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Birthdays are so fun for children, but can be so stressful for parents. With so many different things to buy and plan it can be a real hassle. When my twins were turning five, the Betty Crocker website was great in helping me with the party planning.  It has everything you could possibly need to help plan your child’s birthday party, from how to make themed birthday cakes to what party favors to give the guests.  One of my personal favorites, the page for the Flip-Flop party, tells you how to make Flip-Flop themed invitations, gives you ideas for party favors (funky sunglasses), and a list of fun game ideas (can’t go wrong with water balloons), as well as teaching you how to make a Flip-Flop cake!

The website has all kinds of helpful information like instructional videos, shopping lists, party activities and games, and invitations. It also has different themes so your children won’t be limited in their birthday party dreams!

This year I asked my girls what kind of party they wanted.   It’s hard to get two kids to agree, but we ended up with wanting a bunny cake and something with spots.  (Pretty generic if you ask me).   Another toss up was a butterfly cake.

We let them pick out invitations from the website to send out and pick the activities they wanted to do. They had a blast and it was worth all the planning!

To try out their website with all these plans, Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark sent us a “Bake Life Sweeter” pack. It had VIP coupons, a $100 gift card, and a Flip video camera.

Want to win your own Birthday Planning pack??

Leave a comment with a great birthday theme idea.

The prize::

  • Flip Ultra Video Camera
  • VIP coupons
  • Baking tools to help you make your cake
    • Anonymous

      I think a pirate themed party is a cool idea. You can buy the eyepatches, a toy parrot, etc at the dollar tree, and then you could have a game such as a treasure hunt with clues hidden around the house and yard :).

      Amy Lauren
      proudpatriot2007@yahoo.com

    • Brewerfamily2006

      It is a little difficult to plan birthday parties at our house. The kids (quintuplets) will be turning 6 yrs old this year. We have had: It is fun to be 1, Barnyard Animals, Dora and Diego, Firestation party ( firetruck and dalmation cakes) and last year they picked Batman, Spiderman and Princesses. This year we are having a Birthday Fiesta. I am getting sombreros, making salsa, nachos, quesadillas, having a pinata, pinning the tail on the donkey and much much more.

      brewerfamily2006@yahoo.com

    • Francomom00

      I love doing a pirate themed party for my boys. They love the treasure hunt and a craft of making a treasure chest.

    • Thepierces

      I love the carnival theme! Face painting, games with prizes, cotton candy, etc.

    • Ginny Lathan

      What a wonderful site. The grandchildren just went to Disneyland and a Disney BD theme would be great.

    • Larissa

      I would need to make Star War themed cakes. It is quite hard for me

    • Pdubcdub

      For my sons 6th we did a tornado theme party! It was so much fun! We had a tornando pinata and DH made a tornado cake!

    • Nlpoe

      We just did a baseball themed party for DS 9's birthday!

    • Tracy Harper

      My sister just celebrated my niece's 1st birthday last month and did a flower garden theme. How perfect for those spring and summer birthdays. She got really creative and made flower cakes by arranging 7 cupcakes to look like a flower! She cut out flower petals from colored construction paper and hung them from the ceiling. The kids absolutely loved it!

    • Val

      Beach party! Cheap slip n slides, pools, and buckets with shovels as party favors.

    • Sarah

      I'm planning a Noah's Ark theme for my baby boy's first party and a firetruck theme for my son who will turn 3 soon!

    • trmjkitchen

      Our son was born on St. Patrick's Day, so this year for his 1st birthday, we did a “green theme” using all things shamrock.

    • Lori

      Cowboys and Indians party!

    • Marnie

      Rainbow theme – all the children dressed in colorful colors, rainbow streamers throughout house, colorful treats, rainbow cake, etc.

    • Lisa C.

      My favorite party theme for my daughter was her carnival theme…..we had a face painter, balloons everywhere, a huge tub of popcorn with popcorn bags (from the $1 section at Target), cotton candy hanging in little bags and tons of games geared for the little ones!

    • Amandackesler

      My boyfriend's little brother had a party for his 9th birthday. It was spy themed, which included: fingerprinting, a cake made to look like a bomb, and a spy hunt where they went around the neighborhood looking for clues to find where his bday presents were hidden.

    • Amanda

      I have boy/girl twins, and we planned a mickey/minnie mouse themed party! I would love a Planning Pack to help with next year's fun theme ;)

    • For my daughter's 1st Birthday, we chose a “Sugar and Spice” theme just like the poem. We used pink and brown, and filled the room with things such as the classic lollipops, glass jars of brown sugar and pink rock candy, and all sorts of goodies! It turned out to be REALLY cute! Now, she will be 2 in a couple months, and this would be PERFECT!

    • Avanga6

      Tea Party theme is my fav! Teapot cake as well at little teapots filled with candy instead of treat bags. & dress-up at a tea party is a MUST! The girls are SO cute in thier big hats & faux pearls:) Love it!!!

    • Katen21

      We are anticipating a French themed birthday party. We are looking to make either an Eiffel Tower cake or an Arc de Triumph cake. We will do espresso (most likely hot chocolate) in espresso cups with traditional french faire, we will do Eiffel Tower themed invitations.

    • Nikki

      Oh I have a GREAT idea that I am planning for my son this year. An Army theme. He's turning 11. The save-the-dates are “top secret” invitations rolled into cans that they have to unravel to read and that will 'self destruct.' then the real invitations will have army shirts to wear around school and come to my son's house afterwards for the party. They will do fun army games and scavenger hunts. They can wear army paint on their faces and have an army camp out in the backyard with glow sticks. almost everything can be purchased at an army surplus store. I am very excited about this. Wonder how I can make a camoflague cake?!?

    • Perrytonya

      I did a luau themed party for my daughter one year. It was awesome. The cake I made was a flat cake with sand (crushed grahams) and water and some palm trees with some hula dancers on it I found at a five and dime store. :)

    • kristin

      We had a nursery rhymes party!

    • Heazer

      Decorate your own cupcake parties are always a hit with the little ones in our family!

    • Loren

      For girls, I love the idea my girlfriend did for her 5 year old. She had a princess spa-themed birthday party. Have a small number of girls lined up in chairs, give them pedicures and manicures (age appropriate) and possibly little massages while they get to watch a movie. Then, the girls get to dress up like princesses & are visited by a “real” Disney Princess! There was face painting, picture taking, story telling, snacks & drinks and cupcakes. FUN!

    • Mindy Hodge

      Darling Diva Party. Boas, dress up clothes, painting cute little fingers and piggies!

    • Leah

      We are planning an Indiana Jones style party. Messenger bags and hats from thrift stores, and lots of outdoor treasure hunting. Our “treasure” will be glass jewels we found on sale at a craft store. Will be fun!

    • My son loves comic book heros so we are going with a Superhero theme. We are inviting all guests to wear a Superhero costume of their choice. I am so excited!

    • Crystal

      Last year we hosted an ice cream party. We made pin the cherry on the cone. I set up small tables with different ice cream toppings & the goodie bags were ice cream cone cups (parlor style). I even made a cake in the shape of an ice cream cone. I must say–it was a great party & the kids had a blast!!

    • jennifer c

      My best party was for both of my boys we had a pirate theme. We had a costume party we made eye patches out of cardboard. we let each kid decorate a ship shaped cookie. We had a huge scavenager hunt with their goodie bags at the end

    • Dwaynejenn46

      We did a Bob the Builder theme one year and easily made a cake to look like bricks stacked with mortar.

    • Loren

      My 30th birthday is in a few weeks and I want to have a 'Thirty, Flirty & Thriving” 80s themed birthday party!

    • Eadonham21

      For my 24th birthday, I had a movie theme. I had all my friends and family dress like their favorite actor/actress or movie character. And my cake looked like one of the Hollywood stars!

    • Melissa

      This year we ar doing my DS birthday @ a local Fire house! Man there are tons of cheap ways to do this them…lots of blogs and websites FULL of ideas!! :O)

    • stephanie m

      my sisters bday is oct 27: I love the FALL birthday stuff– pumpkins, leaves, the possibilities are endless… dont forget a GREAT camp fire with smores..

      my 1st little one is due in 9 weeks… how fun to plan a 1st bday! she is not even here yet and i can only imagine how great it is gonna be!!!

    • Michele

      My newphew turned 3 the weekend Toy Story 3 came out. We made a game room themed around Pizza Planet. Each child received a punch card with a character and their name on it. At each game they had their card punched. Games inlcuded: Destroy Zurg laser game, Pin the tail on Hamm, Potato Head Mix-Up, Alien Grab and a Toy Story Ball Toss. Green alien punch was served with Pizza Planet Pizza. We also had a rocking horse set up where the kids could dress up like cowboys and take their picture with Woody. It was so much fun and then we went to see the movie after.

    • Mary

      I did a Safari Theme birthday for my son and daughter, with a jungle cake. Treat bags were safari hats, homemade binoculars (that we made and decorated at the party), cameras (from the dollar store), safari notepad and pen. Then we all went on a “safari hunt” and searched for plastic animals I had hidden in the yard. Lots of fun and it kept the kids very busy!!

    • jeni

      Ew how fun! My daughter is having a flip flop party and this is great! My daughter when she was little we did a little people party. Everyone bought her little people and we did it in primary colors adn so forth it was really neat all the babys played with the toys on the floor. It was a great time!

    • Aguzman218

      For a boy, I love a Firetruck themed party! And you can even get a firetruck to come to your house! My daughter is having a Minnie Mouse party this year for her 2nd birthday because she loves Minnie Mouse right now.

    • Angrcoking

      a friend of mine is having a strawberry Party for her little girl. Everything we make has to have the strawberry flavor. We made homeade strawberry marshmallows! they are so cute but not as cute as Madelynn. Can't wait to see what else her creative mom has come up with.

    • Ann Caren

      My son will be 6 in October. He wants a Lego Theme.

    • Ephanent

      I make my husband a “golf course” birthday cake since he loves to golf. I used a sheet cake and used gel icing for a lake, green coconut for the “green”, pretzel with fruit roll up for the flag, a tic tac for the golf ball. It turned out really cute.

    • Stacy

      We did a “dog” themed party. Served coco-puffs in NEW, CLEAN Dog bowls which the boys thought were awesome. (looked just like dog food!) We made the cake in the shape of a dog bone. and had themed games to go along with it. Totally easy and fun birthday idea for boys.

    • Snolen4

      We did a beach theme party for my nephew's 4th birthday with a sand box hunt-toy sea creatures, shells, etc., gave sand pails and shovels as party favors with treats and toys such as blow up beach balls and bubbles. WE had plastic blow up pools, a slip and slide, beach blankets with umbrellas and a cake made like a sand castle. The kids and parents had a great time

    • Craftywife

      I have a teen daughter and we did a 'spa' party. The girls painted each others nails. Several moms helped and we did massages and facials for the girls! They loved it!

    • smmrtym70

      Last year we did a “Mad Scientist” birthday party for our son who was turning 9. He loves science and his birthday included fun science experiments like making goo, your own handmade ice cream, mentos rocket in diet coke and it just would not have been complete without a smoking volcano cake! It was so awesome! I'm not sure who had more fun, the kids or the adults.

    • Merrittdenise

      We also love the Betty Crocker website. They have some great cake ideas. We've done a dragon them with a 4-D cake, fish them, princess them with the top of a barbie placed on top of a dome cake (dress bottom), all sorts of fun thems.

    • Courtney S

      My daughter's birthday is in October, so last year for her 4th birthday, we did a pumpkin painting party. I bought little pumpkins and let every one paint their own and then take it home as one of the favors. Everyone loved it and it turned out so cute. We had a pumpkin shaped cake with orange colored icing surrounded by cupcakes that individually looked like little pumpkins.

    • Kimmie321

      This year we are doing a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme birthday party. The decorations have been easy to make and I am planning on making a caterpillar cake.

    • jfbgflet

      The best party I have seen has been a Fear Factor party. Invitations were sent out in jelly jars filled with goo and the boys and girls had to dig through the goo for the party invite. Games involving fun foods that were made out to be “fearful foods” were involved along with stunts and challenges. Each child received a Fear Factor bandana that the hostess had made using iron on transfers printed on her computer. It was a huge success!

    • sonyapell

      My 9 year old and 5 year old share a birthday. For their last party, we made each of them a round, 2 layer white cake. I let them each pick out their own flavors of jello, and help me poke the cake layers, and pour jello over them. The end results were an LSU purple and gold cake for my son (decorated with candy footballs, and yellow decorating sugar), and a fairy cake with blue and yellow layers (decorated with little Tinkerbell toys, and blue sugar), for my daughter. They both got to ice their own cakes as well (with Cool Whip), and put the decorations on however they wanted.

      At the party, it became a competition to see who could get the most guests to choose their cake. :)

    • Smiley

      The princess theme is not new but now with all the new edible glitter and edible jewels available for cake and cookie decorating, it will be a whole lot easier!

    • Tindall08

      My son turned 1 in May. I wanted something special for him and for the guest to have fun. The theme was green, yellow, red and blue. I had those colors for balloons and table cloths. I had plates and napkins with those colors with the number 1 on them. I had candy in tin pails for the guest as a party favor. The cake incorporated those colors with a big cupcake on top with a 1 on top of the cupcake. It was simple but very cute

    • T2Nashville

      Backyard parties are always great and can be very reasonably priced, especially when using decorations from stores like Dollar Tree and couponing for the food items. Also, many pizza places offer $5 pizza deals.

    • Crystal

      We've been through ponies and princesses so this year we're on to the latest obsession – bugs. I'm a little nervous about this one.

    • Mcollins5

      Having a water party is very fun and easy to pull off. Set out the waterhose, sprinklers, slip and slide, and water balloons and let the kids entertain themselves. It takes half the amount of time to plan and your kids will have a blast!

    • Stephanie

      I am planning a tie dyed birthday for my daughter, who will be 5 next month. We are going to have a tie dyed cake, decorations & of course, we are going to tie dye t-shirts!!

    • Allisonwainwright

      I love planning birthday parties! and when friends ask me for advice. we're doing a luau theme for my daughters sixth birthday are are having a huge inflattable water slide, limbo, hula hoops and a hawaiin pinata for activities, treat bags are going to be beach bags, with sunglasses/water bottles/bubbles…..of course we have to have lei's for everybody for food we're having. fish sticks/pineapple/goldfish for kids and hawaiin meatballs, shrimp cocktail and ham rolls, and some other snacky things for appetizers.

    • Traci

      Last year we did a football theme for our son, and had all the kids wear their favorite football shirts/cheerleading outfits (or dress in a favorite team color) and we had a music from Monday night football & ESPN playing in the background. We did a football field cake & had hot dogs and nachos for the food. This year I need a new theme to top our last party!

    • I'd have to say and under the sea theme would be a lot of fun.

    • Mydeere5

      We had a BARNYARD theme for our son's 2nd birthday. We had a local traveling petting zoo set up all of their animals for the children to feed and pet…they even brought their miniature horse for pony rides! We had a great red barn cake complete with haystacks and fodant farm critters. It was as much fun for the parents as the kids!

    • Rebekah

      I recently helped my aunt with her son's 1st Birthday and it was a fireman's theme. For the older kids we did fireman drills and games. She used my grandfather's fireman boots and hat as part of the decor. The birthday party was very fun and personal.

    • Tara

      I'm doing a Ladybug Theme for a 1 year old's party next month and a Candyland theme for a 3 year old in October.

    • Adrianbeadel

      My daughter is turning 8 this month and loves the new Alice in Wonderland so that is the theme of our party. I am making her cake a replica of the mad hatters hat. There will be tea and croquet. She is very excited.

    • Pawstoreflect

      For my sons 1st birthday party, we had a Peter Rabbit theme. I made some of the foods mentioned in the book, i.e. Currant buns, blackberries, chamomile tea. For decorations, I used images from the story, like a stuffed rabbit in a watering can and some play mice with green peas. The cake was in the shape of a rabbit. The favor boxes were filled with seed packets, a Bunny Trail mix I concocted with roasted and salted green peas/dehydrated cantaloupe/whole grain fish crackers/dried apricots/pretzels, and childrens' dream pillow sachets filled with chamomile and lavender. I found the cutest keepsake scroll online with things that were going on the day our son was born and had all the guests sign it.

    • Christymm1

      My son is having a party Aug 7th we are doing a fear factor sleep over party. We are still making all the games and he is so excited about this.

    • Melissa

      We did a ladybug picnic birthday party for my daughter when she turned two, I made the invitations with red and black poster board shaped like a ladybug, when you opened the wings the party details were inside, we did cupcakes with ladybug picks and had pork barbeque and all the fixings, took red plastic silverware and wrapped them with black napkins and placed them in a basket. The tableclothes were red with black streamer down the table with black spots taped to the red. Everything was red and black and she loved it. Got many compliments on it. Last year was butterflies, I made a butterfly shaped cake and we also had another picnic and the kids got to get in the kiddie pool. This year will be Dora, havent finalized the details yet though. Thinking of making it centered around the beach and have beach buckets to hold the food and the shovels to serve the food!

