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5 Backyard Birthday Party Ideas for an Intimate Party at Home

It’s true: There’s no place like home. While we love a trendy restaurant or hip gallery space, we can’t resist the lure of a beautiful green space. These days, backyard birthday parties go above and beyond a few streamers and a birthday cake. Some of our favorite at-home birthday party ideas promise to transform your everyday space into a wow-worthy backdrop. A design team can create an Instagramable balloon arch, while a top catering company can fashion a mouth-watering menu. Entertainment companies can elevate your party with a live band or interactive activities. These 5 backyard birthday party ideas are guaranteed to help you host an unforgettable celebration — all within a few feet of your front door.

1. Select an Original Theme

Fyre Forty 40th Birthday Party at a Private Residence in Los Angeles, CA
photographer: Jessica Alexander Photography

Fyre Festival Done Right

Los Angeles, CA

With relaxing pool rafts, boho-inspired tents, and chic desert décor, this backyard birthday party was everything people had in mind when they originally signed up for Frye Festival. Luckily for these guests, the party was a luxurious and fun-filled affair from start to finish. 

photographer: Jessica Alexander Photography | planner & design: Sterling Social Events & Experiences | décor: By Jason Lloyd | venue: private residence | caterer: Haute Chefs LA | staffing: Quench Staffing | rentals: Taylor Creative Inc.

Malibu Dream House 50th Birthday Celebration
photographer: Line 8 Photography

Barbie’s Malibu Dream House

Malibu, CA

Guests entered this Barbie Dream House (aka, Malibu backyard) on a pink carpet. Other on-theme details from this backyard birthday party included a pink BMW for fun photo ops, vibrant pink uplighting, and a creative bar area with its backdrop crafted from individual Barbie dolls.

photographer: Line 8 Photography | planner: Colin Cowie Lifestyle | décor: Jonathan Adler | venue: private residence

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Themed Birthday Party at a Private Residence in Miami, FL
photographer: Imagery By Jules Photography

Fun Times With the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Miami, FL

This backyard birthday party for NBA player Rudy Gay wowed guests with colorful backdrops, old-school candies, and larger-than-life bounce houses. Guests also loved the fun outdoor activities like cornhole and water fights.

photographer: Imagery By Jules Photography | planner: KeAira Chantell Events | décor: The Simon Design & Elf’s Prop Shop | venue: private residence | cinematography: Bricks Group Media | branding & stationery: Papered Wonders | cake: Deja vu Sweets | cake topper & charms: Ten23 Designs | draping: Just by Design | balloons: Maggie Creative Design | caterer: Sensory Delights Catering | entertainment: Bo Weezy | bartending: Pretty Tipsy Bartending

Leslie Open: Celebrating 60 years in Miami Beach, FL
photographer: Patty Nash Photography

Tennis With a Score of Pure Love

Miami Beach, FL

This backyard birthday party was a Grand Slam with abstract tennis-ball centerpieces, bright yellow seating, and custom signage with nods to the world-famous sport. We also love how lemons (suggestive of tennis balls) added a unique twist to the bar area.

photographer: Patty Nash Photography | design & production: Plan Design Events | venue: private residence | caterer: No 9 Vintage Mobile Bar

2. Set the Scene With Stunning Décor

Extravagent 40th Birthday Party
photographer: Eric Floberg Film & Photography

Welcome Guests With a Colorful Balloon Arch

Chicago, IL

Guests entered this backyard birthday party in style. A stunning balloon arch offered endless photo ops, while a chic lounge area gave guests a chance to happily relax. We also love how the bar area was decorated with heartwarming photographs of the birthday girl.

photographer: Eric Floberg Film & Photography | planner: North Shore Weddings & Events | décor: Erin McDonald Co | venue: private residence | entertainment: Entertaining Company | tent & rentals: Blue Peak | lighting: Frost Chicago

Beautiful Birthday Party at a Private Residence in Greenwich, CT
photo courtesy of Victoria Dubin Events

Beckon Guests to Their Seats With a Beautiful Tablescape

Greenwich, CT

This beautiful backyard birthday party wowed with stunning tablescapes. Paisley-pattern linen, fresh garden blooms, and an overhead installation of twinkling lights created a feeling of endless enchantment — all within a few feet of home.

photo courtesy of & planner: Victoria Dubin Events | décor: Ed Libby Events | venue: private residence | lighting: Frost Productions | tent: Stanford | caterer: Laurence Craig Catering | entertainment: Generation Events, Inc.

