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ULTIMATE Foam Party Guide: Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Event

Updated: May 13

Get ready for a summer filled with foam parties! These bubbly events are perfect for family-friendly gatherings, including kids' birthdays and school festivities. If you're looking to impress your guests and create unforgettable memories, a foam party is the way to go.

As foam parties are still relatively new, you may have some questions. We've got you covered with our Foam Party 101: The Complete Guide to Foam Parties, where we'll address all your inquiries.

In this guide, we'll cover the following topics:

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WHAT IS A FOAM PARTY? A foam party is an unforgettable event characterized by mountains of frothy foam engulfing the party area!

Utilizing a foam machine, your designated space, such as a yard or driveway, transforms into an awe-inspiring sea of cool, clean, and invigorating foam for guests to frolic in. To truly grasp the essence of a foam party, we recommend watching this video showcasing a real foam party in action.

Foam at these parties can tower up to 6 feet high and blanket an area of up to 40 feet in all directions, creating what we call "The Foam Zone." This bubbly playground sets the stage for you, your kids, friends, and family to create cherished memories.

Once the area is brimming with foam, high-energy, family-friendly music fills the air, elevating the party atmosphere. After all, what's a foam party without some fantastic tunes?

As the music pumps and the foam machine churns out bubbles, guests eagerly dive in. Laughter fills the air as kids sculpt foam snowmen, fashion foam hairstyles, and bask under the "foam rainbow" created by the foam cannon, grinning from ear to ear.

Adults, too, can't resist the allure of a foam party! They can join the fun by dancing and playing in the foam or stand around the Foam Zone, capturing priceless moments of their kids having a blast.

Foam parties offer some of the most incredible photo opportunities! They're perfect for sharing on Instagram or Facebook, capturing the joy of the event.

Foam parties are the perfect choice for:

  • Birthday parties

  • Daycares

  • School events

  • Church events

  • Gender reveals

  • Fairs

  • Festivals

  • Summer parties

  • And more!

Experience the magic of a foam party and create lasting memories for everyone involved!

WHAT DO I NEED FOR A FOAM PARTY? When hiring a foam party company, they typically provide all the necessary equipment for an unforgettable foam party. All you need to supply is access to an electrical outlet and a water hose connection. The company takes care of everything else.

If you're planning a DIY foam party, you'll need a more extensive list of items. Here's our recommended list of essentials for a fantastic foam party:

  1. Foam machine

  2. Foam machine stand

  3. Foam solution

  4. Water source

  5. Garden hose

  6. Foam machine reservoir

  7. Submersible pump

  8. Extension cords

  9. Electrical outlet

  10. Speaker

  11. Foam party machine operator

Now, let's delve into the specifics of each item.

FOAM MACHINE Investing in a high-quality foam machine is crucial for hosting an outstanding foam party. Choose one powerful enough to quickly cover a large area; otherwise, the experience will be underwhelming.

FOAM MACHINE STAND Elevating your foam machine off the ground with a foam machine stand is key to maximizing the foam coverage. A sturdy tripod stand should raise the machine to a height between 5 and 6 feet for optimal results.

FOAM SOLUTION Select a foam solution that is hypoallergenic, biodegradable, non-staining, scent-free, clothing-friendly, mess-free, and safe for the skin. We recommend Foam Daddy foam gel solution, which checks all these boxes and creates abundant foam quickly.

WATER SOURCE A readily accessible water spigot is required to mix with the foam solution. Depending on the location, you may need a water hose key to control the water flow.

GARDEN HOSE Extra garden hoses are recommended in case the water source is far from the foam party location. Usually, 100 feet of hose length is sufficient.

FOAM MACHINE RESERVOIR A 50-gallon foam machine reservoir (a large, sturdy bucket) is essential for holding your foam solution. Ensure it's leak-proof to avoid spills.

SUBMERSIBLE PUMP A submersible pump transfers the foam solution from the reservoir to the foam machine. Having a backup pump is advisable for smooth operations.

EXTENSION CORDS Extra extension cords ensure you have enough reach to power your foam machine, regardless of the distance from the electrical outlet. We recommend a 12-gauge weatherproof extension cord and a waterproof connector.

ELECTRICAL OUTLET A standard electrical outlet is necessary to power the foam machine. Ideally, it should be close to the foam party setup, but extension cords can bridge distances up to 100 feet.

SPEAKER A high-quality speaker (minimum 200w) is essential to play family-friendly tunes at your foam party. Opt for a water and splash-proof speaker for added durability.

FOAM PARTY MACHINE OPERATOR Finally, consider hiring a professional foam party machine operator to set up, operate, and tear down the equipment. This ensures a stress-free and enjoyable experience for everyone, including the host.

By gathering all the necessary components and following our recommendations, you're well on your way to hosting an epic foam party for friends and family!

WHERE CAN I HOST A FOAM PARTY? When deciding on the perfect location for your foam party, consider two main factors: the surface and the space required. Let's address both questions.

Foam parties can be held on most non-slip, flat surfaces, including grass, artificial grass, concrete, and pavement. Choose an area that is level and free from obstructions for a safe and enjoyable experience.

