Party Ideas

25 Unique Ideas for an Awesome Outdoor Party

By Megan Price

😷 Because we’re still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, some adjustments may need to be made while planning your celebrations. Keeping your parties outdoors is already a great first step, but we’ve included some additional safety tips to consider for each of our themes.

Spring and summer are on the way, and that means lots of reasons to get together with friends and family. Shake off the winter blues with a birthday party, barbecue, reunion, or block party! We have some fun ideas to keep the celebrations outside and your guests entertained.

To make it easy to tell if a performer or service is a good fit for your outdoor party, we’ve created a handy key:

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Great for family-friendly events

πŸ§’ More fun for kids

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Better for adults


Visit the theater

There’s nothing better than enjoying the theater from the comfort of your own home. Whether you prefer the latest blockbuster or getting into character with the actors, these vendors can turn your yard into the Fox Theater!

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Outdoor movie

πŸ§’ Puppet show

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Comedy improv show

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Murder Mystery party

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Comedy Magician

Outdoor magic show

Book comedy magician Gary Goodman on GigSalad!

😷 Safety Tip: Stick to prepackaged refreshments to reduce the spread of germs in common areas.

Embrace the arts

A few brushstrokes can add some artistic flair to your outdoor party. And no worries about getting paint or ink on your couches when you keep the festivities outside! Book a talented artist for your next outdoor birthday, baby shower, or community festival.

πŸ§’ Face painter

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Painting party

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Airbrush artist

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Caricaturist

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Henna artist

Caricature artist

Book caricaturist Caricature Art Inc. on GigSalad!

😷 Safety Tip: Have hand sanitizer and disinfecting spray ready to clean up in between each attendee’s visit with the party’s special guests.

Don’t stop the music

Every good outdoor party needs a soundtrack, and these vendors will help take things to the next level. From classy garden bridal showers to birthday luaus to rockin’ 50th anniversaries in the backyard, live music is always a great addition.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Acoustic band

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Steel drum player

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ String trio

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Cover band

πŸ§’ Children’s music

Outdoor music performance

Book steel drum player Ravon Rhoden on GigSalad!

😷 Safety Tip: Mark your audience’s “personal zones” around the performance area with circles or squares so everyone can rock out safely!

Add the wow factor

Impress your outdoor party guests with a performer that specializes in dazzling their audiences. And when you’re outside, you don’t have to worry about space restrictions cramping your performers’ style!

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Fire performer

πŸ§’ Juggler

πŸ§’ LED performer

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Hoop dancer

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Sideshow act

Variety performers

Book variety performers Delightflow Duo on GigSalad!

😷 Safety Tip: Even outdoors, be sure to limit the amount of guests at your party so everyone can practice social distancing.

Encourage audience participation

Don’t be an idle observer at your next outdoor party! Your school fair, birthday celebration, or block party will be more fun when they’re hands-on (or feet-on). Jump in and get interactive with these event services!

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Petting zoo

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Party inflatables

πŸ§’ Mobile games

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Bubble entertainment

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Carnival games and rides

Outdoor interactive entertainment

Book bubble entertainment Spheres Bubble Show on GigSalad!

😷 Safety Tip: Pass out themed masks for your guests to wear while they’re interacting with the entertainment!

Almost any event can be hosted outside in the fresh air, so start planning your outdoor party this month! Your guests will love celebrating in the sunshine.

Ready to book something awesome for your outdoor party? Find the best at GigSalad.

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