Category: Kids Birthday Party Ideas

These kids birthday party ideas will inspire you to throw a memorable birthday! We have ideas for kids birthday invitations, decorations, desserts, activities and more!

Hey, sport fans! If you have a little one that loves all things football, this birthday party theme is going to score a touchdown. It’s easier than you think to pull off a picture-perfect party full of fun details. Are you ready to start planning? Hut, hut, hike! Let’s go!

Kick Off!
Start the celebration in style that leaves no doubt – this party is all about football! This Football Draft Birthday Party Invitation lets guests know they’ve been drafted and better be ready to party and play. A photo of your footballer makes this invite extra cute and all the text can be updated. Get creative with clever wording and update the colors to coordinate with their favorite team.

Add Football Flair
Football birthday party decorations can be as elaborate or simple as you decide to make them. A few simple signs and DIY touches can come together to create an atmosphere that feels custom, but comes together with ease. This personalized tailgate menu is absolutely adorable and affordable! It’s cute enough to be used as room décor after the party too. Create a football-themed buffet table with a few easy finds: cheap artificial grass can be purchased at any home improvement store and makes the cutest tablecloth or runner. Next, hop over to the thrift store and grab a couple football helmets. Spray paint them in your party colors for instant custom décor on the cheap.

Tackle the Cake
Yup, this party calls for a football cake! If you think you need to hire a professional baker to create the cake featured in our inspiration board, think again. Check out this super simple recipe with directions on how to create a football-shaped cake using round cake pans.

Photo Credits:
Food Table: Etsy, Football Shirt: Purple Elephant, Cake: Delish, Waterbreak: evite, Favor Bags: Candi O Designs, Game Face: The Sway

The perfect Halloween party theme for kiddos who are old enough to LOVE Halloween but don’t love a good scare quite yet. The Magic and Mischief Kids Halloween Party is a fun and friendly way to celebrate this most mysterious of holidays.

Up First: Invite

The colors and characters on the Mischief Halloween Invitations are sure to get children and parents alike excited about this costume party. The dark gray background sets the mood while the spooky but cheerful artwork sets the tone for a wonderful Magic and Mischief costume party theme. Be sure to check out the entire collection of Halloween Party Invitations for even more options. You’ll find fantastic invitation designs for everything from children’s to adult Halloween parties.

Next: Decorations and Costumes

Halloween is the BEST holiday for coming up with creative decorations and you can definitely do this on the cheap. An idea we thought was extra cute is the paper streamer monsters hanging in the lower right image of this photo collage. Talk about simple. Just slap a large eyeball on each streamer and you’ve got a wall of dangly monsters that make for a great backdrop. Especially for all the photos you’ll be taking of the kids in their fabulous costumes. If you want to stick to the “magical” party theme, you can always note on the invitations what kind of costumes to wear or let kids be what they want to be and see what happens!

Can’t forget: the treats!

Whatever treats you serve at this Halloween bash should double as decorations for sure! Take a look at the Frankenstein cups with treats on top as a fun and easy way to serve up some candy. If you want to try your hand at some homemade creations, the candied apples that look like wailing ghosts are tasty and they make a big visual impact. Remember though, your Halloween treats don’t have to involve food. If a few of the kids have allergies, try an alternative to the typical treat and give everyone a fun activity favor like bubbles or mini puzzles.

Check out our post on How to Plan a Spooktacular Pumpkin Carving Party if getting grimy and digging into some pumpkin guts is more your child’s speed. Have the happiest of Halloweens, everybody!

Photo Credits: Ghost Candied Apples: Smart School House, Witch Costume: Pottery Barn Kids, Frankenstein: Frugal Mom eh!, Bubbles and Photo Props: Catch My Party via Amanda Parker and Family Blog Spot

Your baby is growing up and WAY too fast! All you want is to make every birthday special but tweens are at a tricky stage, right? They still want a party, just not a “kids” birthday party! So move over balloons and cartoons—make way for the more sophisticated tween party theme.