    • Mikimklein

      For my egg and peanut allergic son's birthday we celebrated with a “Snowball Derby” theme. His birthday is in January (hence the “Snowball” in the theme) and he loves race cars… I made the cake with our egg replacer and we celebrated with race car games and actual personalized trophies for each child as a party favor. My little one was dressed in his race car driver outfit (from Santa) and all of his race car toys served as decorations! It was super simple and so much fun!

    • Stephanie

      Quite a few years ago, when my nephew was younger, his favorite show was Fear Factor. So, my sister and I did a Fear Factor themed birthday party that year. We bought one of those brain shaped jello molds and had that as one of their tasks. We had them bobbing for plastic snakes instead of apples in a big tub. We made one of those kitty litter cakes complete with tootsie rolls hanging on the side and everything. But of course, like children, will do, the hardest task for any of them was the eating your vegetables station. We had radishes, onions and a few other vegetables set up and they had the hardest time choking those down. LOL

    • Skippingmerrily

      Construction theme! Our den was in the process of remodeling, so it ended up being a great backdrop;) We used caution tape as streamers and created road signs out of poster board for decorations. I was able to secure a few extra of the building projects that Lowes does with the kids for their build and grow clinics, so that was the kids' activity. Each child got to take home their (kid-size) hammer and their work apron. The cake looked like a construction site, with little matchbox vehicles decorating it.

    • Ncmadsen

      One of the funnest parties we had was a treasure hunt with clues all over the neighborhood.

    • Amy

      I've done a number of birthday party themes and was shocked when the biggest hit by far was the balloon theme. We can forget sometimes that the classics are classic for a reason! We made a hot air balloon for a craft and the kids used the basket part to hold all the candy they got from the balloon pinata. There were balloon relay races and other games, a balloon cake, and their party favors were tied to the end of a helium balloon. It was simple and classic and well loved.

    • Forevercarolina

      I want to recreate one of the “Cake Boss” cakes for my kids birthday. For those of you who haven't seen cake boss, it's a show on TLC about a bakery. They make amazing cakes! The cake of choice, a pirate cake. Shaped like a treasure chest! It probably won't look as good as the Cake Boss's cake, but I'm just hoping the kids will love it!

    • Redcntry88

      we had a rocket birthday for my son, my husband decorated the cake himself and did a great job

    • Lia

      We had a cowboy party with a boot cake and 2 ponies in our backyard.

    • Lbooth169

      We did a rubber ducky one for my son's first birthday party. It was a hit.

    • SWilliams1282

      I love the carnival theme! Face painting, games with prizes, cotton candy, etc.

    • Mommy of two

      My cowboy loves to have a ranch party. I have done horseshoe cakes, homemade cards with a picture of my cowboy on the front. Had ponies to ride, water gun fights, horseshoe pitching contests(great to keep the adults happy) Lastly, loads of ranch style food. So close to western that we could just imagine John Wayne and a Texas plain.(The August Georgia Heat helps out too)

    • Roxy_rachel_84

      My son will be one in October, and I'm doing a monkey theme and make a monkey cake.

      • Ancpercival

        That’s what we did for our Son’s 1st B-day LAST October. So cute!

    • my3sons

      I am having one BIG party for my 3 boys this year and they want a Toy Story party, but I want it to be different then the basic stuff you buy at the stores. This would be great to help me create that!

    • Mandy Ree

      What a fun prize to win! I am currently in b-day planning mode. My son will turn 1 on Sept. 19th and my daughter will turn 3 on Sept. 20th. I think we're going to do a combined party at a local park with (not the Disney one) a Princess and a Frog theme…will be making 2 cakes and home made princess and cute, little green frog invites, decorations etc. etc. I'm excited!! :)

    • Crystalyoung1022

      My daughters favorite was a cheerleader them. We had some college cheerleaders over and they taught the girls some cheers. We had cupcakes and snacks.It was easy to plan and everyone had a great time!

    • Jamie

      for girls, Rock star diva… and for boys, monster trucks

    • SBraden

      Our biggest hit was the Lego theme we had for our son this year. I set up tables, and let the kids 'free play' with the legos. Lego cake was a HIT! And as party favors I found lego shaped candy.

    • Paulaskeans11

      My daughter will be 3 next month. We are planning a pool party with family and friends. Dont really know what we will do in planning stages. Last yr. we did a barnyard pary. We just put all her big toys in the yard and have haybales for seats and cowboy hats etc. We tried to find a pony…I love to plan her parties.

    • Saratate07

      I always like to do a fun craft and have the kids make pizza bagels for lunch.

    • We'll probably end up doing a train theme for my son's birthday. I'd love to be able to make an actual 3Dtrain, but may have to take some technique classes first!!

      We did Nemo last year, and I made a fish cake. He loved it!

    • Melissa C

      I think a Crayon themed party would be fun. It's easy to decorate with primary colors and crayons make a great party favor.

    • Jen

      Pirate theme! Search for “buried treasures” in the sandbox, make pirate hats, and dress up like pirates.

    • deb

      a critter party , bugs , snakes and more !! BOYS love this stuff . A cake that is made to look like dirt with a snake around the bottom and bugs all around. We have a local ” Critter guy” you can hire for b-day parties he comes out with snakes the kids can interact with and interesting bugs and other critters . believe it or not alot of girls even enjoy it .

    • Michellelhs

      Josh is all into sports now so we are doing a sports theme. The invites I am making will will like tickets to a sporting event. I am planning on a skateboard cake and sports themed gmaes. All the little kids are invited to wear their favorite team t shirt or jersey or “sports clothes”.
      We have a basketball toss game and several other things like that planned and are giving out treat baskets in the shape of soccer, basketball and baseball baskets (these are mini easter baskets I got clearenced after easter).

    • Lori B.

      We just had my daughter's 5th birthday party. It was a pool party at my inlaws house but we used a ladybug theme. My mother in law found a bug theme party stuff at party city that had lots of lady bugs on it. But I had decided that I was just going to use red, black & white stuff from Dollar Tree. Since my m-i-l went to all that trouble, I just used what she bought instead. I used a round Pyrex bowl to bake the body part of the ladybug cake & a cupcake for the head. I used red & blake icing. I then made little ladybugs out of cupcakes for all the kids to have their own bug. For party favors, we made bug jars. I used 1/2 pint mason canning jars. We used a mesh material I found at Walmart really cheap as a screen with the jar ring so the bugs could breathe. We decorated the jars with wiggly eyes & black pipe cleaners for antennas. They turned out super cute. I found ladybug ribbon at Walmart which we glued around the lid ring. The party was a huge success.

    • Julia9874

      how about giving as a theme? something to raise donations for a local charity? Reading to benefit a library, kittens or puppies for a local animal shelter? in leu of gifts, donations can be made for the charity and either the birthday child can donate, or the whole party could visit the charity for the donation

    • Cathy

      Earlier this year my son turned 12 and he was really into the Percy Jackson books. We got SUPER lucky cause the movie came out the same weekend as his birthday. We sent out movie invites and took all of his friends to see the movie and had burger king for dinner (his fav) I made a cake that was blue (the color of food that Percy's mom makes for him on his birthday) with blue icing and made waves and added large grain sugar for the sea foam. He LOVED it, and we got him a dog for his b'day and he named it Hades after the lord of the underworld! (if you aren't familiar with the book it's about greek mythology)

    • Sue

      My child's bday is coming up and I would love to win the planning pack to help with the preparation. He had a McDonald/Karate theme the last time.

    • Your never too old for birthday parties and birthday cakes. A birthday is a celebration of a person and with good friends and family it can also be a fun reflection back on the past year. Everyone brings a memory representation to the party of something from the past year involving the person. It can be a picture, an item, whatever – and then people can take turn sharing while enjoying a happy birthday with a cake in fun colors!

    • CP

      I have done the construction and rockstar themes for my son and this year we are doing superheroes! Complete with customized cape party favors and a fun mask making craft.

    • Melissa W.

      For my son's 1st Birthday the theme was “Let's Have a Ball”. The invitation said that Jackson was turning one and rounding up all his friends to come and have a ball with him. The decorations were a sports theme, beach ball, etc… We did everything round, the decorations had footballs, soceer balls, baseballs, etc.. There were about 30 beach balls that were blown up for the kids to play with and then that was their party favor to take home. The birthday cake was actually a big cupcake, then smaller cupcakes for the guests(again round), then we had sausage balls, cookies, round food, all served in bowls. The party was at a gym where they could play ball. It was great!

    • Kj_jones16

      Starwars- with lightsavers from the dollar store. Fun and inexpensive. They loved it.

    • Cmccurry

      You could have a birthday party where kids bring thier pet. The invitations and cake could be in the form of a pet. You could let each child show off thier pet, give prizes for best looking, most look alike etc.

    • April

      Being the flower and garden lover that I am, I think having a sunflower themed party would be terrific (or just flowers & butterflies in general) would make a lovely party. This would be great for little girls, teens and adults – great for Mother's Day, Spring party, Wedding shower, etc. Hope to win ;o) Thanks for the opportunity.

    • Obxagee

      I am in the process of planning a Hot Wheel birthday.

    • Loraleewarner

      When my son turned two a few months ago I attempted to make him a basketball cake… that definitely would have turned out better with the right tools, but he loved it and had a blast blowing out the candles on his 'basketball'. Not to mention eating it!

    • Cathy

      I don't really have a good theme idea, but every year we do our two girls' parties together and we try to have one fun thing (inflatable, pinata, pool party/slip n slide) for all the kids to do and then keep all the food simple and have cupcakes and little ice cream cups for the kids. It's always a blast for the girls, great on us because we only have to do one party and fairly easy on the budget:)

    • Ec_pelkey

      Every year, for my older child born around the Christmas holidays and other friends with birthdays around the same time, we organize a December Babies Party. This allows all of the friends to be together at ONE BIG Party and helps the parents with holiday stresses of too much to do. We have a puppet show, a large cake to go with the theme, and prizes for all of the birthday kids, ie books and toys. Last years theme was the jungle, the year before that was frogs and before that (since we live in South Ga and had warm weather that year) we did a playground and bubbles party. This is his 5th birthday and time for his own party, so I am struggling with what to do this year.

    • dana

      We had a western themed party. Campfire stew, trail mix and smores. Stick horse races and roping competition for activities. The kids loved dressing up and I gave cowboy hats and bandanas as party treats.

    • Tia D

      My four year old is really into trains…so I love the idea of a railroad theme…a small train made from cardboard boxes would be cute for a “photo opt” backdrop. Also lollypops made like the yellow and black railroad crossing sign…I'm a single mom who just bought a house and I think this year we will make that theme happen for him. i'm excited, any ideas from others are welcomed

    • Rgdintn

      We had a cupcake theme party for my daughter's first birthday. Not very original, but she seemed to like it!

    • Lanavdixon

      We did a Southern Belle party for our oldest daughter when she turned 10. The girls all wore party dresses and we made hats to wear and had high tea-apple juice stood in for the ones who did not want tea. Great memory-she is now 27!

    • susansaver

      I did a beach themed party for one of my friends last year. I made a cake with a beach scene on top, using brown sugar for the sand. We also had palm tree cardboard cut-outs for decorations and a parrot pinata.

    • dana

      We had a western themed party. Campfire stew, trail mix and smores. Stick horse races and roping competition for activities. The kids loved dressing up and I gave cowboy hats and bandanas as party treats.

    • Ctomblin

      I have boy/girl twins so it's a little more difficult to come up with one theme for both kids. but a backyard water play party is great for summer birthdays. They're still young enough for a slip & slide, some sprinklers and a couple of inflatable pools.

    • Mary Ann

      My favorite birthday was my surprise 40th birthday with all my girlfriends! =)

    • Jm_akins

      i need ideals for 10year old boy

    • Terri

      My husband is a local self employed photographer so my daughter wanted to a do a photo shoot birthday party. By far it has been the best so far. She absolutley loved it and the girls did too. He set up a backdrop and lights, I brought dress up clothes and accessories. I had 2 college students as our “hair and makeup” artist. They got to change as many times as they wanted and had all their hair and makeup done. Then they did all kinds of photos! For the invitation I did a photo shoot itinerary. I personalized all of them frames and printed out their own picture with my daughter and had it in the frame when they left. IT was trully a hit, she has asked next year for a photo shoot party again.

    • Rita Polk

      We're having a cupcake theme for my daughter's first birthday! The cake will be strawberry — it has to be pink!! :)

    • Kristin

      Star Wars is always a winner of a theme in my house.

    • maysette

      We did a ladybug picnic for our daughter's 2nd birthday!

    • Hendrixonharbor

      For my daughters 5th birthday we planned a “Barbie Goes Camping Party”. We had cute camping stationary with miniature marshallows on roasting sticks (Hobby Lobby scrapbooking product) that were hand delivered to the invited families. We set up 4 small pup tents in the backyard at night and each tent was “stationed” with Barbie activities. We had a ring pit fire going in the middle of yard where a big pot of soup was brewing for the girls and their families. Later we had campfire songs around the fire pit and roasted smores!

    • Jill

      A bug party!! All different kinds of bugs. The boys would love it.

    • Amber H

      I did a “Summer” birthday… instead of a cake I made a bunch of home-made cupcakes that looked like red apples! To create the 'dome-like' appearence for the top of an apple, I cut a mini donut in half and placed in on top of the cupcake and then shapped the home-made red buttercream icing to resemble an apple. I dyed my own sugar red (like sprinkles) to look like they glittered a little bit too! With brown stems made out of tootsie rolls, and small green leaves made out of green-apple laffy taffy! I put the bunch on a basket and it was SO CUTE! The rest of the party included a picnic in the park, and drinks garnished with real flowers.

    • Wanda M

      I think the Magical Princess Theme would be so wonderful!

    • SunnySlone

      Since I was born in Hawaii, my friends threw me a surprise luau-themed birthday party when I turned 13! They made grass skirts for everyone to wear, drank out of fake coconut cups, lots of smoothies and virgin daiquiris with little umbrellas in them… everyone had those plastic leis and we had the fancier flower leis. We played limbo, had dance contests, and the decorations included a big blow-up palm tree and lots of sand and shells on the tables. Oh, and our cake was made to look like a rainbow… very colorful! All in all, a hawaiian-themed party is easy and a lot of fun! :)

    • jules

      beach party at the pool!

    • Amy and her Bunch of 4!

      A “Pay it Forward” party theme would be something unique and special for all of the attendees. Center the theme around our amazing world and have items, crafts and activities relate to 5-10 countries. For example, if you are going to Mexico, decorate a gazebo with flags, pinatas, streamers of the country. Have tortillas of some kind to eat and a craft showing the kids how to make a pinata (later fill it with candy as a game). Then, make the “entrance” to the party a few canned food items, that the kids can donate to a local food bank or ministry. If you have some friends (and/or missionaries) from another country…then let them help you out. Would be a great learning experience for all involved. Make sure you tell the kids why we need to “Pay It Forward” and indeed how special each of us are! I can see “earth” invitations made from recycled CDs, maps for tablecloths and placemats, several gazebos set up to represent the countries of choice with food and crafts to match the country. The cake should be round and decorated to look like the earth. What fun!!!

    • kristin

      For my daughter's 4th birthday we did a cowgirl theme. We held it at a local farm where they have goats and a llama for the kids to pet and a large playground area complete with farm inspired playground equipment. They had a corn train ride pulled by a tractor. I made her cake…it was white horse with pink hair. The goody bags were cowgirl/boy hats with a candy filled bandanna inside them. The kids LOVED it and my daughter said it was the best day ever!

    • Gomama118

      Since we started doing birthdays “on a budget” two years ago, we have done a princess theme and a puppy theme for my daughter and a sports/ball theme and a football (we are in Indy so it was Colts) theme for my son. We always have a small homemade cake for the birthday girl or boy, and we serve cute decorated cupcakes with homemade ice cream. My daughter turns six on the 1st of September so this would be a timely prize for us!!!

    • Ewaller

      We threw a carnival-themed party for our six-year-old daughter in our front yard last year. I baked a round cake, and decorated it to look like a clown, using fondant (really easy!). We hired a large inflatable slide, and a cotton candy maker, which cost only $200 for the entire weekend – the slide arrived on a Friday evening, and the kids had the use of it until Monday morning – it was a major neighborhood hit. Not as much of a hit as the cotton candy maker – it was such a simple thing, but nobody had ever seen one at a birthday party before. Favors were little hand-held novelty games (purchased at the Cracker Barrel porch sale for 75% off) and candy; food was hot-dogs and chips, purchased with coupons, obviously. Invitations were printed on primary-colored cardstock, bought with coupons from Staples.

    • Beverly

      I love a “fiesta” type theme…perfect food, perfect games, and fun decoreations!

    • Lorelei207

      Last year we had a “Pirate Party” for my 4 yr old son. We held the party at a nice park with a covered seating/eating area. We had hats for the kids, pirate tattoos, a treasure hunt with loot bags, a pin the prate on the map and other fun pirate stuff. It was pretty easy and my son had a blast!!

    • Sunnytroncale

      We are having a Toy Story birthday party in August for my girl/boy twins that are turning 4. I figured it was a good neutral theme and they both love the movies! It is going to be a pool party and we are sending home sand buckets filled with water toys (all Toy Story themed of course) for the favors. My husband and I are ATTEMPTING to make a cake that is “Andy's bedroom” with all of the figures on it. Wish me luck on that!

