Whether you’re planning a Nerf gun party, or including Nerf battle as an event in something bigger, you’ll want to check out this guide before you begin.
Ducking and covering, blasting away, and having a blast; few childhood games were more fun than a Nerf battle.
As an adult, you may want to help your kids have the same fun experiences you did. Or, perhaps, you want to relive those experiences yourself. Either way, you may be asking yourself, “how do I host a nerf gun party?
If so, you’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll find everything you need to host a Nerf war of a lifetime. Maybe even get inspiration for a few cool Nerf gun party ideas.
Types of guns
From cheap toys to tactical competition-grade gear, Nerf guns have evolved over the years. Today, we have more options than ever for Nerf guns. Unfortunately, that can also make it more confusing for a first-time Nerf party host. First and foremost, you should consider the age of your combatants to ensure everyone can get their taste of battle in the safest, and funnest, way possible.
Here’s what we suggest depending on the age and maturity of your guests:
For ages 12 and under
For young children safety is paramount and these Nerf guns ensure that nobody will get hurt and everybody has a good time – parents included!
Although these guns maximize safety, they don’t skimp on coolness. These guns offer some of the most intense designs your kids will love to be seen holding.
For those 13 and up
Nerf Rival offers the precision and power to create an intense competition experience. These Nerf guns use accu-rounds instead of darts – offering a more accurate strike without sacrificing safety.
These bolt-action, pump-action, and breech load guns come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Perhaps you’ll want your contestants to have both a main Nerf rifle and side-arm ensuring that they’ll each have a fighting chance.
Our suggestion is the Curve Helix which holds up to 20 rounds and its pump action design allows for a rapid firing speed.
Overall, Nerf battles offer a safe and fun competitive challenge for all ages. But every sport poses its own risks – that’s why Nerf also provides these face masks designed to make sure the eyes aren’t hit in the heat of the game.
Types of bunkers
As a kid, you may have dived behind your parent's furniture to take cover from the hail of nerf darts coming your way. Now you might not be so keen on having your kids do the same with yours. Hindsight is 20/20. Fortunately, you have options when it comes to bunkers and hiding spots specially designed for this sort of event.
Browse these bunkers for ideas on how to host the most epic Nerf war your neighborhood has ever seen. With easy set-up bunkers like these, you’ll have the freedom to get creative while making your Nerf party look professional and thought out.
Low cost and designed specifically for Nerf battle, Nerf bunkers are the most economical choice for your party. They are easy to set up and rearrange for the next battle. The only downside is that they are less durable than those designed for paintball.
Professional Paintball bunkers
If you’re looking to go all out for your Nerf war then professional paintball bunkers will be exactly what you’re looking for. These durable inflatable bunkers are easy to set up and are sure to last through all the combat they are likely to see.
Okay, so we’ve covered the basics – the Nerf guns and the bunkers – but what about the party supplies? No party is complete without do-it-yourself party decorations, refreshments, and entertainment.
Here are a few other key elements you won’t want to forget for your Nerf gun party:
If you don’t invite anyone how will they know to go? Custom Nerf party invitations help make your party an irresistible attraction and set the mood for the fun to come.
There’s no getting around it, Nerf war is thirsty (and hungry) work. So you’ll want to be well-stocked on all the essential beverages and snacks. You can get your catering ideas cooking with some ideas here.
If you’re going to host a Nerf war, then your venue should be decorated to fit the theme. One of the easiest ways to spruce up your venue – to make it look like the big event that it is – is with balloons. They’re cheap and easy setup and dispose of at the end of the day.
It may be a battle, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be music. No party is complete without something to create the right ambiance and mood. We suggest something fast-paced and energetic to inspire a fighting spirit.
- General supplies
For every party, it seems there’s always that one thing no one thought to bring. Odds and ends that aren’t at the forefront but that you’re glad to have when the moment calls for them. Take a look here to find out what essentials haven’t made it to your list.
Your one-stop shop
Sure, you could go all over town, or scrounge the internet, picking up your supplies piecemeal – maybe you like to spend your days running errands! But, if you would rather grab everything in one spot and have it all delivered right to you, you can get what you need from Flyside Games.
Not only does Flyside Games have all the equipment ready for you to rent, but we also send a professional to drop it off, set it up, and pick it up when you’re done.
We do the hard part so you can focus on having fun.