As you’ve probably already guessed, I love parties! I love them so much that I usually start planning my son’s birthday parties way too far in advance. Kids’ interests change so quickly - what’s a favorite this month may be a thing of the past in a few weeks - so my party themes often change while I’m in the middle of planning. As a party planning momma and party blogger, I have a lot of party themes written down in my notebook. I hope some of these ideas will help you plan a memorable and creative party your children will love!
1. Alien Invasion. LED balloons, glow-in-the-dark decorations and maybe even a trip to your local laser tag facility.
2. Arcade. With a small cup of tokens each, set the boys loose at the local arcade and finish the day off with a pizza party!
3. Airplanes. Fluffy white clouds (cotton candy), in-flight snacks (pretzels and cookies) and paper airplane competitions!
4. Baseball. Take me out to the ball game! A concession stand of hot dogs, pop, marshmallow peanuts and popcorn with the kids playing baseball at a local field.
5. Camping. Whether in your own back yard or at a local campground, kids can play fishing games, make s’mores and have a scavenger hunt for hidden stuffed bears around the party area.
6. Circus. Clown nose cake pops, carnival games, ‘official’clown training, foot-long hot dogs, cotton candy, corn dogs and mini donuts... the list goes on!
7. Dinosaurs. Grab your excavating tools and dig for hidden dinosaur eggs in the sandbox!
8. Drive-In Movie. Creating ‘cars’out of cardboard boxes, a movie projector and screen outside, and a concession stand filled with popcorn and candy.
9. Football. Game on! Create your own tailgate party with an outdoor BBQ, a football game for the kids and noisemakers for all your fans!
10. Lego. Complete with a construction zone for building and friendly competitions for the most creative robot, the largest tower and more!
11. Mystery Party. Plan a fun mystery for your guests to solve with hidden clues, glow-in-the-dark messages, secret traps and more!
12. Rock Star. Crazy wigs, karaoke, paparazzi and screaming fans will make this party one to remember!
13. Under the Stars. This party takes place at night! Take a blanket and a telescope just outside the city with your party guests and look at the stars. You can serve space-themed treats like Mars bars, Starburst candies, Milky Way chocolate bars and more!
14. Art Party. Either turn your back yard into an artist’s studio or visit a local pottery painting shop and let the kids make their own masterpieces.
15. Ballerina. A pink party filled with tutus, ballet slippers, ribbon wands and lots of dancing for the young guests.
16. Beach Party. Grab some beach gear like towels, beach balls and sand pails and head out for a picnic on a beach.
17. Glowing Dance Party. With disco dancing lights, LED balloons, popular music and a dance floor, the kids will work up an appetite for cake!
18. Hawaiian Luau. Grab your grass skirts and get ready to hula! This party includes pineapple juice in coconut cups, a pig roast and fun Hawaiian music.
19. Mall Birthday. Does your tween just want to spend her days at the mall? Then it only makes sense to host her birthday party there too! If she’s not too cool for party games yet, you could plan mall scavenger hunts and shopping challenge competitions.
20. Masquerade Ball. The party can start with decorating your own masquerade mask followed by some ballroom dancing tips!
21. Paris. Ooh la la! Fancy hors d’oeuvres, cream puffs, a big Eiffel tower all set up in a cute Paris boutique design.
22. Pizzeria. Learn how to make homemade pizza dough. Then top the dough with your favorite pizza toppings for a fun activity plus dinner! You could even have special themed takeout boxes so guests could bring their creations home for their families.
23. Retro Diner. Hamburgers, fries, cola ice cream floats and jukebox dancing!
24. Slumber Party. Homemade beauty treatments, movie marathons and a concession stand make this an easy party to plan. Is your child too young for sleepovers? Host a ‘un-slumber’party with all the fun of a sleepover except the guests go home to their own bed at the end of the night.
25. Teddy Bear Picnic. This is a fun party for young kids. Everyone can be invited to the park with their favorite teddy bear for an afternoon of playing on the play structure followed by a teddy bear picnic.
Whatever theme you choose for your child, I hope your party is filled with love, laughter and a lot of cake!
Cheryl is a married mother of one. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a strong interest in parties and event planning. She is the owner and writer for Moms & Munchkins (momsandmunchkins.ca), which is filled with ideas for family fun, activities for kids, party ideas, party planning tips, holiday fun, moms’ night out ideas and more.
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