Just because it’s a little chilly outside doesn’t mean you have to give up the fun and excitement of an outdoor birthday party. From a forest to a beach and even an entire circus tent, with a little bit of creativity, you can easily invite the outdoors inside. Flip through the gallery below to discover 11 awesome and outdoorsy themes perfect for a party, no matter what the season.

Happy Hunting

With so many nooks and corners to hide, indoors is actually a perfect place to host a scavenger hunt. Create a list of items to find around your house, like this one from Scavenger Hunt, or make it a little more challenging with a puzzle to solve that gives a clue to the next item on the list. Pass out magnifying glasses as take-home favors that mini sleuths can use on the hunt. Send all your guests home with a piece of the treasure, by filling a small chest with individual sacks of chocolate coins.

photo: Melissa Hillier via Flickr


What outdoor party ideas have you brought indoors? Share your own unforgettable shindigs in the comments.

— Shahrzad Warkentin