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Summer Birthday Party Favor Ideas for Children

Choose the Perfect Favor Based on Your Summer Party Venue


A young girl holding a large lollipop

A Giant Lollipop is a Fun Favor for Any Summer Party

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Any time you host a birthday party for your child, your young guests are secretly hoping there will be a fun party favor to take home at the end of the event. If your party has a theme, such as princess, pirate, or some type of super hero, it’s easy to find favors that tie into that theme. But summer birthday parties often speak for themselves, without the need for another theme.

Very often summer birthday parties are held outside in the backyard, at a pool, at a ballpark, or as an outing to the beach and boardwalk. That’s when classic summertime party favors are the perfect way to send your party guests home with a smile. Here are summer party favor ideas that I’ve tried to divide by outside party venue, but many of them can work at other outdoor party locations, too. Also, some of these may seem appropriate only for young kids, but think about your child’s friends and, if they’re young at heart, even teens may enjoy gifts like sidewalk chalk!

Summer Backyard and Patio Birthday Party Favors

There can be nothing easier than hosting your child’s birthday party out back in the yard on the lawn or patio. There’s nothing to transport, the bathroom facilities are close at hand, and you can turn to good old-fashioned games, such as jumping rope, hop scotch, bean bag toss, and toy car races. Give older kids a scavenger hunt list to find items around the yard such as a white rock, a yellow flower, a ladybug, or things you have hidden prior to the party. These party favors will complete the fun!

  • Bug Boxes
  • Magnifying Glasses
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Bug Windup Toys
  • Seed Packets
  • Watering Cans
  • Bubbles and bubble making tools
  • Hacky Sacks

Baseball Theme Birthday Party Favor Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to take the gang out to the ballpark for a birthday celebration. Although a party at a major league game is exciting, younger kids will have just as much fun at your local minor league baseball team’s game, and you will save on the expenses! Baseball is universally beloved, so don’t just think about taking your boys to a baseball game for their birthdays. Take your daughter and her friends on outing to the ballpark too! Pack up several of these fun baseball theme party favors.

  • Baseball Cards
  • Baseballs
  • Box of Cracker Jacks
  • Bubblegum
  • Number 1 Foam Fingers

Sports Theme Birthday Party

A popular party theme with kids is an Olympic-style competition. Divide the kids into teams and have them compete in relay races such as egg and spoon, potato sack, three-legged races, and spinning hula hoops.

  • Award Medals or Trophies
  • Head or Wrist Sweat Bands
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Hula Hoops

Pool Birthday Party Favors

No invitation is as welcome as a pool party invite in the summer months. Most kids can spend hours in the pool jumping in, organizing their own races, and fun diving competitions for things tossed onto the bottom of the pool. Parents don’t even have to organize the activities since the kids already know just what to do. Simply provide sunscreen, refreshments, careful supervision, and one of these party favors when the pool closes for the day.

  • Diving Sticks
  • Toy Boats
  • String Bag
  • Water Guns
  • Water Squirters
  • Pool Noodles
  • Pool Towel

Beach Theme Party Favors

Big and little kids alike love a party at the beach. Younger kids can spend the day hunting for seashells, digging for sand crabs, and building castles in the sand. Older kids will love to jump the waves, use boogie boards or skimboards in the surf, and build castles in the sand! Remember to bring along the sun screen, plenty of cold refreshments, and one of these fun party favors you might find along any summertime boardwalk.

  • Giant Lollipops
  • Sun Visors
  • Pail and Shovel
  • Sand Sifter
  • Sun Glasses
  • Beach Bag
  • Beach Ball
  • Frisbees
  • Kites

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