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Creative Party Theme Ideas

Lots of people ask us how do you choose a creative party theme idea and bring it to life.  We recommend taking advantage of what's already available and building upon that.  Whether it's a holiday party, birthday party or another occasion there are thousands of great party themed supplies available. 

Since there are so many party supplies to choose, we recommend starting with these products and then adding your own creative touches. The sky really is the limit; you can add as many creative elements as you like so that your party truly is unique. 

We always like to remind parents to remember to consult with your child when choosing creative party theme ideas. A child's interests can change weekly so be sure your child has input. 

To make the decision making easier for your child consider giving your child a few options and let your child pick from a list of themes. The child feels involved in the planning process and proud when the theme comes together.

To make things easier for our readers we've compiled a list of creative party theme ideas.  We've created a page of ideas on popular kids party themes.  Pick the ones that interest you and your child. Each theme will provide helpful information on decorations, games, favors, refreshments, invitations and more.

1st Birthday Party 2nd Birthday Party Abby Cadabby
Airplane Alice In Wonderland Baby Einstein
Barbie Batman Baseball
Blues Clues Bowling Candyland
Carnival/Circus Party Cars-Disney Christmas
Cinco De Mayo Cowboy Cupcake
Dinosaur Easter Fairies
Football Games Games - Outdoor
Glamour Girl Gymnastics Halloween
Handy Manny Harry Potter Hawaiian Luau
Little Einstein Karate Nascar
Pirate Princess Safari Party
Scooby Doo Slumber Party - Girls Slumber Party - Boys
Space Party Sponge Bob Party Star Wars
Superbowl Tea Party Thomas The Train
Train Party Toddler Party Toy Story
Valentines Day Wizard of Oz

Creative Party Theme Ideas

Allow yourself about 6-8 weeks to plan your child's party. 8 weeks if you're planning live entertainment (depending on where you live entertainment can book up early) and 6 weeks if they'll be no live performer.

Planning begins with a party theme. A theme gives you a blueprint to follow which makes the entire planning process easier. A theme can be anything from a favorite TV show, book, toy or movie. Or maybe your child loves Cars, Baseball or Barbie dolls.

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A little creativity goes a long way.  It really is easy to incorporate creative party theme ideas into a children's birthday party with little expense. The simplest way is through party supplies that incorporate your theme.  For any popular kids theme you will find many products.  The products will range from plates and cups to decorations, games and more.  We always recommend purchasing some of these items to express your theme.

Once you've come up with a theme, use it!  Especially for a kids party.  Use the theme throughout the party using the themed items you've purchased as well as adding your own ideas.  Don't just stick with the basics.  There are lots of small things you can add that are unique such as a sign-in book or sign-in-stuffed animal, lawn signs directing guests to the party, personalized banners, welcome door signs and much more.  

And remember no party is complete without balloons. An essential and inexpensive decorating item. Balloons pull your party theme together and make your party festive.


Invitations are also easy to find in most popular themes.  This makes the selection of invitations simple. Using an invitation that matches your theme is an excellent way to let your guests know what to expect. It's also a good way to get the children excited when they see their favorite character on the invitation. 

But, it's not essential to use an invitation that matches your theme, there are plenty of other options.  Some other options would be using an invitation website to print your own invitations or creating your own invitation using clip art and a catchy phrase.  In addition, the e-vite is becoming increasingly popular and appropriate for a more informal party. 


When planning food for a children's party do not overthink it.   Save your gourmet meals for your next adult party. The best advice we can give is keep the food simple and fun.  Having food that resembles your theme is always fun. 

Most kids only care about the cake therefore pizza, chicken nuggets, subs, hot dogs and fruit all work.

When throwing a kids party where the parents stay having something for the parents to munch on is a good idea.  You can always order extra pizza and subs for the grown ups.  Just add a green salad or pasta salad for them and that dresses it up enough. 

The Cake

Whether you choose to purchase a bakery cake or make your own, the cake should match your theme. You can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. If you are throwing a Princess Party make a pink cake and add a crown topper...this is simple and it matches your theme. If you want to be more adventurous then decorate your Baseball Party cake with a baseball diamond. Remember, the cake should not only be tasty but also a decorative element that fits in well with your party theme.

We would love to hear from you.  Share your creative party theme ideas and if we use any of your ideas we will give you credit on the site!

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