For kids, a birthday is a time for them to celebrate in their own special way. It’s one of the few times in the year when they get to be at the helm of the decision making. If you don’t believe me just ask your kid, “what do you want to do for your birthday this year?”
Chances are your kid will be full of ideas. Some children like to keep it straightforward and go for the classic party theme with cone-shaped hats covered in confetti. Other birthday themes are adorably strange, like making paying homage to Costco. (Who doesn’t love Costco!)
A birthday party is your child’s chance to live out their make believe dreams for a day. But sometimes parents have to let their imagination run wild to make it happen.
If your kid has a specific theme in mind it’s time to put your creative thinking cap on. Use the tips below to get the party started!
Pick Up Fun Accessories
Something that often gets overlooked but can be the make it or break it for a themed birthday party is fun accessories. This special touch helps get the party guests into the spirit of the theme and really is the icing on the cake (pun intended).
Are you throwing a superhero themed party? Then get inexpensive superhero capes for everyone to wear. Going with an art theme? An artist smock will make everyone feel a little more artsy. The goal is to pick up accessories that everyone can enjoy while they’re at the themed birthday party. Bonus: the accessories can serve as party favors for the guests.
Make a One-of-a-Kind Cake
Without a doubt, the main attraction of any birthday party is the cake. Most parents don’t have the Martha Stewart skills needed to whip up a themed birthday cake, especially if the theme is a little out there.
There are two solutions for creating a themed birthday cake even if your baking experience is limited. The first is the easiest and most universal. There are special printers that can replicate an image on a thin layer of icing that’s then added to the top of the cake. Virtually any image can be used, including a custom design.
The second solution doesn’t work in every case, but it can be an easy solution. Adding small toys and figures to a cake is a quick way to incorporate the theme without getting too fancy with the icing.
Add Themed Party Decorations and Props
Parents that have October babies know all about themed party decorations since Halloween birthday parties are popular. It’s easy to find everything you need to throw a spooktacular bash. The rest of the year it can be a little more difficult to find décor of a themed birthday party.
Party stores are usually the first place people turn when they need decorations and props. But they tend to carry only most common party themes. However, no one said you have to use conventional decorations.
You can find everything you need for a cowboy themed party at farm supply store. A medical supply store is the perfect place to find props and décor for a doctor-themed party. The point is, you may need to shop far away from the party aisle to find themed decorations.
Print Up Invitations That Make the Theme Clear
Long before guests arrive let them know what to expect with themed invitations. If themed attire is encouraged let others know, and maybe even make suggestions for what to wear. Themed invitations will also give guests ideas on what to get the birthday girl or boy.
Of course, a unique theme is going to require custom invites. You can save money by creating online invitations at Evite.com, but if you don’t have a parent’s contact information a friend might not find out about the party.
Fortunately, technology is on your side. It’s now easier and cheaper than ever to put together a custom design that can be printed on cardstock. Walmart Stationary is a segment of the big box store that specializes in printing custom cards for as little as $0.99 a piece. Another alternative is to make homemade birthday invites using copies of photos and original artwork.
It’s important to make your kid a part of the planning process if they want to be involved. And of course, don’t forget to have fun!