My sons love having Nerf Wars, so of course, they wanted a Nerf Birthday Party to celebrate their birthdays. We have thrown two super fun Nerf gun parties with all their friends and have learned a trick or two along the way with the best Nerf Wars Birthday Party ideas.
For each party, we created cool Nerf party ideas with DIY targets, Nerf party games, supplies, bases, and party favors. Everything to make these parties easy to put together and much cheaper than booking a laser gun facility.
So, follow along and find out how to throw an awesome DIY Nerf Wars Birthday Party the kids won’t forget.
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How to Throw an Awesome Nerf Wars Birthday Party
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Nerf Targets, Bases & Battlefield
To prepare for your Nerf gun party you need to create your bases, battlefield, and DIY Nerf Targets. This is the most time-consuming part so make sure to start before the day of the party.
You’ll be amazed at how you can turn your backyard or basement into a Nerf War party with these simple DIY party ideas. Plus you’ll save money by making these bases and targets at home.
If your kids love Fortnite turn the Nerf party into a Fortnite Party Themed birthday. Combine both party ideas for the ultimate kids’ birthday.
I’ve created two targets for the Nerf Party but to find more ideas check out Kid’s Favorite Nerf Gun Games & Targets.
These target practice games are fun games to start the party with and get kids ready for the upcoming Nerf Battle.
Target # 1 – DIY Pool Noodle Target
I bought pool noodles and cut them to approximately 8 inches.
Then I wrapped the noodles with the printable targets you can download for free. I used regular scotch tape to secure them to the noodles. It’s that easy!
Tip: Find cheap pool noodles at your local dollar tree.
Target # 2 – DIY Pringle Can Target
Get a few empty cans of Pringles and wrap them with colored paper which can be glued to the can.
These targets can be propped up on a ladder or cardboard boxes to give different levels to shoot. They’ll have tons of fun trying to shoot these down.
Target # 3 – DIY Spinning Nerf Target
DIY Spinning Nerf Target with a Cardboard box. Make your targets more challenging by trying to hit a moving target. Kids love these and they’re cheap & easy to make. It will also help get them ready for the Nerf Battle.
Get directions on how to make a DIY Spinning Nerf Target.
DIY Bases & Battlefield Ideas
For a Nerf War, you’re going to need a battlefield and bases. It will give the kids somewhere to duck n hide and shoot. Plus, it just seems cooler especially if you have an open backyard or basement.
The first step is to start gathering large empty boxes of all shapes and sizes. Ask your friends and neighbors to save some for you. Or ask your local Costco or grocery store for some.
Next head to your local hardware store or Amazon for spray paint in camouflage, orange, brown, and green. Take the cardboard boxes out to the grass or somewhere you can get paint and spray the boxes mixing the colors to look like camouflage.
Last step, tape a group of boxes together with orange duct tape and spray paint Team #1 or Team #2 with the orange spray paint. I used large rocks in our yard to anchor the boxes to the ground so that they wouldn’t fall over.
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If you don’t have time to make cardboard bases use mesh netting to create a quick base. We threw it over some sawhorses and our backyard climber.
It worked great as spots to hide behind for the Nerf War and the mesh netting gave an army feel to the party.
If you don’t have time to create your own DIY bases you can purchase inflatable bunkers and obstacles. You will just need to blow them up and set them outside in your yard.
Tip: Make sure to fill them with water or sand so they don’t blow over.
Nerf Party Supplies
The kids will need several party supplies for the Nerf War. A debate we had was if we should buy the kids Nerf gun blasters or not.
At the first party, we threw we purchased the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster for all the kids. The Strongarm is a good starter Nerf gun all the kids can use and has a reasonable price point. (shown below)
At the second party, we decided all the kids had their own Nerf guns they would rather use, so we just had the kids bring their own.
To Buy or Not to buy is a decision you will have to make based on your guest list.
Get a better idea of the best Nerf Guns for your kids in our review of The Best Nerf Guns for Kids.
Tip: If you decide to give out the guns, label each gun with a piece of masking tape and the child’s name so there are no mix-ups.
Canvas Tool Belts
We buy each kid a canvas tool belt. The belt is made to hold nails, but we use it to hold Nerf gun bullets so the kids don’t need to stuff their pockets with Nerf darts.
You can find these aprons at Home Depot or Menards for a few dollars. A reasonably priced and practical.
You want to purchase safety Glasses for each child to make sure you are protecting their eyes. I order them in bulk and use whatever is leftover throughout the year when my kids play at home. The other parents will appreciate you adding this extra step of eye protection.
You will need to buy tons of Nerf bullets for the party. I found that the off-brand Nerf foam darts worked just fine. They are cheaper to buy and the kids will go through them fast so you need a lot.
I did notice on some reviews people said the tips were harder but we did not notice the difference between the Nerf Gun brand and the generic brand.
I purchase 500 for a party of 20 kids. Here are the ones we ordered.
