15 Amazing ideas for kids birthday parties from the fans of Snikiddy. Ideas range from simple to complex...themes to helping out the less fortunate. There is a wide variety of party ideas, each one fun for all.
Kids Birthday Party Ideas
We asked our fans what they were doing for their children’s birthday parties this year. The
creativity and originality was fun to see. It was almost impossible to narrow down the list.
Below are 15 of the ideas that we liked the best. Enjoy!
1. Cartoon Character Themes:
o SpongeBob Squarepants: We are having a welcome summer blowout in the
Bikini Bottom fashion. We are having organic burgers (I make them my self)
@ the grilling station that is going to be decorated like the Krusty Krab. We
are Building the houses from the show, SpongeBob’s house will be the
Sponge painting art station, Squidwards house will be the music station and
Patrick’s house will be the game station. We are also recreating Jelly Fish
Fields so the kids can catch jellyfish!
o Curious George: My son is turning 2 and loves Curious George so we are
going to have a Curious George party in the park where they can hang like
monkeys, search for George in the park, put the hat on the man with the
yellow hat, eat banana cake, eat picnic food like George and have a blast!
o Kim Possible: Our daughter loves "Kim Possible" especially the Kim Possible
missions she got to do when we went to Walt Disney World, so we're going to
do a "Secret Agent" party for her 7th birthday at our house with a mystery to
solve that the kids can work on in teams (scavenger hunt, clues to decode
and follow, puzzles to solve) with prizes when they solve the mystery and
save the world, just like Kim Possible.
o Alice in Wonderland: We are having an Alice in Wonderland party for my
child's 5th birthday. I am using a tunnel for the children to enter our door for
the party. Then the children will have a small cake labeled "eat me” and drink
labeled "drink me" to shrink them down. We will also have croquet. We will
also decorate hats for the Mad Hatters' Tea Party. We will play pin the smile
on the Cheshire Cat. We will have a place where the children can paint white
paper roses red.
2. Presents for Charity: For my daughter's 8th birthday, we are doing something she
came up with all on her own. Rather than asking the kids to bring birthday gifts for
her. She is asking every child to bring either a bag of dog or cat food that we are
going to donate to a local animal shelter. We are creating special certificate to give
to ALL the kids regardless if they donate or not to acknowledge their donations. Here
in AZ, the animal shelters are really struggling b/c of all the foreclosures and people
just abandoning their pets. The shelters are just overwhelmed with abandoned pets
and they need help!
3. Bird Watching: My kid really likes birds, so we are going to do a nature themed
bird watching party. We are going to make bird feeders out of organic materials and
peanut butter for a craft project. After we are all done, we will hang the feeders in
the trees in the backyard and watch the birds come (and maybe some squirrels too)
and then take pics with the digital cameras that either I provide or their parents
4. Toy Swap: We are going to have a BBQ for our son since his birthday is in June. I
was thinking that instead of gifts, everyone could bring items (including young
guests) that are in good shape that they no longer want and have a swap. That way
everyone goes home with something (hopefully) and everyone buys less! Then we
can focus more on just having fun!
5. Princess Theme: We're going to be having a princess party. For each princess
there will be a game. For example, Jasmine -will have a magic carpet ride (basically
musical chairs, but with pieces of felt). We will have story time with Belle - reading a
book. Pin the Crown on the princess (a sheet with stickers will be used to stick
crowns on a princess hanging on the wall). Find the poison apple - from snow white
Freeze Dance with Sleeping Beauty - the princess music will be playing, when it
stops all the kids must stop. Whoever doesn't is out - but they will get a prize and
move on to the Pin the Crown on the Princess Game. We will be decorating wooden
magical wands (I prepainted these to avoid the mess) hearts for the girls, stars for
the boys with unicorns, frogs, stars, hearts and princess wand sparkly stickers. The
entrance will feature a red carpet and we will announce each guest as they arrive as
if they were arriving at a castle. We're going to decorate a large box (about the size
of a refrigerator) to make it look like a castle and have the children enter through
there. The invitations are addresses to prince or princess and the name inviting them
to the Royal Ball.
