Children’s birthday parties should be enjoyable and exciting. They are a chance to get family and friends together to celebrate every year that your child has traveled around the sun.
Children’s birthday parties can be as simple or intricate as you want. It can be hard to choose what type of party you want to hold. There are so many ideas available. Don’t let party planning be stressful. Consider all of the different aspects that go into holding a child’s birthday party so that you plan an event that best matches your budget and wishes.
Younger children may prefer party themes that have to do with their favorite characters or toys. Older kids might rather have a simple outdoor barbecue or luau. The party theme doesn’t have to be absolutely defined. If the party is in the spring, you can simply decorate with fresh flowers and hold it in the backyard. If your child is into video games, you can hold the party at the local arcade. You can go all out with DIY decorations or purchase them from a party store.
Some ideas for children’s birthday party themes include:
- Sports – Decorate with different sports equipment, and have different stations where kids can play their favorite games.
- Animals – Choose decorations and party favors that represent your child’s favorite animal.
- Books – Center the party around your child’s favorite storybook character, and send home a book instead of a goody bag.
- Carnival – Set up a variety of carnival games, or hire a clown to entertain guests.
- Art – Allow kids to paint their own canvases during the party, or provide coloring sheets on all of the tables.
- Cooking – Have children make a special treat during the party.
- Science – Kids can do different science experiments during the party.
How hands-on do you want this party to be? Will your child’s friends entertain themselves, or do you need to organize party games? Birthday party activities may depend on the theme. DIY party games and activities are becoming more popular. You can print out game boards or coloring sheets that match the theme. Party shops also offer photo booth backdrops and activities that complement common themes. If you don’t have a theme, you can rent a bounce house or play more active party games. The options are endless.
Should you have the party at your house or rent out an event space? A backyard birthday can be convenient for you to set up and clean up. Make sure that you’re prepared for the weather. If it rains, can everyone gather inside, or will you need to set up some tents outside? Many local venues rent out space for children’s birthday parties.
You can usually choose from a comprehensive package that includes food, cake and party games or a simpler option that allows you to gain access to the indoor space for a fee.
The local aquarium, zoo, ice skating rink, movie theater or children’s museum will often be able to accommodate children’s birthday parties.