden take-over complete with luau games, flower garlands and grass skirts.

Hawaiian Tiki Party

Decoration

Decoration

Balloons galore, fresh exotic fruits, flowers, streamers and pompom bunting make for a great tropical setting.

Games & activities

Games & activities

Hula games bring endless opportunities for fun. Think hula hoop spinning, dancing contests, tossing and targets.

Get creative and set up a grass skirt making station. Cut lengths of natural and coloured raffia, netted fabric and old coloured paper or plastic bags, ready to tie to a simple ribbon or belt.

A classic game of limbo will keep everyone entertained for hours. Prop a garden cane or broom handle on high supports and see how low you can go!

Food

Food

Tropical cake, chilled fruits diced into fun shapes, fresh coconut and pineapple juice or a fruity punch, veggie kebabs, BBQ chicken, bright salads and mini Hawaiian pizzas.

Party bags

Send your guests home with their contest hula hoop, colourful flip flops, Hawaiian flower garland and grass skirt.

Kidsfest Festival

Host your very own #kidsfest with main stage performances, BBQ nibbles, face painting and fun games.

Kidsfest Festival

Decoration

Decoration

Drape twinkly fairy lights in the trees with colourful bunting and streamers, add hay bales for fun seating and dig out the camping tent or teepee to fill with blankets and cushions.

Games & activities

Games & activities

Set up the main stage with timber pallets or transform your decking with a bubble machine, homemade band sign, karaoke machine or even better a selection of easy to play instruments, to play along to your party playlist.

Pop up a gazebo and garden bench for a perfect festival face painting station. Use face paint pallets, or get creative with cosmetic glue, glitter, sequins and jeweled transfers.

Fill a table with sprinkles, sparkles, chocolate chips and sauces, ready to decorate a bowl or cone of soft scoop ice cream

Food

Food

Stock a wheelbarrow with ice cubes, juice cartons and water and fill the buffet table with mini fruit and veggie kebabs, BBQ hot dogs and burgers, donuts, cake pops and sweet treats.

Party bags

Fill party bags with fun colourful sunglasses, a curly reusable party straw, a mini water gun and flower head band.

Mini Olympics Challenges

Let the games begin with an actioned packed and colourful mini garden Olympics theme.

Mini Olympics Challenges

Decoration

Decoration

Hang homemade flags and bunting, Olympic coloured balloons, paper lanterns, streamers and a set up a tiered winner’s podium.

Games & activities

Games & activities

Fill your garden with multiple activities and fun game areas to keep everyone entertained. Think traditional sports day games from the silly sack and three-legged race to water balloon battles, gymnastic dance routines and hurdles for show jumping ponies.

Split the group into teams and tally up the challenges on a leaderboard to award the winners on a closing ceremony podium, with homemade medals and trophies.

Set up an Olympic torch ice cream station to fill cones with tropical fruit ice cream, sprinkles, popping candy, chopped fruits and melted chocolate.

Food

Food

Fill your flag themed buffet table with a trophy tiered cake, colourful party rings, sliced veggies with dips, bite sized party nibbles, gold coins and jugs of refreshing fizzy juices.

Party bags

A medal, certificate, colourful bangles, gold coins and reusable sports bottle make a great take home gift.

Pirate Treasure Hunt

A classic buried treasure scavenger hunt with fun outfits, riddled clues and teamwork.

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Decoration

Decoration

Make a treasure map tablecloth, hang skull and crossbones balloons, fill a treasure chest with gummy sweets, hang stripy bunting and a colourful piñata.

Games & activities

Games & activities

A classic treasure hunt that gets everyone involved. Hide your treasure chest filled with fun loot and work backwards with simple questions, rhymes and riddles or a map with X marks the spot.

Split the group into teams to get everyone working together.

Hide pirate gold and gems in a sand pit or bucket of goo for a buried treasure scavenge.

Decorate a pirate bandana with small beach shells, non-toxic markers and glitter.

Food

Food

Use cocktail stick flags to pirate theme your buffet. Think mini fish finger sandwiches, cocktail sausages, carrot swords and dips, golden jeweled and ocean cupcakes and fruit filled loot boats.

Party bags

Fill a loot bag with chocolate coins, wrapped sweets, a homemade bandana, stuffed toy parrot and pirate slime.

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