By Deanna Talwalkar
Sometimes the hardest part of planning a party is just getting started. Often a good place to begin is with the theme of the party. For kids’ parties, picking the theme can help you make other decisions, such as the venue, the decorations, the menu, and even the party favors. Some children have definite ideas about the type of party they would like to have. However, others are happy to let their parents pick their theme and plan the party. The following children’s party themes have been trending recently. If you’re looking for a party theme for kids, your favorite little people will love one of these top party ideas.
Movie Character Theme
Characters from movies or television shows are always popular with children. Look no further than their favorite television shows or movies for inspiration. Right now, Disney’s Frozen is at the top of the list for little girls. Even in summer, your little party guests will melt over the winter themed party. For boys, two ever popular themes have been Star Wars and Cars.
If you don’t want to go out and buy a bunch of character-themed decorations, there are other options for a character themed party. Instead, you can start with solid or patterned decorations that don’t incorporate the actual characters. Then, include the characters into the decorations by adding your child’s toys and figurines. It keeps the party looking a little more stylish without going overboard on incorporating the characters.
A carnival theme party works well for a party you’d like to have at home or a local park. It’s perfect for both boys and girls. Simple games, made from supplies you probably already have on hand at home, will keep little guests busy throughout the party. Afterwards, you can give guests tickets for each of the game winners, so they can redeem the tickets for small prizes. Munchies, such as popcorn, cotton candy, soft pretzels, and hot dogs, will make for a carnival worthy menu.
Cowboy or Cowgirl Theme
There is something timeless about a western theme party. Your little buckaroo will love celebrating their birthday with a good old-fashioned hoedown. Decorations such as hay bales, cowboy hats, and bandanas will add a western touch without breaking the bank. Games such as sack races, rubber “rattlesnake” roundup, and digging for “gold” in a sandbox are simple party ideas.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse Theme
Almost all kids under the age of five know about the mouse—
M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E, that is! This ubiquitous mouse is a favorite of kids worldwide, so he will always be a popular party request. Thankfully, that popularity makes it easy to find Mickey Mouse or
Minnie Mouse themed party decorations. Snacks such as Mickey Mouse shaped Oreo Pops, Mickey Mouse Cupcakes, Make your own Mickey Mouse CLUB-house sandwiches, and cheese and crackers keep with the theme.
Vintage party themes are a trendy, especially for first birthdays. For boys, one of the most popular first birthday party themes is a Little Man theme, complete with bow ties and moustaches. For girls, vintage garden parties or tea parties have remained current. One of the draws of a vintage party is that you can include family heirlooms and other sentimental items. Antique décor items borrowed from family and friends will add the fabulous retro vibe you are striving for, but will also be more meaningful than store bought items might be.