East Meet West St Tropez Birthday Party
photo courtesy of Fête Event Planning

Add Illumination for Night-Time Optics

Saint-Tropez, France

With a roof of twinkling lights, this pergola looks like it’s made out of pure starlight. Suspended crimson lanterns, rustic wine barrels, and tables laden with simple greenery add to the picture-perfect scene.

photo courtesy of & planner: Fête Event Planning | venue: private villa

Exquisite Outdoor Montecito Milestone Birthday
photographer: Sheri Whitko Photography

Fill the Pool With Blossoms

Montecito, CA

Cocktails by the pool are always enjoyable — especially when bright and colorful blooms float tranquilly on the water. We also love how cocktail tables were wound with hydrangeas and calla lilies, while the tented space boasted an abstract floral installation.

photographer: Sheri Whitko Photography | planner: Paulette Wolf Events | décor: Revelry Event Designers & Marks Garden | venue: private residence | entertainment: West Coast Music | invitations: Marc Friedland Couture | technical producer: KISHBAUGH + PARTNERS | tenting: Top Productions | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | linen: Tailored Elements | cake: Cake Divas

Fabulous 40th Birthday Party
photographer: Haley Richter Photography

Sit Back & Relax With Chic Lounge Seating

Chadds Ford, PA

This backyard birthday party was filled with plenty of perfectly-curated details. Guests especially appreciated the picture-perfect seating area that paired boho-style throw pillows with elegant velvet sofas.

photographer: Haley Richter Photography | planner: Shannon Wellington Weddings | décor: Fresh Design Florist | venue: private residence | rentals: White Glove Rentals | cake: Nutmeg Cake Design | linen: Nuage Design | photo booth: The Branded Booth | caterer: Sage Catering | details, signature, & invitations: House of Catherine | tent: EventQuip

Gorgeous Intimate Birthday Party
photo courtesy of: Wham Bam Events

Use the Sky as a Blank Canvas

Los Angeles, CA

When it comes to incorporating décor, the sky’s the limit. We love how this boho-floral installation brings a sense of intimacy to the outdoor patio space. Additions of wicker, fringe, and balloons complement the lounge area  — and create the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon with friends and family. 

photos courtesy of & planner: Wham Bam Events | florals & installation over the lounge: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | venue: private residence | balloons: Tamber Crafts | candles:
Vogue Candles | rentals: Found Rentals & Create A Party Rentals | place settings: Soiree 8 | caterer: Alchemy Kitchen | lighting, sound, & projector: The Lighter Side & Wova Events | custom decals: LaylaBelle Design

3. Whet Appetites With Delicious Catering

Stunning Milestone Birthday in Los Angeles, CA
photographer: Heather Kincaid

Add to the Anticipation With Stylish Menus

Los Angeles, CA

From the moment guests sat down at this beautiful table decorated with gold cutlery and crimson linen, they began anticipating the delectable meal ahead. Other glamorous details from this intimate backyard birthday party included large white-paper lanterns and sleek crimson coffee tables.

photographer: Heather Kincaid | planner, design, & production: JOWY Productions | décor: The Velvet Garden | venue: private residence | rentals:
Bright Event Rentals | props & décor: Studio D Decor | lighting: Images By Lighting | juke box & sound: CBC Technical

