The entertainment landscape is still uncertain in 2021, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan fun, safe parties to have now or at a later date. Let’s use what we have to create a fun, safe atmosphere where we can connect and share a laugh with our loved ones and friends. One of the most popular ways to have a party now is to hold it outdoors. Having a gathering in your backyard or local park can make a difference in making your guests feel safe and comfortable. Here are nine fun, creative ideas to get your party-planning juices flowing!

1. Themed party 

Themes bring everything together and help make choices, from food to decorations, a lot easier. Pick your favorite movie, book, or era in time and go from there. Some popular themes are “The Great Gatsby,” “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings,” or Disney characters. Create a menu based on your theme and make it fun and delicious. Planning games and activities will bring life and energy to the party. Having a photo booth can also make any shindig livelier. 

2. BBQ

Spring is here and summer is around the corner – the perfect seasons for a barbeque! Turn on your grill and fire up some hotdogs and hamburgers in the park, beach, or your backyard. Order a party platter of sandwiches and salads to go along with the grilled meats. There are many creative ways to make an outdoor party fun. The lawn game, cornhole, is fun for the young and old. Get some fresh air and host your party safely.  Picnics work well for this too. 

3. Backyard movies 

A backyard movie-viewing has an intimate and welcoming feel that invites people in. Set up a projector outside and watch a movie at night. Bring out some blankets and pillows and string some lights in the backyard and you’re all set. Pop some popcorn, make blanket forts, and get cozy at your personal movie screening. 

4. Baking soiree   

Baking can be a lot of fun with friends and family. Make it into an event where you judge each others’ recipes at the end. Most everyone enjoys decorating cookies or cupcakes. Since you probably don’t want to spend the whole time cooking, however, order delicious catering to enjoy lunch before or after baking. 

5. Campfire

A bonfire brings people together and who doesn’t love the smells and sounds of a crackling fire? It’s the perfect excuse to roast some marshmallows and order in desserts. If you want to get creative and make your backyard feel like the wilderness, set up tents and ask guests to wear camping outfits.  

6. DIY crafts 

Doing crafts with others is always fun. People like to make things they can take home. Check out some online sites for crafting ideas, from simple to advanced level. You can also buy small canvases and pots and paint together. It’s not just a fun activity, but a therapeutic one too. After this past year, everyone can use a little art therapy in their lives. 

 7. Game night 

Have everyone bring their favorite board game or cards and play some good, old-fashioned games together. Some options include UNO, charades, trivia card games, and Monopoly. Not everyone enjoys board games, so switch it up with games like Heads Up that you can play on your phone with a group. 

8. Outdoor games 

There are so many games that are perfect for the outdoors. Spikeball is easy to set up and you can play it in your backyard. You can also choose a park with volleyball, or tennis, and/or pickleball courts to get some games going. If you have a big backyard, you can set up some goals and make a little soccer field. 

9. Tie-dye party 

Grab a bunch of plain white shirts, hair scrunchies, or even white cotton masks and have a tie-dying party. Plenty of craft stores have tie-dye kits and sell fabric. Tie-dyeing is a fun and easy way to make something you can wear and kids love to see their homemade creations when they’re done. This type of party requires minimal supplies and is a great activity for kids and teens to do together. 

Get catering for your party!

Planning a party doesn’t have to be stressful. There are many ideas for fun shindigs that are also safe. 

TooJay’s offers catering services for the party you’re planning. From breakfast platters to desserts and everything in between, hawse have you covered. Every party needs great food and TooJay’s has your menu covered. Contact us today for help planning your event’s food options.