37 Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas For Adults

Happy birthday! Plan a party that your guests will never forget with these outdoor birthday party ideas for adults!

You’re never too old to celebrate! A birthday is a time to be with all your friends doing something you love. Why rent a birthday space when your backyard has everything you need? We have everything you need to know how to throw a party like no other.

We’ve rounded up 37 inspiring theme ideas that will have you counting down the days to your next outdoor birthday party.

Classic Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas For Adults

1. Fiesta

The first idea is a good ‘ole fiesta! Bring on the tacos and mariachi band! Add a pinata with something the guests might enjoy such as gifts cards or money.

2. Luau

Next, try a party luau style! Have guests come dressed in Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts.

Roast a pig and drink fruity drinks from coconuts surrounded by tiki torches. Certainly, the limbo or learning the hula would be great entertainment.

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3. Western

You don’t have to live in the southwest to enjoy this Western theme. Cook a pot of chili with a side of cornbread. Then, dress in your chaps and boots in a “Wanted” photo booth. Next, try out toy pistol shooting or country dancing surrounded by Saguaro cacti.

4. Space

Another idea that is out of this world is the space theme! Astronauts, aliens, planets, and stars will all add to the ambiance. Bring the stars to you by providing a telescope for guests’ viewing pleasure.

5. Carnival

Take a turn on a carnival-themed party. Hot dogs, cotton candy, and snow cones are just a few ideas for tasty treats. Carnival games like bean bag toss, balloon darts, and a disk drop will thrill your crowd.

Check out some of our favorite games, here.

6. Beach

Bring the beach to your backyard! Complete with beach umbrellas and neon-colored sunglasses. Have a sandcastle building contest in your sandbox and play beer bottle ring toss! Serve beach-themed drinks such as Pina Colada, Bahama Mamma, or Sand in Your Shorts.

7. Movie Night

Do you love movies? Set up a large outdoor movie screen and show the birthday boy’s (or girl’s) favorite movie. Rent a popcorn machine to serve fresh buttered popcorn with red vines.

In addition to a projector, screen, and sound make sure to provide comfortable seating.  It can be as simple as blankets and pillows on the ground. Previews optional!

8. The Eighties

Your guests will love dressing up in the puffy sleeves and big hair of the 80s. Don’t forget to have a photo booth to capture the looks. Create a dance floor in your backyard and practice your moonwalk to the best Michael Jackson beats.

9. Over The Hill

Claiming you’re vintage, left your youth behind, or old as dirt; an over hill party can be a tease! Guests can enjoy walker races, eye exams, and party treats in prescription bottles.

10. The Fifties

Vinyl records, classic cars, and jukeboxes all combine for the perfect 50s party. For example, have guests dress in poodle skirts and letterman jackets.  Serve burger and fries with a coke bottle.

Then, turn on that rock n’ roll and party all night! Games may include “Name that 50s TV show”, hula hoop contest, and bubble gum bubble contest.

11. Casino

Let the Vegas Strip be your inspiration. Just like Vegas, cards, pools, dice, and anything goes at a casino party! Take a gamble by throwing a Casino party outdoors.

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12. 70s Birthday Bash

Who remembers those fuzzy dice? Bring on the afros, bell-bottoms, and the Village People! Dress the part for a disco party. This is a perfect way to use your backyard dance floor! See how to build your own dance floor here.

13. Jumbo Game Night

Remember those classic games from your youth? Play a game of jumbo twister! Include other games such as a large Jenga set or chess set.

Check out our ideas of other giant games here.

If you didn’t find a classic idea that worked for you, check out these other ideas!

Sports Fan Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas For Adults

14. Sports

Let me guess, you’re into sports! Have a ball with a sports theme.  See who can make the most free-throws or throw the football through the tire. Stroll over to the concession stand for tasty game day snacks!

15. Kentucky Derby

Have your guest come in bold hats and Derby pocket squares for a Kentucky Derby themed party.  If the Derby is not on, play a horse derby game. Meanwhile, serve a refreshing mint julep with a side of pimento cheese and smoked grits.

For other traditional recipes visit the Kentucky Derby website.

16. Survivor

“Outwit. Outplay. Outlast.” See who can “survive” a night of games and come out as the winner. You can play as teams or as couples. See how Chica and Jo hosted a Survivor party.

 17. Ninja Warrior

Have you ever aspired to be a ninja warrior? Create an obstacle course in your backyard that will challenge your friends! Bonus points for completing portions over the swimming pool!

18. Golf Party

Get a hole in one with a golf party for the golf enthusiast! Throw a floating putting green in your pool and play. Serve CLUB sandwiches, fruit PAR-faits, and the GREENS salad.

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19. Outdoor Olympics

Finally, go for gold with this idea! Whether it is summer or winter Olympics, have your guests compete for gold in this outdoor birthday party idea for adults.