Romantic Backyard 40th Birthday Party
photo courtesy of Lili Marie Parties

Repurpose Your Cocktail Glasses

Burr Ridge, IL

Make appetizers like chips and guacamole an individual treat for each guest. Other scrumptious details from this backyard birthday party included individually-served lo mein take-out boxes and artfully-packaged dessert gummies.

photo courtesy of & planner: Lili Marie Parties | décor: Elena’s Garden | venue: private residence | cake: Kirsten’s Danish Bakery | bartending & custom cocktails: Todd Apple | lighting: A Posh Production | rentals: Arlington Rental | caterer: Cheftekar | invitations: Prettypleaze | favors: Sugarfina

Backyard Surprise 40th Anniversary
photographer: Jennifer Lawrence Photography

Quench Thirst With Colorful Cocktails

Chicago, IL

This surprise backyard birthday party wowed guests with mouthwatering whiskey sours, vodka lemonades, and (of course) pure refreshing water. With plenty of champagne and delicious cuisine on hand, guests relished an evening of good food and heartwarming conversations.

photographer: Jennifer Lawrence Photography | planner: Bliss Parties | venue: private residence | caterer: Paramount Events

Malibu Beach Party
photographer: Elaine Lee Photography

Keep the Tacos Coming

Malibu, CA

Eating tacos doesn’t have to be messy. These mini tacos served on individual wooden stands are both picture-perfect and delicious. This backyard birthday also wowed with a boho-inspired lounge area and sprawling rustic bar.

photographer: Elaine Lee Photography | planner: Sequoia Productions | venue: private residence | caterer: Wolfgang Puck Catering – Los Angeles | furniture: Found Rentals

TROPICAL ELEGANCE 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
photographer: In Depth Photo & Video

Cool Down With Fruit Paletas

Reston, VA

With a little imagination, along with a talented event planner and catering team, it’s easy to transform your backyard into a tropical paradise. Mouth-watering fruit paletas, opalescent sea-shell plates, and tropical foliage made this backyard birthday party as dreamy as any destination vacation.

photographer: In Depth Photo & Video | planner & design | ATELIER EVENTS, LLC | décor: Edge Floral Event Designers | venue: private residence | caterer: Occasions Caterers | rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | entertainment: Caribbean Authentics Steel Drum Trio

4. Keep Guests Engaged With Fun Entertainment

Dreamy Garden Birthday Celebration in Malibu, CA
photographer: Kara Fein Photography

Cue the Band

Malibu, CA

Who needs an auditorium when you have a backyard garden? This glamorous backyard birthday party featured unforgettable live entertainment with a gorgeous stage to match. Guests also enjoyed luxe tablescapes and sumptuous cuisine.

photographer: Kara Fein Photography | planner: Bob Gail Events | venue: private residence | caterer: Peninsula Beverly Hills | rentals: Bright Event Rentals & Found Rentals | lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | linen: Luxe Linen

Glitters and Gold 30th Birthday Party
photographer: Caitlin McNeil

Let Sparks Fly

Highland Park, TX

This DJ booth beckoned all guests to the dance floor. In addition to music, guests enjoyed a cold fireworks display — not to mention, gold-painted performers and gigantic bottles of champagne. Other unforgettable elements included a larger than life balloon installation featuring a giant gold chain and the lucky number 30.

photographer: Caitlin McNeil | planner: Social Llama Events | venue: private residence | rentals: Social Llama Rentals & DFW Lounge Rentals | balloons: Balloon Therapy

Venetian masquerade- themed 50th Birthday Celebration at a private residence in Westchester, NY
photographer: ArtVesta Studio

Wow With Fantastical Costumes

Tarrytown, NY

Make it a costume party and guests instantly become part of the entertainment. This masquerade-themed backyard birthday party was filled with glamorous costumes, unending photo ops, and gorgeous live décor. Even the birthday cake was glamorous with a gold mask and lavish feathers.

