Another year, another birthday and with it comes the all-important question: what’s the theme for this year? Nowadays, kiddie birthday parties have become nothing short of social events. Children take great pride in the way they celebrate their big day and the party is usually the talk of their tiffin breaks in school for days to come. If you are a parent — and especially if you have more than one child— here’s a list that will help solve the creative block that crops up as your little one’s birthday draws closer. Look through these innovative ideas to help you not only this year but also for the ones to come!
1. Pirate Party
A pirate-themed party, involving treasure hunts, temporary tattoos, masks and funky hats, is almost every little boy’s dream birthday. Divide the kids into groups and have them compete with each other to solve a mystery. Add to this a magician who will cast spells galore and, rest assured, the little ones will have quite an adventure. Try experimenting with the décor as well—skull motifs as table centerpieces, models of shipwrecks, Jack Sparrow impersonators and, of course, a pirate island cake. Don’t forget to hand each kid a mask when they arrive!
2. Get Messy with Art
Getting messy with art is every child’s forte. It’s no surprise then that children are fascinated by the world of art and color. Hand them some paint and a canvas, and you’ll see how quickly they turn into little Picassos. Organize an art-themed birthday party for your little one—guests have the option of turning up in their colorful finery, and the décor can be rainbow-inspired. Take it a notch higher and cover the walls with drawing paper where the kids can unleash their inner artists, and even write messages for the birthday boy/girl! A good idea is to hire an art teacher to host a few games for the kids. Art sets would make the perfect return gift. If your kid loves the art activities at his/her birthday party, you could even sign him/her up for a Warli painting class through Cleartrip.
3. Fun with Blocks
A ‘fun-with-blocks’ themed birthday party can be exciting for children. If you have a son, you are well aware of the agony of him insisting that he wants every single building-blocks set in the toy store! Make his day by throwing him a building-blocks themed birthday party. Every kid gets a builder hat and the décor could replicate a cartoonish construction site. Divide the kids into groups and set up a contest for the one to build the tallest tower. This party is surely going to make your kid the class celebrity! Later, settle them down with scrumptious snacks and the latest LEGO movie to keep them engaged, while you have a gala time with the fellow moms.
4. Circus Theme
The most classic birthday party theme, you can never go wrong with a circus-themed party. Clown and juggler performances are obviously a mainstay with circus-themed parties, as are cotton candy and popcorn vendors. Little fortune-teller tents that tell the kids which cartoon character they were in their past life could be a nice twist. The invite could be designed as a circus entry ticket. Decorate the venue with streamers in the form of trapezes with little figurines hanging off of them! Lastly, surprise the kids with a khoi bag shaped like a circus tent filled with goodies and toys.
5. Best Out of Waste
A best-out-of-waste themed birthday party is not only fun, but comes with a message for the kids, as well. The activities could involve making creative sculptures from papier maché, scrapbooking, newspaper cut-out collages and pencil-shave craft. The cake could be themed on the reuse-reduce-recycle principle. Return gifts could be a hobby set full of clean waste that may be used as creative raw material.
6. Sea Lovers
Most tiny tots are beach babies. A birthday party inspired by the fascinating underwater world could prove to be exciting for any child. Assign the role of a sailor or seafarer to each kid and all the party games can be focused on exploring the aquatic world. The décor could include starfish, sharks, seals and other cute sea creatures. Cupcakes with icing designs of anchors, ‘messages-in-a-bottle’ and ship helms further enliven this theme. Return gifts for the kids could include a compass and telescope along with a journal in which they can jot down their sea journeys. They learn and have a good time.
This may just be the only way to get your kids excited about fruits! Organize a birthday party inspired by these yummy (and healthy) delights with each kid coming dressed as a particular fruit. Decorate the venue like a fruit garden or orchard and order a cake made with your kid’s favorite fruit. The menu could include banana chips, candied apples, strawberry mousse, orange juice, cherry cheesecake and other fruity delights. Return gifts could take an interesting twist—each child gets his/her own ‘gardening kit’ replete with seeds and other tools to go home and plant their own fruit gardens!
8. The Wild
Organize a wildlife-themed party inspired by the Jungle Book. Host it t a restaurant that matches the theme or let your home be the venue (which gives you the option to decorate it the way you want!). This party could even be hosted at a nearby national park or reserve. Include jungle trails, storytelling sessions by an MC dressed as a forest ranger, along with guess-the-animal games—the kids will be thrilled! They could even come dressed as their favorite animal. Sign up for a national park safari on Cleartrip and you’ll be the most popular parent for months to come.
9. Monster in the House
Having a monster-themed birthday party will ensure your kid is never scared ofone hiding under his/her bed! Take tips from Monsters Inc and design the venue as a monster academy. Each child can be handed a monster ID card upon entry, along with a training manual. Games could revolve around teaching kids monster skills and the return gift can be a framed ‘Certificate of Monster Excellence’. How’s that for innovation?
10. Space Out
There are two ways to host a space-themed birthday party: either have it out in the open and under the stars or organize it in indoors with the décorreplicating the inside of a space shuttle. A rocket-inspired cake will surely be the highlight of the party. You could also have an astronomer’s room—essentially a dark room with glow-in-the-dark stickers of stars, planets and aliens stuck all over its walls and ceilings! The birthday invite will be their entry pass to the homely space shuttle.
No more last-minute balloons and shoddy decorations! With these great ideas, you’ll not only be prepared ahead of time but also turn into the ultimate party guru! From treasure hunts to story sessions, kids will take home much more than simply return gifts. What’s more, you’ll create the best memories for your child year after year!