  1. Photography

The Invitation: Perfectly Aged Birthday Party Invitation

When you click on this invitation, you’ll notice an entirely different vibe but you can do so much with this invitation! We customized it by changing up the colors and photos plus the wording on the back.

The Tween Scene: A photography birthday party theme hits all the right criteria! A special birthday photo shoot, possibly a selfie station with props at the party. Maybe they’re an aspiring photographer and the party is all about their hobby! However you spin it, this theme is a snap to pull off.


  1. Sleepover

The Invitation: Slumber Party Birthday Party Invitation

Stylish design with a whimsical twist, these slumber party invitations are lit with stars and all the important details guests need to know for a classic sleepover.

The Tween Scene: Tweens are at the perfect age to still appreciate a slumber party but they can play an big role in making it AWESOME. Let them theme the party around something they love. Movie marathon, board games, dinner party or a junior chef-style cook-off!


  1. Art

The Invitation: Colorful Paint Tray Kids Birthday Invitations

Anyone who loves art will love these birthday party invitations. The watercolor palette is classic, colorful and clever. Customize it with your tween’s party details and color guests impressed!

The Tween Scene: A passion for art is something to celebrate! An art party, whether it’s painting signs, glazing pottery or shooting paintballs on canvas, is designed to be interactive and you can bet everyone is going to love every minute of it.


  1. Camping

The Invitation: Let’s Go Camping Birthday Party Invitation

Set the scene for what is sure to be a great adventure with these camping birthday party invitations featuring a modern illustration of camping under the stars.

The Tween Scene: The best part about a camping birthday party is your tween will love being a part of the planning. They can choose their favorite park, the campfire meals/desserts and activities like hiking, canoeing and zip lining. Sounds awesome! Can we be invited?


  1. Softball/Baseball

The Invitation: Run the Bases Birthday Party Invitation

Perfectly themed and customized, your tween is going to love seeing these baseball birthday party invitations personalized with name, number and all the party details on the back.

The Tween Scene: Playing ball may be the one thing they love most in this world, which is an excellent reason to theme an entire birthday around the sport! Take it outdoors and host a game + picnic or take the entire group to a professional or semi-professional game.

A magical birthday party awaits but you have yet to figure out exactly what it looks like. We can help! Take a look at this Birthday Inspo with some unicorn birthday party ideas we absolutely love. Take these ideas and make them your own plus we’ve highlighted a few products you might just want for your kiddo’s celebration.

Up First: Invite

Let all the future party goers know right away what a magical celebration this will be with unicorn birthday party invitations that capture the color and charm of this mythical creature. The Magical Birthday Party Invitation is a great choice for any unicorn birthday party because you get to choose the background color as well as fonts and colors for all the wording. Just imagine how excited your little one will be sending out these personalized unicorn party invites. Not your favorite? Check out all kids birthday party invitations.

Next: Decorations and Favors

Lots of color and lots of shimmer make the unicorn birthday party theme so much fun! We ADORE the dessert table shown here with oversized unicorn balloons and other helium balloons in varying sizes and coordinating colors. Not only do the balloons look amazing (and are very affordable decorations), the dessert presentation is exceptionally adorable with white cake stands in varying heights and a variety of small desserts in coordinating colors. Also, we’re always on board with party favors, and the simple white unicorn stuffed animals are a great idea that doesn’t revolve around the usual sweets and treats.

And Of Course: Dessert

We already covered the amazing dessert table but there are so many different ideas out there for unicorn desserts! The sprinkle filled unicorn cake is a fun idea but we also appreciate the through of not putting all your cookies in one basket, so to speak. Why not create a few different desserts to showcase a variety of designs and also satisfy a variety of tastes, especially with kiddos who can be a little picky about what they like.

BONUS! This little girl. We just. can’t. even. Her vibrantly colored dress with Cinderella poof, satin flowers and matching headpiece with unicorn horn is just a dream come true for her and that very lucky photographer! Check out the many unicorn dress options on Etsy.