    • Connieb03

      We had a rainbow theme for my daughter's birthday cake this summer. It was a hit!

    • Julia

      A great theme is an Americal Girl Doll theme.

    • Heather

      For my daughter's first birthday, I did a rubber ducky birthday. I made the cake myself and drew a tub on it– complete with bath mat to step on! Then I put 2 rubber duckies in the “tub”… I took extra rubber duckies and made party hats on them out of icing… :) They turned out really cute. I bought a big pack of ducks and wrote on some in permanent marker “Hip Hip Hooray, Dinah is ONE today!” and gave them out as favors. :) It turned out so cute! We had goldfish snacks and blue jello along with our other party food… :)

    • Moglichic

      It's a cupcake party for my daughter who will be three. She is all about “birthday” cake and loved helping to decorate Nanna's birthday cake last month so I thought this would work out best. We will be decorating aprons which the kiddos will take home as favors, then the kiddos will play outside for a while (bubbles, balloons, etc.) then we will come back inside to decorate cupcakes.

    • Donna

      When my son went through a phase of cowboys and Indians, so we planned a western themed birthday party for him. The activities included “panning for gold” in the sandbox where the kids used sand sifters and searched for buried gold coins. The coins could be cashed in for prizes to go in the goody bags. We had toy bow and arrows (the ones with suction cups-not pointy ones) and targets for the kids to try to hit. Of course, the kids got prizes for hitting the target, etc. My husband also hooked up the wagon to the riding mower and gave “train rides” for those who wanted to tour the old west by “train.” I ordered inexpensive cowboy hats and bandannas for each of the kids to wear from Oriental Trading. The cake was shaped like a cowboy boot. It was easy to make from a sheet cake. There are so many ideas on the internet these days for western themed parties. I'm sure there are so many great ideas out there, and don't forget that girls like cowgirl parties too!

    • Stephenhearn

      My wife is having a Peter Pan party.

    • Nikki Taylor

      Last year I gave my 5 year old a Perfectly Princess Tea Party. All of her little friends came dressed up, and were escorted by her older brother, who is 9. *smile*. I was the Fairy Godmother, of course, and sprinkled them with “princess dust” (glitter). They made Glam Sunglasses, and Princess Jewelry, and then tried on other dressup clothes, jewelry and SHOES, too, of course! Her little friends STILL talk about how much fun they had!

      We LOVE birthdays!!!

    • Gourley_b

      My little miracle will have her first birthday in October. Since she will just be one, it is really a celebration for all of our friends and family that prayed her into existence. I am a teacher and I have to go back to school soon, so I have already started on decorations and such for her party. Our theme is cupcakes. A very special friend made invitations. I have cupcake fabric to make a special outfit for her. Today I am painting a sign that will hang on the front door and can be brought out every year as a new tradition for our family. I have been collecting supplies as they go on clearance, like plates and napkins at Target. We are not planning on having an actual birthday cake, but lots and lots of cupcakes, large and small, in all sorts of different flavors and colors!

    • Mindy Smith

      Last year for my daughters 4th b-day (Nov 1) we did a Halloween themed party for her. Totally decked out with all the decorations and a “booffet” table full of treats. Made two dozen chocolate cupcakes and put them all together to form a pumpkin and frosted them with orange frosting…it was Spooktacular

    • For my 6th birthday I had a “Princess Mad Hatter Tea Party.” We all wore party dresses, watched Alice in Wonderland and had a tea party while wearing princess hats that we made from cones cut out of poster board and decorated with enough glitter to fill Times Square on New Year's Eve. It was SO MUCH FUN!!!

    • Petrina

      For our daughter's 1st birthday party, we had a baby race with two different divisions…walkers and crawlers. Winner of each division rec'd a cool prize but everyone had a blast participating and we got a great video to remember it by.

    • Kim

      Right now Toy Story would be the perfect party theme!

    • Shellys4kids

      One of the best themed parties we had for the kids was a carnival. The guests entered the front door ticket booth and then proceeded throughout the house playing games/winning prizes. They were approached by several different “vendors” as well(hot dog, cotton candy, cupcakes). We even made a cut-out picture board for picture memories.

      • Shellys4kids

        A fun party idea for older kids could be based on the show “Wipeout.”

    • Gt5801d

      My son just turned one and I did a pretty generic 1-year old boy theme with primary colors and boy things like rocket ships, baseballs, etc. Next year, I am planning to do something a little more creative such as an animal or underwater theme depending on what he's into at that time. I would LOVE the birthday planning pack to help me throw a stellar birthday party for my son!

    • Holly Conner

      my daughter had a zoo party for her 2nd birthday. we took a road trip to jacksonville zoo, about a 2 hour drive and got there at opening. I gave each kid a zoo animal mask, tote bag and animal sports bottles- i got everything from oriental trading so the price was low. we spent all day looking at the animals and had a group lunch in the food court, followed by a train ride around the park. the day ended with a short trip to the playground in the middle of the park to tire everyone out for the ride home. the next day, we had a small cake party for those that couldn't make the trip, also zoo themed. it was a great idea, kept the kids busy and we had a blast.

    • Wmcbryde

      My son's turnign 4 this weekend. He has a summer birthday but does not really love hanging out at the pool so we had to think out of the box. He loves spiderman and rockets so he asked for a rocket cake with spiderman in it. So I will attempt to make a rocketship cake and place a spiderman figurine at the driver's seat. For the activity of the party we bought rockets and my husband will launch them for each kid after they decorate them. The children will bring the rockets home as party favors. We aare sure to have a BLAST!

    • Brittany

      for my sons first birthday we had a bug themed party. we made him a 3d inch worm cake and made chocolate cupcakes with fun bugs coming out of them. we had snail slime punch and we put up halloween spider webs around the house and lots of other bugs and even threw in a couple frogs and lizards and flowers! it was great the cake turned out wonderful!

    • Julie P.

      My son will be 3 this fall and is SO into balls–basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, baseballs, golf balls, etc. So, we're throwing him a Sports party and we'll have it at a park and provide all sorts of balls for the kids to play with!

    • Melissa

      Princess theme all the way because I have two girls who love princesses!!!

    • alibcat

      We had a halloween party for my son one year–eyeballs were in the steaming punch! It was fun!

    • mj

      For my guys, it was a LEGO party. All primary colors, building contests out of piles of legos, a lego “brick” cake, decorated a cardboard picture frame with legos, and of course a polaroid photo with their creation to go in it.

    • I think a “polka dot” theme party is so cute for a little girl!

    • Jenni

      For my girls, they are My Little Pony crazy. For my 3yo's 4th birthday, And since MLP's are all about having parties, I'm going to make the theme of the cake “beach party” MLP style – It'll be a bi-level 13×9 inch cake, carved for smooth transition. Bright, unreal colors, chocolate “sand dune” fences (piped on wax paper and cooled) at the high end, with piped grass and brown sugar sand, a fruit roll-up for a beach towel, and a new MLP standing on it, with a an ice bucket (half a plastic easter egg) filled with ice (rock sugar) and gummy colas and “carrots” (probably going to make them out of starbursts or laffy taffy). Lower level – there will be a chocolate rock/brown sugar pathway between the two levels, and the lower end of the cake will be finished with blue gel icing to look like water, lined with brown sugar to look like sand. I plan to have a second gift pony standing in the water, and plan to pipe white bubbles around it feet for a “splashing” effect, and putting a large gumball next to it for a beach ball. I'm thinking about frosting a poured-chocolate surfboard stuck in the sand, but I'm not yet sure the cake density will support the weight of it.

      We'll have little paper umbrellas and slushies for drinks, The food will be typical beach stuff – hot dogs, chips, apple slices and baby carrots (again, MLP theme), and the cake for desert. Still working on game ideas, but so far I was thinking since her b-day is in January, I might come up with a craft project or some quieter games that can be played indoors.

      Anyway, that's what I've got.

      • Jenni

        Totally forgot – I plan to make a beach-ball pinata, too! Got to do SOMETHING with all the Sunday newspapers I get left over from buying coupons!

    • Maureenfh

      For my daughter's 3rd birthday, we decorated our front porch with fabric I had gotten off of the $1 table at Wal-mart (when such a thing existed) and used posterboard to draw and cut out a castle. The whole porch looked like a fairy tale wonderland. We did pay a storyteller to come in costume and tell princess stories, but I could have done that too. It was a fun time for a little girl obsessed with princesses without spending a ton of money. This year she is already making invitations for her butterfly 7th birthday. I am looking forward to trying Betty Crocker's site for ideas!

    • christy

      my kids love the standard sleepover party with a few best friends! teens!

    • Sheila

      How about monkeys and bananas for young child. I can see lots of possibilities and silliness with this.

    • Rgehlken

      For my son's second birthday this October, I plan on doing a fall festival party. I'm going to incorporate a few toddler friendly games for prizes as well as popcorn, cotton candy and clowns. Also, since it is a week before Halloween, I'm going to provide each child with a midsize pumpkin to decorate as they like. I've already started working on the invitations in the shapes of pumpkins! We are excited!

      • Ancpercival

        My Son turns 2 at the begining of October!!!!

    • Stacie

      My son we will be 4 in a few weeks and we are having a space party with a space shuttle cake and lots of astronaut and shuttle decorations. Would love to win this prize!

    • Connie

      We had a load of fun with my daughter's Backwards/Upside Down Party. We send the invitations written backwards, so they had to be read in a mirror and asked the guests to dress backwards, as well as had the cake first (upside down on the plate), sang the Happy Birthday song after the candles were blown out. We handed out songsheets with the song printed in reverse. The balloons hung down from the ceiling on strings, no helium. It just got funnier and funnier with the girls adding their own backwards and upside down ideas. Their creativity ran wild or backwards I guess I should say..

      • LB514

        That sounds like so much fun!

    • Lilliz5687

      Queen of the jungle– this way you please the boys with jungle animals and the girls with crowns and wands!

    • Hewella1

      My favorite birthday party was a Ninja Turtles themed party. I loved it!

    • Tammyla

      My son is turning one in a few weeks. We are just having a Happy Birthday theme since he does not have any favorite themes yet. I am having a balloon cake and ice cream. And inviting all his favorite people.

    • Caroline

      The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Serve food from the book… My son is only turning one, so I wont' have a whole lot of activities, but some of our ideas are to cut out little caterpillars on cardstock and put them “in” the plate of food. A few butterflies and caterpillars as decorations.

    • JL

      I had a train theme with my son's 2nd birthday. I made a 3-D cake and dressed him in overalls and a conductors hat. Super cute.

    • Courtneyjoella

      The best party I ever attended was for my nephew who was turning ten. It was a “Nerd Party” and everyone had to come dressed as a nerd. There was a “wedgie station” and a station where you got glasses and had to put tape on them. They had just done a remodel on their bathroom so they kept the toilet and had a “swirly station” just for gags (no children were hurt in the making of this party). The theme lent itself to hilarity. We ended with karaoke. SOOOOOOOOOOO FUN!

    • Aetnaker

      I like the princess themed b-days!! :)

    • Ktmars

      Going to do a poka dot themed party for my son 1st bday! Making the cake myself, going to cut out the dots from different colored fruit leather…poka dot table cloths and I think it won't be too over stimulating for the baby :)

    • My DDs first birthday was Elmo themed. I actually made a beautiful Elmo cake with one of the Wilton pans and decorating bag/tips. It was my first attempt at making a cake that elaborate, and it was fun!

    • Qmommin

      One of our recent favorites was a Star Wars Theme. The party favors were a blast and took over trying to do any other game or anything-which made for a very easy party. Ahead of time, I took pool noodles and cut them in half. To make the handle, I used gray or silver duck tape and black electrical tape. Each one had a different design. The girls and the boys loved them. They are easy to make, inexpensive and fun to play with (but you might want to make some for the adults) :o)

    • miatd

      hawaiian luau…..gonna be great

    • miatd

      barbie theme my girls love it

    • April Wall

      I think a Silent Auction Birthday Party would be fun for any age! Guests would play games/compete in contests/learn something about each party guest for play bucks then they could use those bucks to bid on some really nice party favors.

    • Liz V.

      We are doing our first Power Rangers theme this August!

    • Jtworzyanski

      My son will turn 3 in August and he's begging for a Lightning McQueen birthday party! Not sure how I'm going to pull off a red car cake!

    • I think it depends on the age, maturity and gender of the child. My boys loved a plane party I took had for them when they were six. You see there is a park located across the river from our local airport. You could lay on the grass, stare straight up and watch the plane sail over you as it heads in for a landing.

      We also gave all in attendance paper to make paper airplanes and were able to get “pilots wings” from a friend who actually worked for an airline.

      My neice had a glam it up party in which all the girls had their nails done and drank tea in fancy cups with little tea cakes that had been assembled into a big birthday cake

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    • Aimee Gobeli

      My 3 y.o. daughter had a princess party. I love to yard sale and found princess dresses for each little girl so they dressed up, painted nails, made princess crowns and had a homemade princess cake! They were all thrilled!

    • Cameron

      For my daughter's 10th birthday, we made her the “star” of the party and had her party at night. I made one big planet shaped cake(just a round pan) and smaller star shaped cakes (silicone pans). We decorated with solar systems and glow in the dark stars. For activities we made our own asteroid pinata covered in tin foil that they needed to blast out of the sky, and then once it got totally dark, we divided up the girls and boys and gave them glow in the dark necklaces to wear. The astronaut team had to evade the aliens as they ran around in the yard. We brought out telescopes and blankets for stargazing later. For party favors we picked up two items for each child. A kite, and then rocket balloons. They were just a dollar each. My daughter made star shaped tags that attached to each one to say thank you. It was a blast!

    • Michelle

      My daughters love princess theme parties and Minnie Mouse. I have three daughters who all have birthdays coming up. I will be checking out Betty Crocker for some help.

    • Jeanius23

      I like the pirate themed party. I am also always curios about an appropriate party for my first grade class. Jean

    • LB514

      We didn't want to go overboard for our daughter's first birthday, so we thought about things she liked at her young age, and decided to have a 'balloon' theme. We had a balloon cake, tablecloth with balloons, and of course lots of balloons everywhere! We put a bunch of balloons in her baby pool and let her get in it and play in them. We put strings on balloons and let her drag them around all over the place. We went outside and played with water balloons. It was a lot of fun!

    • Janearm466

      How about a girly dress up tea party? Sounds like fun to me!

    • Elizabeth

      When my daughter turned 7 we had a princess themed party, and all her friends dressed up in Disney Princess dresses. We put princess napkins at the places, played pin the crown on the princess, drank from goblets and had favor bags with wands and jewelry along with candy. She had a really fun time being princess for a day.

      For my sons, we had Bob the Builder parties with a cake with construction vehicles and a construction site on it, and gave each party guest a vehicle to take home. WE played a Bob the Builder board game, had Bob party favors and lots of playing in the dirt!

    • kelly

      Beach Birthday Party.
      We set up beach towels by the pool and had cupcakes that were sharks. Everyone received flip flops and sand buckets as treats.
      Very fun!

    • Elizabeth22222

      Gamecock, High School Musical, and Baby Sesame Street have been our birthday themes this year.

    • Amanda Hindsman

      My daughter turns 6 this year and we are thinking about a Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

    • A fun theme is safari, make toilet paper roll binoculars and place fake animals around the house for the kids to find.

    • Nicholas334

      I found out shoe sizes ahead of time and bought white canvas shoes for each girl. They decorated then with fabric paint, and it was their goody to take home from the slumber party.

    • Jerry Willis

      You didn't qualify the “child's” age; however our daughter is 33 today. She and her husband are very involved in Christian Evangelism in their church, thus a sheet birthday cake to look like an open Bible with Scripture “Go into all the world…” is very appropriate.

    • Amy

      My daughter had a Girlie Spa Sleepover – complete with making froo-froo flip flops, painting nails and getting dolled up! Instead of a bag full of goofy cheapie toys that the girls would never play with once they got home, I got them each a super cute set of melamine plates, cups and bowls from Target (each girl happened to be the only girl at their own house so it was their special set for home!). Also filled the bags with mini nail polish bottles, nail files, etc.

    • Greta Simmons

      I was trying to think of ideas for my son's 2nd bd in a couple of weeks, and came to the site for cheap ideas and this was the first thing I saw. Very weird. Can't say mine is a great bd party idea, but I am going to have a train theme. Since the train theme announcements at Kodak are free. I am putting a wooden track around his cake, and I have his name as a train each letter is it's own car.

    • Sulee

      I like the idea of keeping things as eco-friendly as possible. For my son's birthday party this year, I plan to give inexpensive school supplies ( lead pencils, erasers, rulers, color pencils) as party favors in honor of his first year at middle school.

    • ladymoon0121

      We do most of our kids birthday parties based on what television show they like the most at the time. We do all at home parties since it seems easier and they are still young. I think a backyard throw down or under the sea kind of party would be great. So many ideas out there. Can not wait until my little ones get a little older to explore all the ideas.

