Looking for a creative kid birthday party theme? This comprehensive list of 27 unique kid birthday party themes will inspire you to get the party started! The birthday party themes are divided into categories to make planning a child’s birthday party as easy as possible. Whether the child loves art or building, dogs or science, this list of party themes has you covered!
1st Birthday Party Ideas
The first 7 kid birthday party theme ideas are great for first birthday parties, but they can work for any age!
1. Party animal themed birthday
Party animal theme is perfect for any age or gender. I also love the simple decorations that go so well with a party animal birthday. For table centerpieces, consider spray painting plastic animals bold colors and make them tiny party hats. For party favors at my son’s first birthday party, I handed out rubber ducks with party hats.
2. Carnival Theme Birthday Party
A carnival theme sets the stage for all kinds of fun games and activities for kids of all ages. Think: Ring toss, face painting, knock the cans over, a simple bowling game, dance party, or a photo booth. Renting a cotton candy machine would be a fun extra to a carnival themed birthday party.
3. Pancake Party theme
If you’re looking for simple and inexpensive birthday idea, consider a breakfast birthday party. What kid doesn’t love pancakes, donuts and juice for breakfast? Best part? Have the party at a local breakfast joint that has a playground for a built in activity plus leave the mess at the restaurant.
4. Puppy Party
Most little ones love dogs, so why not throw a “Puppy Paw-ty”! This fun party idea includes a “Bark-ery, DIY dog ears, and a handmade cardboard dog house. Adorable!
5. Bubbles, Bouncing & Balloons Birthday Party
I also added breakfast to this “B” themed kid birthday party. We bought this bubble machine from Amazon and rented a bounce house for the ultimate backyard double birthday party. I used balloons to make a chandelier inside. And bought helium balloons to tie to everything outside and double has party favors. It was fun, easy, and the kids were exhausted afterwards!
6. Rainbow Birthday Party
7. Paris themed birthday party
Destiny put together the most adorable pink and black Paris themed birthday for her daughter. She even gave out black tutu’s as party favors! I love this idea for a 1st birthday party because you could listen to french music, color the Eiffel Tower, eat macaroons, and it doesn’t get much cuter than toddlers in tutu’s. For older kids, consider pairing the Paris theme with a high tea. See more Paris themed birthday ideas at Just Destiny.
Kids Cooking Birthday Party Ideas
Cooking parties are so much fun! I love the idea of utilizing the format of baking tv shows like Kid’s Baking Championships or Great British Bake Off as a birthday party theme!
8. Cooking Themed Party
Let kids make pizzas from pre made dough and salads on a stick while wearing chef hats and then decorate cupcakes for dessert! See more cooking party birthday details at My Many Colored Days.
9. Pizza Party
Pizza is always a party pleaser, why not make it the party theme! Have kids make their own mini pizzas for lunch and wear chef hats! Check out all of the pizza party details at Kojo Designs.
Book And Movie Themed Birthday Party Ideas
10. Frozen Themed Party
11. Mermaid birthday party
The Little Mermaid came out of in 1989, but Ariel is still delighting kids with her catchy songs 3 decades later. There are so many fun food ideas for a mermaid themed birthday party. Here are a few menu ideas:
- Grapes on a stick is seaweed
- Rock candy is coral
- Vanilla Wafers turned into clams (Here’s a good recipe for that.)
- Google eyes on toothpicks stuck into chicken croissant sandwiches make adorable crabs
12. Wild Thing Birthday Party
13. Rock Star Party
Art Party Theme Ideas
14. Craft birthday party
The key to this art party was keeping it small and the drop cloth tablecloth! I printed out pictures of every guest with the birthday girl and hung them up as decorations. Then, the girls painted wooden picture frames and chose a picture to frame!
15. Tye Dye Party
16. Outdoor Art Party
Paint, crafts, and rainbows oh my! This art birthday party is right up my alley. I love this collaborative art project the mom set up below with a $1 plastic table cloth stapled to a large board that she let kids paint. Genius! See more outdoor art birthday party ideas at Ramblings From the Sunshine State.
Birthday Party Ideas for Boys
17. Transportation Birthday Party
18. Bike Birthday
For my son’s 7th birthday, we utilized our local BMX dirt track and has his friends bring their bikes and helmets. I bought a set of black and white checkered flags a Happy Birthday sign and a handful of balloons. The kids rode bikes, ate donuts, and broke a number 7 rainbow piñata!
19. Mad Scientist Birthday Party
20. Pirate Themed Birthday Party
21. Construction Party
22. Army Party
Think camo, basic training, missions, and push ups! An army party theme has so many built in activities to keep kids active and engaged. See all of Stephanie’s Army Party birthday ideas on Somewhat Simple.
Kid Birthday Party Themes
23. Sleep Over Birthday Party
24. LEGO party
The LEGO theme gets an extra spot on this list because these LEGO snack containers are adorable and so simple to make. Check out the details at Moore Minutes.
25. Rodeo birthday
Grab your cowboy hats, bandanas, boots, and stick horses to celebrate a birthday in the wild, wild west! My friend, Rachelle, added all the extra touches to her daughters cowgirl birthday party with real pony rides, bouncy horse races, and a line dancing play list to boot! (Photography by Laura Morsman)
26. Beach Birthday Party
27. Bunny birthday
My daughter loves bunny rabbits, so we used her stuffed animals and Halloween costume as part of her spring time birthday party. We had bunny snacks, made bunny art, and even has a real life bunny visit! I bought the balloons from this Etsy shop.
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Comments & Reviews
Jenna Hunter says
I love your list of themes for kids birthday parties. My daughter would love the carnival theme. I will have to figure out where in my area offers party supplies or is an event company that could take care of it for me.
Sarah Rose says
These are great! I would love to give many of these a try!
I did a Green Eggs and Ham party when my son turned one year old:
For his most recent party we did a puppy party. We had puppy chow and bone shaped gingerbread cookies as well as a “who can drink the water out of the dog dish like a puppy the fastest” contest! A picture of the puppy cake I made is on this page:
Angela - My Personal Accent says
Great inexpensive but really fun and creative ideas! I have to share these!
Sarah @ Alderberry Hill says
Awesome ideas, I need to Pin these!
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke says
that sleepover cake is pretty cute!
I know right
Randi - Dukes and Duchesses says
Aw, thanks for sharing my Lego party!! I’ve been doing themed parties for my kids for the last 15 years and we’ve covered almost every one of the themes you listed! 🙂 Love the inspiration!
Jamie Dorobek says
You’re welcome, Randi! Thanks for sharing all of your AWESOME ideas on your blog!