11 Fun Summer Games for Your Next Outdoor Party
Your outdoor bash will be better than ever with these backyard games—including plenty of DIY ideas.
Play Themed Tic-Tac-Toe
Because tic-tac-toe is such a simple game, everyone already knows how to play. By adding a theme, you can only make it more fun! This version of tic-tac-toe is perfect for any Fourth of July barbecue. To plan your celebration, download our helpful barbecue checklist.
While it’s a classic in the Midwest, cornhole is a game anyone can enjoy. (It’s also known as “bags” or “bag toss.”) You can build your own board and paint it whatever colors you like. Get plans for DIY cornhole boards.
Set up Giant Jenga
What could be more fun than a giant version of your favorite childhood game? You’ll need 54 pieces of 2×4 cut to the same size. But be careful when you take out a block. You don’t want to be the one to make all of them collapse! (Not into DIY? Shop for outdoor games instead.)
Throw a Frisbee
Here’s another version of tic-tac-toe. Show off your Frisbee-flinging skills and toss the disc into the perfect spot to get three in a row. You only need a piece of fabric and some painter’s tape to DIY this one!
Team up for Bocce
It’s so simple to decorate your own bocce balls. They often come in solid colors, so adding your own flair brings more creativity and brightness to your summer parties. See more ideas for hosting the ultimate backyard bash.
Spell with Bananagrams
Word games are so popular right now, so bring this trend to your next outdoor party. (It’s not just for indoor game night!) You’ll be able to play Bananagrams at your patio table or on a picnic blanket. Find the game on Amazon.
Play Mini Golf
If you have a large backyard or are feeling especially crafty, make your own mini golf course or putting green like these DIYers did. This is a super way to impress guests and entertain all your family and friends. Take your best shot to get a hole-in-one!
Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
If you have no time to set up a game, just pull out some chalk. This is a great activity for kids and, honestly, the whole family! It won’t be long before your sidewalk is covered in hand-drawn artwork and game boards.
Set up Carnival Games
Upcycle some wine bottles or vintage soda bottles to make a classier version of ring toss. Not sure where to get wine bottles? Check out our recipes for pink champagne punch or perfect summer sangria, then use the bottles to create your party game!
Playing horseshoes is another pastime that reminds us of summer nights. You can buy your own set, but if you can track down used horseshoes, you’ll have the most amazing upcycled game for summer.
Create Outdoor Lawn Twister
Twister is also a quick and easy game to set up for your summer party. Just spray paint some dots onto the lawn and get ready for a good time! Now that you’ve planned all your summer fun, games and all, check out some of our favorite party recipes here.
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