Kids Birthday Party Ideas
This page is packed with kids birthday party ideas to make
party planning a breeze! This article guides you through the planning
process, step by step.
As you read, you will find links that go to specific birthday
party themes for kids. Each of these pages have a
lot more detailed information to help you plan, including photos and
cake ideas. Take your
time and explore them all. You'll be full of kids birthday
party ideas very soon!
Kids Birthday Party Ideas - Step 1
Pick the Date and Time of
Begin the process by figuring out what day you would like to host your
party on. You will want to give your guests at least two
weeks notice before the event, so you really should begin planning at
least one month before so you are not rushed.
If you are booking a place for the party (a bounce house, for example),
you will probably need a lot more notice to reserve the date you would
Saturdays and Sundays work best for kids party, so it doesn't interfere
with school work (for the older ones). However, the date
really depends on those you are inviting. Keep their
schedules in mind. For example, for toddlers it makes sense
to have a party during a weekday... if they have a stay at home mom and
dad. If there are key guests that you really want to be
there, check their schedule first before you set the date.
This only works if you have a small guest list. Do not go
crazy trying to accommodate everyone!
Kids Birthday Party Ideas - Step 2
Decide if Your Child Wants
As you go through kids birthday party ideas, you may want to have a
theme. However, don't feel like you have to have a theme.
Talk to your child to see if they want one. If this isn't
your thing, not to worry. Having some balloons, streamers,
presents, and cake is all you need to make your child's birthday a
However, I have found that the party will be very memorable to your
child and the party guests when you have a theme to the
party. I have also found it makes the party planning somewhat
easier, because you have a direction to follow for decorations, games,
party favors, and the cake! So don't shy away from
it. There are plenty of kids birthday party ideas for themes
here to help you out, and it actually makes the planning easier.
Below you will see a list of creative themes for kids,
many with links to new pages.
some time to browse through them, and see if one may fit for your
child. I have included a lot of information on the themes I
have done for my kids in years past. However, since I only
have two kids, I would love it if you also share any themes you have
used in the past, so we can all learn from you (and build up this list!)
Birthday Party Ideas Themes
A sweet theme, that any child would love! Great for a Sweet 16 party too!
If your child loves Disney Pixar Cars, then
will love this themed party!
Sea Birthday Party
An example of how you can pull off
theme. This party included deep sea monsters and
squid as the decorations!
Dinosaurs are a favorite among many kids!
tips on how to throw a great Dino themed party.
Young ones at heart with love this Sesame
themed party, with Elmo taking center stage.
King Birthday Party
This party is full of animals prints,
painting, and animal games!
This is a popular theme for both kids and
alike. Here I share my tips on decorating, treasure hunt
games, cake ideas, and how to dress like a pirate.
If your little girl dreams of being a princess
you can make her dreams come true with this Princess themed party.
Turn your house into a jungle
with lots of rainforest animals, like tree frogs, monkeys, and toucans,
to name a few!
Doo Birthday Party
Try to solve a mystery at this party,
like the Mystery Crew!
This is fun themed party to have during
winter months! Build a snowman inside, and serve snowball
Superheros will love this party that is out
of this World!
Here's an opportunity for your child to get
dressed up, enjoy some desserts, and practice good etiquette.
the Sea Birthday Party
with fish and all things from the ocean. This party includes
a fun birthday cake idea using Swedish fish and chocolate rocks!
West Horse Party
If your child is in love with horses, this
party is for you!
Do you have any kids birthday party ideas you would like to share?
Please use the form near the bottom of the page. Thank you in
Kids Birthday Party Ideas - Step 3
Plan out the Food You Will
If you plan out your menu early you can generate a shopping list
immediately and it will make the day run so much smoother. I
like to serve foods that I can make the day before, and can be easier
warmed up or served immediately on party day.
Children prefer finger sized, kid-friendly foods. You can
make it yourself, or make it easy on yourself by ordering some
Serve finger foods that
do not require utensils. I haven't found a kid yet that doesn't love
these Pigs in a Blanket!
