Parties - Theme ideas

Your child's party is coming up and you've either decided to have a party at home, go to a park or you've booked a venue. Not only has your original panic attack subsided but you're in the grips of enthusiasm as you're preparing the party plan and scanning Pinterest boards. 

While a dedicated party venue will have everything required and just needs your credit card details, you've decided that for your child's up-coming party there will be a theme and you'll plan everything around it.


Involve your child in selecting the theme. From a very young age they will be able to tell you their favourite colour, interest or character.

Broadly speaking, there are 2 ways to theme a party - outsourcing and DIY.

Outsource a themed activity
There are many themed entertainers and activity providers who will come to you. They can either provide an activity for you to be responsible for such as a jumping castle, manage a part of the party such as entertainment, games or a hands-on activity for a specified time, or they can manage the whole party for you.

Some examples are:

Cooking parties
Disco parties
Pamper parties
Sports parties
Science parties

To find themed activities in your local area, browse through the Activities & entertainment search column on the Children's Guide website.

Once you have a themed activity, you can then decide how much of the rest of the party to base around it, such as invitations, food, decorations and more - see below for a list of ideas.

Do It Yourself
If you DIY there are countless ideas for themes. The most simple is to go with a colour combination. You can either think of things that are commonly known for being that colour or just have all the decorations in that colour. Another easy theme is a number (child's age) or letter (the first of your child's name) and having everything relating to the party relating to that that number letter.

You can have a theme that is related to your child’s favourite activity or interest – cooking, sport, transport, dinosaurs, fairies, wings, etc. or you can have a theme based on your child’s favourite book, song, movie or character.

You can base the theme on the season – beach for summer or snowman for winter.

Most themes can be tailored to any age group. Apply the theme to as many elements as you can. You can do this by making or purchasing items directly related to that theme and if you can't find a specific themed item, complement the theme with bold, related colours.

Theme ideas
Art & craft
Barbie
Beach or pool
Body art & face painting
Butterflies
Calendar event – Halloween, Easter, or other event close to your child’s birthday
Carnival
Circus
Construction
Cooking
Cowboys
Dance/disco
Fairy
Fireman/Police/Ambulance/Emergency
Foreign land
Garden party
High Tea
Jungle
LEGO or other favourite toy
Magic
Monsters
Pamper, make up, spa
Pirates
Princess
Race car
Reptile
Robot
Scavenger hunt
Science
Secret agents & spies
Slumber/pyjama party
Space
Sparkle
Sports / Olympics
Story book
Superheroes
Teddy bear’s picnic
Tropical
Underwater
Vintage
Witches, wizards & magicians
Zoo

Apply themes to these party elements
Backdrops and drapes
Balloons
Birthday cake
Bunting, flags, garlands, streamers
Centrepieces
Costumes and dress ups
Cups, plates, napkins, cutlery & serving ware
Cutouts and posters
Entertainment
Food and drink colour and shapes
Games and activities
Invitations, labels, placecards, stationery
Party bags
Photo booth
Pom poms and balls
Prizes
Stands & vases with feathers, flowers, swords, wands
Table scatters
Table and chair covers
Tinsel

Involve your kids and have fun!

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