Be the coolest parent on the block and throw your daughter her dream birthday bash. We promise you won't stress or spend a fortune! Start with a personalized party theme (think Parisian chic, pool party, or horseback riding). Then get planning with our easy ideas for birthday party favors, menus, and party decorations.
The Plan: If crafting and creating is the birthday girl's passion, a cupcake-decorating party is a natural way to celebrate. A bright color scheme gives the simple party a cohesive look.
Party Menu: Offer your lady's favorite meal as a savory counterpart to the bounty of sweets.
Activity How-To: Set up a cupcake-decorating station with colorful candies, premade cupcakes and dyed frostings, and tools like plastic knives and toothpicks. Use a paper tablecloth to minimize mess.
The Plan: Perfect for a sweet sixteen, a French-theme birthday party feels quite grown-up.
Party Menu: Cheese and fruit plates make sophisticated (and easy) snacks. Serve mini cupcakes or macarons for dessert.
Activity How-To: Set up a photo booth with masks, berets, and feather boas. Send a snapshot with the thank-you notes.
Party Decorations: Achieve a girly, chic vibe with vintage trunks, printed cameos, and antique dishes. Snag some Eiffel Tower decor to complete the look.
The Plan: Why not make pampering the main event? Invite your birthday girl and her friends to don robes and slippers for a birthday party filled with at-home spa treatments.
Party Menu: With wet nails, easy-to-grab foods like cut veggies, fruit smoothies, and cake pops are best.
Activity How-To: For a blissful birthday party, have the girls rotate between nail painting, face masks, and foot soaks in the tub or bowls of warm water.
Party Favors: These eye-mask-shape cookies are a sweet finale to the birthday party. To make them, cut a stencil from waxed paper and lay it on the dough to trace. Poke holes in either side of each cookie before baking so you can tie them up with licorice strings.
The Plan: Whether the birthday girl is a first-timer or an expert equestrian, going horseback riding with friends is a memorable birthday party idea.
Party Menu: Go Tex-Mex with takeout burritos and chips and salsa. Hearty fuel is a must for a day of riding.
Activity How-To: To ensure a safe birthday, do some research in advance. Find a stable in your area that offers guided rides, and learn their policies. If there are any liability forms, get them signed in advance, and make sure all parents are on board.
Party Decorations: If it's OK with the stable, set up a lunch spot decked out in bandanas, a gingham tablecloth, and speckled camping dishes.
The Plan: For a summer birthday, cooling off is the best way to celebrate. Head to the beach or pool, or turn on the sprinkler for an at-home warm-weather birthday party.
Party Menu: Serve fresh fruits, veggies, and cold-cut sandwiches for a simple, transportable meal. Our Beach Party Cupcakes make a splashing birthday dessert.
Activity How-To: If you head to the pool or the beach, you might want a few parents to join to keep an eye on the swimmers. If you choose hanging out in the backyard, just make sure to have towels on hand.
Party Favors: Goggles, snorkels, and inflatable tubes or rafts make great party favors to hand out when guests arrive so they can use them.
The Plan: An afternoon tea party is a unique way to celebrate, and it can be adapted for older or younger girls. For a teen, bust out the pretty dishes and serve different flavors of fruit tea. Young girls might be happier with a faux tea such as juice.
Party Menu: Serve kid-friendly tea sandwiches, like dainty peanut butter or cheese sandwiches.
Party Decorations: Create an enchanting table with branches of cherry blossoms and delicate dishes. Add drama with white or pastel paper lanterns over the table.
Party Favors: Older girls can take turns making these easy-sew tea sleeves to take home. If the crowd is younger, make the sleeves before the party.