12 Outdoor Party Games You'll Want to Play All Summer Long
Sponge Ball Dodge Ball
What could be better on a hot, scorching day? Split into two teams and knockout every player on the opposing team by throwing and hitting them with—not hard-hitting dodge balls, but — soft, water-soaked sponge balls. Make a set of your own kitchen sponges, drench them in water, and get ready to get wet!
Tin Can Toss Game
Come one, come all! Step right up to this retro carnival-inspired game in which cans are stacked and knocked down with a ball. Go one step further and customize them to your party theme: these cans can be decoupaged with patterned paper of your choice.
Ombre Tumbling Tower Game
You know this one from your own childhood: Stack them high and remove a block, being careful to avoid their tumbling collapse. In this tower of wooden blocks, each one is painted with a pop of color.
This classic game fits in perfectly for any occassion, whether you're hosting a refined garden party or a more laidback barbecue. The first team to maneuver their set of balls through the course (running all wickets and hitting both stakes) wins. (Oh, and did we mention it's one of Martha's favorites?)
Just like lawn bowling, bocce requires a mix of skill and chance. In a game set, you will need eight large balls (in two colors) and one small pallino, or "jack," the target ball.
Here's another favorite for your bonfire or barbecue. The object is to throw all of your bean bags into the holes, and some holes are worth more points. To make your own cornhole game, all you need is plywood and some basic tools from your garage.
Who doesn't love to swing? The object of this obstacle course is to get a good running start and keep knees high in order to clear the inflatable wading pool. Several big knots tied in the rope's end make it easy to grab.
Get in the football season by playing a gentler version of the game that kids (and adults) of all ages can enjoy! If you don't have the flag football belts at home, you can make similar ones by using strips of fabric and Velcro. Add Velcro to your fabric belt and to the backs of the fabric flags. Each team should have an identifiable color. Set up the yard like a small football field, grab a foam football and have a fun competitive game to celebrate the beginning of fall!