    • Robroy207

      For my son's 1st birthday we had about 15-20 people over who had to pick a character theme of their own. Anything non-scary or vulgar! They could dress up like them, act out their character, or just bring something they created that would show what they loved about them. It was AWESOME…we had adults and children dressed from Star Wars to Blues Clues. Some didn't dress up but there was plenty of time to have them show us what they created! We did this, because so many times an infants birthday can be so boring to older children or even adults. Everyone was interacting and had a ball. We still hear about it. Our son was Winnie the Pooh. Who ever thought Pooh and Batman would know each other…

    • Elaine

      Princess party – I made a castle cake and they all loved it! It was much cheaper than buying one, but very time consuming!

    • My daughter's 1st birthday was also her “golden birthday” (she was born on the 1st)….so we went with a sunflower theme to go with the gold. I made cupcakes (Betty Crocker of course) and used piping tools to turn them into sunflowers, and a cake with sunflowers created all over it. To go along with the yellows I also made lemon-cake cookies. I will def. be looking @ the BC website for future ideas….and I'd LOVE to win the prize package!

    • Bonmo

      How about an Unbirthday Party for a kid whose birthday is on a major holiday or something when its inconvienient to celebrate, at a different time of year!

    • Jcasey1058

      I did a construction party and served the food in the back of tonka trucks. Trucks were the present too. The cake had candy corn cones, chocolate rocks and tonka matchbox cars with crushed up oreo gravel.

    • Jeni

      Planning a birthday party for a 4 year old is difficult when they are into everything from Superman to Buggs Bunny. The website helped me narrow down ideas and figure out how to “consolidate” the ideas. I’m glad to hear Betty Crocker was able to help you also. Thanks, Jeni Miller jenis@bellsouth.net

    • tiffany

      when my son turned 6 we had a pirate party. it was our best party yet…from the tiki torches to the flags it was the best.

    • Luluwestbrook

      For my niece's 1st birthday party it was a gingerbread theme. Her birthday is right before Christmas. My husband dressed up like Santa for the party.

    • Mcleodsc

      PIRATE PARTY Use free printable pirate themed decor. Make eyepatches. Hide gold coins and have a treasure hunt. Make the cake look like a pirate ship.

    • Allysonhage

      We did a robot birthday for my older son's 3rd. Very fun!

    • nina21007

      My favorite themed party thus far was almost like the game “Clue” and we gave the kids their goodie bags first and it had a spy glass, pen and paper, and their first clue, because someone hid the birthday cake. We built houses out of cardboard boxes and had clues and other adults in them giving clues to find the cake. Everyone had a blast!

    • Sarah

      I went to a cowboy themed birthday party and both boys and girls were invited. It was a blast and we got bandanas and cheap cowboy hats as favors!

    • Caughtinaction6

      I've always loved the idea of a Noah's Ark party. It gives some kids another chance to wear a favorite halloween costume, and others that don't celebrate halloween a fun opportunity to dress up and play pretend. If it's a summer party, there are endless “ark” themed water activities to be created and letting the kids decorate their own ark could entertain for quite a while (crayons and huge cardboard boxes go a long way).

    • Lexdssmsw

      My daughter's nursery was Alphabet Soup. For her first, I am going to stick with the ABC theme and do Alphabet cupcakes.

    • Kbowe746

      We did a princess theme. We made the cake and my brother and friend dressed up like prince charming and cinderella. All of the girls dressed up like princesses.

    • esynan

      A PLAY themed party is always fun. My friend had a party for her 5 year old at the Food Court at the mall, which is right next to a giant play area. The kids played their hearts out, stopped for some Chick Fil A and cake, and then went back to playing.

    • Kyleandbridget

      This year we are doing a sports theme party. We are doing a big cake that looks like a basketball and cupcakes for the kids that look like various balls (soccer, baseball, basketball). Basketball invites. Kids will play games and encouraged to wear sport gear to the party.

    • brandi

      A party with a theme from a different culture would be fun.

    • mamac

      This year my son's 1 birthday was a beach ball theme party. We bought mini beach balls to have all over the family room (it rained that day). The invitation I printed off the computer, super cute and super cheap. I made cupcakes, some red, some blue and some white. Placed the cupcakes in a circle to make a beach ball. My 3 year old daughter, my husband and I made a beach ball pinata around a punch ball (to make it round, not an oval). Favors were they could take home a couple beach balls and goodies from the pinata.

    • Heather

      The last birthday we did for dd was a Pinkalicious party. We got the idea since the book is one of our faves, but made for a fun and inexpensive party! I stocked up on pink when things went on sale (paper products and sprinkles after Valentine's day), balloons, candies, lip glosses, etc. We made cupcakes and let the guests decorate, read the story, and did apink craft.

    • coupon obsessed

      When I was little my mom had a bible-character party. That might seem a little odd for some kids these days, but I loved it. Everyone came dressed as a different bible character. The kids got to pick their character and also learned valuable information from the bible!

    • guest

      I went to a priate birthday party that was so cute. They even made a treasure map that led to a buried box in the front yard filled with coins. So much fun.

    • Stephanie

      We had an Olympic Games themed birthday party for our son. We had friendly competitions, medals, and red, white, and blue decor. It was a hit!

    • Christy Bain

      My daughter just turned 4 a few weeks ago. We did the Magical Princess Castle Party. Everyone loved the cake….and it was easy to make with the directions!

    • Adamsdmd

      I'm guessing for my daughter's third birthday she's going to want a princess party, with lots of pink.

    • natalie

      This year my son will turn 7. He has decided that he wants a football themed party. I am going to attempt to make a cake that is shaped like a football. I am still looking for ideas for affordable party favors. Thanks for all you do!

    • Jamie

      A circus themed party would be great!!

    • toma

      I always plan a theme around my children's favorite activity, toy, or character at the time. I find inexpensive toys in miniature to put on the cake instead of buying cake toppers from a bakery. You can jazz up a pretty plain cake with these toys. After the party they usually enjoy the “cake toppers” more than any other gift they receive.

    • Slklinge

      We recently had a soccer party in late winter. Works great for many kids aged 5-10. We rented an indoor soccer field for one hour, then celebrated with pizza and treats afterwards. I got soccer themed items like wallets on ebay, and all the kids had a great time being on a big field with a real scoreboard, which was a new experience for many of the kids.

    • Lyne

      This year for my son's 1st bday we did YO GABBA GABBA!!!!

    • Holdgate04

      My son is turning 5 and really loves puzzles and transformers so I'm looking foward to incorporating that into his cake and presents.

    • Dhm1967

      We had a “Ladybug Picnic” for my daughter's 2nd birthday. She will be 7 next week but back then she loved that song!

    • Aimeemohler

      For my daughter's 9th birthday this year she wanted something different so we had a treasure hunt party. We hid treasure outside and the kids had to read clues to find them. We had a treasure chest cake with gold coin candy and gold bars. It was a great time!

    • Alice

      A baseball theme party is always fun with a trip to the ball field.

    • Ctrinkle

      We do a mexican fiesta party with a pinata!

    • Brooke

      We don't have any children, but my must have treat for my birthdays is Dairy Queen ice cream cake :) Although since I've started couponing I've learned the Carvel cakes are about as good as the DQ cakes and with the recent BOGO at Publix and the great All-You Coupons, ice cream cake doesn't have to be only a birthday treat anymore.

    • LeaneG

      My son is turning 3 in August and he has loved pointing out cars/trucks recently on the road and playing with his own cars and trucks alot. We finally watched the 'Cars' movie last week. Now he is really in love with the Car Theme. I was thinking of doing a small party with a couple of his buddies but wasn't sure if I would even attempt a “theme”. There have been some great ideas in the comments here, and also in your post. Now it seems like a load of fun! What a super-fun and helpful prize! Thanks for the chance to win.

    • ChristyMy

      This year my 4-year-old daughter wanted a Puppy Princess party. I couldn't find anything remotely “Puppy Princess” so my husband found a picture of a puppy and photoshopped a tiara on it. I made the invitations with this picture and then we blew it up, laminated it and used it for the picture on her cake. It turned out pretty cute in the end!

    • Cmjimenez

      I have 3 boys and my mid son's birthday is in 2 weeks. We are haveing a LEGO party, Lego cake and a timed lego building contest.

    • jenny

      My kids were asking for a bug themed birthday party recently, so I made a caterpillar cake. It was a big hit with the kiddos and they want me to make it again for each of their birthdays this year!

    • Parris3

      My Boy Girl Girl Triplets will be turning 8 in a month and every year we struggle with a theme for their party becuase they have such different personalities. This year we have decided to have a Polka Dot Party. They are going to help decorate by making polka dots with their favorite color. They have decided to play Twister and Bingo and to have lots of colored balls on the trampoline to bounce while they jump. Their cakes (we always have 3 big cupcake cakes) will be decorated with their favorite polka dot candy (M&Ms, Smarties, etc.).

    • Chantellegrubbs

      A pool party! We have a small above the ground pool and that was the focus of all 3 of the kid bday parties this year (to keep $ down!) I baked a cake, scooped out the middle and filled it with blue jello. We decorated with gummy peach rings and teddy grahams in them, those little umbrellas that go in drinks for beach umbrellas and some gummy fish around the bottom of the cake. The second child wanted a similar cake but we decorated it to look like Dinosaur land, we made the icing green for grass, scooped out a river shape instead of pool, filled it with jello and added dinosaurs and trees (toys) to it. There are pics on my blog if anyone wants to see them! www (dot) chantelle(dot)blogspot (dot) com

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    • Rebecca

      We did luau theme! Had a hula hooping contest and took pictures of everyone in hula skirts and leis…it was a blast.

    • Luvmy2boys2

      My son turns 6 in a week and a half and being on a strict budget have decided to have the party at our house as usual. We are going to have a “fun in the sun” party. That leaves it open for a lot of different ideas. It's much cheaper to make the cake myself and the birthday boy will help decorating it. They love that!

    • Melissa Spurlin

      My daughter's first birthday is coming up in October, and we are doing a cupcake theme party! I have already started planning (yes, it is our first child), and I would love to win the Birthday Planning pack! We are doing cupcake crayons in the goody bags, a giant cupcake for her, and “cupcake” cupcake toppers. More planning to come, but we are super excited!

    • The Carrolls

      Tea Party Theme for 1-year birthday-
      A little backsotry, one of my baby showers was a tea party theme where all the guests were encouraged to bring a tea cup & saucer (used, new, whatever) for the gues of honor (me :) When my daughter was born I had an entire collection of tea pots, cups & saucers from everyone who attended my baby shower.

      For my daughter's 1-year birthday this March, we re-did the tea party theme, but for a birthday and a little “younger” since it was for a 1-year old. But, for table decorations, etc we used the tea pots, cups & saucers that were given to me before my daughter was born.

    • Tsoderlund

      For my daughter's 6th birthday party we had a cupcake theme. We had a cupcake pinata, cupcake goodie bags and each girl decorated their own cupcakes to eat.

    • Kristy

      We are dog lovers in my family, so I think a doggie-themed party would be fun. All the kids could wear doggie ears, and the cake, invites, and decor could have paws or dogs on them.

    • Librarynole

      My daughter had a princess-themed party when she turned 5. Her friends came over in their most princess like dress up clothes. We announced them as they arrived and they got their photos taken. The girls then crafted magic wands and fairy princess hats. We (home)made one of those classic “Barbie Doll” cakes where the cake is the ball gown, but put a princess inside instead.

    • Jenaeb24

      My son turned 6 this winter and requested a Lego party. I used a 13×9 cake pan to make cakes that I cut into 3 lego shaped blocks. I then sued marshmallows cut in half as the knobby parts of the lego. I made 6 since it was his 6th birthday. We had plenty of Legos there for people to play with. For the rest of the decoration I just used bright solid colors. It was a inexpensive great party. He had a blast!

    • Ancpercival

      Would LOVE this prize pack. Always wished I could video tape all of my son's life! I've loved every minute of it. He'll be 2 in October. Outdoor parties are tough here in Maine because we never know what the weather will be (last year it poured)! Getting some great ideas here though. He's really into Thomas Train right now. Maybe a railroad theme!

    • Katie B

      A under-the-sea fishing party! We hung fish hooks from the ceiling with gummy worms attached:) There was blue crepe paper hung around the ceiling like waves, fish all over the walls, the men wore their fishing vests and the kids ran around with toy rods and fished. This was a party for my husband and son who share the same birthday, so it was for all ages. The kids got to fish for prizes, it was very fun.

    • Mary Alice

      Actually, my son's first birthday is coming up and we are planning on Bob the Builder. I thought it would be neat to have pin the tool on Bob (a take on pin the tail on the donkey.) We are still in the planning stages, but I would LOVE to have a kit to help us.

    • sheree00

      A scavenger hunt birthday. We had my son follow clues to find his presents. We left some in the dryer, the freezer, and the pantry…among other places. He loved it!

    • lisa

      We had a blast at my daughter's birthday party. Everyone decorated their own pizza.
      Lisa

    • Jmholley

      Both of my girls have birthday's in December……which is so hard to plan around christmas and other parties, I have to have their birthday parties together, however I am not creative at all, I would love to when this, I've never won before!!!! THank YoU!!!

    • Holly

      My son had brain surgery when he was 9 months old. So for his first birthday party we did an “under construction” theme. Lining the drive way I had orange cones w/ balloons attached to each one. Instead of party hats we wore construction hats and had one oversized hat that everyone signed. For food I made sack lunches with chips, sandwiches & fruit. The cake had a picture of my son w/ a construction hat on waving. Beside of the cake I had a toy dump truck full of chocolate pudding w/ Oreos on top to give illusions of dirt. It was a perfect representation of our year and made for a fun theme for a little boy!

    • Emily

      My daughter wanted Curious George when she turned 3, so we went on the PBS website and printed off confetti and masks and party hats for the even and did a George cake. So fun to have George himself great the guys!

    • Emily G

      Our daughter is nicknamed “ladybug” and we want to theme her next party around what a ladybug would see– tall blades of grass, other bugs, dirt, and flowers.

    • Beckyjrobertson

      ladybugs are my daughters favorite!

    • Marchinkle

      My boys love dogs. So far we've done Snoopy and Clifford.

    • Denise

      My daughter's 5th birthday party is Sunday. We're having an ice cream themed birthday. Her cake looks like an ice cream sundae complete with the cherry on top. Also found a great vinyl tablecloth at Old Navy covered with ice cream cones last week for $5.00.

    • Janellekalman14

      my son's favorite toy is a whoozit. So for his first birthday in June I made him a whoozit cake and he even had his own whoozit smash cake.

    • Ana Maria S.

      My boys are obsessed with the Super Mario Brothers Wii game so I would like to try to incorporate the game characters, objectives, colors, details, everything into a huge birthday bash this year. The boys turn 6 & 5 this fall & my daughter turns 2. Since we had a big combined party last year for my oldest's 5th and my daughter's 1st we will do the Mario party for my middle child's 5th :)

    • Carrie

      My son turned 8 this past March. He wanted a Club Penguin (CP) birthday but there are no decorations for that. I just found a lot of cute pictures online and made my own decorations…including a Puffle garland! For the cake, I made a small two layer cake that looked like it had snow on it and used his CP toys as the decorations. Everything we made went along with the theme. It was a big hit! Would be happy to share pictures

    • RobbynGriffin

      For my little girl's first we had a “sweet” party. For the center piece, I used different sized hurricanes and filled them with different candies. The guest used scoops to fill their bags and took them home as treats. I also bought scrap booking paper and personalized Hershey bars for favors. We had choc. dipped strawberries and other fruits as snacks. For the activities, we finger-painted with choc. pudding ( easy clean-up for little ones…they just lick their fingers!) and made our own candy. It worked well for my sweet little girl!

    • polka dots & paislee! pink & green. 3 layered cake covered in fondant polka dots. have a candy table set up with lots of different pink & green candies in various sized vases. pink lemonade & green Kool-Aid to drink. fun!

    • Michele

      My daughter loves planning parties – hers, her brother's, Grammy's, anyone! I always throw big parties, so now she is learning to be the party planner too. I will have to show this to her.

    • Just4myhome

      My son loves Trains so will be having a train themed birthday when he turns 3 in a few months.

    • Valerie S

      Last year I did a robot theme for my son's 3rd birthday. I cut up pieces of construction paper in different shapes so the kids there could put them together with glue in robot shapes, I printed robot coloring pages, and we had a robot shaped cake that a family member made.

    • Voldoll27

      For my son's 8th birthday party last year, he wanted a Super Mario Brother's theme. To save money I made the invitations myself using clip art & fonts from the internet. I also used the same clip art and made tags for the party favors which were SMB water bottles I found online for about 1.50 each. Instead of a cake, we made cupcakes iced in primary colors (red, blue, green, and yellow) and I made cupcake toppers with images of the characters to decorate. Very inexpensive themed party and my son and the guests loved it!

    • Tomoko

      My little girl is all about PINK and Princess.

    • Publixcouponqueen

      my soon to be 1 year old son loves the pool and balls. We are doing a pool party with tons of beach balls thrown in. We will be having cupcakes iced like soccer balls and basketballs! =)

    • Sarah

      My daughter Cydney is turning 3 years old on aug.9th. We have NO idea what we are going to do. HELP!!!!!!!

