Game Day in the Great Outdoors


A photo of a backyard carnival

Soak up the sweet days of summer by staging an old-fashioned game day on the grass. These DIY lawn-game ideas will provide fun for the whole family all season long.

A photo of classic Coke bottles and tin cans

Put a homemade spin on a classic carnival with a gathering to amuse all ages. You probably have most of the makings on hand—classic Coke bottles for ring toss, tin cans to stack and knock down, a galvanized bucket for bobbing for apples.

A photo of classic board games and giant Jenga
Pull nostalgic game favorites like bingo and backgammon from the closet, and set up a giant-size version of Jenga for plenty of suspense—and laughter.
A photo of a child playing crochet and cornhole boards
Don’t forget Southern classics like croquet and cornhole, but beware—competition could get fierce!
A photo of children in a photo booth
For an extra fun surprise, set up an old-fashioned photo booth (we rented ours from Magic City Photo Booths). It underscores the carnival atmosphere and frees up snap-happy guests to enjoy the party.

Whether you’re planning a game-themed outdoor gathering or simply need an impromptu day of family fun under the summer sun, these delightful diversions will fit the occasion.