When it comes to a perfect time of year for an outdoor birthday party, it’s hard to beat fall. The hot weather is behind you, so you are not locked into a pool-party theme. And because Old Man Winter has not started doing his thing, you and the kids can have fun outside without having to fuss with heavy coats and scarves. Whether you plan to have the party in your backyard or at the park, here are three fun and festive fall birthday party ideas to consider:
If your child loves playing games, host a fall carnival birthday party. Set up cornhole boards in the backyard — you can either purchase them in a big box store or make your own — and have the kids throw beanbags in autumnal hues like red, gold and orange. Other game ideas include tossing ping pong balls into colorful bowls of water, throwing darts at balloons and spinning a mystery prize wheel. To really take the party over the top, rent a dunk tank and a bounce house from a local party rental company. For fall carnival supplies, Oriental Trading Company is a holy grail of ideas for everything from games and prizes to treat bag items and photo booth props. The company has an entire section devoted to photo booth props that the kids can use to take hilarious pictures in a photo booth, whether you rent one or create your own DIY version. For prizes, pick up some small toys at a discount store and buy some large bags of Halloween candy.
For kids who love dressing up, an outdoor costume party is a fun idea. As a bonus, being outside in the cool fall weather will help prevent the kids from overheating in their superhero or royalty-themed costumes. Ask your guests to come in their favorite costumes, or suggest a theme, like a Morphsuit party. For kids who are a bit on the shy side or have sensory issues, wearing a Morphsuit that covers their entire body can help boost their confidence and provide calming sensory input for kids with autism. They also come in funny, silly and scary patterns, so they are sure to fit every child's personality. If you are uncomfortable asking your guests to purchase a specific costume, ask them to match the theme, and then purchase party plates, cups and decorations to go along with it.
To give your child a more rural-themed party with plenty of Americana, plan a county fair celebration. Serve caramel apples on a stick, deep fry some Twinkies, rent a cotton candy machine and make fresh-squeezed lemonade. If your child loves animals, search for petting zoo rentals and arrange for some chickens, baby goats, lambs and other four-legged farm animals to be at the party. For games, hold a pie or watermelon eating contest, and send everyone home with balloons and plenty of sweet treats.