An Illustrated Guide of How to Have a GREAT Airsoft (Birthday) Party
A Special Birthday Request
For his 14th birthday, our son requested an Airsoft party. For those of you who don't know this sport, Airsoft equipment includes guns similar to BB guns. Airsoft guns are mostly plastic guns that shoot very lightweight plastic pellets about twice the size of BBs. They are less painful and less messy than paintball. We had hosted other Airsoft parties and found them to enjoyed by all who came. We set out to make this one extra special. Here's what we did!
Set Up Hiding Places GaloreClick thumbnail to view full-size
Set up the Playing Field
A great Airsoft party needs a great playing field with lots of obstacles and hiding areas. This party was held in late January. We had gathered extra Christmas trees after the Christmas holiday and my son had distributed them around our back yard. These, in addition to a creek, a couple of ditches, several trees and assorted sheds, made for lots of hiding places.
More Hiding PlacesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Part of One Team at Its BaseClick thumbnail to view full-size
Add about 16 Teenage Boys
Assemble the teenagers of assorted sizes and ages along with their various weapons and ammo. Plan on extras. We find that airsoft parties are like magnets; they attract older brothers, younger brothers and friends.
Protective Face Gear Is Our RequirementClick thumbnail to view full-size
Mix in a Cool, Crisp Day
A cool day that requires jackets and long pants is the best day for an Airsoft party. That way everyone is protected. Regardless of the weather, we require either a face mask or some sort of goggles to protect the eyes.
Follow Your LeaderClick thumbnail to view full-size
Head for CoverClick thumbnail to view full-size
Choose Teams and Appoint Team Captains
At our parties, we set up teams beforehand. Lists of team members are compiled carefully and then examined and rearranged to be made as even as possible with regard to players and weapons. Our guys have learned that even teams make for better parties. Team captains need to know the lay-of-the-land and be able to encourage their comrades to give their best. Team captains also need to be aware of--and willing to enforce--house rules of conduct. This means that everyone needs to know exactly what constitutes a hit and what the consequences of being hit are. Everyone also needs to be aware of boundaries as well as what the penalty is if someone goes beyond them. Team captains set the pace with regard to everyone playing by the rules. We find that having a parent present when the rules are explained reduces squabbles later.
On the MoveClick thumbnail to view full-size
Designate a Photographer
Find someone not involved in the battle, but keenly interested in what's going on to take action shots. The fellow taking these shots climbed up on a shed roof in order to see better. This gave him a great vantage point for pictures. He took action shots of each of the boys who came and loaded them all onto CDs. We were then able to email some pictures to each of the attendees.
Lying LowClick thumbnail to view full-size
Evacuate the Playing Field if You're Not Part of the Battle Group
This is critical, especially for moms and others who are concerned about the happenings,but don't have protective gear. When things get ready to start, I make a beeline for the house. If I have to enter the playing field while the action is still hot, I wave my hands and holler "Hold your fire!" as I go. It may not be particularly brave, but it's effective; I've hosted several airsoft parties and escaped without a scratch.
Gotcha!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Keeping a Watchful Eye
Have Plenty of Softdrinks and Snacks Available Afterward
The airsoft action itself is huge, but no party is complete without goodies and soft drinks. Serving luscious brownies, cake or another treat will earn you lots of brownie points!
What do you think? Do you have suggestions for next time?