    • Jen

      I think a great theme idea would be a carnival. This would be a broad theme with a lot of different options. Getting the kids involved to create different carnival stations would be great!! Let them get creative and use those little imaginations. It's amazing what they will come up with!!

    • Shema School

      We have had so many fun parties – One that was especially cute was an ocean party – We served hot dogs cut like octopus, and blue kool-aid, and blue cupcakes with gummy sharks. It coincided with “O week” at my son's pre-school. Too cute!!
      Another favorite was a “Fiesta” – I always serve Mexican food, so the food was easy. For the Mariachi cake, I made a regular round layer, and then a bowl. I frosted it, then decorated with licorice and candy pieces. For party favors, we made tissue flowers for the girs and pipe cleaner cactus for the boys – OLE – hahaha

    • Brina

      My son would like a Mario, Luigi, and Bowser party.

    • Emilytwinmom

      We once did a racing birthday for my oldest, and made cars for the kids out of large boxes, and they got to decorate their “car” before the races, and we made a racetrack in the parking lot of our apt building, then played red light green light! We used old suspenders to strap the boxes onto the kids, so they ran in their cars :) We put up racing flags all over the place, and made tire cupcakes. We had a race car pinata, and made racing flag bags out of old racing fabric we had to hold the goodies. Loved it!!

    • Joy

      Next week we are having a “Pirate Pool Party” for my son's 6th birthday. I've made a paper mache pinata out of a punch ball. I thought I was going to paint it to look like a beach ball, when we were having a “Pool Party”. Now that we've added the Pirate theme, it may get painted to look like a globe with a ship going to X marks the spot.

    • Mrs Embee

      Cupcakes! Cupcake invitations, napkins, banner, etc and of course a cupcake tree! I would make a Giant Cupcake decorated for the birthday girl and have several others baked, but naked, with an assortment of frostings and toppings for the children to use to dress them up before eating!

    • Guest

      We always take our children out for their family birthday celebration, so none of them have ever had a birthday party. (I know how sad for a mother of 5) For the past 5 years, my dd has been begging for a friend party, so in October, for her 13th birthday party, we are having a surprise Luau/Swim party. I think she'll really enjoy it!!

    • Ashley G.

      My daughter's 6th birthday will be in September. I have asked her numerous times what kind of party she would like and each time she tells me peace signs. She absolutely loves them. I am going to bake her cake as a pink peace sign.

    • Jen

      My daughter loves giraffes so for her 1st birthday we had a giraffe party! I got the cutest invites (and they even said Happy FIRST birthday!) from Meijer and made a giraffe cake using the ideas from wilton.com. We invited all her giraffes to the party and had a wonderful time!

    • Nursejek

      my daughter would love to do an all balet theme party

    • Allison

      We just returned from Disney World and my almost 3 year old is obsessed with Mickey so that will be our theme for his party this year. I have a few fun ideas, but could always use some help. With 3 kids birthdays in a 4 month span be have a lot of planning ahead!

    • Carrie

      My daughter just turned 3. Ever since Christmas she was wanted a frog cake, a bit unusual, but my sister-in-law came up with the idea of cake made to look like a pond. She sprayed the icing blue and placed painted frogs, dragonflys, and bullrushes on lolipop sticks and stuck them in the cake. She also used a life size craft lillypad to decorate the cake. I would love to win the baking tools for her. She never lets people pay her for work. The look on my little girls face was payment enough for her. What a giving person. We incorporated my daughter's love of frogs in with the princess theme. It was a hit with the kids (boys and girls) and the adults.

    • Candys1113

      We had a super hero party once. I bought fabric and the children made their own capes. They had a ball. They were able to run/fly around the back yard like a superhero.

    • Stacy

      My favorite party was my daughter's polka dot party. We did polka dot cookies and a polka dot cake with cupcakes tiered on top. We decorated everything with polka dots (including the driveway) and we even did polka dot food!!

    • Susanne

      Having 4 girls of varying ages, we have been through alot of theme parties over the years. However, our most favorite is the “spa” party! We use parafin wax for feet/hands and do makeovers! Girls of all ages have loved this!

    • Katcrown

      SPA PARTY- for my daughter's 8th birthday this year, we decided to do something different and smaller. We invited 7 friends (with her, a total of 8) and got help from 4 neighborhood teenager girls. We had each teenager in charge of a station- one with a bubbly massaging water thing that you put your feet in followed by toe nail painting, one with a make up station, one with hair, and one with finger nail painting. I found really cool $1 makeup bags that were the “favor” bags. As the girls rotated around to each station, they got items to put in their favor makeup bags. They got lip balm, decorative nail files, nail stickers, nail polish, headbands to hold their hair back for a facial, sunglasses, bracelets, sleep masks, etc. I got all of the favors REALLY cheap at the dollar store and Claires in their 10 for 10 clearance section. For snacks, we had finger foods and bon bon type stuff (anything that could be considered “spa” food). We even had some bean bags and girl magazines (American Girl, Justice catalog, etc) in the “waiting” area for them to hang out on if their station finished before the other tables. The girls LOVED the pampering and enjoyed getting the spa treatment they've heard their moms talk about so much. PS- We had them come to the party in their pajamas and robes- it was more “spa-like” and easier since they spent the night afterward. After the spa party, we watched movies and ate pizza. Fun night for all! :-)

    • Amy T.

      My four year old son LOVES Monster Trucks so I think that will be our theme this year. If only I could talk Grave Digger (his favorite!) into coming by our house…… =)

    • Guest

      For my daughter's birthday when she turned 4, she wanted a pig party. ???? It really turned out great though. I made a pink pig pinata, a pig cake out of fondant icing, copied some pig coloring sheets for the kids, pink party hats with pictures of pigs glued on, pig balloons (pink helium balloons with paper ears and nose glued on). The party was outside in a park and we had pink table covers for the picnic tables. Party favors were piggy banks & pink playdoh. It was pretty unique and turned out great!

    • guest

      I love cupcake themes! You can have a giant cupcake cake, and mini cupcakes .. lots of fun!

    • Amber

      My son is having a pirate party this weekend and in addition to the treasure chest cake, we have a parrot pinata, goody treasure boxes filled with gold coins, eye patches, telescopes, pirate bracelets, and pirate beach balls that the kids will find on a treasure map. He is very excited!

    • Merideth

      My son just had a construction truck party with a great dump truck cake.

    • breaduh

      When my son turned 18 we had a black and white party. Everyone wore black and white and we had black and white photos of his life all around the walls. Food was black and white (oreos, marshmallows, white corn chips with black bean salsa, licorice, etc.). We even set up a black and white photo corner where guests could pose for pics all evening.

    • Curleeonee

      Little girls love the princess theme. Complete with all the party-goers in thier pretty dresses, a tea party, and maybe even a play castle made out of a huge cardboard box.

    • SCMel

      This isn't an original idea, but I read about a young boy who had party guests bring items for a homeless shelter or for a children's home instead of a present for himself. What a great idea to help our kids see beyond themselves – and truly, there's no better feeling than giving to other!

    • Vicki

      When my oldest turned two we had a Sesame Street theme and I made cupcakes that looked like Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie. The kids loved them and he was thrilled.

    • Tessy

      We did a cupcake themed party as well… lots of fun!

    • Stephaniekohls1

      For my son it usually ends up being a sports theme!!

    • Under the sea would be fun!

    • Brandideets

      We have done a Cooking Party where all of the children “cook food and enjoy it during the party. The guests leave a family recipe for the birthday child.

    • anna

      We are doing birthday cupcake decorating this year. We are going to call it Chef's Inspirations. Doing aprons and chefs hats for favors……would love the party pack to help us with is since I have a double party for a 2 and 5 year old.

    • Dana

      My 4-year-old wanted a “Gary the Snail” party. We had a Gary the Snail birthday cake and all of the games and crafts were somehow related to snails. She loved it!

    • Kbbabz

      Lego Star wars is the only way to go for my 8 yr old. We are having a build your own lego pinata game. Meteor rock treasure hunt.(prizes wrapped in aluminum foil)And if we can stand it, a sculptere balloon lightsaber war.

    • Angela M

      My son turns 3 in January and I am thinking about doing a Mickey Mouse theme and making a Toodles cake for him.

    • A great birthday theme would be to center it around a favorite game your child likes to play, for example you could use a board game. You could also create a party around something that your child loves to play with like cars, barbies, dinosaurs, hello kitty, etc.

    • Saeakinfannin

      My 2 year old daughter loves Beauty and the Beast. This will our theme for her 3rd birthday. The only problem is that you can not find Belle without the other princesses. My daughter just wants Belle.

    • Heidischk

      My daughter's birthday is during spring and we had a flower “tea” party. Every girl had a different type of flower- rose, lily, gardenia, sunflower etc. as their own. We made a flower cake and topped it with edible flower petals. It was a BIG hit with the little girls!!

    • grisy

      I would love to make a pirate party theme for my son, since his birthday is on the “Talk like a pirate day”… Who knew such a thing exist??? anyway I thought fit great since it's a boy theme

    • Stephanie Gulland

      A great birthday theme idea would be Survivor! The kids could play games as teams. They could design their own logo for their team names. Everyone could decorate their own bandana. Instead of voting kids off, have each team earn points for the games. Have judges/refs available to make the tough calls. The team with the most points wins the prize!

    • ShelleyB

      I am thinking of doing a “Berry Special” theme! I was thinking along the lines of strawberry cake, fruit pizza for the adults with various berries, some “berry” fun games, etc!!

    • Abbym119

      We had a Star Wars party for my 4 year old daughter. My mother made a Darth Vador cake and we decorated with Star Wars banners, napkins, plates and table cloths. She loved it!

    • Stacy Salmon

      I did a Cookie Monster theme for my son's birthday. It was hit with Cookie Monster cupcakes for everyone!

    • Abi

      A Disney party….pick your favorite movie and have everyone dress up as a character from that movie! We are having my grandfather's party in a few weeks and it is an UP party…

    • jon

      We had a Duck in the Truck party for my daughter and my nephew. He loved trucks and she loved ducks so it worked well for both!

    • Cdzoba

      For a tween or teen party, “Minute to Win it” is a great theme. The “stunts” are so much fun and can all be done with items you already have around the house. Ideas and instructions are on their website. We used this for a slumber party a few months ago and expected it to be good for some of the activities, but the kids wanted to continue on and on in place of the Wii or movies. I'm all for anything that gets kids out from in front of a screen for a while!

    • mb's mom

      My favorite…a movie star party! Roll out red carpet, take pics of the kids as they arrive, have a popcorn machine and coke. Decorate with stars and movie posters (ours was specialized with our daughter's pic starring in her own movie). We played “Pin the Grammy on the Actor”. We also sat in the “movie theater” and watched a movie while the kids had their popcorn. The movie was one about 10 minutes long made of different pics of our daughter and all of the friends at the party that we have taken since she was born. We enjoyed cake that looked like a box of popcorn (the sides were red and white striped, then marshmallows were cut and squeezed open to look like popcorn and it was covering the top of the cake—so cute, best cake we've had!). Party favors were given in square popcorn boxes including a “grammy”, a copy of the movie, star sunglasses and candy. What a FUN party!!!

    • Beth

      We did a tye dye war for my daughter! sooo fun, but messy!!!!

    • Shelly

      Wow! What wonderful ideas and themes. We usually just do swimming partys, but these give me great ideas.

    • Lora

      A “girls just want to have fun” sleepover party for a tween! The invitations were minature sleeping bags made out of scrap fabric and the invitation was written on paper and slid down into the sleeping bags which were then rolled up and tied with a piece of string. The tablecloth was a white bed sheet that we tie dyed together and centerpieces were lava lamps, strings of christmas lights were hung across the ceilings, etc. They played many games but their favorite was balloon bust. We placed inside of the balloons either crazy band braclets or button pins with sayings, then blew them up. We placed 120 balloons in the center of the room and they got to bust 10 balloons each but the catch was they had to SIT on them to bust them. After they spent a huge amount of time looking at what each other got in their balloons and trading the goodies. They decorated white pillow cases with paint pens, more games & movies. Dinner was make their own individual pizzas and desert was birthday cake & make their own sundas. Favors were: small lime green baskets (from dollar store) lined with hot pink tissue paper with a minature lava lamp night light (found at target) for their room, girls stuff (nail polish, hand cream, facial masks etc), folding brush, and a hershey's chocolate candy bar, removed their wrapper and made a new one on our computer that had a tie dye background and said “girls just want to have fun” and thank you for coming to my party and their pillow case they made. I also made a book that night which had a question on each page and each girl went through & answered the questions on each page (fun questions like what is their favorite ice cream flavor, if they could be any animal what & why, favorite color,etc). My daughter kept the book and now a few years later her friends get a kick out of reading what they wrote.

    • Melissasalmon4

      we're having a yo gabba gabba theme. lots of homemade crafts!

    • Emily

      For my little girls first birthday we are doing pinwheels and popcicles!

    • Hmcooke1282

      We had a ladybug party for my daughter's 1st. we had a ladybug cake, ladybug cookies for party favors, and dressed my daughter in a red and black tutu. She looked adorable.

    • Spotless_script

      My son & daughter were born on the same day, 3 years apart. They share a ST. PATRICK'S DAY BIRTHDAY. We have been lucky so far with throwing just one big party for the both of them every year, but it is quite difficult to come up with a common theme. Last year we were unable to throw the usual BIG bday party for the kids which broke our hearts because my husband unexpectedly lost his (good) job around the beginning of February 2010. We were only able to afford (barely) for each child to invite 1 friend each to go have pizza with us and believe it or not 0 kids showed up and my sweet kids were absolutely crushed. I want 2011 to be different! I never want them to feel that heartache on their birthday again. I would like to have their bday party with ALL their friends at one of our Minor League (local) Soccer Teams soccer games. Both my kids absolutely LOVE soccer and both are avid soccer players, so I think it will be alot of fun! Fingers crossed that it doesn't rain, we will be having the party under a small tented area during the game. I would luv to be able to make one big SOCCER BALL for a birthday cake … one big enough for both of them and all their friends! Won't that be fun … I think we will all have A BALL (lol)! Thank you for this opportunity.

    • Jackie

      for my daughters 3 year old birthday she wanted Ariel, we went to the park and had her party there with ariel decorations, cupcakes and balloons…she had a blast!!!

    • Sessoms3

      Our daughter loves insects! I think that would be a great party theme… caterpillars, butterflies, dragonflies, and the list could go on…. just think of all the possibilities!

    • Bullhead0033

      strawberry shortcake or carebears theme is cute for little kids.

    • Ncleslie

      We're looking at doing a 60's sleepover for my daughters turning 10 & 8 this year. Tie dying t-shirts, friendship bracelets, etc.

    • Thedallasfamily

      When my daughter turned 9 we had a cooking party birthday. The girls all got aprons to decorate however they wanted and then we made homemade cookies and the girls got to take some home for their family. They got to get away and have fun and then come home with a present for their mom and dads!

    • Tallahassee lassie

      Create a theme centered around the birthday child- favorite activity, food, color, Tv show, whatever. The whole party is “The Birthday Kid”

    • Jan

      For my grandsons first birthday we did a beach theme. Cake had palm trees, beach front, surf boards, etc……Played old surfing – beach songs. Granted it was held at a lake park but imagination goes a long way.

    • Michelle

      My 8-year-old loves frogs. He would be in “hog heaven” if we had a frog-themed party!

    • Lyndsee

      My son loves the beach and anything related! However, with a February birthday, it's hard to have that theme for his party. But we are moving the beach inside this year!!! We are using some of his beach toys (floats, pails, etc) to decorate with. The kids are going to get to play indoor volleyball, search for seashells in the sand table, and go fishing. We are even planning an ocean cake decorated with blue icing, seashell-shaped candies, swedish fish, and graham cracker sand. The best part will be giving everyone an excuse to break out their Hawaiian shirts and swim trunks on a cold, winter day!

    • denaSC

      My daughter is turning two and I would love to have a chicken theme party!! Like mingming on Wonder Pets

    • Jenny

      Movie theme…show the movie in the backyard. Popcorn + Drinks = fun for all

    • Amber

      For my daughter's 2nd birthday this year, we had a Mickey Mouse Club House theme. She loves that show, so we printed Mickey invites and decorations. I made Mickey and Minnie Mouse heads for the cake. We had typical barbecue fare-hamburgers and hot dogs-and had it at the local park. We also did veggies and dip w/ veggie chips for hors d'oeurves. Everyone enjoyed themselves and my little girl loved her Mickey and friends balloons and cake.

    • Aatgreene

      I would love to have a adult kids party. Where we play pin the tale on the donkey, and drink Hi-C juice boxes. Just like the old times. O to me young again>

    • Teresa

      I like the idea of a birthday party where the kids get to cook during the party. They could top their own pizzas, decorate their own cupcakes, etc.

    • Stomczy

      We are doing a safari theme for my son's first birthday. Some zebra print fabric on sale from the fabric store as a table cloth, his intitials in wood-painted with leopard print, and all of his stuffed animals that fit the theme. His nursery is safari themed, so we are just re-purposing a lot of stuff. I asked the local bilo to make their little kitty cat cake look more like a lion for his smash-up cake.