Photo Credits: Dessert Table: Momo Party, Cake: Campfire Marshmallows, Tutu Dress: Etsy, Unicorn Favors: Jelly Cat via Kara’s Party Ideas

Can you think of a better way to celebrate Baby’s first year? We can’t! Check out these ideas for throwing a “Wild One” first birthday party in style.

Up First: Invite

When we decided to add first year birthday party invitations awhile back, we could not have guessed how CUTE they were going to be. The Wild One Invitations are right at the top of our all-time favorites list for two reasons: 1. they’re modern and chic while still being darned cute! 2. the “Wild One” theme is just adorable and can really inspire a great party. We also love how this invitation takes the theme in a more natural direction, which is how we styled the birthday party as a whole.

Next: Decorations

Inspired by the black and white invitation (you can change the colors) as well as the arrow design, we went with a black and white color scheme and natural wood accents. The arrow garland is a crafty touch that adds contemporary style. You can find accent banners on Pear Tree that work great for calling attention to specific areas like the dessert table or a guest book table. And because that first year is a wild ride, we love the idea of creating a display of photos that captures the first year.

And Of Course: Dessert

Simple but cute is the name of the game for the dessert we chose to highlight in this birthday party style story. These classic sugar cookies stick with the black and white color scheme and they incorporate the “Wild One” party theme beautifully complete with arrow accents. Imagine these cookies on a perfectly decorated dessert table like the one shown above and you’re well on your way to creating a birthday party [almost] as memorable as the little one you’re celebrating.


Photo Credits: Cookies: JJ’s Sweet Treats, Photo Display: The Chirping Moms via Jordan & Co Blog, Onesie: Sugar Babies, Backdrop: A Cotton Kandi Life

Little tykes that love puppies REALLY love puppies! It’s easy to understand why. I mean we all get a little soft and mushy when a puppy wobbles into the room. If your little boy or girl is obsessed with furry friends, we’ve got a few ideas to show you how to throw a puppy birthday party paw-fect for the kiddos.

Up First: Invite
Every party starts with an invitation, whether it’s by word of mouth, Facebook or in the mail. Of course, we prefer the real deal! You’ll find lots of party themes in our collection of Kids Birthday Party Invitations but we have our eyes on one very special design we think is perfect. The Let’s Pawty! Birthday Party Invitation has a brightly colored banner design and lots of cute little puppies running around. You get to personalize it with your child’s name and party details. Plus, this invite is great for boys and girls

Next: Activities
Encourage a little kindness with a Puppy Adoption pen. The one shown has a white picket fence made out of paper and cute little puppy toys inside. The sign tells kids (parents) that each child can pick a puppy, name the puppy AND take the puppy home. What cute party favors! Another fun activity would be to pre-decorate cupcakes with different colors of frosting and little pink tongues, then ask kids to add the eyes, nose and maybe a few other cute little details like a bow or tag to their favorite cupcake.

And Finally: Food!
A puppy birthday party is not complete with out some chow. We love the spread shown here with adorable “doggie containers” and dog bowls. Fill the table with all kinds of treats kiddos can feast on and make sure to throw in some puppy-themed items like bone-shaped biscuits and cookies.Of course, the cupcakes shown are adorable and showing several different kinds of dogs will really get kids excited.

Photo Credits: Puppy Adoption: via Catch My Party, Cupcakes: The Food Network, Toilet Water: via Catch My Party, Food Table/Backdrop:Etsy

Do you have a tiny outdoor-fanatic on your hands? When it comes to kid’s birthday party planning, we love a theme that gets back to nature. There are so many ways to get creative with a camping themed birthday party. Whether you go over-the-top or keep things simple, you’re little adventurer and their friends are sure to have a grand old time in the great outdoors.

