10 of the Best Summer Backyard Party Ideas for 2021

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Are you planning on hosting a backyard party this summer?

There's nothing quite like getting all of your friends and family together to enjoy some time in the great outdoors.

If you want your get-together to be one to remember, try incorporating some of these fun backyard party ideas!

1. Keep Your Drinks Cold

What's a summer party without some cold summer drinks?

Having a spacious cooler on standby with a selection of drinks is an easy way to keep your guests happy.

Just be sure to buy a cooler that's actually effective, like an Esky, rather than one that can't keep drinks cold for more than a few hours.

2. Set Up Outdoor Furniture

If you want your guests to enjoy your summer party in comfort, it's essential to have some good quality outdoor furniture.

Having seating areas makes it much easier for everyone to relax, chat, and enjoy each other's company.

An outdoor setting also ensures that your parties are accessible for older folks and others who may not be comfortable standing for long periods of time.

3. Host Backyard Games

There are so many great backyard games out there for people of all ages.

There's giant Jenga, ring toss, bocce ball, water balloon fights, and of course classic sports like AFL, soccer, and cricket. 

Hosting backyard games is one of the best ways of getting everyone up and moving.

It's also a way to break the ice and encourage friendships between guests who may not know each other yet.

4. Plug-In Lighting/Fairy Lights

If you plan on hosting backyard parties at night or in the evening, you'll need to have some outdoor lighting set up.

Lanterns are a popular choice, as they don't take up too much room and create a nice aesthetic. 

Another option is to put up fairy lights, which you can get in several different colours.

If you want something more low-key, we recommend a soft yellow, warm white, or light brown. For something more fun or ethereal, try a bright pink or a blue!

5. Put Up a Pinata

There's a common misconception out there that pinatas are only meant for kids.

Why should they have all the fun? Buy a pinata and fill it up with whatever you think your guests will enjoy (or whatever might give them a laugh).

Simply tie it up to a tree, bring out a bat and a blindfold, and watch the silliness unfold. 

6. Create a Shaded Area

We all enjoy warm and sunny weather, but your guests will definitely appreciate being able to escape into the shade without having to go back inside.

If you don’t have a patio in your backyard, a great way to create this shaded area is by simply putting up an outdoor umbrella!

Then you can play board games or chat outside without having to worry about getting a sunburn.

7. Light Some Citronella Candles

There's plenty of reasons to put out some citronella candles during your evening/nighttime backyard parties.

They make it easier to see, can create a cozy outdoor entertaining area atmosphere, and repel mosquitos! Just make sure to always blow them out before turning in for the night.

8. Build a Fire Pit

If you have the room in your backyard or on your patio for a fire pit, you should definitely consider building or buying one.

A major benefit for fire pits is that you can cook with them (s'mores, hot dogs, etc.), but they're also aesthetically beautiful and functions as a patio heater in the winter. Who doesn't love sitting around a fire with drinks and friends?  

Stand-alone fire pits, which you can buy online, are convenient and portable. However, you can also have one custom-built into your patio.

These fire pits are more likely to last longer overall and are a worthy investment if you plan on spending lots of time relaxing by the fire with your friends and family!

9. Make a S'Mores Bar

Having a fire pit means you can put s'mores on the menu for your summer party.

You can take this to the next level by creating a s'mores bar that your guests can use to make their own gourmet s'mores. 

Options could include graham crackers, cookies, different kinds of chocolate and marshmallows, and anything else you can think of.

S'mores bars are one of the many summer party ideas gaining popularity, as it's sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.

10. Have a Late Night Movie on a Projector

You can make movie night extra special by taking it outside! All you need is a projector, which you can buy online, an outdoor seating area, and a semi-flat surface to project the movie onto. 

Some people buy portable screens meant for outdoor movies while others may opt for just a plain, white, bed sheet. For the sake of your wallet, we recommend trying the latter option first!

The Perfect Patios For Summer Parties

Having a spacious patio is a must for hosting an amazing summer party.

That's why we at Great Aussie Patios build and install custom patios that accommodate all the wants and needs of our clients!

If you think a patio would help your summer party ideas come to life, please don't hesitate to contact us on (08) 9493 7115 or get a free online quote today!

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