There are so many types of party themes you can take part in. From Disney princesses to pirate parties, the toughest part of planning a themed party is getting your little one to decide on a theme. I’ve narrowed down some of the most creative options you’ll find and you’re sure to have a hit on your hands when you introduce these ideas to your little one.
Around the World
Want to turn this party into a lesson on diversity and give all the children a taste of different cultures? Then an Around the World themed party might be just the ticket. If your little one wants to rep their American patriotism, grab them some hilarious American flag paraphernalia at Tipsy Elves. If they’d like to try an outfit from your ancestry and heritage, you’ll have a range of costumes to pick from a variety of sites. Those of German descent might want to grab a dandy pair of lederhosen from Ernstlicht.com, and you never know what traditional garb some of your child’s friends may have at their disposal from their family. When it comes to food, offer different types of fare from across the globe (but keep in mind that kids are notoriously picky eaters so that curry from India might not go down so well).
May the Force Be With You
Is your little one obsessed with Star Wars after the franchise’s latest release? You’re not the only parent experiencing this excitement over light sabers and galactic missions; the Star Wars spirit is alive and well. If you’ve got a little Jedi in training, make his or her dreams come true by hiring yourself your very own master Jedi trainer. There are many folks capitalizing on the continued success of this film franchise, offering their Jedi training services. You’ll find willing participants in most large cities, and many of them come along with Jedi robes and pool noodle light sabers for the kids. If you can’t find one in your town, a friend could easily fill the role. For the little ones, it’s all about the make believe, and you’ll be the mom or dad of the year if you pull off a Federation-approved training session complete with light saber battles and all.
A Pampering Party
If you’ve got a little one who already is showing a hankering for the finer things in life, you can’t go wrong with a pampering princess party sure to make her feel like a beautiful diva. Invite some of your friends over to serve as nail salon artists and paint the party attendees’ nails and toenails (make sure you get permission from the respective parents first). If you have friends or family members who are wizards at hair and makeup, invite them over to help you pamper the little ones in preparation for a glamour shoot and provide all the necessary dress up materials like feather boas, extravagant (but fake) pearls, and dresses they can throw on over their clothes. Once the activities are all done, put on a princess movie to bring the day to a close—“The Princess Diaries” always goes over well; how could it not when it combines makeovers and castles and girl power galore?
Out Into the Great Wild
Taking a bunch of little ones out into the wild for a camping trip doesn’t sound like my idea of fun; in fact it sounds like a nightmare. So many things for them to get into, so many moments for them to wander off, and let’s not forget the woodland creatures that might rear their heads. If your little guy or gal has dreams of singing around the campfire with their friends and sleeping in a tent, consider what you could do with your very own backyard. If you don’t have camping equipment, ask around if you can borrow some or rent it from REI for the evening—it will be a lot cheaper than buying something you might never use again. Get a portable fire pit for your backyard and enlist the help of some other adults to help you roast marshmallow for all the little ones. Roll out sleeping bags in the tents, and have an inexpensive night under the stars with your little one and all of his or her friends. If you plan to make it a sleepover, it might be useful to keep some twinkle lights strung up all night long, in case there are any attendees that get a wee bit afraid of the dark.
These themes are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages, so ask for your little one’s opinion and get to planning a birthday party he or she will always remember.