You could also consider a Nerf Party Set that includes safety glasses, bullets, and a wristband to hold Nerf darts for each kid.
Nerf Party Favors
I consider all of the items above to be the kid’s goody bag or favors. Especially if you decided to give them all a Nerf gun.
However, the year we did not give away the gun I gave the kids a small goody bag of candy and small items.
Here are a few other Party favor ideas:
- Get Small Blue Bags or these Nerf Gun Bags to put candy in
- Pop Rocks Candy
- Blow Pop Lollipops
- Ring Pops
- Small Mini Foam Dart Blasters
- Check out Dollar Tree Goody Bag Ideas too
Also, I let the kids help pick up the Nerf bullets at the end of the party by letting them take some home. It’s the fastest clean-up you will ever see.
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Nerf Party Decorations
Nerf colors are blue and orange so I would use those colors to decorate for the party.
To save money we love to buy Cheap Dollar Tree Party Decorations and usually buy our tablecloths there.
For plates and napkins, you can pick up plain orange colored plates or buy Nerf Party Plate sets.
Lastly, hang up some orange and blue streamers to add to the decorations. You can even tape a few Nerf Bullets to the streamers.
Party Set-Up & Timeline
Set up a table at the entrance to the party with all the kid’s favors. I used an orange tablecloth and orange streamers to make it festive.
On the table, lay out the nail apron filled with 10-20 bullets, safety glasses, and a Nerf Gun, if included.
If you want to distinguish the teams, you can cut bandannas lengthwise and tie them to the kid’s arms. Pick two colors, one for each team, and place them on their nail apron.
Start the Party with Nerf Targets
While the kids are coming in and getting settled, let them start by shooting the targets. I tried to make three stations so the line wasn’t too long at any station and to give them variety.
Find lots of Nerf Target Ideas to get you started.
After the Nerf stations, we took a quick break for pizza before starting the Nerf Games.
Tip: Try to have a tarp or something behind the targets so that when they miss you’re not running all over for the bullets.
Capture the Flag Nerf Game
To give a little structure to the Nerf War, we played the game Capture the Flag. While the kids are eating pizza, hide two different colored bandannas or flags.
Split the kids up into two teams. Each team will be searching for a specific color flag. Make sure to show the kids what the flag looks like before you hide it.
When the game starts, kids will use their bases for cover. When they run out to search for the flag, the other team can shoot at the kids who are searching.
If a participant is hit, they have to go back to their base and start over. I also put boxes with more bullets out in two places as refill stations.
Tip: Make sure to tell the kids there are no intentional face shots allowed. They must aim for below the head for safety reasons. If they do they are out of the game.
Whichever team finds the other team’s flag first wins the game.
Depending on how long the game takes, you can play it again or take a break for cake while you hide the flags for the next round.
After the second game, we ask the kids if they just wanted to run around or play capture the flag again. If you would like to change to a different game for the second round check out more Fun Nerf Gun Game Ideas.
We usually invite parents who want to also play to come a little bit early for pick up and join in the fun. The kids love it when the parents play and it’s great for the parents, too.
If your kids like playing Fortnite make the Nerf Party into a Fortnite Birthday Party theme with just a few tweaks.
When the party is done, if all the boxes aren’t destroyed, we usually keep a few for the kids to play with at a later time.
You will also find the kids will reuse the targets, too. Once the kids find out how fun this is, all their friends will want to come over and play it again.
Want more Nerf Gun Game Ideas?- Check out these cool Nerf Gun Games & DIY Targets
Nerf Sleepover Party
Turn your Nerf party into a cool Sleepover. I know it can sound overwhelming but you are already halfway there planning a Nerf party.
Plan the rest of the party with these fun things to do at a Sleepover for Kids. Easy slumber party games, ideas, and activities.
Birthday Party Checklist
Get organized with the ultimate birthday party checklist. Everything you need to remember to do before the party. Free Printable Birthday Party Checklist.
Birthday Gift Ideas
So, now you have your party planned what are you going to give your son as a birthday present? First, check out our Gift page for tons of ideas.
Then visit our list of the 70 Coolest Gift Ideas for Boys Ages 10-12 to find the perfect gift.
Nerf Guns are also a great gift idea for Nerf Birthday Parties. We have created a Buyers Guide and Review of the Best Nerf Guns for Kids. Read the pros and cons and figure out which Nerf Gun is perfect for your child.
If your son is really into gaming check out our list of Best Gifts for Fortnite Players & Gamers.
More Birthday Party Ideas & Themes
Here are a few more birthday party ideas & Themes for Boys to help you plan your child’s birthday. Make sure to visit our Birthday Party Page for all the newest birthday party ideas.
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Alright, you are all set! If you follow these tips, you should have an awesome Nerf Wars Birthday Party and the kids should have the time of their lives.
I hope your birthday boy or girl has as much fun as we did throwing a Nerf Gun Birthday Party.
If you have any questions or any great Nerf gun party ideas of your own, please leave them in the comments below. I love to hear from my readers!
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