A group of people throwing colour powder in the air on a beach.

What Is A Colour Powder War?

Finally the weather is starting to pick up and the return of outdoor events is almost here. Do you know what that means? Colour events are back! From colour runs, to festivals, to at home colour parties, it’s time to start preparing for an explosion of colourful activities.

If you’re looking to organise your own colour event this summer, then look no further than a colour powder war. In this guide, we’ll break down exactly what a colour powder war is, how to organise one and ideas to make yours a success.

What is a colour powder war?

A colour powder war sees two teams up against each other, battling it out in a frenzy of colour. Participants throw different coloured colour powder at each other, with the winning team being the one that covers the opposing team in the most powder. 

A colour powder war is a great activity for kids birthday partiesend of year school celebrations and group events. It’s a chance for everyone to get together, let loose and create a bit of a mess while having fun.

A group of people throwing colour powder in the air on the beach.

How do I organise a colour powder war?

First things first, you want to find a large, outdoor area to host your game. It’s going to get a bit messy with colours flying everywhere, so outdoor spaces are best advised for a colour war.

Next, decide how you want to organise your colour war. Do you want to turn it into more of a game? Are there any rules involved? Once you’ve decided this, you’ll want to choose your guests and split them into two teams. Each team then needs to be assigned a colour, such as red vs blue. This will be the colour of the powder they’ll use for the event.

Last, but not least, you’ll need to determine how much colour throwing powder you need depending on the amount of guests you have. You definitely don’t want to be running out in the middle of a colour war! The good news is we have a handy colour powder guide that will help to work this out for you.

A close up image of bags of colour powder; pink, blue, green and neon yellow.

What do I need for a colour powder war?

To organise a successful colour war event, there are some essential things you’re going to need. Most importantly - colour powder. It wouldn’t quite be a colour war without it!

You’ll also want to decide what’s the best way for participants to throw the powder at each other and how you’re going to supply it to them. You could portion the powder out into plastic cups for them to throw from, or hand them individual colour powder packets. Or to take the colour war to the next level, create colour powder bombs by making your own DIY hacky sacks using old socks. This way your powder will last longer and the colour bombs can be reused throughout the battle. 

Next up, white t-shirts are vital for any colour powder event, especially a colour war. A plain white t-shirt helps you dress for the mess as they’re ideal for showing off the colour powder that’s being thrown around. This also makes it easier to determine which team is the winner and who has managed to cover the opposing teams in their colour the most! Most colour powders can stain clothing, so it’s always best to dress in something you don’t mind becoming a bit more colourful than it was before.

And of course, every colour event needs colourful accessories. Kit your participants out in accessories that match their team colour, such as neon sunglassescolourful leis or sun visors.

A woman throwing orange colour powder over a male.


Colour powder war ideas

You can’t go wrong with a straight up colour war. It’s a simple game that allows participants to have fun, run around and just throw colour powder at each other. It won’t take long before it becomes a competitive battle and teams are doing everything to ensure victory! You can always take your colour war to the next level by introducing obstacles for players to hide and dodge behind.

If you have an event space large enough, then capture the flag is a fun and exciting game for everyone to get involved in. Create separate territories for teams to hide their flag in and supply them with colour bombs or packets of powder to mark members of the opposing team. If someone is hit with powder in the opposing team’s territory, then they’re out.

Group of people throwing colour powder in the air.

Here at Ministry of Colours, our colour powder is perfect for any and all colour events, including colour powder wars. We specialise in supplying non-toxic colour powder that is made using safe and natural ingredients. This makes it ideal for school environments and kids birthday parties.

We supply our powder in 100g, 1kg and 5kg bags, meaning we’ve got you covered no matter the scale of your event. If you require a helping hand planning your event or have any queries regarding our colour powder, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch! A member of our team will be more than happy to help you make your event the best it can be.

If you throw a colour powder war over the summer, then we’d love to see your images and how you’ve organised your event! Tag us any photos or videos over on our social media or email them to us at hello@ministryofcolours.co.uk.