The kids are off school and driving you crazy, and it’s baking hot. But there’s good news on the horizon – it’s nearly time for not one but two summer bank holidays! The first and last weekends of August are lovely long weekends, with an extra day to enjoy the sun.
If you’re wondering how to spend all this extra time off but are quite rightly concerned about the bank holiday crowds at local events and holiday destinations, why not stay at home? Here are just a handful of fabulous ideas for summer bank holiday parties to keep the kids entertained and the adults sane…
Throw an ice cream party
If it’s roasting hot, what better way to cool down than with an ice cream? This is an idea that both adults and kids can get on board with, and you can even ask your guests to try making their own. Experiment with sorbets, gelatos, frozen yoghurt and more, along with all kinds of tempting toppings from fruit and sauce to sprinkles and even edible glitter. It’ll be sticky, but mega fun.
Back garden picnics
This is the easiest way to enjoy the weather and still feel like you’re making an occasion of it, without leaving your back garden! All you need is a picnic blanket, basic party supplies like napkins and paper plates, and of course – some lovely summer food. Fresh fruit, scones, sandwiches and snacks are all ideal for a back garden picnic, and the grown-ups can even spice things up a little with a glass or two of fizz.
Get a piñata
You’d be amazed at how much a simple thing like a colourful piñata can turn an afternoon in the back garden into a super fun kids party. Hang one from a tree and enjoy the decorative effect, until it’s smashing time of course! Children simply adore piñatas, and they can even form the basis of a whole Mexican-themed party. Throw on those sombreros and embrace colour in your decorations!
Summer movie night
This one will take a little setting up, as you’ll need a projector or outdoor screen, but it’s so much fun! Invite friends and family to a screening of your favourite film (singalongs are usually a good bet, but you can have everyone vote on the film in advance). Grab the popcorn and a few drinks, let the kids stay up late in their pyjamas and make the most of those warm summer evenings.
You don’t need to drive for hours in a boiling hot car to enjoy a taste of the great British outdoors on a camping holiday. If you or a willing friend or family member has a back garden, pop up a tent and spend the night under the stars. The kids will absolutely love it. You can even have a little campfire (being extremely careful of course) and toast marshmallows while you tell ghost stories, and enjoy a mini adventure right outside your own back door.
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