    • Crystal M

      Flowers! I can't claim this as original (I think I saw it in a magazine), but activities could include letting the kids put together some potted flowers. They could take them home as party favors.

    • Becky

      Our favorite party has been the “pajama party”, or a “pretend” sleepover. Guests come for pizza dinner, games, and a movie with popcorn while in pj's and sleeping bag. We decorate pillowcases as a party favor! Then, the kids go home around 9pm, in time for ALL to get a good night's rest! (good for younger children who may not be ready for a real sleepover!)

    • Jencox

      we did a hula party complete with a tiki hut cake for my daughters 2nd birthday!

    • Martinbaby1

      We kept it simple and went with Elmo for my son's recent 2nd birthday. He loved his big day.

    • Kristy B

      I would love to win! We are having a Mickey/Minnie Mouse theme in about 2 months!

    • Migdalia

      I know people may think the Princess theme is a bit played out, but every little girl LOVES to be a princess for a day!

    • Lohroc

      My son has had the Cars theme and also Thomas the Train. They were both hits with the kids.

    • Absutton

      For my son's 8th birthday we did a rockstar theme. I make a guitar cake and 48 cup cakes. (flavor was white almond) on the cup cakes I used my scrapbooking tools and made the letters happy 8th birthday and his name. For the other cup cakes I took pictures of him dressed like a rock star and used my scrapbooking tools to cut out the pictures in circles and stuck a tooth pick on back of them and put into each cup cake. They were awesome. For the invitations we made VIP passes out of scrapbooking paper that I already had. Very cheap too do. At the party I had found some paper guitars on clearance at Michaels that each child decorated. I also had colored hair spray to spray on each child's head (with approval from their parents), and had a rock star tattoo station. I also bought some plastic guitars from Oriental trading company…we played music and the kids rocked out they had so much fun. We also had a jump castle that we rented from a friend for very cheap. This was and awesome party and the kids had a ball.

    • knvista

      We had a superhero birthday party last year! We used pages from comic books for place mats, played lots of superhero games, and gave out simple home-made capes for party favors.

    • amy

      My favorite that I will be do for my daughter's 3rd birthday is a candy shop theme.

    • April Mashburn

      My October baby had a pumpkin party!

    • Lisa

      Pooh and Friends. My brother was 16 and he was having a “Tigger” themed birthday party. Pooh never goes out of style.

    • Beckycrosby

      I'm doing Thomas the Train for my soon-to-be two year old!

    • Csoble1214

      Valeris Bday is July 29th, she is turning 1. We are doing Princess theme. She is the FIRST girl on my husbands side in over 45 yrs, so she is definitely the princess. My mother is flying in on the 26th from california just so she can see her turn 1. It will be her first time seeing her. This is going to be a VERY special day!

    • SSheila

      My first son turned 1 this year. We wanted to keep it simple but fun, so we had a “1” b-day theme. We had a big turnout and a great time!

    • Duck pond for my daughter's 1st birthday.

    • babydolltm25

      My son's birthday is in 1 week and we are having a pool party. For the cake I will make it myself and it is going to be a Volcano complete with dry ice for smoke effect. He is going to have a blast. I always make the cakes.

    • Jennifer Colwell

      For my husband's birthday we are doing a poker themed party! I am making a birthday cake in the shape of a playing card, round cut-out cookies decorated like poker chips, and brownies that I am cutting into cubes and decorating like dice. Then we are eating a bunch of finger foods, including mini sandwiches I am cutting into the shape of the four suits (heart, diamond, spade, and club). We are covering our kitchen table with a green tablecloth to make it look like a real poker party.

    • Laurel

      I've often thought that a Mary Poppins theme would be fun. Boys can be chimney sweeps and girls can have perisols. The cake can have a special craft stick carousel. I'd love to give out homemade iced cookies in the shape of carousel horses.

    • Kathy

      With three kids under the age of 11, we have had various different parties from Sponge Bob, Dora, Elmo, Winnie the Pooh, Jo Jo's Circus, Spider-man, Star Wars, Tinker Bell, Princess, Little Mermaid, etc. The thing my kids look forward to the most is the cake that I decorate for their party.

    • Brienorris

      Puppies! You could do cookies shaped like paw prints that can be decorated at a sprinkle and frosting station with edible pens/frosting bags to write someones name on the cookie and you can make an easy paw print cake with an 8 inch round pan for the palm and then a few small pyrex for the toes. You could even invite the guest's dogs and serve pupcakes and have inexpensive leashes that could be decorated with small add-ons from the craft store.

    • Shanregister

      One of my girls favorite was make your own pizza and scrapbook page!

    • ddflamingo

      For two years in a row, we have put our son on his birthday cakes, first time – he was the face with a monkey body, and this last year – we used a picture from halloween and him dressed up as spiderman and had a web coming from his wrist spraying. it was great!!

    • Hannah

      I'd love to enter. How about a dalmation puppy themed party?

    • April Patel

      I did a bug birthday for my son one year. I made a bundt cake out of chocolate and put chocolate icing on it with ground oreos covering the whole thing. Then I stuffed all kinds of gummy shaped bugs and worms in and around the cake. We had walking sticks for snacks with graham crackers spread with peanut butter, raisins for eyes and pretzel sticks for legs. And we had ant covered apples which were just the traditional girl scout walking salad of a half an apple spread with peanut butter and topped with raisins. I put plastic bugs and animals all over the table and spread out pillow stuffing like spider webs everywhere. A week before we went outside and caught all kinds of bugs and put them in his little bug catching homeschool kits we have so they were on display on the table. The ice cubes had frozen plastic bugs in them. We had his ant farm container on the table. All sorts of fun stuff!

    • Whitney Lester

      My Twins are turing 3 this week and Saturday we are having a Thomas and Rosie Train birthday party at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. They are so excited and they can't wait to watch the laser show!

    • colleen

      My son's 2nd birthday is in a month and we will be having a petting zoo come to our house and we will have a barnyard cake with the different animals that will be at the zoo as animals in the barnyard-sure to be a hit with the 2 year olds!

    • Rachel

      This weekend, we are doing a mini golf party. It's no where near as expensive as some places, but maybe a little more that a home party. However, a $30 fee plus 3.50 per child and each child gets a hot dog/nachos, a drink, a game of golf, and an ice cream cone. No stress for me, just baking some cupcakes and showing up! I can't wait, total for everything is under $70.00 We have done park parties and home parties, and I have spent the same and worked a LOT more! It seems cheap, but then things start adding up, at least for me. Love the ideas, we will be doing a 1st b-day in Nov!

    • Heidi

      We had a frog theme birthday party for my 1 year old. We made frog animal balloons for decorations and my mom made the birthday cake using his froggy bath toys! It was so cute.

    • Carolinagirl9912

      We did a “Camp Out” party for my son's 10th. All the kids roasted hot dogs on the fire pit and then made s'mores! They played flashlight tag and marshmallow baseball – but I think they got the biggest kick out of playing in the dark and making the s'mores. Nobody makes real s'mores anymore!!

    • Heather

      My mom made me the exact same bunny cake pictured when I was a kid as well as a butterfly one and many others. She had a Wilton book with cakes you could make using your regular cake pans and then cutting them to make the various designs. I don't think they make the book anymore but you can still find some of the designs on the Wilton website. I never buy my kids' cakes at the bakery but rather make them myself. I made an awesome guitar cake for my son's birthday this year.

    • Missthemister

      I used that website to find a guitar shaped cake idea and had a music themed party for my step-daughter. The cake was a huge hit!

    • Dixie

      Can people witht kids enter this contest?

      One year I threw a b-day party for a friend that was completely summer themed, in my back yard. I put strings of lights around the preimeter of the the deck and wrapped other strings around low lying tree branches and down the trunks. I then hung flip flops from strings off the same low lying branches. I had an inflatable palm tree and beach balls in the yard. And of course, multi colored plastic buckets of ice cold beer! I am surprised the cops weren't called with all the fun we had.

    • Dixie

      Crap, I wish you could edit here. Meant to type “without” kids. My kys are sticking today.

    • Caroline

      One of our favorite birthday parties was at the firehouse for a 3 year old. To this day (almost a year later) both boys talk about how much fun they had with the firemen.

    • Mason1263

      We are having a beach/luau party for my little girl that is turning 3 next month.

    • Wilsonkg38

      I like the Survivor theme. Games for kids to compete to see who can be the Ultimate Survivor. You only need four or five games to make this a huge success. The could eat bugs(candy of course, really sour is best), run obstacle courses, etc.

    • amy

      I love making my kiddos cakes. The last one we did was a Peter Pan party complete with a homemade Jolly Roger cake. It was so much fun.

    • Rachael

      Butterflies & Bullfrogs – make regular or mini cupcakes with butterflies, frogs, caterpillers, etc. Craft – popsicle sticks, pompoms, glue and pipe cleaners you can have the kids make caterpillars as party favors. Activity – fill plastic jars with shredded green paper (grass) and hide plastic frogs, butterflies, caterpillars, grasshoppers, etc. around the yard/deck/table and the kids can have a bug hunt (also party favor). Can also have bubbles and sidewalk chalk available.

    • rebecca

      My son wants to have A monster truck theme party this year :)

    • Jen

      Dinosaur themes are always great. You can cut dinosaur footprints out of construction paper and put them on the sidewalk on the way to your front door. Buy tiny trees (like palm trees) and decorate with tiny plastic dinosaurs. Most stores have lots of dinosaur toys and accessories that can be used around the house and even as a topping on a homemade birthday cake!

    • Amy

      We did a safari theme for my son's party and it was easy!

    • Kendall

      An upside down party. You eat dessert first, wear your clothes backwards, etc. SUPER fun!!

    • talljennr

      I have done Elmo and baby Einstein caterpillar

    • Couponbhumi

      for my son's 3rd bday party, since it falls a day before halloween, the theme is going to carve your own pumpkin, i can reuse the seeds and pulp later and the kids can get messy carving their own pumpkins and then take the carved ones home. all the guests have to brin to the party is their own pumpkin. the cake will b in the shape of Mater from the 'cars' movie since my son loves that movie

    • A.

      We did a cooking party. The kids made their own tissue paper chefs hats & dish towel aprons (find the instructions on the Family Fun website). We experimented with “secret ingredient” brownies (from Jessica Seinfeld's book) and made cupcakes in ice cream cones. We played four corners, musical chairs and had so much fun! Then two teams had a “bake off” with each team decorating a cake; they chose a sand castle cake and a princess cake.

    • alibrown1993

      we did a mardi gras parade – had beads, masks, a butterfly cake, and did a parade down the street w/ the kids – they LOVED it!

    • Coupondeals_1

      My daughter is turning 3 next month and starting preschool the day before her birthday so we are doing a “Crayon” theme. I am using primary colors and crayons to decorate. Works great with school starting because I have found lots of things to use for decorations and to give a party favors at unbelievable prices!

    • Dana

      I have done an “Under the Sea” themed party

    • Rachel

      For my daughter's sixth birthday last year we had a ballerina/dance theme. We rented the local rec center room and had a teenage dance friend come and “teach” the girls some dance moves. We asked the girls to wear leotards and we provided pink tutus as a keepsake. I had another mom friend put lip gloss and eye shadow on each of the girls. They got to keep the makeup as a keepsake as well. We played music from our laptop with speakers and they learned a dance. Then we played musical chairs and also just freeze danced. I had 4 tiers of different shades of pink cupcakes and various milk duds and pink m&ms on the table. The invitations I printed myself with faded ballerinas in the background and fancy type then I punched a hole and tied a small piece of hot pink tulle thru the holes to make it look like a tutu. For the thank you cards we had taken a picture of each girl next to the birthday girl and a dressed full length mirror and sent the picture out with notes I printed myself. The girls all had so much fun dancing around and getting dressed up!

    • Santeetowncenter

      New York Yankee – Brett Gardner. My son's favorite MLB player and he is from Holly Hill, SC.

    • Bryssy

      My kids both (a girl, 5, and a boy, 2) both love Art Parties. I am always looking for ideas to keep using this theme!

    • Amac1020

      How about a Toy Story Themed party? We have done superman and zoo and both turned out cute as well.

    • Brittney

      For my daughter's 2nd birthday, she wanted a “Marty Party,” she loved the movie, Madagascar. So, to girlie it up a little, we went with a hot pink, black and white zebra theme. I made her a round hot pink cake and put black zebra stripes on it. I haven't planned my second daughter's first birthday party yet. But I've got a lot to live up to and could use some help. I love the Betty Crocker site and it gives a lot of useful tips. Thanks for all you do, Jenny!

    • Cayce

      A party at a butterfly museum is a blast for the kids, boys and girls. There are usually lots of cool bugs at butterfly museums too. Butterfly cake, butterflies can translate into fairies too for little girls!!

    • megan

      we are going to have a watermelon themed party at the pool for my daughter in a few weeks!

    • Heather

      My son is turning 1 in September, and so far my planning has gotten as far as a cake shaped like little building blocks. I would like to elaborate on that idea.

    • Felicia

      My daughter just turned 12 and we did a Twilight saga themed slumber party. I made the cake which was a 12″ round chocolate cake with cream cheese icing. I decorated it based on all 4 book covers. I used black fondant to make black squares for the checkerboard and placed a queen and red pawn on the cake I got out of a store bought chess game for the Breaking Dawn book cover. Then used a real apple on the cake for the Twilight book cover. I then made a red ribbon from red fondant for the Eclipse book cover. For the New Moon book cover I made the flower from gum paste and used a red food coloring pen to color in the red on the flower and used green fondant for the stem. All the girls loved the cake. They ate pizza and cake and then piled up in the living room with their sleeping bags and pillows and enjoyed watching Twilight and New Moon and giggled to the wee hours. They all seemed to have a great time.

    • Burke2010

      I love the “Pancake and Pajamas” theme. All of the kids (and parents, too, if they like!) dress in their favorite pj's and you make a couple of sheet cakes, cut them with a round cookie cutter, like silver dollar pancakes, and the kiddos can decorate them with whipped cream, sprinkles, fresh fruit, etc. Best of all, you can do the party early and still keep your little one on his/her nap schedule! :-)

    • Shellie

      I like the theme of a deserted island where you send invitations in the mail w/ a plastic bottle w/ sand and an umbrella in them (you can find online). They are adorable when the recipient recieves the message in a bottle. Then do some wading pools w/ sand and water w/ a little pirate theme going on. Totally fun.

    • Dillard2831

      My favorite for my boys has been a “Safari” theme. We lived in mid-west GA at the time and took our friends to the Wild Safari park for the day. It was great fun.

    • Kristen

      We did the princess theme as well but it is nice to be able to go to a website for help cause it would def alleviate some of the stress. Thx again Jenny i now look foward to her next b-day!!

    • Elizabeth

      My son loves soccer, so I did a sports-themed party for him on his last birthday. I did a soccer cake (copied a picture I saw on the internet); we had a soccer ball pinata; and we did sports-themed games, like a relay race, 3-legged race, etc. It was a blast for the boys and girls alike.

    • kfader

      My son will be turning 8 and would love either a skateboarding or surfing themed party!

    • Lora

      It is hard to keep boys entertained throughout a party but we ended up throwing a “Wet and Messy Party”. Think food! THEY LOVED THIS PARTY!!!!! Parents who weren't going to stay ended up wanting to stay and even ran home for cameras when they realized what was going to happen! They were told to wear their bathing suits & bring a towel. INVITATIONS: were made and attached to a pair of swim googles (from dollar store) and they were told to bring the googles to the party. First we had some games and then a obstacle course. We hosed them off, made ice cream sundas, and then they went swiming GAMES: 1) they got in pairs and we made instant mashed potatos (with water only) and added food coloring. Then one boy had to see how high he could pile the potatoes on the other boy's head. boy with potatoes wore googles The pair with the highest won. 2) still in pairs, one boy wore googles and the other spread peanut butter over the googles and face. Then when everyone was ready they had to toss M&Ms onto the peanut butter and who got the most to stick won. Timed game. They had to gently toss to get them to stick. 3) Like hot potatoes but we passed a paper plate covered with cool whip and whoever was holding plate when music stopped had to stick it in his own face & leave the circle & we continued until the last person. 4) Raw egg toss 5) baby pool with ice in it, everyone sat around it and put their feet in it and had to pick up the ice cubes & place in a cup that was next to them, person who puts most cube in cup wins. Timed game. 6) hung doughnuts with string from bottom of volleyball net (could use swingset). covered with chocolate syrup, they held their hand behind their backs and had to eat the doughnut. Messy! Last was a obstacle course they went through indivdually. Some things were: dry dog food mixed w/ water & it sat till mussy (they had to crawl through it), slip n' slide with pancake syrup, tarp covered in flour they had to roll across, etc. After we hosed everyone off, had make your own ice cream sundaes, water balloon fights, and finally swimming. We had a problem from keeping the boys from wanting to go through the obstacle course over again because they like it so much!! Favors were: giant superball, water gun, icky candy like bubble gum toothpaste and such, (and of course they got to keep the googles).

