The weather is finally nice out there and that means it’s time to start having your events outside! BBQ’s, Pool Parties, Picnics, etc. are all on the horizon. So other than planning the perfect meal what else is there left to do? Plan the events your guests will be partaking in! Now in a previous post I mentioned my favorite party games, and all of those can be brought outside for your event. But now I would like to give you a run down of my favorite outside spring time games to play at your next outdoor event!
is one of my all time favorite outside games! Cornhole is similar to horseshoes except you use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. If you possess a handiness skill you can surely make your own cornhole set, but in case you don’t you can easily find an online venue to purchase your own personalized set. Do you love you alma mater, well there are companies out there that will make a set in your schools colors and emblem. They will make you a set in any form, color, print that you could desire!
Ladder Toss or Ball is played with 2 players or teams. Each player has 3 golf ball bolas (2 golf balls attached by a nylon rope). The object of the game is to wrap your bolas around the steps of the ladder. The ladder consists of 3 steps, a top, middle and a bottom step. The official toss line is 15 feet away but most players measure 5 paces from the game ladder to set the toss line. This allows for a closer toss line for children’s games. Ladder Ball is played in rounds, each round consists of all players tossing 3 bolas. The first player must toss all 3 bolas before the next player is able to toss his or her bolas. Bolas can be tossed in anyway the player chooses, as long as they are tossed individually and can be bounced off the ground. The winner of the round earns the first toss in the next round. Games are played to a point total of 21. Points are determined by which step your bola wraps around. The top step is worth 3 points the middle step is worth 2 points and the bottom step is only worth 1 point. Players can score an optional bonus of 1 point by hanging all 3 bolas from the same step or by hanging a bola on all 3 (1-2-3) steps in one round.
Bocce Ball is an amazing game, but the ball kit is a bitch much to transport because the balls are extremely heavy. But bocce iscan be played almost anywhere there is open space. This includes grassy surfaces such as a front lawn or back yard, dirt surfaces, sandy surfaces such as the beach. Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller ball (called the pallino). The game can be played with 2, 4, or 8 players. Divide the bocce balls evenly between the number of players. You will notice that your bocce ball set has balls with several different colors or designs. Ideally, each bocce player will use balls from the set that are unique in design or color from all the other balls in play. This is helpful in distinguishing your bocce balls from those of another player. At random, choose a player to throw the pallino. After the pallino is thrown, the same player will throw his first bocce ball. The purpose of the game is to get your bocce balls as close as possible to the pallino. After the first player has thrown his first bocce ball, he is considered “inside” because his ball is closer to the pallino than any of the competitors balls. All other players are considered “outside.” Whenever a player is considered “inside,” he will forfeit his turn throwing bocce balls. All “outside” players will take turns throwing their bocce balls until they until one of theirs gets closer to the pallino than the “inside” player. After all players have thrown their bocce balls, the player that is “inside” will be awarded points. One point will be awarded to this player for every ball that is closer to the pallino than his closest competitor’s ball. After the points are awarded, the frame is completed. Start a new frame by electing a new person to throw the pallino and to throw the first bocce ball. A game is won when a player reaches 13 points. Play as many frames as necessary until a player reaches this point level. Of course, this point level can be be decreased or increased depending on time constraints between players.