Up First: Invite
Leave it to us to get inspired by the invitation, right? We’re suckers for all things design and have a soft spot for kid’s birthday invitations. They’re just so fun and whimsical! This new Let’s Go Camping birthday party invitation is absolutely adorable. A bright and woodsy color palette, fun geometric details and your kiddo’s name lit up in the night sky. What could be more fun?! You can update the fonts and wording on this invitation to fit any style and create an invitation that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

Next: Activities
Every party needs some planned activities or we know what happens: total chaos. Or worse, boredom. Luckily for you, there is an abundance of camping themed party activities on our favorite planning resource ever: Pinterest. In our inspo board we featured this amazing outdoor adventure scavenger hunt which is such a simple activity that will keep the kids busy and having so much fun. We just love how they are printed right on paper bags so your little campers can carry their treasures around. If you’re musically inclined, little ones would love songs around the campfire. For older campers, scary (okay, not SO scary) stories are always a hit!

And Of Course: Food
Camp food. If you’ve never been camping before, well, trust us, there’s nothing better! You can go one of two ways with a camping themed birthday party. First, you can go super authentic. Grab a pack of hot dogs, some buns, gather up a few sticks and have those kids cook their own dinner over a campfire. Trust us, they’ll love it and you will too (hello, the utensils get tossed right in the fire when you’re done!). If you’re looking for something a little more…let’s say glampy, go for some mini cheeseburger sliders. Create a fun trail mix station and let the party goers make their own custom treat. No matter which direction you go, be sure to top it off with a s‘mores themed sweet treat!

Photo Credit: Trail Mix station: Jayda Spires via Kara’s Party Ideas, Tents/campfire: Catch My Party, S’more cupcakes: Kara’s Party Ideas, Scavenger Hunt: Clean & Scentsible

Your child’s birthday is that one time a year you get to go all out and make them feel extra-extra-extra-special. Whether they’re turning the big one or you have a new teenager on your hands, throwing them a party to remember should be fun for all. Kick off the planning by choosing a birthday party theme. We’re here to inspire you with six of our very favorite party themes! Read on, there’s something for every little!

  1. Pancakes and Pajamas Theme

This kid’s party theme came on the scene recently and we are huge fans! It’s adaptable for almost any age (um, we even know a few moms that would like to use it for themselves) and can be simple or extravagant. First, kick off the birthday fun with our new Pancakes and Pajamas birthday party invitation. For a toddler, throw this party first thing in the morning. Yes, we’re talking at like 9:00am. What? You know you’re up anyway! The kids will still be in their happy morning mood and the moms can have mimosas. Win-win! For older kids, turn it into a slumber party. Create a fun pancake bar with toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles and fruit.

  1. Puppy Theme

Has your kid gone through the phase where they’re obsessed with puppies yet? No? Just wait, it’ll come. If your little one is loving all things furry and friendly, consider a puppy or dog themed birthday party. Our Let’s PAW-TY birthday party invitation gives you a great starting point. Now, let’s talk activities. Choose a few simple dog themed party games to keep them busy and be sure to have plenty of doggie themed treats ready! Puppy chow – the human version, not puppy version – will be a hit with kids of all ages. This dog-themed birthday cake looks like it could actually be do-able too.

  1. Camping Theme

Does your son or daughter love the great outdoors? Our team lives in Minnesota and our kid’s literally live outside in the summer months. We all agree this camping theme birthday party invitation would be a total hit with kids of all ages. Make it a real campout (backyard style) for older kids. They can even roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire while your kitchen remains mess-free! For little ones, avoid a real fire and instead create camp-themed snacks and activities that will keep them busy for hours!

  1. Art Theme

Calling all miniature Picassos! An art birthday party theme is SO fun. It’s also SO messy, but that’s all part of the charm. First things first, this art party themed invitation can be customized in any color, is super modern and just plain cool. Our best advice for an art party theme is to host it somewhere other than your home. Call around to your local studios that market wine and canvas painting for adults. Most will host parties for kids too, sans wine. Another great option is hosting your art party at a paint-your-own-pottery studio. This activity is always a hit with kids and the activity becomes their favor too!

