If the idea of thinking up yet another crowd-pleasing birthday idea has you panic-attacking, don’t forget; summer’s around the corner.  It’s the perfect season to swap out tired ‘ol party tricks for something cooler, more colorful and as easy as opening the backdoor. We’ve scoped the coolest ideas out there—flip through for clever ways to celebrate your littles in the great outdoors.

Tie One On

This might just be the perfect opportunity to introduce the kiddos to your favorite 70's playlist (Bee Gees, anyone?). Plus, partygoers get to take home a fun “to dye for” favor that lasts longer than candy or trinkets from your standard goody bag. Chaotically Creative gives inspiration for helping party-goers get their groovy on.

Photo: Chaotically Creative

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What are some of your favorite backyard party themes?

—Mae Respicio Koerner