As for the space required, it's recommended to have at least 20x20 feet available per foam machine in use. This ensures there's enough room for guests to play and have fun.

Considering these factors, the following locations make ideal venues for hosting a foam party:

  1. Front yard

  2. Back yard

  3. Driveway

  4. Empty parking lot

  5. Open field

  6. School blacktop

By selecting the right location based on the surface and space requirements, you'll create a memorable and exciting foam party experience for all your guest

WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO A FOAM PARTY? One of the most frequently asked questions about foam parties is what guests should wear. The answer is quite simple!

We suggest wearing lightweight, comfortable clothing, such as a t-shirt, shorts, or swimsuit, similar to what you'd wear to a summer pool party.

Choose clothes that:

  1. Can get wet

  2. Are comfortable

  3. Dry relatively quickly

Avoid wearing:

  1. Suede or other non-water-friendly materials

  2. Fancy clothes that you don't want to get wet

Keep it simple with a swimsuit or lightweight t-shirt and shorts, and you'll be all set.

WILL A FOAM PARTY RUIN YOUR CLOTHES? The short answer is no! High-quality foam solutions, like the ones mentioned earlier, will not ruin your clothes. While we don't recommend wearing items you'd typically avoid getting wet, like suede or fancy attire, wearing the suggested clothing ensures that after the foam party, you can dry off, wash your clothes, and have them ready for your next event.

WHAT SHOES SHOULD YOU WEAR TO A FOAM PARTY? As for footwear, opt for comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet, such as old sneakers or tennis shoes, preferably with some traction for walking on the foam.

For extra protection, you can choose water shoes or waterproof boots, but these are usually optional.

Avoid wearing high heels or flip-flops, as they can cause slipping and falling.

Many guests, both kids and adults, may prefer going barefoot while playing in the foam. This is perfectly acceptable, provided the foam party is held on a flat, obstruction-free surface to minimize potential hazards.

Lastly, while on the topic of shoes and footing, it's worth noting that foam parties are typically not slippery. You can walk, dance, and play in the foam without much risk of slipping, but always exercise caution.

WHAT ESSENTIALS SHOULD I BRING TO A FOAM PARTY? In addition to selecting the appropriate attire and footwear, there are several items you may want to bring to a foam party to maximize your enjoyment. Many of these essentials are similar to what you would pack for a beach or pool party, so you may already have them readily available!

Here's a list of essentials to consider:

  1. TOWELS Bringing a towel allows you to dry off quickly when you step out of the foam. However, if you forget one, you can still air-dry under the sun.

  2. GOGGLES Goggles are optional but can be a fun accessory for kids who enjoy diving under the foam. Plus, goggles can add a cool touch to your foam party look!

  3. SUNSCREEN Since foam parties typically take place outdoors, it's important to protect yourself and your children from the sun. Apply sunscreen before the party and keep it handy for reapplication throughout the event.

  4. A CHANGE OF CLOTHES While your foam party clothes will likely dry quickly, you and your guests may want to bring a change of clothes for after the party or for traveling home. This is also useful if you have other activities planned that require different attire.

  5. A CELL PHONE OR CAMERA A foam party provides plenty of photo opportunities, so make sure everyone has their smartphone or camera ready to capture the fun! You'll cherish the memories of your kids' excitement and enjoy looking back on the photos for years to come.


Absolutely! Foam parties offer entertainment for the entire family, making them an ideal activity for people of all ages. It's not uncommon to see parents and caregivers enjoying the foam party just as much as the kids, so be sure to invite your adult guests to join in the fun! Foam parties are a fantastic, inclusive activity that everyone can appreciate.


By adhering to the guidelines and recommendations provided in this article, you can ensure that foam parties are not only fun but also incredibly safe for everyone involved!

Here is a comprehensive recap of essential steps to guarantee a safe and enjoyable foam party for all participants:

  1. Select the perfect location for your foam party

  2. Utilize a professional-grade foam machine

  3. Opt for high-quality foam solutions

  4. Dress appropriately for a foam party

  5. Appoint a designated foam party machine operator

  6. Ensure adult supervision is present throughout the event

By adhering to these guidelines, you can prioritize safety while hosting an unforgettable foam party.


The cleanup process after a foam party is remarkably easy. The foam will dissipate on its own within a couple of hours, leaving no trace behind. If you prefer a quicker cleanup, simply wash away the foam with water. Any remaining residue can be rinsed off with water as well.


Foam party costs can range from $300 to $1000 for a one-hour event, depending on the type of service included. Some companies offer drop-off rentals, while others provide comprehensive, fully-managed services. ZombieIce Foam Parties, for example, offer a complete package starting at $299 for a 1-hour event, including non-stop foam fun, a professional-grade foam cannon, a foam operator, and family-friendly music.


Congratulations on becoming a foam party expert! With this knowledge, you're ready to host the ultimate foam party. If you'd like assistance from the experts at ZombieIce Foam Parties, we're here to help make your event a success.

Serving Broward County, Miami Dade County, Palm Beach County, Florida, and surrounding cities, ZombieIce Foam Parties specialize in providing memorable experiences for both children and adults. Call (754) 777-0423 to book your foam party today and let us bring the excitement to your next event!

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