Children'S Birthday Party Ideas
How to plan creative children's birthday parties.
You can’t take it anymore. This is the sixth bowling party your son has attended in a month. Even worse, that’s the type of party he’s had for the last three years. He may be perfectly content with strikes and spares, but even he would appreciate a change. What to do? Beat birthday boredom. This year, break the monotony and plan a truly creative party.
Innovative parties can be planned for kids of all ages. Theme parties are especially fun. All it takes is an idea, some follow-through and a lot of patience. When the party is over, your children will thank you, you’ll feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment, and you may even be the talk of the town.
Begin by assessing your child’s interests and hobbies. These easily provide a springboard for a party idea. For example, if your four-year old daughter loves dolls and make-up, plan a Dolly Dress-up Party. Decorate invitations with doll-size plastic accessories. Each girl gets a doll, some make-up and a few outfits to work with. When they’re all finished, the children can play act with the dolls, and the dolls themselves make a nice take-home party favor (be sure they’re inexpensive dolls).
One particular boy had a passion for trains. When he turned four, he had a train party. Parents and children traveled on a commuter train from one station to another nearby station. The group then walked a half block to a train-theme diner. Here, food was served atop a moving model train that circled the counter. The invitation was a poem about trains, the birthday cake had a locomotive motif, and in lieu of a goodie bag, each child received an engineer’s hat with their name on it.
For the older sports enthusiast, a sporting event is a fun alternative. If it’s a baseball game, purchase tickets in advance (ask if the group rate applies), give each child a team baseball cap, and be sure to have the birthday mentioned over the loud speaker by the announcer. Food and drink are available from the concession stand. All you need to do is bring a cake—with a baseball design, of course. A team schedule pasted inside a blank card makes a perfect invitation. If it’s a different sport, the same guidelines apply.
Host a party for an older girl at a health club or dance studio. Instruct everyone to come dressed appropriately for a short aerobics or dance instruction class. Serve carrot and celery sticks and other healthy veggies, and substitute fruit muffins for cake. A personalized tote bag or duffel makes a clever and useful party favor.
Check your area for other possibilities. Part of the challenge of planning creative parties is using a conventional location for an unusual party. Also, time of day can add an interesting twist. One resourceful parent held a joint party for her three- and five-year old at a bagel store at 9:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. She hired the local children’s librarian to tell stories and do finger play, as a quiet activity was requested by the store’s owner. Each child was served a bagel spread with plain cream cheese, and could make a face on the bagel with their choice of banana chips, licorice, round fruit-flavored cereal, chocolate chips and raisins. After cake, the children went home and still had an entire day ahead of them.
Go ahead! Be different. Creative children’s birthday parties are easy to plan, and your child will be happy you did.