Children's Party Ideas

Published July 20, 2012

We all know that planning a child’s Birthday party is exhausting but ask any parent who has been there and they will admit it was worth it in the end. The best ideas for children’s Birthday parties come from the child. Just ask them what their favorite thing in the world is and you’re set. The theme of the party should be in place right from the invitations to the end- of- the- party loot bags.

Coming up with decorating ideas and activities for the kids is not an easy task. Once you have your theme in mind, make sure to keep it consistent throughout the day.

Here are some party ideas that may help you get started with a theme and keep the decorating interesting and fun.


Decorating Ideas

Decorating the room for your child’s party should be easy and cost efficient. I always try to use simple items like paper cups, plates, balloons and other novelty items from the Dollar store to keep the cost down. This is especially crucial if you are planning a large party.

For an outdoor pool party, try miniature grass and umbrella place card settings with tiny rubber balls. The setting is very appealing to the eye and the kids can take home the items at the end of the day.

I love using photos of the kids on items. Take an existing photo of your child from your file on your computer or have a hard copy headshot photograph photocopied in a 2×2 inch format. Cut out the headshot and glue to paper cups, plates and the loot bag.

Use other color coordinated paper cups as loot bags. Simply decorate with sponge stick-ons (from Michael’s), or tissue paper and cut the top edge with fancy scissors. Fill with penny candy and tie a pipe cleaner on each side as a handle.

Paper cups and paper plates make fun pedestals for light food items such as cupcakes and veggies. Simply invert the solid color cup and place a matching paper plate on the top.


Activity Ideas

Kids love to stay busy. Keep them this way with these activity ideas.

Disposable cameras are worth their weight in gold. This is a great item to have at the place setting and let the kids take their own photographic memories of the party.

Coloured wigs are also fun. These wigs can be purchased at Dollar stores and costume suppliers and provide hours of entertainment for the kids.

Try arts and craft activities as well.  Rock painting is fun for the younger ones and you can find many unpainted, wood items such as photo frames, cutout animals and key chains at craft stores that the older kids enjoy painting as well.

Don’t forget the loot bags. Leftover scraps of fabric lying around the house make fabulous loot bags. Sew the sides up and tie off with ribbon. Coloured paper bags at the Dollar stores are also great. Fold over the top and punch two holes through the edge. Insert a ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.