Perhaps it's because people are becoming more health conscious and would like to stay out in the sun and breathe in fresh air more, that's why outdoor set children's parties are fast becoming the in thing. A lot of places offer party packages for parents who want to hold their children's parties outdoors. If you don't have a pool but want to just have your party in the yard, you can bring out water guns and have the kids play with them during the party. Make sure you inform your guests what kind of party you're throwing so they can bring their suits and a change of clothes. Animal Party You can rent out farm animals and bring them to your yard for the kids to pet, or you can ask your guests to bring in their own pets. You'll be able to break the ice faster and express your needs better because you already have, in theory, something in common. Thus, if you're willing to pay a premium for convenience, then hire a professional party planner for your child's birthday. You might not have the time to deal with the little details yourself, but the beaming look on your child's face after will be well worth the extra expense. That is definitely a good idea. But looking for a clown that is right for your child's party can take you ages. ClownsForHire.com is an online directory, or you can also call it the online "yellow pages" for the commercialization of clowning services, that are offered by independent clowns whom you can hire. Clowns are staple birthday party entertainment. So are magicians and face painters. Be careful with bringing in characters though, because not all children respond positively to clowns and mascots. You might be in for a major disaster if you're not careful. Fun music is also important. You can purchase children's songs from any record store. Not only will this party be fun, it could be a fantastic learning experience for all, as well. Character Party You can do this kind of children's party two ways: either you choose a specific cartoon and revolve the party's theme around it, or you can hold a costume party of different characters. This child's party requires some level of preparation, but costumes are available for sale or rent everywhere, so it shouldn't be too difficult.