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.

Dino Dig

Take your junior paleontologists on an adventure when you turn your living room into an excavation site. Set up large tubs full of dried rice or beans, and hide plastic dinosaurs or eggs inside. Kids can use paint brushes to unearth discoveries. Make a no-mess trail of "dino tracks" around the house by cutting out footprints and sticking them down with masking tape. Finally, wow guests of all ages with a primordial cake topped with a real working volcano, like this one from Create.Craft.Love.

photo: Elena Roussakis via Flickr


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

— Shahrzad Warkentin