  1. Dinosaur Theme

This one’s a classic: Dinosaurs. Young boys and girls alike simply have a thing for dinos! We love this dinosaur party invitation with its classic design and slightly vintage, or perhaps prehistoric, vibe. Use it as your starting point to plan your roar-riffic party. Now, let’s keep these little cave-people busy. These dinosaur crafts are easy, fun and, cheap and will keep your little party-goers happy and occupied. Our hands-down favorite dinosaur party idea is to create your own dig. Gather up a few plastic kiddie pools and fill them with sand. Then, hide dollar-store plastic dinosaurs and let the kids hunt for them. This activity and party favor in one is sure to be a total hit.

  1. Slumber Party

Ahhh, the slumber party. It’s our favorite kind of birthday party and our slumber party birthday invitation will give you all the inspiration you need to build a theme around the entire day…and night…and morning. Kids that are of slumber party age often find their own fun, but unless you want to take the “more party, less slumber” theme literally, we advise you make a plan. We like this formula: dinner, presents, free-time, craft, movie, SLEEP. Maybe you tween doesn’t need fussy decorations or themed party food, but surprise your birthday girl or boy with a star light projector and set it up before the movie. Trust us, they’ll love it!

If you’re on the search for a unique birthday party theme, we have a suggestion: Pajamas and Pancakes. It may seem unusual, but it’s is totally genius. No hearing “when does my paaaaarty start?” all day long because this celebration kicks off first thing in the morning!

Up First: Invite
Kick off the excitement by sending out real invitations. Your kiddo’s friends will be delighted to get a piece of mail addressed to them and this new pancakes and pajamas birthday party invitation will be a great keepsake for you and your child. Simply add your details and have it on your doorstep in days.

Next: Decorations
When it comes to setting the tone for a pajama-themed party, think COZY! Play off of the pastel color palette that’s featured on your invitation to create a space that feels light, bright and warm. Keep it simple with colorful tablecloths and DIY place cards. We love the matching t-shirts featured above. This could also become a fun activity and party favor in one. Purchase white shirts or tank tops, add a few fabric markers and voilà – instant entertainment.

And Finally: Food!
A pancake and pajama party is, of course, all about the food! Keep it as simple as you’d like, or go overboard with a pancake bar (personally, we like going overboard)! Our best tip to a stress-free party for mom is to make your pancakes ahead of time then warm them in the oven before serving. Then sit back and let the littles top their pancakes to their heart’s content. Offer the standards like maple syrup and powdered sugar but think outside of the box too. Colorful sprinkles, fresh fruit and even dry cereal make for fun toppings. Maybe, just maybe, throw in some gummi worms or other unexpected treat. It is, after all, a party!

Photo Credits: Cake: Photography by Laura Sumrak via The House That Lars Built, Juice: Little Pickle Photography and Design and Emily DaSilva via Kara’s party Ideas, Girls in Pajamas: Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty, Pancake Bar: Love Bakes Good Cakes


Break out the lab coats: Science is having a moment. It’s COOL again (was it ever not?!). And really, can you think of a better theme for a kid’s birthday party. Hello? It’s educational, messy and just plain fun.

Up First: Invite

Sure, evites are convenient but nothing beats getting a real invitation in the mail. Think about it – when was the last time your kiddo had an envelope addressed to them in your mailbox? We love this science-themed kid’s birthday party invitation. Simply add your details, hit a few buttons and it’s printed and shipped faster than you can say bunsen burner.

Next: Decorations

Don’t sweat the decorations when it comes to a science-themed birthday party. The kids are going to be focused on the experiments like Jocie put together for her 6-year-old daughter’s party. Get a custom party banner that coordinates with your invite. Of course, lab coats will add a whole lot of flair, and just plain adorable-ness, to any science themed party. Instead of digging around at thrift stores, contact your local college about renting coats for a small fee.

And Finally: Food!

Food is everything at kid’s birthday parties and dessert is king. Sure, you could bake your own cake, but since you’re already creating a science-themed wonderland, go for the store-bought cupcakes. Jazz them up with cupcake toppers and those little physicists will be delighted. Easy peasy, mom!

Photo Credits: Lab via Go Kid Trips, Girl with coat and glasses via One Project Closer and drinks via Catch My Party.