Fun and games: The garden party
Keep rowdy backyard party-goers entertained and (mostly) on their feet with classic garden games and activities such as badminton, horseshoes and ring toss.
Mon, Jul 23 2012 at 9:00 AM
A very happy Monday, MNN readers, and welcome to a very special sixth installment of "The garden party," a new product-centric weekly series geared toward all of you al fresco entertainers, patio partiers and backyard BBQ'ers out there. The emphasis, as you may have gathered, is on outdoor entertaining paraphernalia that boast one or more of the following eco-friendly attributes: a. handmade b. made from sustainable or recycled materials c. domestically manufactured or d. durable/made-to-last so in that they’ll be used not just this summer but for many more summers to come.
With the 2012 Summer Olympics
about to kick off (anyone mourning these phased-out events
from yesteryear?), I thought it would be only appropriate to spotlight a few (mostly) competitive lawn games and adult-friendly outdoor toys and diversions ideal for backyard get-togethers. And no, I'm not talking about beer pong.
Fun, charmingly low-tech, and beloved by both sporty grandpas and their hipster grandchildren, many of these outdoor games and activities have been around for eons and for good reason. Below you'll find a few popular choices ranging from classic horseshoe sets to vintage-style ring toss kits along with things like tree swings and state fair-style bingo set-ups. And with the Olympics just around the corner, I've also included a fun — and most handy — prize for the winner of your next backyard badminton championship. Click here for even more lawn games and activities that are sure to keep party guests busy when they're not gossiping and/or chugging white sangria.
Country Badminton Set @ Terrain
Reclaimed Skateboard Tops by Jason Greene @ Branch
Tailgaters Ring Toss by Front Porch Classics @ Target
Lehman's Harwood Slingshot @ Lehman's
Front Porch Classics State Fair Bingo @ YoYo.com
Original Tree Swing @ Terrain
Past installments of the "The Garden Party"
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