A birthday party theme lets you and your birthday kid get creative. Pick a theme that captures your child?s interests and use that theme to plan birthday party activities. By focusing on a specific theme, you avoid the stress of overwhelming choices.
These 10 birthday theme ideas highlight childhood favorites. Use the ideas for invitations, decorations, party food, activities, and party favors to create a complete birthday party for your child. Or, customize the theme ideas to match your child?s birthday wishes.
This robot birthday party theme will send kids into orbit. With personalized robots, an outer space atmosphere, and a robot cake, guests? imaginations will soar.
- Party Invitation: Design a robot invitation from silver construction-paper rectangles; use silver fasteners to attach the body parts. Write party details on the body, and add googly eyes and silver chenille stems for antennae.
- Party Decorations: Hand each guest a glittered antennae headband and glow-in-the-dark necklace as they enter the party galaxy. Use fishing line to hang metallic cardboard stars and plastic foam planets painted with glow-in the-dark paint from the ceiling.
- Party Activities: Make a robot body from a box (one hole for the head, and one on each side for arms), slip it over the head of an adult or teen volunteer, and let the kids decorate using silver tinsel, disposable cake tins, aluminum foil, tape, and stickers.
- Party Food: For lunch, serve star-shape chicken nuggets in mini pie tins with a honey- mustard dipping sauce. A Robot Cake (see our recipe, below) is fun to display and eat.
- Party Favors: Make candy-filled flying saucers. Fill a disposable bowl with space-theme candies (find retail sources online), and cover with another bowl rim to rim to form the flying saucer. Attach the two bowls with star stickers or a strip of colored tape. If you?d like, add a plastic space alien toy on top and tape a clear plastic cup upside down to create the saucer?s control cabin.
For every little girl who dreams of a being a fairy princess, this birthday party theme is filled with fairy wings, pretty flowers, and the magic of fairy dust.
- Party Invitation: Cut vellum or other translucent paper into the shape of fairy wings, a crown, or fairy wand. Write the party details on the paper cutout. Embellish with an artificial flower blossom or a few plastic jewels. Dust with a little glitter.
- Party Decorations: Fill your party table with flowers, plastic jewels, and fairy dust. Add edible glitter around the food table to make everything shimmer. Hang flower garlands on the backs of chairs. Wrap the seat of a short stool or two with colorful fabric stuffed with fiberfill to look like mushrooms.
- Party Activities: Host the party outdoors. Face painting is a must -- use eyeliner to draw on swirly designs and body glitter for extra sparkle. Send guests on a hunt through the backyard for pretty jewels.
- Party Food: Make fudgy Fairy-Dust Wands cupcakes (see our recipe, below). Serve fairy juice (actually apple juice) in tiny colorful cups.
- Party Favors: Send the guests home with headbands or fairy wands they can decorate themselves with ribbons, artificial flowers, glitter, plastic jewels, and other embellishments.
Send kids on a travel adventure. This birthday plane trip takes them around the world in an afternoon. Filled with fun and games, the party theme will have kids mapping out your next vacation.
- Party Invitation: Send the guests postcard invitations. Use airport lingo, like arrival and departure times, seat assignments, and flight numbers.
- Party Decorations: Have kids ?board the plane? when they arrive. Line chairs up two by two, leaving an aisle down the center. Place a snack and juice box on each seat for takeoff. Decorate the room with maps and flags from around the world.
- Party Activities: Set up games for every stop on the world tour. In China, kids try to pick up jelly beans using chopsticks. With a layover in Tanzania, the kids play safari with a backyard scavenger hunt. When they arrive in France, each passenger can paint a Monet-inspired masterpiece.
- Party Food: Fuel the birthday travelers with quesadillas, pasta salad, crepes, and hummus with veggies. Then, serve a slice of globe cake! (Use a ball-shape pan and decorate with green and blue icing.)
- Party Favors: Pack ?suitcases? of souvenirs for your guests. Attach handles to paper bags decorated with travel stickers. Fill the bags with travel goodies: a compass, travel journal, pencils, postcards, snacks, and stickers. Personalize luggage tags with guests? names, and add one to each bag.
When a dog is your kid's best friend, cater to that puppy love with a party focused on their furry friends. No need to invite the family pet. The kids will have plenty of fun pretending to be frisky, happy puppies.
- Party Invitation: Cut scrapbook or other heavy paper in the shape of dog tags, and write the party details on the cutouts. Punch a hole in one end, and loop a key ring or short beaded chain through the hole to mimic an ID tag.
- Party Decorations: Decorate your party space with new pet toys and stuffed animals. Serve party snacks in new pet bowls.
- Party Activities: Practice obedience training with a game of "Master Says." Follow the rules of "Simon Says," but ask all the participants to play on their hands and knees, pretending to be dogs. Set up an obstacle course with hoops to jump through and tunnels to crawl through while pretending to be a dog. Find pairs of dog pictures and set up your own memory match game.
- Party Food: Puppy-face cupcakes (see our recipe, below) are the perfect treat at this dog lover's party.
- Party Favors: Create take-home doggy bags. Use basic brown paper bags, and decorate with dog-theme stickers. Fill the bags with a plastic toy dog, snack bags of candy labeled "kibble," mini dog books or puzzles, and other pet-related trinkets.
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