Board games for adults to play in your backyard or anywhere outdoors
With the weather warming up (well, the sun comes and goes as it pleases, tbh…), and the possibility of seeing loved ones outside now, we started thinking about board games we can play with our friends and family in the garden, park or any outdoor space very frankly. Some of these adult board games are civilized, some are silly, and some are downright silly, so you can’t tell us there isn’t one for everyone!
So check out our roundup of the best garden party games to play this summer – from Giant Jenga and Beer Pong to Water Balloon Toss and Flip Cup.
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Giant versions of classic games like this Jenga / Jumbo Tumble Tower are what garden party games are all about. Why wouldn’t you want everything to be 100 times bigger? !
This could be one for your garden as opposed to the park, because I don’t know about you, but I don’t fancy lugging literal logs all day…
Find the gummy bear
This is definitely a game best played outdoors as it gets really messy.
You place 10 gummy bears on five plates (or the number of people playing) and then cover them really, really, REALLY well with whipping cream. The winner of the game is the first person to find all the gummy bears.
Oh, and did I mention you’re not allowed to use your hands? Yes, put your face in this cream.
Quoits might seem like a nice, civilized game that anyone can enjoy on a summer day. But wait until one of you starts getting competitive…
It’s an absolute classic and no garden party is complete without a swing and plenty of misfires on a Swingball.
It’s a sad fact: some people can make limboing cool as hell. And some (me) turn purple in the face and fall; putting their backs together.
Beer Pong is a staple of any good party – indoors or out. All you’ll need – along with this kit including mugs and balls – is a long table and some beer. Liters and liters of beer.
Spikeball or Roundnet is a bit like volleyball, in that you are only allowed to touch the ball a certain number of times before you have to get rid of it.
This is best played when you have a beer in one hand and need to avoid spilling it at all costs.
Water balloon throw
Simple but infuriating. All you have to do to play this messy game is fill a load of balloons with water and throw them at each other. Each time you manage to catch the ball, you have to move further away, which makes catching this fragile little guy increasingly difficult.
Croquet is the epitome of class at a garden party. Make sure the butler installs it for you.
Giant Connection 4
Much like Giant Jenga, you can’t go wrong with a huge version of your favorite board game, like this Mammoth Connect 4.
Space jump runners
Tell me about a time you’ve been on a space hopper and didn’t end up crying with laughter…
Race on it after too many gins and you’ll be sure to end up in the bushes.
Flip the cup
Like Beer Pong, Flip Cup simply requires plastic cups, alcohol, and a long table. In this team drinking game, players take turns drinking a plastic beer mug, then flip the mug over so it lands face down on the table. You have as many turns as it takes to get the cup perfectly flipped before the next person can get into it. The first team to successfully return all their cups is the winner.
Giant pass The Pigs
The best part about this game is that once you play, you can use the inflatable piggies as pool toys.
Think Taylor Swift and her inflatable swans, but slightly less sophisticated.
If the balls are good enough for the distinguished old men in France, they are good enough for us and our garden party.
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