6. Creature Themes:
o Monsters: Our next birthday party is going to be a monster themed one. We
are going to have monster cutouts decorating the walls, purple, green and
blue streamers, decorate-your-own monster cookies, make-your-own
monster masks with recycled materials (magazine cutouts, scraps of fabric,
leftover crafting supplies, items received from freecycle), a monster cake that
will be green, blue and purple swirled inside, a monster puppet show and
o Dragons: A Viking ship cut out from Cardboard with a Dragon cut out above
it. (Night Fury from the new movie) The kids will have a craft table to make
their own shields and swords from cardboard with markers and stuff to glue
on them. So we can get a picture of them all together at the ship when they
finish. We are making our own piñata. Instead of a large cake we are making
individual cakes from and Easter mold. They will have an egg shape that each
child can decorate at the table with different colored icing to make their own
Dragon Eggs. We will have a game of pin the fire to the Dragons mouth and
an egg race game (painted Dragon eggs of course). There will be other games
and the kids who win the games get a trophy that we will make. It will look
like a shield and say " #1 Dragon Trainer...Gabriel’s party 2010" Invitations
will be a shield shape cut from cardboard. We are super excited, me as much
o Dinosaurs: We are doing a dinosaur theme. I went to a local teacher store
and found plastic dino figures that are just the bones. I plan to burry these in
a sand box. I also plan to use a mixture of dirt, sand, and clay and bury
dinos, then set out plastic tools for the kids to excavate the dinos out. The
food will be chicken drumsticks a.k.a dino bones. We will also have a dino
egg hunt using plastic Easter eggs.
7. Garden Party:
o Traditional Garden party: Christmas lights all around the fence and on the
tree (for fireflies). Lots of fruits, vegetables, and snacks on little tables all
over the yard. A pond (punchbowl) with (gummy) fish for the little fairies to
drink from. Cupcakes that look like butterflies...mini pretzels for wings and
m&ms for the body. A fire pit (with a wire mesh lid) in the middle of the yard
for kids to roast marshmallows (with mom & dad help). Fairy wreaths for
around their heads made of flowers and tree stems from around the yard.
Wings made of wire hangers, sheer curtain fabric and glitter. Tutus made by
tying strips of tulle on elastic bands. We'll have a bug scavenger hunt. I got
giant plastic bugs from the 99 cents store and of course, Snikkidy caterpillars
using 3 or 4 cheese puffs on a toothpick!
o Plant your own garden: Another great idea is to have kids plant their own
little herb gardens that they can take home with them. You can also have a
fruit and veggies tasting bar to let kids try things they might not have before.
o Fairies: My daughter loves fairies.... the theme of course is the same. We
have craft supplies for the kids to make their own fairy gardens (little walnut
shells for miniature boats, Spanish moss, seeds for the herbs and flowers,
pebbles and colorful rocks, bark to make tiny chairs, "fairy dust", etc.). The
food will be of the same theme...all magical and fun tea-party style (choc.
covered strawberries, miniature sandwiches, sugar cookies dusted in sugar
baked on a lollipop stick to look like fairy wand, and a fairy garden cake, etc).
The favor bags are still to be determined but a few of things we have already
bought to be included are paint your own mini fairies for your garden, shrinky
dink fairies, and necklaces with a small glass bottle of fairy dust. The
downstairs will follow suit with twigs/branches with ribbons and fairies and al
8. Cowboy: My son is having a cowboy party. I first made my own garland by making
small wanted posters with his pictures on them and used a whole punch and then
stringing twine through to hang them up. I also used paper lunch bags that I glued
more wanted photo's on for the giveaway bags. Of course all the kids got a badge,
cowboy hat and bandana's to wear. We also had a cowboy boot shaped piñata. For
food we did yummy Snikiddy cheese balls, chunks of cheese, hotdogs, and baked
9. Movie Premier: My children and I are hosting a "movie premier". I'm going to have
a red carpet when each of the children arrive and have hired a photographer to take
the arrival and red carpet pictures. Once inside, we're going to watch a movie and
then have a post movie party with appetizers, mocktails and, of course, birthday
10. Pirate: He LOVES pirates. We have an inflatable pirate ship pool- so all the pirates
will be asked to wear their swimsuits! Upon arrival, all pirates wishing to come
aboard will receive a pirate tattoo and bandana to wear. I plan on purchasing a
pirate ship piñata, which will be busted open with a wooden pirate sword. I found
some jolly-roger flags on toothpicks to decorate cupcakes with, and of course no
pirate party would be complete without a treasure hunt! Using a hand-drawn "map"
of the back-yard, the pirates will be lead through a crazy zigzag path through the
yard- where they'll have to dig for gold in the sandbox along the way- finally we'll
reach the treasure chests, which will contain their goody-bags: handmade pouches
containing pirate gold, necklaces, other jewels, and other pirate goodies.
