The warm summer months seem to be the perfect time to throw a birthday party. From barbeques to swimming, there are myriad ways to celebrate and entertain the kids. Need some ideas? Here are five of the best summer birthday party ideas apt for kids of all ages!

  1. Summer Garden Party – Little girls love all things frilly and pink so a summer garden (or tea) party is the perfect way to celebrate. If the weather permits, hold the party outdoors and use potted flowers as centerpieces. Serve mini cakes, finger sandwiches, and the guest of honor's beverage of choice. Activities may include "stick the bee on the flower," flower face painting, and planting time (where the girls get to plant their own flower in a pot).
  2. Pool Party – The quintessential summer celebration, dive into a fun pool party! Serve burgers and hot dogs poolside and have the kids play fun pool games, like the rubber duck race (players must nudge a rubber duck from one end of the pool to the other using only their noses). If you don't have a pool, turn it into a water games party where the kids can play in the sprinklers and with water guns and other toys.
  3. A Birthday Carnival – Turn your backyard into a summertime carnival replete with games, food and prizes. Set up game stations the kids can visit and win prizes, such as the ball toss. Set up a ticket booth near the entry where tickets to play the games are given. Other ideas include having a photo booth and face painting station.
  4. Arts and Crafts – If your child loves doing crafts, plan an arts and crafts party where the kids do nothing but create! Choose two or three crafts to do and hold the party outside so you don't have to worry about creating a mess. You can even pick up some kids craft kits, which contain all the supplies needed to create a certain craft. From painting picture frames to making jewelry, the craft possibilities are virtually endless!
  5. Western Birthday Party – Apt for little boys and girls alike, a western birthday party is the perfect celebration for your little cowboy or cowgirl. From plates to streamers, use only western-themed decorations. To add some authenticity, you can also use hay, saddles, and horseshoes (and even play the horseshoe game). Fun western games to play include "Pin the Tail on the Horse" or "Penny in a Hay Stack," where you hide prizes in a stack a hay and the kids have to find them.

No matter what type of party you choose, a summer birthday party is the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate another year with your little one!