Sunshine, warm nights, and endless possibilities make summer birthdays the best! Dive into 4 different birthday party ideas to celebrate your birthday child this summer. Take advantage of the warmer weather and sunshine by hosting your party outside and make memories that will last a lifetime with a Garden Party, Going-for-the-Gold Party, Create-Your-Own Pizza Party, or a Backyard Cinema Extravaganza.

Garden Party

Get kids’ hands dirty with a Garden Party this summer! Let them unleash their creativity by painting and decorating their own plant pots. It’s okay to get messy – that’s part of the fun! Set up a potting station outdoors and provide everything they need. Fill the pots with soil and guide the kids through the planting process. Lean into the theme with a delicious dirt pudding dessert or buttercream flower cupcakes to satisfy all appetites. Send your little gardeners home with a personalized watering can and let them choose 2-3 seed packets to plant something new at home, creating a lasting memory of their garden party adventure!

Child crawling through obstacle course outside on the grass

Going-for-the-Gold Party

This summer will be filled with excitement at watching your favorite athletes compete in Paris in July! Plan a Go-For-The-Gold party for your active little one. Start with a craft station with markers, crayons, and construction paper to create their own team flags. Hand out noisemakers and create a torch from construction paper cones and tissue paper for the Birthday Kid to lead the party in an Opening Ceremony. Set up a series of obstacle courses and relay races for the guests to participate in. Build a podium out of boxes or furniture you may have on hand and give your guests each a custom medal to celebrate their successes during the Games!

Create-Your-Own Pizza Party

Pizza is the universal meal at every birthday party, so why not let your guests make their own? Outfit each of your little chefs in custom kids’ aprons to minimize messes. Pre-set a station with pizza bases, pre-chopped toppings in bowls, and a designated area for creating custom pies. Turn the kids loose and unleash their inner chefs! Let them create their own culinary masterpieces.
After the pizzas are served, save a few extra slices for a pizza relay race in the yard. The first team to finish with the pizza still on their plate takes the win! Send the kids home with their aprons and a chef’s hat, a tasty reminder of their pizza-making adventures.

Kids outside watching a movie with a projector screen

Backyard Cinema Extravaganza

Cozy up under the stars with your birthday child’s favorite movie, snacks, and treats to celebrate with their friends! Build a cozy setup with blankets and pillows around the yard where all the kids can sprawl out and get comfortable. A few strings of fairy lights will set the mood, and bug spray will be necessary to keep the critters at bay. Set up a popcorn bar with all the candy and treats to make it really feel like you’re at the movies to see the newest blockbuster. Project a movie on a sheet or the side of your house while you relax under the stars for a birthday party you won’t forget!

Love these ideas but want to beat the summer heat instead of bask in it? Bring the party to us at Pump It Up! During your private party in the arenas, set up a sports-themed obstacle course for your partygoers. Ask your Party Professionals to help host a pizza-passing relay at the tables in your dedicated party room, or send your guests home with all the supplies to decorate your pots and grow your own flowers at home, or all the fixings to have a movie night at home! To find more ideas and the ultimate guide to the best birthday party ever, visit

"Summer Birthday Party Ideas" was last updated July 1st, 2024 by

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