11. Winter Wonderland: Summer fun for a 3 year old!!! We live in Florida, and August
is always so darn hot! So this year, we are planning on trying out a winter
wonderland with fake snow, water slides with lots of white bubbles o imitate the real
white stuff, snow cones and ice cream.
12. Fear Factor: We will be having a Jell-O cube eating contest with bugs inside
(raisins) Next, cracking eggs into a team mates hands an passing the raw eggs from
team mate to team mate down the line and the end person will put it in a bowl -
which ever team fills there bowl with the most eggs wins that challenge! Next a roll
of the dice will determine how many disgusting items go into a protein shake they
will drink. The items to choose from are: ostrich eggs, liver, pickled pigs feet, milk,
frogeyes, blood ect. (these really don’t go into the shakes - but we don't tell them
that until its over) these items are all in pint jars displayed on the table. Next is
digging through cow brains (spaghetti with red sauce) for a list of different items
which include: a penny, floss string, b-bee, candy ect... Last a pie eating contest, fill
a pie pan with colored cool whip and stick a piece of bubble gum in the very bottom.
The first kid to find their piece of gum and blow a bubble wins. The cool whip makes
blowing a bubble very challenging!! It will the perfect party for 9-12 year olds!!
Keep points and the winner receives $10!
13. Olympics Theme: My daughter Natalie loves to swim, and has been asking to have
a swimming party for the second year in a row. So, I was thinking of having an
Olympics themed party. Every child will get to compete in an event, and every child
will win a medal. We will even have a "medal ceremony". The favors will be little
flashlights with a flame border for the "Olympic torch". We will also be giving each
child a t-shirt that says they participated in the "Natalie Olympics of 2010". Of
course, the colors will be red, white & blue.
14. European Destination: Our last name is French and our youngest daughter loves
girly things, so we're going to do a Pink Poodle in Paris theme for our to-be 3 year
old. We'll have French cafe music playing, we're decorating in pink, white and black
streamers and balloons, and we'll have pictures of the Eiffel tower, the Louvre and
other French landmarks on the walls as decorations. While waiting for all the guests
to arrive, the kids can be "les artistes" and color pictures of poodles and the Eiffel
tower. The kids will play "Musical Paw" to French songs instead of the usual Musical
Chairs (we'll have paw cut-outs on the floor). We'll also play Pin (tape) the Tail on
Fifi! For a craft, the kids will decorate foam dog collars with plastic jewels from the
craft store and they can put them on their stuffed pooches or other stuffed animals.
The cake, or course, will be a pink poodle with Eiffel tower candles and we'll have
petit fours for the adults. At the end, the kids will get to hit the Pink Poodle piñata
that we made, and will bring home goodie bags filled with stickers, tres chic
sunglasses, and French candies. Hopefully it will all be Tres Magnifique!
15. Cooks in the Kitchen: The invitations were sent out on recipe cards. We had a
total of eight kindergarten girls. Everyone received a chef hat with their names on
them when they arrived. Then, they used fabric markers to decorate aprons, which
they would wear while cooking. Each child "cooked" their own fruit smoothie and
made their own individual pizzas. The table was set like an Italian restaurant with
checkered table clothes and personalized place mats. The centerpiece was a large
glass vase filled with cooking essentials: cookie cutters, spoons, spatulas,
measuring cups, etc. I also used small boxes of baking soda, salt, sugar and flour
around the centerpiece. The games we played included eating gummy fruit off a
string without using your hands and trying to scoop as many marshmallows from one
bowl to another with a spoon while blind folded. The party favors included the chef
hat and apron, plus a child size oven mitt, spoon, and rolling pin.