    • Mindy

      My daughter is having a “friends” party. We are using the Friends Forever theme and making friendship ncecklaces.

    • Anna

      We didn't really do a theme for my son's 1st birthday, but we have some friends who did a Princess (and Prince) party. All the kids dressed up as princesses or princes for the party. They wore crowns and all that good stuff.

    • Mydeere5

      Jenny- there is a super cute recipe for Flip- Flop cookies in this months Family Fun magazine…really cute and really easy!! You could make them as party favors too!

    • JenniL

      Skating! My girls recently went to a couple of birthday parties at the skating rink and loved them. Looks like that's what we will be doing for their birthdays this year!

    • cab

      my son is turning 3 & have no idea. he loves buzz & woody but not to sure? my mother in law used to bake several small cakes & make them into choo choo train cakes for her twins(my husband & his brother).

    • Eleanor

      We did an Elmo themed party this Memorial Day weekend for our 2 year old! Elmo Cake with lots of red decorations – it was a big hit & the look on her face when she saw her Elmo Cake was priceless!
      Great giveaway!

    • HK1199

      We had loads of fun at a Tropical Fruit themed birthday party!

    • Racheloburns

      we had a poka dot party:) everyone dresses in polka dots and cake was poka dots as well. Plus lots of games with circles(polka dots).

    • Sharon

      We did a Fear Factor party for my son. I made an eyeball cake (complete with bloodshot eye). Some of the activities were to see who could hold a lemon in their mouth the longest, put feet in ice water, eat through a plate of tuna to find “bugs” (gummy bugs). Lot's of other things and the boys had a blast!

    • Carden831

      My daughter wanted a Hannah Montan Birthday! Made blonde wigs for the girls with yellow construction paper. Since money was tight, could not go out & buy a cake, so I made a home made cake & had the girls decorate the cake, 1/2 the cake was Hannah montana & the other half was Miley Cyrus. The cake had blonde hair on 1 1/2 of the cake & brown hair on the other half. decorations for make-up on the hannah side & plan on the miley side. The cake was so undescribable. But the girls had fun making it. This year she wants to make another cake for her Birthday, but has not given me the theme yet!

    • Rach_momof4

      Last year, we did a under the sea theme for my 3 year old. She is still obessed with “Finding Nemo” !

    • Mellat

      WE did ABC's for my 1 year old. I did a rectangle cake that said happy birthdya with cupcakes around it with the ABC's.

    • Jessica

      For my son's second birthday, we had a jungle party with a monkey cake (using a Wilton pan) for my little monkey. All of the kids made craft foam masks of jungle animals (with the help of their parents). Lots of fun to watch toddlers in their little masks roaring at each other and a very inexpensive activity that the kids loved.

    • A friend of mine is doing a cowboy theme for her 4-year-old son with a horseshoe cake, cowboy-themed games and goodie bags made out of bandanas!

    • Savanarola

      We did a backyard beach party last year. We filled up two blow-up swimming pools, got a big bunch of water guns and filled some water balloons, and served hot dogs for lunch. There was a game where I buried marbles in the sandbox and people had to fish them out with their toes. There was another where I drew circles on paper towels and hung them on the clothes line – they were targets for water balloon accuracy contests. There was a water balloon toss.

      The cake was a half-sheet with ice cream cones turned upside down on it and sugar cookie crumbs all around them – like a sand castle. I put a new plastic shovel in it, too! The party favors were a plastic pail & shovel (under $1.00 each).

    • Jodimaria

      I always call my son Robby, my little bug, so for his 2nd birthday, we did a “bug” theme party. I made an inch worm cupcake cake and surrounded it with beehive and ladybug cupcakes. The kids made their own bughouses from kits I had ordered from Oriental Trade Co. Then we had a “bug hunt” in our upstairs for plastic bugs I had hidden all over (his b-day is in Feb so we had to do everything inside). Each child used his bug box to store his catch and were given bug tongs to help “catch” the bugs. We also played “Pin the stinger on the bee” and “Put the spot on the ladybug.” For spots we gave the kids an open Oreo cookie. They then licked the cream and stuck it on the ladybug spot with their name written in it. We also had caterpillar, ladybug and bee balloons. I ordered 2 foot long subs from Subway and decorated them to look like caterpillars. I put chips in a big flowerpot lined with plastic wrap. Canned drinks were put on ice in my son's wagon. Gift bags included fruit roll-ups with a bug theme, bug erasers, candy, etc. I think had as much fun planning and making everything as the kids had playing at the party!

    • shellito1012

      My daughter's was supposed to be a February baby, but after being born eight weeks early, her birthday is five days before Christmas. I struggle with Ideas especially since it is so close to Christmas. And it is hard to get people to attend five days before Christmas as many people travel. However, I was thinking about having a snowlfake / fairy birthday party! I can probably name snowflake banner wit my Cricut. I haven't gotten much further with this idea so if you have an idea….please pass it along!

    • Courtney

      I've always wanted to do a Mideval theme…where the food is dumped on the table and all the kids have to eat with their hands.

    • Abwood

      I loved doing my little girls first birthday party! She is five now so it seems like forever ago. We did her as the theme…”Make a Wish for Mattie”! She was on all the decorations that we made. We made little cupcake toppers with her picture on them and placed them on the tops…so cute! She was a ham and loved every minute of it!

    • Ashlie

      We did a penguin themed party for my one year old little boy last year… and we made our own penguin cake… it was a blast! :)

    • Stacy_alcorn

      We did a glamor party. I hired a few teenagers to do hair, nails and make up and set up the dining room like a beaty salon. They each wore a princess dress to the party and after getting all made up, we danced to a mix of princess songs I made from i-tunes. Much cheaper than going to a kid salon!!

    • Bpinzer

      My son's birthday is October 30th, so we always do a costume party, with the theme centered around his costume! Gives parents one more chance to use those cute and creative costumes! Last year we had a candy corn relay race and made cute/scary black cat treat bags. Fun! always looking for creative ideas!

    • Couponcrazy85

      My son loves anything to do with balls! soccer balls,baseballs,softlballs! This year I made him a baseball cake and he LOVED it!

    • Tiffany Lynch

      We had my son a Spongebob theme party last month for his first birthday. He absolutely loves Spongebob and just giggles and laughs every time he hears the theme song. So, we served Krabby Patties and Kelp (Cheeseburgers, French Fries, and Chips). We had a super cute Spongebob shaped cake with spongebob, patrick, and other ocean themed decorated cookies. While we had a swimming pool, we also had many other games and activities. One of my favorite was having white shirts and allowing the kids to use sponges and paint to decorate their shirts. We also filled small pools with bubbles and hoola hoops. The kids would stand in the middle of the hoop and pull it up over their head and they would be stuck in a big bubble!

    • sha martin

      we are going to do a sleepover themed cake/party for my daughter who will be 9!

    • Erin

      We did a watermelon themed party for my daughter 2 months ago. Since it was just starting to get really warm and watermelons were “in season”, everyone, including the adults, really enjoyed it. Fresh watermelon, cake, ice cream, friends & family, what else could you ask for? It was great!

    • Brittany

      Dr. Seuss for twins!

    • Pattycathey

      we did a lego-themed party… complete with cupcakes and lego gummies on top and lego jug for a guessing game…he loved it for 6

    • Angela

      Cinderella's ball!

    • gkhtoys

      My son loved astronauts so one year we had an 'Astronaut” Out of this world party!

    • Rloganrn

      I think a Luau themed party would be lots of fun with lots of tropical fruit and maybe serve barbeque- just roll up the BBQ with the leaves and place in a pit to look like a roasted pig without the whole pig of course. Lots of bright colors and grass skirts with hula lessons!

    • Rwgadawg

      A beach party sounds realy fun!

    • Emily

      We had a construction theme party for my 2-yr old, who loves all big machines. The cake had constuction matchbox trucks digging dirt(oreos)and sand (graham crackers) all around orange cones (candy corn) and rocks (chocolate rocks). We decorated plastic hard hats, built buildings with our cardboard blocks and knocked them down with a “wrecking ball”. We had a dumptruck pinata and the kids then played with all of my son's construction trucks, cars and tools. It was lots of fun and I have a feeling my little guy will want a “digger cake” next year.

    • Heather

      my daughter wanted a piggy cake so we had a three little pigs birthday party. i made the the three houses for the center piece. it was very cute.

    • Party 24/7

      My daughter's birthday is around Christmas, and I wanted to be able to incorporate our house decorations with her party. So I did a “Christmas Candy Land” theme. The kids iced cookies and made ornaments with sparkle paint. I did a candy buffet so the kids could make their own favor bags of their favorites, and I found the Candy Land game on clearance at our closest Fred's, so that was sent home with them as well.

      Along with the house christmas decorations, my husband put out candy canes to line the sidewalk and found peppermint candy balloons that filled the room so it did have the party feel.

      For the cake, I always try to do publix cakes, if money is tight, I do a cupcake cake….which the kids LOVE. And for the adults, I play a slideshow of my daughter with all her friends that projects on the wall.. That way, the parents can giggle about their own children's cute pictures and not just mine!

    • rbrousseau

      Since my husband is in Iraq he trained for 2 months in other states before going and I signed us up for the rewards programs with the hotels he stayed in even though they were paid for by the company and I earned so many points we wanted to make the first birthday without daddy soooo special we used the points to take 4 adults and 7 children to a local resort overnight for free so they swam in january and we decorated the rooms with summer themed items (used party city coupons) and everywhere you looked there were big bowls of candy or capri suns or chips and pizza and breakfast were included in the resort price…it was a beauitful Winter Beach party for super cheap!!

    • Wendyhill

      Toy Story 3 birthday theme–esp. because all of it is on clearance at WalMart right now!

    • Workingmomforever

      We alway have a lot of birthdays around Thanksgiving in the family. So this year I am thinking of doing an American Idol/Rock Band themed party. Then I can do a cake in a guitar shape with big sparklers on top.

    • cb

      My daughter wants to have a princess themed party…still working on ideas.

    • Cmentillo

      My son is about to turn 2 and is in love with trains right now so we are doing a 'Choo Choo, Landen is 2!' party. I'm making the train cake off the Betty Crocker website too!

    • carmen

      My youngest daughter's birthday is in december, so its a great excuse to have a “christmas” birthday party. There are lots of fun things to do, we've decorated christmas cookies, made ornaments, ginger bread houses…it's a fun theme for a december birthday and the activities are unlimited

    • Kara

      For my son's 2nd birthday we did Thomas the Tank Engine. It was so cute and Party City had all the decorations that we needed.

    • Hayleyb323

      I base my party on what i can find on clearance through out the year before. There is always something they still like going on clearance to make room for the new stuff, which for me will probable be the year afters theme.

    • Remriwhite

      My son's birthday party was a Ben Ten party. The cake was a round layer cake filled with white icing we had Ben Ten toys on top of it. We had fun games and crafts like make alien slime, toss water ballons at the aliens and melting an alien in an ice block. and the tradional pinata filled with candy and toys. The kids loved these games.

    • Libbytn

      A retro 60s party with peace signs and homemade tie dyed tshirts for favors!

    • Artlady8

      i have a 2 year old boy and we did a truck themed party. We played a couple simple games – like we hide Match box trucks in the sand table, and used monster trucks to roll through paint and make marks on some banner paper, Etc.. the trucks each child found they got to take home with them.

    • Laray

      My son was born at the end of Oct. so we are going to do a dress up party.

    • Lora

      BARGAIN PARTY: “I love Paris” themed girl sleepover party. I purchased pink & red heart decorations, tablecloths, balloons, heart shapped bowls, napkins etc. and food items like pink M&Ms AFTER Valentine's day when they are discounted 50%-75% off. Then in March, we had a I love Paris themed party. Everything was pink (my bargain purchases) and black, a few red. We printed out Eiffel Tower and Paris images on the computer and placed some inside heart cutouts we purchased for wall decorations, heart shaped helium balloons tied to a bag of rice covered in black tissue paper and tied with pink ribbon. Purchased some black boas at the craft store with 40% off coupons and pinned them to the tablecloth around the edge of the table. Had pink M&Ms in bowls etc. I borrowed paris travel posters from 2 travel agencies for wall decorations. Cake was a sheet cake cut out the image of the eiffel tower (printed a photo off the internet to use as a pattern). Invitations were printed on pink cardstock paper, placed in black envelopes, (wrote on envelopes with pink pen) and attached a black feather to the top of the pink invitation (plucked from the boas I purchased). Favors were put in pink paper bags, hole punched 2 holes in top and ran black ribbon through them & tied a bow. Inside? Girls stuff, lip gloss, nail polish, nail art, etc. and I ran into a clearance bin at “Claires” and found silver necklaces with the effiel tower charm for only $1.00 each !!! But you could just buy a Paris themed charm inexpensively (use your discount coupons!) in the jewelry making section of a craft store (Michael's have them ) and hang on black cording and make your own. It doesn't even need a clasp…they can tie the necklace on.

    • Erin

      I think a beach theme birthday party would be a blast especially if your birthday is in the winter and could find an indoor swimming pool.

    • Emhcoupon

      Tea party theme. All guests dress up and at the party get their hair, make-up and nails done so they will be proper for the tea party. give each a tea cup filled with candy and wrapped in toile as the party favor. Get the tea cups at thrift stores.

    • Amanda C

      Water party with family! Yeah!

    • Missy

      My daughters birthday is right before school starts back. We are having a vintage back to school party…think pencils, wooden ruler, composition books…which are cheap right now…(gotta love walgreens)

    • Kristin Bowman

      We love a good old tea party, where the girls make fancy hats, eat tiny food, and get served by Jeeves (Daddy in a tux)

    • julia

      I love all the idea's out there for a carnival themed party or shower.

    • melody

      My son wants a Moses birthday party this year complete with the ten commandments and the crossing of the red sea! He is only 3.

    • Wendy Gray

      PINK FIRETRUCK (MY HUSBAND IS A FIREMAN BUT MY ONLY CHILD IS A GIRL.)

    • Megan

      A detective-themed party is great fun! Adults can set up a “mystery” scene and plant clues, while the children can work together to run around and solve the mystery. Of course, the best mysteries end with recovering some precious treasure (such as the party favors!)

    • Rhlambert

      I've got a 4 yr. old party for my son next week. It's a monster truck theme. And the cool thing is that we have tix to see a live monster truck event just a few weeks later.

    • Berea Mom

      My son likes trucks or balls so I would choose one of those themes for him.

    • Stickrn3

      i think a cool birthday theme would be kids olympics. the guests can win prizes which makes it fun and you can taylor the party depending upon the weather,season or indoor or outdoor.

    • laura

      hawaii theme would be great and would work well to combine w/a pool party

    • Gena

      My son's birthday and daughter's birthday are a week apart. So, every year we celebrate them together. They each choose a theme and we set up a table for each one. This year it was football and Ariel. We had the party at a local Splash Park. Nothing really went togehter, but they each got what they wanted and it was a great way to cool off for summer birthdays!

    • C_gunter06

      We are a family of 6 so there are ALOT of birthday parties and celebrations. This July my next to youngest had her 2nd birthday and we had a winnie the pooh party. Lots of fun. Our next birthday party is in october so we have a little time to plan for it..
      It will be a first b-day so I think we'll do something with care bears.

    • Jshaw

      I am doing a “PEACE SIGN” party for my soon to be 9yr old daughter… I am doing a standard sheet cake… white icing then spraying it with the spray icing… Then writing in black icing a peace sign.. WOOHOO… I can't wait! She is GOING TO LOVE IT!

    • Vigorpete

      My daughter's are four years appart in age, and their birthdays are 07/05 (she's two weeks old) and 07/06 (she's four)! We are blessed to have 4th of July themed parties complete with fireworks on the lake and red, white, and blue cupcakes!

    • Allison

      We want to do a party with a lobster theme. We are a big boating family and catch lobster each year. We want to make a “lobster” cake and celebrate!

    • Brandi

      For her 6th birthday my daughter wanted a Webkinz party. So I made a whole theme of it. There were games based on the ones online and a schedule of Today's Activities. They started with Operation Gumball (guess the number of gumballs in a jar), then moved to The Employment Office where they decorated a gift bag to hold all their goodies. Then it was on to play Zingoz Pop – we put inflated balloons in our trampoline with slips of paper inside designating the number of Kinz Cash they would win once they were able to pop the balloon. Next was Arte's Gem Hunt, put 3 colors of polished stones & slag (gravel rock) in Easter eggs and put them all over our yard. Each color designated the number of Kinz Cash they got. Then it was time for ice cream sundaes (Chef's Challenge). Time for the birthday girl to open presents and we called it The Wish Factory. After that it was time to head to the Adoption Center. Each child got to adopt their very own Webkinz (got a screaming deal from our local museum gift shop). Then it was time for the Candy Bash (pinata smashing). For the Kinz Cash I just made up slips of paper for each denomination. Most all of the other supplies I was able to use from around the house. The kids used the Kinz Cash to “buy” trading cards and other small party items. I made the cake to look like the Wheel of Wow and the invitations were a picture of my daughter on our trampoline with all of her Webkinz surrounding her (used one of the free photo deals). The party was a huge hit with the guests and my daughter has even requested having another just like it this year. Not sure but it will certainly depend on getting the great deal for the animals. This theme would be completely do-able without giving each guest a Webkinz though.

