With warm days, blue skies and sunshine, summer birthday parties practically plan themselves. Outside is a must and from there the sky’s the limit. Find inspiration for your summer baby’s bash with 20 hot themes that are sure to take the cake!

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Pool Party

You don’t need to take the kids to the pool to host a pool party this summer. Bring the pool to you! Put 5-7 hard sided kids pools around the yard and fill them with games and activities that are best enjoyed when the sun is shining. Make one a crazy shaving cream painting station. Fill another with water balloons for an epic battle. Line another with butcher paper and let kids splatter paint pictures of the perfect summer day. Sand with sand toys is another way for them to play. Be creative with your fillings and the party can last all day!

Under the Big Top Party

Celebrate your circus with a party to match. An afternoon of old-school carnival games and silly prizes to match should keep your crew and friends busy in the great outdoors. Get inspired to try this DIY party at home when you check out our ideas here. From invitations to backdrops to games and prizes, everything you need to celebrate is here.


Cycle Party

Whether your celebrant rides a tricycle, bicycle or scooter like a pro, a cycling theme is a great way to take advantage of sunny skies and warm days. Throw the party at a local park, along a bike trail or in your neighborhood—anywhere you’ve got plenty of room to roam. Then set out bike-themed crafts like handmade handlebar tassels, spoke beads and personalized plates! End with a parade, obstacle course run or loop around a track. Get more ideas here. Ride on!

Lumberjack Party

Don your buffalo plaid best and heat up the griddle because lumberjack is a hot party theme this summer. Bears, flapjacks and wood coasters a-plenty are the backdrops for this summer party designed by Gray House Studio. They’ve mapped out everything you need to know to recreate this timber-ific party for your little one (psst … the time capsule is our fave!). A definite crowd pleaser!


Camping Party

Whether you DIY simple A-frame tents or pitch store bought ones in the yard, nothing says summer quite like a camping party. Go all in on campfires, s’mores, sleeping bags and fun fishing games when you recreate a camping experience at your place. As for invites, fun eats and a cake that’s unforgettable, check out our favorite ideas here. 

Pet Adoption Party

Party blog Wants and Wishes has all the inspiration you need to throw a pet adoption party, including tasty cat, dog and fish food snacks that your guests will eat willingly, and simple activities that keep kids entertained on a sunny afternoon. Adorable stuffed animals are all it takes to get this party started!


Magical Garden Party

This Southern California garden party was a dream come true for all the fairies, gnomes and the magical birthday girl, Rhoa. All partygoers donned a pair of wings as they flitted through the lush fields and snacked on yummy lady-bug apples. See more of the party, from the grassy placemats to the amazing birthday cake, click here.

Plant a Seed Party

Looking for a party that’s eco-friendly and totally green? Well, this fantastic “Plant a Seed” party only cost a crafty mom $58, and it’s one of the best parties we’ve ever seen. Kids got to ride tractors, plant seeds and nosh on delicious potted snacks. Don’t forget to visit Frog Prince Paperie to see the super cute designer-worthy napkins (white cloths lined with green ruffles).


Bubbling Brunch Party

Nothing excites kids more than bubbles. Big, small, soapy or not—this brunch party had bubbles of all sizes and types for kids to pop! From big bubble wands to bubble wrap stations, this party had one of the best party activities ever. Click here to see more of this fun party by Washington D.C. based planners, Bellwether Events.

Springtime Tea Party

These gals broke out the good china when spring came. Taking their afternoon fun outdoors, this tea party was filled with a plethora of patterns, from floral to chevron, making it a whimsical date for the girls. Check out the tasty macaroons, vanilla bean cupcakes and more of the awesome decor at The Frosted Petticoat.


photo: American Girl

American Girl

American Girl celebrates girls with their unique experiences and extensive line of products that will help girls grow up in a wholesome way. American Girl also encourages girls to enjoy girlhood through fun and enchanting play. Click here to find out more.

Drive-In Movie Party

Grab a projector, lots of decorated cardboard boxes and your tot’s favorite movie for this uber-special outdoors party. A throwback to the drive-in movie theatre days, this Curious George party was a huge box-office hit for the kids. They loved sitting in their own car, which also had easy access to snacks, during the whole show. Click here to see how The Party Wagon put this party together.


Painting Party

Throw up king-sized bedsheets in your garage wall and let your kids go to town! The end result could become something like a mural. Plus, at the end of the day, it makes a great group photo background. Find more outdoor art party ideas here

May Pole Party

Although this festival usually occurs on the first of May, we think it’s a tradition that can happen as long as the sun is out (and the weather permits). Look at all the colors and smiles on these kids’ faces! We’re sure friends and family look forward to dancing and weaving ribbons around the maypole every year. Visit Sacha’s blog for more pictures of this annual celebration.

Picnic Party

What's spring without a good old fashioned picnic party? Get the kids super excited to head outdoors for a game of bowling or chewing on ants on a log. See our favorite ideas for this classic summer birthday theme here


photo: Blaire Nicole Photography

Farm Animal Party

Good weather is perfect for a farm-themed party. From bobbing for apples to pin the tale on the piggie, there are a ton of ideas you can set up in a snap

photo: courtesy of Laura’s Little Party via We Heart Parties

Gone Fishin' Party

Styled by Laura’s Little Party, this fishing event was a little two-year-old boy’s dream come true. An old lemonade stand was converted into a bait stand, and the birthday boy got to spend his day by the river trying to catch fish. See more of the party over at We Heart Parties.


Mud Run Party

Here’s the quintessential active tot party who kids who loves to get down and dirty. Inspired by Warrior Dash, this mom created an obstacle course that we're dying to join. Boys jumped through tires, exercised their limbs and finished the race with a gold medal in hand. To see more of this fun race, visit Ashley's blog!


Farmer's Market Party

Any kiddo’s favorite outing is going to the market with mom and dad. And, summer is the perfect time to celebrate fresh produce and healthy foods. We love this cardboard market front from Ikatbag


Pink Lemonade and Pinwheels

Nothing says we’re ready for summer like pinwheels and lemonade. Simple and fun, this party by Nothing if Not Intentionalhad pinwheel straws, rock candy, bubbles and more. See all the pictures from this sweet fete here.

— Allison Sutcliffe & Christal Yuen



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