Kids Birthday Party Ideas
It’s your little one’s special day, so there’s no stopping Mom when it comes to planning the perfect birthday bash. Kids wait all year to celebrate their big days, and with one of these amazing party themes, they’re sure to have the best days ever. From parties inspired by glitter, sprinkles, strawberries, and lemonade to princess bashes of every variety to boy-perfect soirees featuring mad scientists, pirates, ninjas, and even construction cones, we’ve rounded up the best themes for the guest of honor! Keep clicking to find the party that best matches your little birthday boy or girl.
Let go of my Lego? Kids love Legos — and that’s a fact! So don’t be surprised if Mama’s little brick lover requests a Lego-themed party for his next birthday.
Perfect for a girl or a boy, a rainbow birthday party is easy to plan and execute! Colorful decorative items — like paper lanterns and polka-dot pinwheels — and one-of-a-kind party hats make this party extra cheerful.
This water-obstacle-filled party would make any tot smile. With slippery slides, bouncing balls, and plenty of opportunities for getting wet and wild, this party is perfect for kids looking for a way to keep cool.
With “poisonous” candy apples, fairy-tale bluebird cookies, candy-gem-embellished cupcakes, a white ruffle cake, and make-your-own bejeweled mirrors, this royal Snow White birthday affair is fairy-tale perfection.
Guests at this adorable baking party were put right to work after donning their custom chef’s hats and aprons. Working their way through seven pastry stations, the guests made old-school treats, like strawberry tarts and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
For the tot who can’t wait for the mailman to arrive each day, this first-class post office party is a way to ensure he’s signed, sealed, and delivered to his next big day.
All little girls are princesses! If your little royal still hasn’t decided on a theme for her upcoming birthday, a pink princess party might be just what she wants. Dazzling details and sweet treats make this girlie birthday bash an affair to remember!
A trip to Oz and back was the inspiration for this beautiful Wizard of Oz party. Each guest arrived to receive a pair of glittered ruby slippers, a handmade gingham apron, and plenty of treats (including basket and yellow brick road cookies and poppy cupcakes). Throughout the party, the girls made their way from the farm, through Oz, and back home through a series of games and activities!
The classic board game Candyland has been a kid favorite since its debut in the 1940s. If your lil one can’t get enough of Candy Cane Forest or Gum Drop Mountain, a Candyland-inspired birthday party is easy to put together and fun to attend!
A little girl is never too young to host a garden party! This butterfly garden birthday partyfeatured a whimsical dessert table tent and lots of special handmade details for a second birthday celebration.
When Rachel Shingleton’s son turned 3, she transformed her home into Never Never Land complete with eye patches, tattoos, pixie dust, and tepee photo stations for the lost boys attending in their best Peter Pan costumes.
For over four decades, Sesame Street has been providing children with education through entertainment and humor. So if your little one is part of a new generation of fans, a Sesame Street-themed party is a great idea for your tot’s next birthday.
Who’s been sleeping in my bed? Storybook-themed birthday parties can be so sweet — but there’s nothing sweeter than this Goldilocks and the Three Bears-themed birthday party. Whimsical themed details — like lots of little chairs, a bed, balloons, bunting, and handmade desserts — make little guests feel right at home at the bear family house!
Start your engines! Boys, both big and small, love cars — and it’s almost certain that your little man also loves the movie Cars. Throw him a “wheelie” cool party for his next birthday, inspired by the movie.
If your lil one celebrates a birthday in December, check out this creative Winter Candyland birthday party — it celebrates baby and the season!
Fans of Hello Kitty can’t get enough of the sweet lil feline, and this Hello Kitty-themed party that Tori Spelling threw her daughter Stella has just the right amount of sweetness.
For a bright and whimsical birthday theme, Mama doesn’t have to look further than baby’s favorite books for inspiration! Dr. Seuss classics — like The Cat in the Hat and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish! — are filled with colorful characters that can be used to decorate a very special Dr. Seuss-themed party for your little one’s next birthday.
Bow wow indeed! You don’t have to have a pet dog at home to love them — but it certainly helps for the pictures! This puppy-themed birthday party proves that puppy power is here to stay!
A first birthday not only marks a lil one’s transition from infant to toddler, but for many tots, it is also when they are introduced to cow’s milk and more table food. To celebrate my son’s one-year milestone, we built a milk and cookies party around his first taste of ice-cold milk and his first bite of sugar.
If mama’s little girl is turning a year older and all she wants is a Minnie Mouse-themed birthday bash, then that’s exactly what she’ll get — and we’ve got some great party planning ideas to get you started!
Ahoy mate! Lil pirates will love boarding your backyard pirate ship to set sail for hidden treasures.
This flower-filled birthday party is full of beautiful details like fabric rosettes, hints of burlap, and two beautiful food stations — one for brunch, one for desserts!
The Harry Potter film series came to an end this year, but Hogwarts fans are still on the rise! One pint-sized Gryffindor fan celebrated the birthday of a lifetime with a Harry Potter-themed party. Spell-casting classes, Hedwig the owl, and golden snitches were just a few of the wizard-themed details incorporated into the birthday.
Check out this sophisticated and fun Modern Elephant Balloon Birthday! We love the red and blue garlands hanging by the dessert table and the enormous balloon tied to the birthday boy’s chair. It’s all about the details!
We just can’t get enough of Angry Birds, so it’s safe to say that an Angry Birds-themed birthday party is a guaranteed hit! This themed party for a 7-year-old even featured a life-sized Angry Birds game in the backyard!
A new generation of lil Muppets fans has arrived, and Mama knows it’s only a matter of time before tots start asking for a Muppets-themed party for their next birthday.
Fall down the rabbit hole and into this
Alice in Wonderland birthday party! With Lewis Carroll’s classic tale as your guide, a magical afternoon tea party in Wonderland will delight for your girl’s next birthday celebration.
