My sons love having Nerf Wars, so of course they wanted Nerf Birthday Parties to celebrate their birthdays. We have thrown two super fun birthday parties with all their friends and have learned a trick or two along the way.
For each party we created great DIY targets, Nerf games and party favors. These parties are pretty easy to put together and much cheaper than booking a laser gun facility. So, follow along with me and I will show you how to throw the Best Nerf Wars Birthday Party.
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How to Throw an Awesome Nerf Wars Birthday Party
Preparing Your Nerf Party – Targets & Bases
To prepare for your Nerf gun party you need to create your bases and DIY Nerf Targets. Turn your backyard or basement into a Nerf War with these simple to make party ideas. You can easily make these at home and it will hardly cost you anything.
I’ve created two targets for the Nerf Wars but to find more ideas check out Kid’s Favorite Nerf Gun Games & Targets.
Target # 1 – First, 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 below. I used regular scotch tape to secure them to the noodle. It’s that easy! Tip: Find cheap pool noodles at your local dollar store.
Target # 2 – 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 boxes to give different levels to shoot.
For the Nerf War, you are going to need bases. The kids will need somewhere to duck and 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 Home Depot or Menards and pick up some spray paint in camouflage, orange, brown and green. Take the 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 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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Nerf Party Favors & Supplies
The kids will need several supplies for the Nerf War. A debate we had was if we should buy the kids nerf guns or not.
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.
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.
If your looking for more Nerf Gun Gift ideas check out our Reveiw 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 their 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 bullets. You can find these aprons at Home Depot or Menards for $1.00. Very reasonably priced and practical.
You want to purchase Saftey Glass for each child to make sure your protecting their eyes. I order them in bulk and use whatever is left over throughout the year when my kids play at home.
You will need to buy tons of nerf bullets for the party. I found that the off brand nerf bullets worked just fine. They are cheaper to buy and the kids will go through them fast so you need alot.
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 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 saftey glasses, bullets and a face mask for each kid.
Nerf Party Favors
I consider all of these items 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 Goody Bag 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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Party Set Up & Timeline
Set up a table at the entrance to the party with all the kids favors. I used an orange table cloth 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 length wise and tie to the kids arms. Pick two colors, one for each team, and place it 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. Nerf Target Ideas
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 color 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 is able to shoot at the kids that are searching.
If a participant is shot, 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. 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 want 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 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 tweeks.
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 play it again.
Want more Nerf Gun Game Ideas?- Check out these cool Nerf Gun Games & DIY Targets
Birthday Party Checklist
Get orgaized with my 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? To help you I put together a list of 20 Cool Gift Ideas for Boys age 10-12 . It’s a great list of gifts my kids have loved and I am hoping you can find something fun for your kids too.
Nerf Guns are also a great gift idea for a Nerf Birthday Parties. We have created a Buyers Guide and Reveiw of the Best Nerf Guns for Kids. Read the pros and cons and figure out which Nerf Gun is perfect for your child.
Need more gift ideas? Take a look at my Gifts for Kids Pinterest Page where I save gift ideas for all ages of kids.
More Birthday Party Ideas & Themes
Here are a few more birthday party ideas & Themes for Boys to help you plan your child’s birthday.
- 12 Nerf Gun Games & Target for Your Party
- Best Nerf Guns for Kids – Honest Buyers Guide
- Fortnite Birthday Party – All the Supplies & Ideas You Need
- Fortnite Party Supplies
- 10 Most Popular Birthday Party Ideas for Boys
- Fun & Cheap Birthday Party Decorations for Kids at Dollar Tree
If you are under stay at home orders consider throwing a virtual birthday party with fun Zoom Games for Kids. It’s a great way to celebrate with faraway relatives too.
Alright, you are all set! If you follow these tips, you should have an awesome Nerf Birthday Party. I did add a few other things below to help with decorations. I hope your family will have 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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