Birthday parties for children are a perennial favourite for both parents and kids from the jelly and ice cream of toddlers to the raucous disco of teenagers. To add coherence to a party, many parents set a theme and work the invitations, decorations, food and activities around this one topic. We’re going to look at some of the hot children’s party themes for 2015 and beyond, no matter what the age of your children.
Babies and Toddlers
Tailoring your child’s party around a zoo, dinosaurs, the farm or circus theme can give rise to some great bright colors and fun decorations. An interest in animals and wildlife is usually universal from a young age and they will often have met song that can tie themes together such as Old Macdonald and Baa Baa Black Sheep. These are common songs and nursery rhymes that they will meet in toddler classes everywhere.
Anything with an animal theme lends itself to games such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey (dinosaur/elephant/horse). Variations could include Pin the Balancing Ball on the Seals Nose or Pin the Spines on a Stegosaurus! Musical Statues could include the children pretending to be various animals and Sleeping Lions works well with a zoo theme, whilst Duck Duck Goose is an obvious choice for a farm theme.
This is where the theme party comes into its’ own! Three and four year olds have started to make decisions about their likes and dislikes. Pirate parties and princess parties remain firm favourites with this age group, along with mermaids, fairies, knights, cowboys and superheroes. The themes can often remain quite generic, which gives parents some leeway in their organization.
Once your child starts school they become exposed to a whole new area of commercialism and their preferences begin to get narrowed down. Last year’s princess party becomes a “Frozen” party with only girls allowed. The superhero party that you threw last year becomes an Marvel party, or, even more specifically, an Iron Man party.
Older children may need something a bit more hands on. Bowling, swimming and laser tag may all be favorites, whilst girls may begin to get interested more in pamper parties, makeovers or sleepovers.
The Pros and Cons
It must be said that themed parties rely heavily on the organizational skills of the parent. You may find yourself up late, night after night, cutting out themed decoration or making invitations by hand.
Ultimately, you can choose to go the whole nine yards on the theme from the invitations to the decorations and food. Or you can just dip your toes in the water with the invitations and dress code. It’s up to you!
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