The most popular food to serve by far is pizza! Most kids
love it, including picky eaters. You may want to have a salad
too, or vegetable tray. Most of the kids birthday parties I
have attended have just served pizza. It is also the most
served foods at the planned birthday parties that you will find at
bouncy houses, arcades, etc.!
Kids Birthday Party Ideas - Step 4
Decide on the All
Important Birthday Cake
For my two daughters, that most important thing for the whole party is
the birthday cake! Maybe this isn't the case for all kids,
but for mine the whole party revolves around it!
I really enjoy making birthday cakes myself. I don't get very
fancy with the cake mix, I usually just use a boxed cake mix and it
tastes great. But I do like to get creative with decorating
cakes. For plenty of these cake decoration ideas
visit the link.
If baking isn't your thing and you want to keep things simple, most
local bakeries and grocery stores can create a cake for you using the
colors and theme you want.
In fact, if you are stuck on picking a theme, sometimes it helps to
pick out the cake first. You can visit your local
bakery. Most have a book you can browse through that shows
all the cakes they can make. Have your child go with you and
pick one out (in fact, place your pre-order right then and there so you
will be all done... one less thing to do!) Then, you can base
your theme on the design your cake is!
Kids Birthday Party Ideas - Step 5
Plan out the Party Games!
To see a whole list of kids
birthday party games
, with full directions,
just visit the link. These are general birthday party
games. If you have picked a specific theme from the list
above, you will find games related to the theme on those pages
too. Be sure to include at least one game for any child's
birthday under the age of 8. They just love it!
Kids Birthday Party Ideas - Step 6
Create the Invitations
You do not want to create your invitation until you have most of the
party planned out, which is why this step is added later in the
process. This is because you will want to incorporate the
theme on the invitation. The invite tells the guests what to
You can buy ready made invitations where you write in the information,
you can create your own on
computer. Be sure to include the date and starting time, and
anything else you may want your guest to know. For example,
if you are requesting each child bring something or to dress up in
costume, this is the time to write it down on the invitation.
If you are having a summer party and there are water activities
planned, you will want to tell the children to pack their
swimsuit. See why it is best to make the invite last?
Be sure to mail your invitation at least two weeks in
advance. Be sure to ask them to R.S.V.P to your invitation so
you will know how many children to expect.
I also find it helpful, for a child's party, to include extra
information for the parents. If you expect the parents to
stay during the party, be sure to state that. It is also OK to let them
know on the invitation if you are fine with them leaving their child
too. The more information you provide the better!
Kids Birthday Party Ideas - Step 7
Figure out the Extras,
Although you do not have to send a bag of treats home with each guest,
I have to admit by daughters seldom attend a party that does
not. It is becoming more the norm to give away a goodie
bag. You can keep it simple. All year long I am
constantly on the lookout for cheap little toys and goodies that I can
buy to place in these bags. Start early on these so you are not rushing
at the last minute.
I usually use regular brown lunch bags and decorate the
outside with the theme from the party. I use my computer to
print out images from the theme (Superman logo, for example) and each
child's name. I then glue these on the bags. The
bags makes a pretty table decoration too. You can also
purchase little plastic bags at the party store or craft store which
are made specifically for this purpose.
These bags are usually filled with candy and small toys.
If you are playing games you may also decide to give away
small wrapped gifts as prizes. There is always the risk that
some children to maybe get their feelings hurt if they didn't
win. Use your judgment here.
I have solved this problem in the following way. I have a
prize for each child. The winner of the game gets to pick a prize out
of the basket first (however, all the prizes are wrapped so they cannot
see what they are getting anyhow). The child who came in
second gets to pick next, etc. This works great for races and
other games where there is a clear order of winners. For other games,
the winner sits out and the game is played again with the other
children until a new winner is called. Just an idea, as it
has worked well for me in the past.
It is always nice to have your thank you notes already bought and ready
to go. This way you and your child can work on filling them out
together soon after the party, without having to run out to buy some.
It is very important
to send a thank you note to each child that
attends the party.
I hope that you have
enjoyed these kids birthday party ideas! Please
feel free to share any of your own ideas too!
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