Decorate with Olympic rings and “gold” medals. Check out fun games here.

In contrast, if you are not competitive I have included more relaxed suggestions with chic birthday party ideas.

Chic Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas For Adults

20. Bohemian

Bring out your inner flower child with a Boho theme! Think natural, recycled, floral, lace, and earthy. Set the stage by dressing in the Bohemian style.

Consider decorating with wood, flowers, and lace. Serve all-natural food and drinks. This party will set a stress-free tone and get you back in touch with the beauty of nature.

21. Farmers Market

Do you love going to the downtown farmer’s market as much as we do? Try a fresh idea of bringing the sights, smells, and food of a farmers market to your backyard party.

For example, set out plenty of fresh fruits and veggies with some delicious baked goods. Use terra cotta pots and have guests plant their very own flower pot to take home!

22. Picnic Party

Spread out the checkered blankets and set out the picnic baskets. Play picnic games such as tug-o-war, corn hole, and water balloon dodge ball. This is one of the most simple and quick outdoor birthday party ideas for adults to put together.

23. Chocolate

If you’re like us, you love chocolate! Get a chocolate fountain and provide various dipping options. Include pretzels, fresh fruit, popcorn, ice cream, and cookies.

You can also play chocolate trivia games or watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Chocolat, or The Chocolate War on an outdoor movie screen.

24. Camping

Who doesn’t love a gooey S’more? Camping, for the outdoor enthusiast, is the perfect outdoor birthday party idea for adults. Use your outdoor fire pit to roast marshmallows and pigs in a blanket.

Sit in camping chairs and have a build your own trail mix bar. Or, check out our post about how to camp in your backyard!

25. Art Night

Let your inner artist come out! Pull out a Bob Ross video and try your hand at landscape painting or do a simple acrylic pour. Just have fun letting your creativity flow!

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26. Un-birthday Bash

Can’t celebrate on your actual birthday? Have an un-birthday bash! Crazy hat, colorful designs, and a funky tea party.

27. Destination

Do you absolutely LOVE Paris (or another destination)? Create a destination birthday and share everything you love about your favorite place with them!

Stick with me here, as I go through some of the most thrilling birthday party ideas!

Thrilling Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas For Adults

28. Glow-in-the-dark

Transform your backyard into a glow-in-the-dark club. Disco balls, black lights, and glow sticks in the pool will create a great ambiance.

In addition to great lighting and music, create a signature glow-in-the-dark drink. Here is a list of some interesting glowing drinks!

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29. Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie party goers will enjoy a feast of watermelon brains, body part decor, and a heart-stopping zombie tag. There will be nothing “dead” about your party!

30. Harry Potter

Any Harry Potter fans? Muggles and wizards alike will smirk at the quirky Potter theme. Play Quidditch, make potions, and drink butterbeer!

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31. Redneck

Don’t stop reading now, y’all ain’t seen nothing until you’ve been to a redneck party! With your theme in mind, serve cheap beer, deep-fried Twinkies, and cheese wiz.

Another idea is to turn your truck into a redneck jacuzzi tub and play toilet seat toss! See more hilarious redneck ideas here.

32. Float Party

Fill your pool with all kinds of different floats. Then, divide guests into teams and have a floating war! See which team can stay on their floats the longest while trying to knock others off. The winning team gets to take their float home.

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33. Murder Mystery

Who doesn’t like a good murder mystery! Choose a murder mystery kit set at a winery, birthday party, or garden tea party. Kits come with everything you need to plan your party!

Certainly, you have found an intriguing idea, but if you are like me you want to see all of the ideas! Keep reading for other outdoor birthday party ideas for adults.

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Other Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas For Adults

34. Talent Show

Whether weird, awe-inspiring, or creative, your guests will showcase their talents. Provide prizes to the best, silliest, or most enduring performances.  Your guest will get a thrill out of being the stars in this outdoor birthday party idea for adults.

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35. Minute-To-Win-It

Consider hosting your own minute-to-win-it night. Minute-to-win-it games are easy to prep and full of laughs! Check out all the game ideas here! In addition, many of these ideas can be turned into drinking games!

36. Karaoke

Another idea is to pull out the karaoke machine and enjoy the night of singing, impromptu dancing, and laughs. Serve music-themed snacks such as “Pop music” pop rocks, “heavy metal” silver-wrapped candy, or “Indie rock” rock candy.

37. Pirate Treasure

Who doesn’t love finding buried treasure? Navigate your backyard dressed in pirate gear following a treasure map. Have the treasure buried in your yard with something that your adult crowd will enjoy. Examples include your favorite drink, money, or a gift card.

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In a nutshell, we hope you enjoyed this roundup of 37 outdoor birthday party ideas for adults! From classic and chic to unique and thrilling, ultimately the choice is yours! Cheers to having the best birthday of the year!