Birthday parties have become more than birthday parties, they’ve turned into a whirlwind of themed extravaganzas. Chances are, you’ve seen some elaborate parties thrown recently, and are a bit flabbergasted as to your own child’s party. While you don’t want to be the downer party, you also don’t want to hire a party planner. Here’s some birthday ideas that will help you throw a memorable birthday party without the party planner’s budget.
First, look into the season. Is it summer? If so, the pool party is a no-fail option. A slip in slide is a great substitution for a pool, if there isn’t a pool available. Make it “beach themed” by providing beach balls, tiki lights, and sandcastle cake. With a swimming pool, make sure to have a couple adults nearby to help with so many kids swimming. Poolside barbeques are also fun, especially for a boy’s birthday party. Hot cheeseburgers and hot dogs are sure to please any boy and ice cream or root beer floats are great as substitutions or additions to the traditional birthday cake. Make sure to note on the invitations that the kids need to bring swimsuits, towels, and sunscreen. Be sure to pack extra towels and sunscreen as well, for the kids who forget.
If it’s a warm winter day, a snow day is also a unique and memorable party idea. Write a request on the invitations that the children bring snow boots, gloves, and winter clothing to keep them comfortable outside during the party. Then pack the kids up and take them sledding, have them do a snowball fight, or give prizes to the best-looking snowman. Older kids will enjoy playing paintball in the snow, since the layered clothing eases the pains of paint balling. Colored water in spray bottles is fun for younger children to “paint” in the snow. After a few hours in the snow and sun, bring the kids in for hot chocolate and warm cake. Be sure to pack hand warmers and sunscreen for the kids to use while they’re outside.
For the indoor parties in-between seasons, there are man options. Choosing a birthday party theme will help the planning run smoothly since they party ideas are more focused. Check of the following theme suggestions for ideas.
A superhero party is a great way for boys to celebrate their birthdays. This party can go a variety of ways, but should include capes for dressing up. Little Adventures provides an assortment of capes that can give you ideas as you’re looking. You can paint the boys faces like their favorite superheroes, let them run around in capes, and play variations of “find the heroes” (hide-and-go-seek).
Girls will enjoy an opportunity to play in their girls dress up costumes. A Cinderella princess or Snow White princess ball is a party idea to allow girls to come dressed in their favorite Little Adventures dresses and spend an afternoon pretending to be Cinderella princess or Snow White princess looking for her prince at a ball. Hosting a simple princess party and have a chest full of girls dress up costumes and princess Disney costumes will provide endless fun for girls. The girls can put on a fashion show after accessorizing their princess Disney costumes and Little Adventures girls dress up costumes. Make sure to take pictures! A princess tea party is another good way to entertain a Cinderella princess and Snow White princess as they dress up in their favorite princess Disney costumes.
Find out what your child loves best: sports, animals, or heroes. Talk with them about ways that you can use their passion to create a memorable birthday theme.