Are you ready to start party planning, but need some creative and easy ideas? Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite birthday party themes. With just a little creativity, prep, and maybe some DIY, you can host a fun and memorable kids birthday party!
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Top 12 Kids Birthday Party Themes
Disney Cars Party
This is a fun and easy DIY party that is sure to keep kids busy and laughing. Make cars from cardboard boxes and have races, use red and black/white checkered décor, and give out matchbox cars for the goodie bags. This Cars Party Supply set is a great accompaniment to your decor. You can easily use any cake and stick a Lightning McQueen car on top!
Make dinosaur tails from fabric or cardboard for each child and get foam dino masks, create a dino photo prop, and turn a bowl and old pizza box into a volcano. This Dinosaur World Party Favors Playset is fun as party items or for favor bags.
Clear out your living room (or large room) and bring out all your mattresses to cover the floor! Toss on some pillows, have everyone wear their pajamas and have kids decorate a pillowcase. Then finish the party with a nap for everyone.
Scavenger Hunt/Painted Rocks Party
Hide painted rocks with clues ahead of time, then take the kids out for a scavenger hunt. Use a specific symbol so they know what rock they’re searching for. If you have time, have each child paint their own rock to keep or hide. We ended the party at an ice cream shop and even though it was pouring out for the scavenger hunt, the kids had a blast! It’s definitely a spin on the ordinary birthday party.
Argh ya ready for a good time? Grab some cheap pirate vests and eye patches (or make your own), send the kids on a treasure hunt, have the little pirates break into a treasure chest piñata filled with loot, and give them time to pirate around. The kids loved these gold coins, pirate party hats, and pirate tattoos.
Bike Rodeo Party
If you have access to a quiet neighborhood road or paved trail with a park, this is a super easy yet fun party! Encourage everyone to bring their bike and helmet. You can plan races, obstacle courses, and jumps, or you can just let the kids have fun riding! These Light-up Bike Spokes or reflective bike stickers make for great party favors.
Mickey Mouse Party
If you have a Disney fan in your house, your decorations are probably done- just pull out all those toys! You can certainly make or buy a plethora of Mickey Mouse decorations and fun balloons, but you really don’t have to do too much. These mouse ears are a great party favor!
American Girl Doll & Me Party
We’ve been to birthday parties at the American Girl Doll store, but it’s just as fun to have an AG party at home! Encourage kids to bring their doll (can be any doll), set up a table for the big kids to have a tea party and a small table for the dolls to sit around with this totally adorable AG doll table setting. Then let the kids have fun playing with all their dolls! For fun favors, you could make matching kid/doll bracelets or the AG craft kits as a party activity and take home.
Grab some painting supplies for easy decorations, a canvas for each child, and make a rainbow cake. Don’t forget a dropcloth because kids love to get creative…and a little messy!
Décor can include cute photo props made from cardboard boxes such as a jail and cowboy/cowgirl cutouts. Activities like panning for gold (colored toys or coins), horseshoe toss, and inflatable horse races are fun and entertaining. Cowboy hats, bandanas or sheriff’s badges make good party décor and party favors.
Who doesn’t love a superhero? Encourage kids to wear their favorite superhero costume, or provide capes and eye masks. Play some simple group activity games or let the kids use their creativity and run around playing superhero. A visit from a real superhero tops the cake on this one, but isn’t a must-do!
Think rainbows, clouds, and unicorn horns! Simple multi-colored decorations make a big impact with a cake covered in rainbow sprinkles. Play pin the horn on the unicorn, give every a unicorn name, and send kids home with cotton candy clouds.
With so many elaborate ideas floating around Pinterest, hosting a kid’s birthday party can seem a bit overwhelming! I’ve spent hours our over ideas, printing theme items, decorating the house, and baking cakes for parties. And I’ve also let my kids take the lead and do all the party planning with just a little production help from me. Whatever you decide to do, don’t let what should be a fun day turn in to a stressful ordeal. You can keep it simple and focus on a few fun activities and party items, and the kids are sure to have a blast! And that’s who we’re really throwing the party for after all, aren’t we? Happy planning!
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