A Guide To Throwing A Successful Backyard Birthday Party

A backyard birthday party is one of the most exciting events you can organize, especially when done right. Apart from being able to invite numerous people, you can also maximize the space in your backyard for more fun-filled activities. With these in mind, it can be challenging to throw a successful backyard party if you don’t know what to prepare.

As you invite your family and friends over for a party, there are various things you need to prepare to keep them comfortable. To learn more about throwing the best backyard birthday party yet, you can read the guide below.

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Prepare Tents Before The Party  

The weather news is not always accurate, and no matter how perfect they say the weather will be, you should always prepare clearspan tents. These tents are durable enough to keep the party going even when it rains or shines on that day. You can cover your entire yard with these tents—and you don’t even have to cancel the party when the rain pours.  

Moreover, you may also have long-term tent structures prepared. These structures can withstand inclement weather and shelter all your guests. While regular tents may work just fine, having a sturdier one can give you peace of mind in case of strong winds.

Provide Extra Seating

Let’s face it. No matter what kind of event you’re throwing, you can never finalize the number of guests you’re expecting to have. There could be last-minute changes such as cancellations, uninvited or additional guests, and unreceived invitations. Thus, it is only helpful to provide extra seats for unexpected situations that may arise.

Ideally, you should increase your prepared seating arrangement to at least five to ten people and keep foldable chairs in your garage. This way, you can easily take them out and allow more people to join your party. For a safer option, you can lay out blankets for a picnic-style set-up that can accommodate a flexible number of guests.  

Organize Games And Activities 

A backyard party would never be complete without games and activities. To keep the fun flowing, you should organize games and activities that everyone can participate in. These games should be suitable for your guests. For instance, if you’re throwing a children’s party, the games should be fun and safe for kids.

However, you should also allow your guests to rest for a few minutes between each game. If you constantly bother them to participate in these activities nonstop, they might not regain their energy for the succeeding ones. Allow them to mingle with other guests and rest for a few minutes.

Prepare Various Beverage Choices 

People have different tastes when it comes to beverages. You should provide your guests with options to choose from. With that in mind, you have to prepare a big menu of beverages.

As you prepare these beverages, ensure that you put in crowd favorites to clear the jars after the party. Ideally, you should stock up on drinks and refill the jars once they’re empty. If you’re planning to serve cocktail drinks, try to prepare plenty of mixes beforehand so you don’t spend the night being a bartender at your own party.  

Mingle With Everyone 

The thought of keeping everything in place during the party might get the best of you and prevent you from enjoying your own party.

Don’t forget to mingle with your guests, especially ones who attended the party alone. You may also want to introduce them to your friends who share the same interests so they don’ feel bored and alone. You might be able to grow your circle by doing so.

It’s also a good idea to greet everyone who arrives at your doorstep. When everyone’s already inside, jump from one group to another, talk to them, and make them feel welcomed to your party. Spend a few minutes with everyone by rotations.

Prepare Good Food 

A party will never be complete without food. If you’re confident with your cooking skills, you might want to whip up some delicious meals and serve them to your guests.

However, if cooking isn’t your forte, you may consider ordering from a good restaurant with great reviews and excellent chefs.

Apart from the main course, you shouldn’t forget to add finger food that people can munch on as they move around the area and bond with their friends. This will keep everyone full until the end of the party.


As you may have gleaned from this guide, throwing a backyard birthday party will require ample preparation, especially in anticipation of sudden weather changes.

While this can be stressful at first, the party can still be a success as long as you prepare weeks before the day. Once everything is prepared, you can guarantee that the event will be a success, and that party will be as memorable to your guests as it was to you.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.