5 Ideas for Unique Backyard Parties, Plus FREE Taste Test Printables!

By Macaroni KID July 24, 2023

If you're looking for ways to make your summer backyard get-together memorable, we have five ideas for inexpensive at-home fun! 

1. Invite the kids to take part in a taste test. 

We've got FREE printables for you! Buy a few foods — we like doing this with fruit our kids aren't familiar with — and blindfold the kids to let them try each one.

You can also do this with different juices. Kids can taste the various juices, try to guess the flavor, and rank them! This is a fun way to get kids to try new foods and to get everyone laughing!

Adults want to taste test too? We've included a printable so adults can partake in a grown-up version of the fun too!

Click here to get your free printables!

2. Make ice cream in a bag.

Sure, anyone can buy ice cream, but give kids the ingredients and let them make it themselves? They'll remember that!

All you need is ice, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt. Oh, and don't forget the sprinkles! Get the full tutorial here.

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3. Host a chalk art competition.

Everyone can do chalk art, no matter their artistic talent. Compete for prizes or just create and have fun! Set a theme, give your contestants a time limit, and let them CREATE!

This is especially fun if you have a neighborhood party where you can close off the road and give each family, team, or contestant a lot of space to work in!

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4. Blow them away with giant bubbles.

What's more fun than bubbles? GIANT bubbles!

Kids won't be able to get enough of these — and it's more than likely the adults will be pretty taken with these too! It's easy to make giant bubbles in your backyard with just a few simple ingredients and a bucket. It's even easy to make your own giant bubble "wands" with straws and yarn. Get instructions here.

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5. Host a backyard drive-in.

A drive-in movie? In the backyard? Yep!

Elevate the idea of a backyard movie shown on an old sheet with these adorable DIY cars. Put the car together with big cardboard boxes before your guests arrive, and then let families decorate their car with washi tape or markers and add wheels and headlights (paper plates!) before the movie starts.

The kids will love to sit in their "cars" all movie long while the adults can chat in the back. Find the full tutorial here!