4 Outdoor Party Games for Every Occasion

If you’re like Pulse, you’re ready for spring to stop teasing us with a few warm days and just commit to being nice outside. While you’re getting the grass mowed and dream menus set for a summer of outdoor soirées, we’re here to help you keep your guests entertained (and from plowing through your beer cooler too quickly) with outdoor party games. Let the high-fives and fist pounds begin.

Graduation Party

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With people constantly coming and going, entertaining at a grad party can be hard. Cornhole is a great game to play because it keeps at least four people occupied playing and a couple others watching. If you have the yard space, try setting up a few boards next to each other so multiple games can be going on at once. Quick games like this allow guests to stop by, say hello, socialize and have fun before they head to another grad party or stick around for more of your mouthwatering burgers.

Kids Party

A party filled with kids is fun until the piñata bursts open and everyone is on a sugar rush—unless they have a way to use up all that Smartie-induced energy. For the younger ones who aren’t quite old enough to play something that involves hand-eye coordination, try making a large scale matching game. All you have to do is put pictures on opaque pieces of paper and let them flip over the squares in turns of two until they get them all matched!

Active Party

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Friendly team competition is a great way to keep a large amount of guests busy. Just set up a volleyball net, divide into teams of 3-9, and bump, set and spike your way into the winners bracket. Other active party games include badminton, water balloon dodgeball or a slackline set up.

Nighttime Party

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If your event goes late into the night, don’t worry about the games having to stop. Stock up on glow sticks and play something like glow in the dark capture the flag. You can even put the sticks inside of water bottles for bowling, attach them to birdies for badminton or inside of wiffle balls for some light-up baseball.

Have fun!