photographer: ArtVesta Studio | venue: private residence

Havana Nights
photo courtesy of Simply Perfect Events

Let the Good Times Roll With a Cigar-Rolling Station

New York, NY

This backyard birthday party captured the spirit of Havana with lush tropical foliage, wicker décor, and a cigar-rolling station. Other memorable details included Cuban-inspired appetizers and party favors of fedoras and blooms to wear throughout the evening. 

photo courtesy of, planner, & design: Simply Perfect Events | décor: Sag Harbor Florist | venue: private residence | furniture & lights: Decco By Party Up Productions | party rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

Sienna's Country Bash
photo courtesy of: Simply Perfect Events

Checkmate

Millbrook, NY

A larger-than-life checker board gives kids and adults a new and unique way to enjoy the outdoors. Guests also appreciated the stunning tablescapes laden with candlelight and colorful blooms, as well as the rustic barbecue stations.

photo courtesy of, planner, & design: Simply Perfect Events | décor: Sag Harbor Florist | venue: private residence | rentals & lighting: Decco By Party Up Productions | tabletops: borrowed BLU

5. Keep the Memories Alive With Party Favors

Sophisticated Birthday Dinner
photo courtesy of J GROUP EVENTS

Think Outside the Box

Miami, FL

Menus are nice; but take-home sweets are even nicer. This backyard birthday party wowed with menus imprinted on chic gold boxes (and delicious sweets, of course). Other magical details included opulent purple orchids and lavish gold details.

photo courtesy of & décor: J GROUP EVENTS

 

50th Birthday Party in Beverly Hills, CA
photographer: Krista Mason Photography

Get Comfortable With Luxe Loungewear

Beverly Hills, CA

This dazzling backyard birthday party impressed guests with a metallic balloon installation, sophisticated tablescapes, and a marbled cake with delicate frosted blooms. Best of all, guests got to enjoy the party in comfort with personalized loungewear.

photographer: Krista Mason Photography | planner & gift boxes: Bob Gail Events | décor & linen: R. Jack Balthazar | venue: private residence | caterer:
Giacomino Drago | cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | backdrops & printed goods: Prim & Pixie | balloons: Bonjour Fete | photo booth: Pixster 

Amalfi Coast Inspired Milestone Birthday Party in Napa, CA
photographer: Milou & Olin Photography

Take a Seat, Keep a Favor

Napa, CA

This backyard birthday party, inspired by the Amalfi Coast, ushered guests to their seats with beautiful blue-tile place cards. Other Mediterranean-inspired details included citrus-infused florals, lavish greenery, and a ‘cantina’ station offering fresh seafood. 

photographer: Milou & Olin Photography | planner: Danielle Gibson Events | venue: private residence | caterer: Smoke Open Fire | rentals: Bright Event Rentals, Theoni Collection, & Encore Events Rentals | menus, table numbers, & place card tiles: M Design | cake: ABC Bakery

Summer Surprise Party in Scarsdale, NY
photo courtesy of: Carolyn Bender Events

Party Hard Without Regrets

Scarsdale, NY

With hangover kits on the way, there’s no reason to stop the party early. This backyard birthday party dazzled with chic décor, engaging entertainment, fabulous cuisine — and of course, creative party favors like these emergency hangover kits.

photo courtesy of & planner: Carolyn Bender Events | décor: David Beahm Experiences | venue: private residence | entertainment: Cerbelli Creative & Starlight Express | caterer: Union Square Events | cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes | graphics: Tara Vogel Design | menu design: RedBliss Design | chargers: RedBliss Design Rentals

Vibrant Festive 65th Birthday Fiesta in Chicago, IL
photographer: Kent Drake Photography

Turn Up the Heat

Chicago, IL

This backyard birthday was on fire with a vibrant fiesta theme. Creative details included a margarita-making station, a mariachi band, and on-theme cuisine. Mini bottles of hot sauce made for fun take-home gifts (and the perfect addition to that scrumptious taco).

photographer: Kent Drake Photography | planner & décor: Christine Janda Design & Events | venue: private residence | caterer: Truffleberry Market | paper design: LBrown Design & Paperie