Find new friends for your Moms Club with these fun party ideas!
Ah, summer. A time filled with barbecued meaty goodness, melty ice cream cones and warm sunny days. If you’re looking to find some new friends for your Moms Group this is a great time of year to host an open house!
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide where your open house will take place. If you can’t host the event at a member’s house or a private rented space (a room at a church, library, community center, swimming pool, fire hall, etc) then consider heading to a local park. Parks are great places for hosting these parties because they give you a safe public place to meet new people and they offer plenty of foot traffic! Just be sure to contact the park as early as possible to book a pavilion on your chosen date (if necessary).
Wherever possible, put up some balloons, a welcome banner and a yard sign for your Moms Group or Club to let people know it’s a free public event. Make sure you advertise the event as much as possible beforehand and consider creating a raffle for a free membership (year-long or trial) in order to get the contact information of several potential new members. Also, be sure to encourage members to invite any Mom friends they know that might be interested in joining.
Below you’ll find some generic party themes and ideas to incorporate as well as some date-specific ideas. For even more games, decorations and craft ideas check out my Pinterest pages, linked throughout.
Generic Party Themes
- Pool Parties & Splash Parties
- Bubbles and Balloons
- Garden Party
- Tea Party (possibly Alice in Wonderland themed)
- Pirates and Princesses
- Superhero Party
- Ice Cream Socials. Look below for the perfect date to do it. There are plenty to choose from!
Combine your Summer party with holidays and other fun special event days. Some Summer (2016) dates to consider:
6/2 – National Rocky Road Day. I scream for ice cream socials!
6/3 – National Doughnut Day (date varies – always celebrated on the first Friday in June).
6/7 – National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Mmmm chocolate…
6/8 – Best Friends Day. Make friendship bracelets!
6/10 – Iced Tea Day. Who doesn’t love tea parties!?!
6/14 – Monkey Around Day. Ask everyone to bring a banana flavored dish and whip out some games. Games, decor and banana dish ideas here!
6/19 – Juneteenth. Host an outdoor cookout and pop open an icy Big Red cream soda.
6/22 – National Chocolate Éclair Day. Bring a few to share, if you’re willing!
6/29 – International Mud Day. Wait – hear me out! Think dirt pudding cups. Chocolate Mississippi mud pies. For my daughter’s garden-themed birthday party I had a dirt pudding dessert bar that consisted of crushed oreos, gummy worms, chocolate chips, marshmallows and sprinkles. If you don’t want the kids playing in actual dirt you can always break out some brown play dough and little figurines of farms animals, tractors and insects instead.
7/1 – Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. Setup a taste test of the craziest ice cream flavors you can find. Maple Bacon flavored ice cream? Don’t mind if I do!
7/4 – Independence Day. BBQ, tug of war and three-legged races, anyone?
7/7 – National Chocolate Day. Did I mention I love chocolate? How about a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory inspired party?
7/7 – National Strawberry Sundae Day. It’s held on the same day as National Chocolate Day. I say drizzle some chocolate on those strawberry sundaes; two birds, one stone!
7/9 – National Sugar Cookie Day. Host a cookie decorating party with cookies cut in fun summery shapes. Lay the cookies out on cookie sheets with raised edges, open some colorful frosting & sprinkles and let the kids go crazy. This pairs well with an impromptu reading of “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie” and other cookie-related books.
7/10 – Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Have the kids bring their stuffed buddies to the park for lunch.
7/17 – National Ice Cream Day. Guess what kind I’m having!
7/20 – National Lollipop Day. How about pairing this with a Candy Land themed party? Or you could do a lollipop tree with prizes!
7/23 – National Hot Dog Day. Keep it simple or spice it up with a hot-dog eating contest.
7/28 – National Chocolate Milk Day. Summer is the best!
8/2 – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.
8/3 – National Watermelon Day.
8/5 – Summer Olympics begin in Rio. Host your own backyard Olympics relay races!
8/10 – National S’mores Day. Gather around a crackling fire pit at a member’s house.
8/14 – National Creamsicle Day.
8/31 – National Trail Mix Day. Schedule a short hike at a local park. Don’t forget your picnic basket!
9/5 – Labor Day. (date varies yearly)
9/5 – Cheese Pizza Day. Have an old fashioned pizza party or kick it up a notch with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed party. Kids love costumes!
9/12 – Chocolate Milkshake Day. Yes please!
9/15 – Make a Hat Day. Buy a bunch of supplies at the dollar store. Add kids and glue.
9/16 – National Play Doh Day. Find fun play dough play date ideas here!
9/18 – National Cheeseburger Day. Time for a cookout!
9/19 – International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Dress the kids like pirates and throw up some Jake and the Neverland Pirates party décor. Hunt for buried treasure around the park. Done!
9/20 – National Punch Day. Set up some cups with a cooler full of punch at the park. You can lay out a few snacks on a table too. Tell thirsty Mom pedestrians to help themselves.
9/21 – Mini Golf Day. Have current members invite friends/potential new members to come along on a putt-putting play date. This is a great ice breaking activity because it takes the focus off of making conversation and puts it back on bonding and having fun.
9/26 – Johnny Appleseed Day. Plan to picnic at a local orchard.
9/27 – Oktoberfest Begins in Germany. Make this kid friendly by pouring apple cider in place of beer. Your potluck menu could include sausages, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, German potato salad, German chocolate cake, strudels, black forest cake, etc. More food and activity ideas here. You could also queue up some polka music and show the kids some new dance moves.
I hope you’ve found my suggestions helpful! If you have any ideas you’d like to add to this list I’d love to hear them below in the comment section!
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