“My twins love Transformers, and they really love the Michael Bay movies,” says Miranda Konieczny of Whimsical Printables and Whimsically Detailed. “I saw so many of the cute cartoon versions, but I decided that I wanted to do more of a metal/grunge version.” For this Transformers party, theme-inspired cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and more made sure the guests were appropriately sugared up at this fifth birthday party, while printables from Hello My Sweet added some aesthetic interest for this party-loving mom. Instead of an over-the-top dessert table, the big-impact element of this event was undoubtedly Optimus Prime himself.
Event planner Keren Precel’s Cinderella-themed party, thrown for 4-year-old Lilah, goes beyond the typical Disney-purchased fare. “We wanted to create a Cinderella theme with our own designed elements, rather than using the obvious store-bought items,” Keren says. “We started off by creating a one-of-a-kind, custom-made logo for the party: a pink princess carriage decorated with blue lace.” Graphic elements, combined with a doll-topped cake, lots of little characters from the movie, a fairy godmother wishing tree, and some awesome frilly paper products make this one party Lilah will never forget!
This adorable, sweet, and sunny lemonade party created by Ali Polson of Parties on a Pedestal for her daughter, Bella, is Summer perfection. “The inspiration for the party came from my daughter’s sunny personality,” Ali says. “Her smile lights a room.” If you’re dreaming of lemonade-filled warm days, then don’t all the bright and lovely inspiration from this party, from the sweet and girlie pink-and-yellow decor (including every girl’s dream picnic table) to the clever crafts!
Amanda of Australia-based event-planning company Red Wagon Events creates absolutely beautiful, detail-filled parties, and the modern penguin party she dreamed up for her son’s second birthday is no exception. Full of creative wintry details, some absolutely outrageous sweets (the three-dimensional igloo cookies are blowing our minds!), clever signage created by Ham & Pea, and the coolest backdrop we’ve ever seen, this party is penguin perfection.
Mom-blogger Smita of The Party Wall dreamed up an imaginative, intricate, and fancifulThe Lorax party, inspired by the book and film, for her son’s fifth birthday party. Full of characters and imagery from the book, upcycled decor, and eco-friendly activities, this party has an almost overwhelming amount of detail. Some of our favorite parts: the 12-page personalized invitation book, written by Smita in Seuss-speak, the insanely amazing cake, and some awesomely creative, thoughtful extras (kids were given five cents, a nail, and the shell of a great-grandfather to gain entry to the bash).
“What’s a better way to learn about science than having a mad-scientist party?” says Cris McGrath of Crissy’s Crafts. And what little boy wouldn’t be mad about a party full of edible treats that look like atom balls, lab rats, brains, frogs, and bacteria culture? While this bash might look like it could end in a bang (and not the good kind), the only explosion that occurred at this birthday party was an outburst of fun!
“Every little girl wants a princess party at some stage of their childhood, so we decided to put a twist to the traditional castle and crowns,” says Louise Sanders of Sunshine Parties. “We added a fresh take on a princess party by combining it with a vintage look.” With florals, polka dots, stripes, frills, and lots of sweets, this shabby-chic birthday party is fit for even the pickiest princess, and, best of all, it’s supereasy to re-create
Becca, the design-minded creator of the cool blog Lavender’s Blue, has an international family. So to help celebrate her nephew’s first birthday, she left her island home of Grenada and traveled to Beijing to throw a party with a French theme (and one cool Chinese tradition thrown in for good measure). “My sister is a major Francophile. She lived there for a year, fell in love with her husband there, and just returned there for the first time this past spring with Elijah! How appropriate it is that the inspiration for Elijah’s first birthday party came from the classic French film, The Red Balloon?” Becca says. With an awesome invitation; simple, chic party details; and a heavy dose of whimsy, this party can be described in two words: c’est magnifique!
A summertime bash calls for bright colors and outdoor games, and this first birthday party didn’t disappoint on either front. Full of candy colors and treats, bold patterns, and plenty of backyard fun, this is one party that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. “I found my inspiration to the party when I spotted the invite on Etsy, and I instantly fell in love the with the modern chevron pattern and color scheme,” says the birthday girl’s mom, Jill Hill. “This was my first time throwing a birthday party, so I just decided to have fun with it — make it bright with colors and fun with lots of kids’ activities.”
Although the famed cat features heavily in this party on top of the cake, on cookies, and through the use of her iconic bows (guests are each given one to wear as a headband or bow tie; can you say “adorable
Inspired by her daughter Ella’s love of Disney film Brave, Hana Lynch, a mom, blogger, and photographer, created a whimsical fifth birthday party that appeals to the inner rebel-princess in all of us. “I wanted the party table to evoke a sense of being within the enchanting forest that Merida encounters during her adventure,” Hana says. “I created this feeling using natural elements like moss and tree stumps to display the food. The light-up ‘wisps’ gave it a magical touch.” Add in an incredible cake; gender-neutral activities including a “haggis” toss, archery, and design-your-own coats of arms; and one adorable birthday girl, and you have one adventurous birthday bash!
What to do when not one, but two of your kids have birthdays during the most wonderful, chaotic time of year? Find a theme that they both love (in this case, Angry Birds), and run with it!
“December is a busy enough month as is, but add birthdays for two children to the mix, and you’ve got downright chaos,” says Jennifer Carver. “To simplify things this year, we decided to host a combined birthday party for my son Jacob (turning 11) and my son Landon (turning 5). Since they are both huge gamers, we knew this theme would be perfect!” We thought of every single detail — from an amazing Angry Birds cake, cupcakes, cake pops, and more sweet bird-themed treats to some supercreative themed games like Capture the Egg, Bird-O Bingo, and Slingshot Lane