For most kids, birthday parties are one of the biggest highlights of the year. All their friends are there, they get some presents, and the is day is about some serious, let’s get down to business FUN! We took a look at the most creative, out-of-the-ordinary parties we could find, and we have to say, some people really know how to go all out! Here are 11 amazingly unique kid’s birthday party themes to help you plan a party that your kid will never forget!
If your child is fascinated by science, try hosting a mad scientist theme party with hands-on experiments. This video from HooplakidzLab features 10 amazing science experiments you can do at home, from constructing a hovercraft to making a homemade lava lamp.
For summer birthdays, a wipeout themed party can be an absolute blast. Use your imagination and some tips from Hey KerriP to put together a fun, water-based obstacle course to challenge and delight your guests. You don’t have to have a pool or rent an expensive inflatable water slide. Get creative with inexpensive props like Slip’N Slides, sprinklers, water noodles, inflatable kiddie pools and water balloons.
Here’s a simple and economical idea that harnesses your silly side. Throw a regular party but do everything backwards. Coolest Kid Birthday Parties has some fun tips, like sending “thank you” cards invites (with a future date) that say, “thanks for coming to my backwards birthday party, January 5th at 11:00, we had a really good time!” Ask your guests to wear their clothes backwards, greet them by saying “goodbye” and eat the birthday cake first!
If your child loves dinosaurs, there’s no shortage of creative party possibilities. Start your party planning by pondering this Spaceships and Laser Beams post, with 100+ dinosaur party ideas. Equip your little guests with plastic buckets, rakes and shovels and have them explore and dig around your yard for “dinosaur bones.” And don’t forget dessert; check out these creative dinosaur cake ideas!
For a unique and sophisticated theme party for older girls, why not emulate a Parisian Cafe? Decorate with fresh flowers and play the Amélie soundtrack. Let’s Explore suggests fun activities like impressionist painting with Q-tips and serving dainty snacks like baguettes, cheese, croissants and Nutella.
Fancy a British birthday bash? The Hostess With the Mostess has some fabulous suggestions, from a Union Jack themed cake to a British phone booth to double as a photo booth. And don’t forget crowns and tiaras for the royal family!
Play up your child’s desire to build things with a construction party. Get some great ideas from this post by Spaceships and Laser Beams. Decorating is a snap with props like toy trucks, construction cones and “under construction” tape instead of streamers. Keep kids busy with constructive hands-on activities, like building a cardboard house or searching for buried treasure with toy shovels in a sand pile. And there’s always room for dirt cake, complete with gummy worms, for dessert!
Glow in the Dark Party
All you need are a couple of black lights and some packages of glow sticks to get this party started! ParentMap suggests telling your guests to wear white or neon and has a great list of decorative tips, games and inspiration. “Kids will love seeing that anything neon-colored or white glows under the black lights, including their teeth! Add glow or LED accessories and scads of glow sticks as party favors to trip the light fantastic!”
Is your child obsessed with a particular book right now? Why not host a storybook themed party? Children’s books like Alice and Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory can offer whimsical party inspiration. Tip Junkie compiled a phenomenal spread of 40 book-themed parties, including free printables and party game ideas. And why not involve your child in brainstorming and party planning?
Set the stage for a magic party with props like top hats, wands and capes. Let your little magician be the star of the show by learning and rehearsing some simple magic tricks ahead of time. Find great ideas for tricks from Funology. As for refreshments, mix up some magic potion and create edible wands with skewered fruit or cake pops.
This one is super unique and one of our absolute favorites! Let each child choose their favorite person (can be real or fictitious) or period in history (or the future!). You’ll end up with a room full of pirates, knights, astronauts, cavemen, disco dancers, and futurenauts all having a blast. For food, how about a cake that’s a time machine? Cookies that look like clocks? Ribs for your little Neanderthals and freeze-dried food for the astronauts? With this party theme, the options are endless. For decor try large sheets of brown packing paper to turn a hallway into a cave. Turn the kitchen into an ice cream parlor from the 50’s. Use cardboard to turn the backyard jungle gym into a spaceship. This could be the only party where you see Abe Lincoln and Buzz Lightyear competing in the egg toss!
There really isn’t anything on this list that doesn’t sound super fun to us! What’s the most unique party you’ve ever thrown? We and our readers would love to hear about it!