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How to Plan a Backyard Game Day + 3 DIY Games

This early Mothers Day bash and #WhereFunBegins shopping trip have been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone.

My husband and I planned an amazing backyard game day last weekend to celebrate the moms in our family. The goal was to allow the moms relax and encourage the kids to have fun outdoors. All of the backyard games would inspired from a time before video games became so popular.


Guess what? 

We nailed it and I’m going to show you how we pulled it together.

Since we’d have a pretty big crowd, I headed to Sam’s Club for food and drinks. I bought three cases of SunnyD 24ct. 6.75oz. bottles in the Tangy Original flavor.

Not only did I use the juice, but I used the carton as well.

One of the games we had at our backyard bash was lawn tic-tac-toe. Using the SunnyD cardboard carton, I made X and O game pieces.

I used white craft paint to create six game pieces.

Before everyone arrived, I spray painted a tic-tac-toe game board on the grass using white spray paint. Don’t worry about it being permanent. It will disappear after a few mows.

Another awesome diy game was the outdoor bowling with do it yourself bowling pins.

To make them, I used SunnyD bottles filled with water. I then painted the entire bottle white and allowed it to dry. Once dry, I painted a stripe of red around the neck of the bottle.

The kids used a tennis ball as a bowling ball and set up the bowling alley on the lower deck we built last summer.


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The final backyard game, and one that was the biggest hit is the ring toss game. Using a scrap piece of wood, paint and markers I put a DIY spin on an old favorite.

I created the bottle the same as with the bowling pins, but left off the red stripe. I used some left over red paint to create a banner, then using a permanent marker, wrote the name of the game and the point values for each bottle.

My grandson played ring toss the entire time he was here which was about four hours. He was so thrilled with it, I let him take it home.

After games we sat down, ate and enjoyed each others company.

Once our bellies were full, I brought out some dessert I’d made using SunnyD. It was just a simple orange creamsicle.

Everyone loved them, especially this cute little guy.



We had such an amazing time and I enjoyed sharing my weekend with you.


What was your favorite outdoor game as a child?

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30 thoughts on “How to Plan a Backyard Game Day + 3 DIY Games

  1. Oh my goodness, what a fun party! I think I'm going to have to try those creamsicles, too. I'm glad you all enjoyed your weekend party! #client

  2. How fun! Next time I want an invite!! I love the yard games and that dessert looks so good!

  3. This looks like the most fun for summer! My son loves Sunny D so I should try some of your tips!

  4. So creative! I love the bowling pins. And those creamsicles look amazing! Well done. Sounds like a fun backyard game day!

  5. It definitely looks like a lot of fun. I love the recycled bottles. That is perfect.

  6. What a fun party! I love how you reused the cardboard for the games and how you made the bowling pins. Thanks for the ideas!

  7. We loved playing tag as kids. My kids too love Sunny D! I love how you used it to make ice cream pops. I may have to give this a try this summer!

  8. What a fun party! This would be great for the last day of school. I love how you reused the cardboard box and bottles. Very clever!

  9. OH my goodness to the popsicle face picture. What a cutie pie!! Glad you had a great time, and love that you made the games yourself!

  10. Your images and ideas are always so much fun – this is a fantastic way to get the kids involved and to upcycle.

  11. What a fun way to hang out with friends and family! And I can just imagine how refreshing those orange cream pops taste.

  12. Those popsicles look amazing! What a great gathering and way to cool off with a nice beverage.

  13. The games you set up look like so much fun! I love how you made the bottles into pins!

  14. Those are all such fun game ideas! Bet that was a really fun party!

  15. Looks like this party was a huge success. We had fun with these bottles too.

  16. What a brilliant idea with your sunnyD creamsicles! That's so awesome.
    I love the idea of a game day too.

  17. Rane when I was younger they were called Sunny Delight so my daughter looks at me weird when I call them that.

  18. Great Set-up .. I like the way you re-purposed the Sunny D bottles. I haven't seen Sunny D's for a while here in Jamaica :- ( they were my favs

  19. You have to share your popsicle recipe and what a beautiful family you have. We love playing horse shoes outside.

  20. That's a fantastic set up. I'm using some of these ideas for my next get together. The games for sure.

  21. This sounds like a lot of fun, and I love how you made the games. I always liked tic tac toe, capture the flag, and bowling 🙂

  22. This is awesome! I love how thoughtful and creative you are! Great to spend time outside doing fun activities with the children too! Glad you had a fun weekend! 🙂

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