Party Themes For Older Children
Now that I have a three-nager, I’m no longer allowed to pick themes for birthday parties. Anywhere between the ages of 2-4 is when your little one starts to really make friends & these friends have birthday parties and come to your child’s party. I like to call this “party season”, as there seems to be a few months out of the year where the birthday parties are non-stop. A few popular themes we’ve seen so far this year are Circus/Carnival, Art or colors/rainbow, Teddybear picnic, Barnyard Bash, and Fun in the Sun. Here’s a few links with some other ideas:
The great thing about this party is it’s gender neutral. Not only have you keep it co-ed, you can have a little something for everyone. For little girls, you can take a Little Mermaid approach, or for little guys you can go Bubble Guppies. Other wise, just leaving it basic is always a win. Inexpensive beach pails & shovels from the dollar store make great favors. If you have a steady hand, customizing them with kids names is a fun way to personalize things. It’s also super easy to find simple decor, especially during the summer months!
Monster parties have been pretty popular the last year or so. There are tons of ideas out there. Bright colors such as blue, green, and yellow lend themselves well to this theme. Glue on googley eyes to anything painted bright blue and you’ve got yourself a monster bash! It’s really that easy. So, grab some Uglydolls as ‘adopt a monster’ favors and play a game of pin the eye on the monster! This theme is so awesome I wish I had a little boy.
A popular theme with the 2-4 crowd, for sure. Disney princesses have made a huge comeback now that girls who grew up with Ariel and Belle are having little girls of their own. Snow White, Cinderelle, Belle… all big contenders in this house. The whimsical, colorful world of fairy tales lends to a fantastic party theme filled with endless decorating possibilities. Even if you don’t concentrate on typical Disney princesses, it’s very easy to capture One Upon a Time with classic stories.
Ages 6-10 not only do children become more selective of party themes, but they become more selective about who they invite, as well. Some top themes for boys in this age range are: Cowboy, Construction, Dinosaurs, Knights, Magic, Space Voyager, Pirate, Preppy Whale, Robots, Superhero, Trains/Planes. Our top themes for girls: Ballerina, Cowgirl, Fairy, Hawaiian Luau, Mermaid, Paris Party, Princess, Spa, Tea Party.
This is great for a little dude to is obsessed with Star Wars, aliens, star watching, rocket ships – whatever his little future astronaut heart desires. If you’re looking for food ideas, simple PbJs cut into stars would be a hit with kids and adults a like. Create planets out of styrofoam and paint and string them along a black tarp as the backdrop for a cake table.
What little girl (ok, even big girls) isn’t obsessed with Paris? Any excuse to eat French Macarons! Black and pink seem to be the go-to colors for that chic Parisian feel. Patterns such as damask and polka dots adds a bit of sophistication. This is the party of any little girls dreams!
By the time you have pre-teens 11-14 years old things are so very different. The party atmosphere changes, they are interested in being sleep overs, being left alone to gossip, make-overs, dinners out, and movies. Top themes for this age: Camping, Game Night, Glamping, and Movie Night.
This is actually a great gender neutral party that would also translate well to a co-ed party if needed. You can make it more girly or masculine for boys with small color changes and touches that add a personal feel. Frame a picture of the movie you’ll be watch and hang it up near a table set as a ‘concession stand’. Popcorn is a must and the red/white popcorn holders are a fairly easy & inexpensive find online. If weather and your backyard permits, movie night would be awesome to have outside under the stars. Just set up the lawn with tons of pillows and blankets and enjoy the show!