I love celebrating birthdays and sometimes I have a hard time coming up with a theme for my kids unless they pick one out. Here are some fun birthday ideas that Alex wanted to share with you today.
Kids love themed birthday parties, especially if it has to do with their favorite fictional character, super hero or activity. In fact, picking a theme for the party makes it easier to plan the party around it. You can design decorations, plan activities and even create food that complements what the party is about. There are a variety of themes you can explore, and then design activities, games and crafts around it.
Picking A Theme
The party you are planning, depending on the age of your child, can revolve around airplanes, alphabets, baseball or basketball, ocean and beach, bubbles, butterflies, cats, circus or carnival, dinosaur, Dr. Seuss, fairy tale, Harry Potter, ice cream, Looney Tunes, music, medieval kings and queens, nature, nursery rhymes, pirates, Spongebob Squarepants etc. The list can go on. One of the most popular themes, especially with boys, is a Super Hero theme.
Older kids will love ’70s disco themes, jewelry making parties, makeover parties and other activity-based parties where they can get together with friends and create pretty new and wearable things. When planning a theme party, choose a subject, character or superhero that your child is excited by. You’re bound to make the party so memorable for him or her that you’ll probably find it hard to match at the next birthday!
Choosing Games And Activities
Once you’ve got the party theme chosen, you have to think about what you can get the kids to keep themselves occupied with. If you’re having a jewelry making party for older kids, you can have them bead safety pin jewelry. This is easy to do. All that you need to do is to slip seed beads into regular safety pins and create fun jewelry to wear and gift. You’ll find plenty of bead patterns online.
You could also play a game of Bingo with printable theme cards available online. You will find Bingo cards with animal motifs, Dr. Seuss motifs, bug motifs and other popular subjects that kids love.
A treasure hunt makes a great activity for an adventure birthday party for kids. To prepare the kids for it, get your child to write the invites in invisible ink. Maybe have them deliver the invites in a little bottle with instructions on a tag – “Iron Me”. Hang up world maps on a wall or make buntings out of photocopies off an Atlas. Have the kids come in costumes of boots, a hat, maybe a compass and a backpack. Create shelters on your yard out of palm fronds or sheets on branches. Hang plastic spiders and snakes where possible.
If you’re planning a ballet party for your little girl and her little girlfriends, then there could be plenty of pink and white satin and tulle ribbons. Activities could include giving the girls in tutus some basic ballet lessons, having them create their own jiffy shoes with stick on pearls, ribbons, small beads and sequins, glue and puff paints, or a game of dance and ‘freeze’ when the music stops.
Plan activities around other subjects in similar ways – pick activities that everyone can enjoy together, and offer prizes for little contests when you can.
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