    • Erin Jones

      A cookie decorating party! My son's birthday is close to Christmas, so we decorated cookies in the back yard & the kids took theirs home as favors. We also did a candy cane hunt & had Christmas music playing in the background. Inexpensive way to have fun & let kids be messy!

    • Eabdvm

      DInasour party for boys! Paper mache dinasour eggs that kids paint.

    • Megan

      Passport to Party. Have a game or craft activity that children do in different countries. Then make the birthday cake in the shape of an icon from one particular, such as the Eiffel Tower.

    • Lchubert

      An Olympics Party! For my child's 4th birthday we hosted an Olympics birthday. At the age of 4 we knew our son and his friends had no concept of what the Olympics were about so after they arrived they all received a little American flag and they did the “parade of nations” to the music of the Olympic Fanfare. We then had different event stations thanks to my husband who is a PE coach. The events were hula hoop, water balloon relays, etc… All age appropriate. Then for the cake we had an Olympic Ring cake in all the Olympic colors. After the food we had a “ceremony” where they all received medals. (They were real medals that were extras from sports my husband coaches.) The party favors were 4th of July themed goodies that went perfect since all the children were representing the USA. They had a blast and we taught them patriotism and pride for our nation and for the Olympic spirit. Later that month was the Summer Olympics and our children was really into it since he had just participated in his own Olympics!

    • Ellen

      Grill out in the backyard party with kiddie pool and games!

    • Karen

      My daughter's birthday is right before Halloween, so I bought mini pumpkins and paint to let the kids decorate. This was their take home treat at the end of the party. I also asked the kids to come dressed in their Halloween costumes. This was a great way for the kids to show off their outfits more than just on Halloween night.

    • Katherine

      Our two most recent parties were both for little girls, and though we warmly accept princess themes, we aimed for something different.
      ….so we had a “pink elephant” and circus theme…and a popsicle party. I really have fun with invitiatons and decorations, and these themes well suited our co-ed attendees. :)

    • andreab

      Pirates! Make a birthday cake with a treasure map on it. Each landmark on the cake has an activity related to pirates (digging for buried treasure, walking the plank…). Lots of fun for little boys!

    • Lynn

      when one of my girls turn 7-ish, we had a tied dye party. I made a sheet cake and voided out the sized and made it look like a t-shirt, iced it with white icing and than dropped food coloring on it to look tied-dyed.

    • Atinel

      How about a party theme based on being “GREEN”!

      ?Instead of using paper plates & cups, use washable ones!

      ?Recycle the comics from your newspaper and use those as a funky table covering.

      ?No more plastic bags full of junk MADE IN CHINA- do a simple craft like painting those small wooden or ceramic items from the craft store.

      ?If your child is willing to go for it… ask him/her to forgo gifts and ask guests to bring canned food or outgrown clothing to donate to a shelter. Recently a girl in my area asked her guests to make a donation to the local animal shelter instead of buying her a gift. AWESOME for a 7 year old huh?

    • Momin2009

      WOW, there are some really good party ideas listed (one of my faves is the candy land party…will definitely keep in mind if i have a girl one day :)) Anyway, i've been wanting to do a Pirate theme b-day party for my son since before he was born (haha). He will be 2 soon & I think that I might do this type of party. I want to have a treasure hunt & pirate hats, the whole works. I found a really cute idea of mailing the invitations in a plastice see-through bottle (with a little bit of sand inside) & the invitation in rolled inside the bottle

    • Patty

      We had a Hawaiian themed monkey party one year. My daughter loves monkey and wanted to have a luau so I combined the two! It was a big hit! I was actually able to find monkeys wearing grass skirts! I made her cake in the shape of a monkey head so it wasn't expensive. It was a great party!

    • RJ

      We are doing a Pirate theme for my 5 year old son's party. The guests dress up as a pirate or princess. I bought all of the party supplies last year at Michaels for 90% off! I was able to get 24 invitations, thank you notes, plates, napkins, goody bags etc, even a pirate chest filled with cookie cutters. At a garage sale I found all of the pieces to make a pirate cake complete with ship and tiny pirates, cannons, etc. I chloroxed and washed all of the pieces and will try to re-create the Publix store cake. We got a brand new pinata(pirate) at a garage sale. We are doing simple games like pin the eye patch on the pirate-found at the Dollar Tree by my sister-in-law. We also have a CD of pirate songs found at the Dollar Tree. I ordered Pirate favors from Oriental Trading when they were having free shipping. It really helps to be able to collect the items over the span of months and to still save so much on a cool party!

    • Lydia

      M son has asked for a “sticker chart party”. He is four. So I am going to give everyone a sticker chart when they arrive. They must visit each of the four stations and complete a task in order to get a sticker. When their sticker chart is full , they get a prize (party favor). Stations include: puppet making station, photo shoot dress up station, giant bday card to paint on, temporary tatoos. Guests are asked to wear tye dye! Cupcakes will be multicolored!

    • Sabrina

      Our little girl is only 4 months, so we haven't had to plan a birthday party yet, but one theme that I think is cute is a football themed party (for boys or girls). If you have a fall baby, you could have them all dress up in their favorite sports team's gear. So cute! :-)

    • Ajawee83

      Well, we're a boy family, so construction trucks are what it's all about here!

    • I want to do a “flapper/jazz” themed party for my daughter's next birthday and use the Baby Loves Jazz books as inspiration!!!

    • Marie Phillips

      We did a rock and roll party and had boas, hats, blow up guitars, adn hair pieces for everyone (including the adults!) We turned our fireplace hearth into a stage and had a karaoke machine going. We had a (made at home) guitar cake and “rock star” food (make your own nacho bar) as lunch. This was by far the best and easiest party I've done. As favors we took pictures on the “stage” all dressed up and prined them out before they left. Great for all ages and fun for all!

    • Sandy565

      I have twins turning 13 next month!! Ahh!!! :) I plan on doing Twilight theme party since they are so crazy about the movies! I want to make the backyard in to a forest theme area…just like the movie. I 'm working on some other ideas as well!!

    • Meghan

      My little girl is turing one year old next month. To celebrate her sweet tiny self, and since there will be many other little ones in attendence, we are having a “tiny cookout” We are grilling mini burgers and chicken drumettes and having other mini versions of cookout favorites (half corn on the cobs, cupcakes, etc).

    • Modmia

      My oldest is turning 5 this fall. He wants a “putt-putt party”. Since we can't afford to have all his buddies over to the local putt-putt course for a party, we're turning our front yard into a putt-putt course. He is helping to design it from stuff we find around the house and whatever we can scrounge from the neighbors. Our neighbors are mostly retired and many are getting into the theme by donating lots of “hills”, “roughs”, and crazy yard ornaments for us to use.

    • Kathleen

      When my son celebrated his first birthday, we invited everyone to bring a book that was special to them growing up. My son was able to add a good amount of books to his growing collection and we even had games and decorations that were book themed: a very hungry caterpillar cake, storytime activities for the little guests, and a picture book as a parting gift.

    • Erin

      We are about to have a Pink Elephant Party for my one year old on Saturday!

    • Jhperry

      For my daughter's 5th birthday, we made it all about art! The decorations were inexpensive and easy since we just used bright colors for the paper products, tablecloths, etc. I found a marble art activity that was simple and not too messy. We covered the dining table with white butcher paper so the girls could color as they arrived. The party packs were easy with crayons, notepads, etc.

    • Langlandpe

      We had an Army themed party for our 5-year old. The invitations were letters requesting all the “Privates” to report to duty on the party date to fulfil the latest mission. They were requested to wear camoflauge and Daddy lead the mission including a tank(riding lawnmower in disguise) firing bottle rockets. It was a blast!

    • April

      My son is turning 5 and we have thought about a shoe lace party. All the crafts are made out of shoelaces and for the ultimate party game, everyone learns how to tie their shoes. :) Moms will love it and my son will learn how to tie his shoes. :) For treats, I would have any shoe lace candy I can find such as twizzlers or nerd ropes.

    • Mary J

      We like to do 50's theme birthday parties and have the girls dress up in poodle skirts and the boys dress up in jeans, white tshirts and sometimes their hair slicked back. For my niece (who is a big Grease fan) we had a cake in the shape of a jacket and the cake was pink (as in Pink Ladies). The party was a big hit!

    • Holly

      “Under The Sea” is always a great theme for a party!

    • Cindy

      Farm animal party for little ones…If you live on or know someone who lives on a farm, you could have some baby farm animals and a tractor set up outside. You could also have an easy little maze made out of hay. Farm animal cupcakes for the cake. I think that this would be a wonderful idea for a birthday party!

    • Lora

      We had a bowling party a while back for my daughter who loves to bowl. I was going to buy a birthday party package but we had under the minimum number of children needed to have a party and therefore I was going to have to pay double for each child and at $25.00 a child it wasn't going to be a bargain. Sooooooo…we did our own. Reserved lanes on a discount day and to make the bowling more fun, I had them bowl a different way for each frame. I provided each lane a list to follow. Some examples of ways they had to bowl: left hand, right hand, on one foot, between the legs, backwards between the legs, sitting down and rolling it, etc. They had a blast, and it made it so those that can't bowl well were equal to those who are really good. We ordered pizza, and they allowed us to bring in a cake. I made a 9×13 cake and cut out a bowling pin,(white icing and red trim) and a small round pan which was decorated as a bowling ball (black icing) with a holes cut out where the fingers go. I also asked if I could purchase a used bowling pin and they sold me one for $5.00. I bought it ahead of time, took it home and painted it up and that day had her friends sign the bowling pin with a sharpie pen. It is now a bookend in her room. I also took photos of each child bowling at some time during the party and included a photo in their thank you notes. I also gave each child a small plastic trophy purchased at the party store. I put a different label on each one so that when we awarded them a trophy each child's special. Some examples: funniest bowler, most likely to be a professional bowler, craziest bowler, best bowling outfit (girl's liked this one), highest score, first stike at the party, etc. Sent home goodie bags with bowling pin and ball clipart attached with their name and lots of goodies inside.

    • Lizel

      Princess Party!

    • KL

      My daughter loves ice cream shoppe and ice cream truck type things so I think an ice cream truck cake would be cute and do those little cakes made in ice cream cones!

    • Jennifer G

      My oldest had a “Spa” spend the night party. I made a cake that looked like a big fingernail polish bottle. A friend of mine who does nails came over to the house and set up and did their nails. I had the foot spas set up to soak their feet while they waited their turn. The other girls were making necklaces and homemade lipgloss while they waited for their turn as well. I also took their picture with the birthday girl when they arrived and they decorated their frame to go with their picture. Their goodie bag was shaped like a pocket book and it was filled with the lipgloss they made, fingernail polish, a compact, and other goodies. They had a great time. Going to do that again for my other daughter. Girls loved to be pampered.

    • Jenny

      For my one year old son, we had a Sesame Street Party with Cookie Monster cup cakes and balloons. They were super easy to make with blue frosting and cookie where his mouth should go! He's only one so he was just happy to eat it!

    • Catherine

      My daughter will be turning 9 in August and we are planning a cool cooking party. The Birthday girl is going to pick out some recipes from her favorite Food Network Celebrity for she and her firends to prepare. They will have aprons and chef hats for the party give away. we are still in the planning stages, but I am soooooooo excited and so is she!!!

    • KH

      Cupcake themed party

    • The circus :) I had so much fun with this last year for my youngest ones. There's just SO much you can do with the theme from clowns to animals to stunts.

    • Molly

      I am in the middle of planning a 3rd birthday princess party right now, but my favorite kind of party is a reverse surprise party. I went to one when I was kid, and I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to do it with her friends. You call all of the moms ahead of time and let them know that you are coming to their house – the kids know nothing. You load up the birthday girl (or boy) in a big vehicle and go to their friends houses to wake them up. The friends are only allowed to brush their teeth – no baths or changing clothes. Then you all go back and have breakfast and give prizes for the “most surprised” or “funniest wake-up hair.” I got the most surprised when I was little! It was so much fun!

    • Abigailal

      Thomas the Tank Engine party for my 3 year old boy

    • Awatts

      giftwrap

    • Jbh813

      I love the idea of a dinosaur party!

    • Kchaney7

      We had a Splish Splash birthday party when our daughter turned two (Splish Splash, it's Sarah's 2nd Birthday Bash!). We had the party in our backyard, complete with two kiddie pools, water balloons, and bubbles. The birthday cake was an ocean theme (a double decker cake, with blue icing, and cookies on a stick shaped like sea animals stuck down in the cake). Oh, and we gave small sandbuckets as party favors (filled with stickers, candy, etc.).

    • Allyg24

      my daughter loves butterflies so i'm making just a round cake and i found these huge butterfly gummies to put all over it. either that or i'm making a garden theme party with a “dirt” cake. her birthday is in a couple of weeks so she is getting very excited!

    • Angelpiekab

      a few years ago for my neices 6th birthday party she asked for a christmas party (her birthday was in august) so thats what we did… pretty easy to do because we already had decorations! we asked everyone to bring a small $5 gift along with the birthday gift and we had a swap for all the adults. it was soo much fun!

    • Amanda

      Pirate themed parties have always been my boys' favorite. Everyone dresses like a pirate and we have treasure hunts where everyone wins! We also “swab the deck” by pushing balloons across the floor with kid-sized brooms.

    • Karlaniehaus

      We just had a rubber ducky themed party for my daughter's first birthday. The kids and adults alike all loved the duck pool matching game, pin-the-bill-on-the-duck game, rubber ducky favors, blue punch with floating duckies, and duck-shaped cookies.

    • Amym850

      We went to the dollar isle and did a Hawaii theme hoola B-day party for my 7 yr old. The cake was easy! The total cost was 32.00. Not too bad. Our second choice was to do Chucky cheese which would have run about 150ish.

    • Juliaanzalone

      For my sons 4th birthday we had a carnival party. I printed out invitations in the form of a ticket, we made a “ticket booth” out of a refrigerator box that we painted and then cut-out a ticket window and put pictures of my son on the front. We turned a tent like you'd take to a tailgate into a carvinal tent by sewing striped fabric to make a slip cover and with the extra fabric we made bean bags for the kids to play a bean bag toss. We had sno cones and popcorn and lemonade under the tent. We had carnival games like fishing, bean bag toss, tossing a ping-pong ball into different jars, a duck pond, etc. Each child received a colorful goody bag and received a “prize” at each booth. For the cake, we baked and iced the cake in individual ice cream cones. The kids had a blast and everything was home made!

    • Igot5ltlboyz

      My oldest son turned 13 last year. He had an “Alabama” party, on the day that the Alabama Crimson Tide played the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl. (We're huge Bama fans!!) I fixed sloppy joes, chips & dip, they had “Bama” cake & ice cream, sodas and homemade popcorn. They almost all wore their team colors. They played football outside and then came back in to watch the game. Alabama won the game right at the last and I had a den of teenage boys jumping around and hollering and cheering, I filmed their reaction to the winning play instead of the game, and it's made for a real memory maker. They had a blast!!

    • Sheliab

      Our favorite recent one was pirate themed. We got the dollar boat kits at Michaels for them to make, had them walk the plank (whoever made it farthest walking a 2×4 on legs won), and play cannonball shot (like Bozo's game with baskets lined up each farther than the other). We made a pirate chest cake. And gave all the food pirate names. Chips and Salsa were flotsam and jetsam for example. My husband even dressed up like a pirate and acted as host.

    • Gingerhales

      Baseball theme serving hot dogs, apple pie and coca cola.

    • Olivia

      I am planning on doing a Fancy Nancy theme birthday party for my daughter's 5th birthday. The girls will dress up in fancy outfits, go to a make-up station to put blush and lipgloss on, get their pictures taken, and get to eat some fancy finger foods and fancy drinks. I am going to decorate the plastic cutlery with stick-on jewels and make fancy placemats as well. The centerpieces will be lollipop bouquets with green ribbons tied around them for the leaves. Each guest will get to take one home. I am going to try my hand making a purse cake, since she loves purses. You get the idea…she is so excited about it! Would love to get the flip camera, since we do not have a video camera, and that would be wonderful to be able to have a video of the party. I could also use items to help with the cake, and of course money is always helpful! Thanks for the chance to win!

    • courtney_80

      we are hoping to have a Fall Festival birthday party for my daughter this year. her birthday is in october, so we plan to decorate with straw bales, corn, and pumpkins. we want to have a pumpkin carving table and caramel apple stand. she loves princesses, so i was hoping to be able to make some sort of cake that resembles the pumpkin carriage from cinderella with some cinderella cake decorations of some sort. i already have tons of stuff for goody bags thanks to couponing and using this site to get free stuff all the time. it should be fun!

    • Dmobley

      We're doing a beach theme party this year for my almost 7 year old daughter and a Yo Gabba Gabba party for my almost 2 year old son. I plan on making cakes for both of them so this would be a great prize to win.

    • ash

      Firetrucks…most fire stations will do a free tour of their fire stations and then we went to a park not far away and had cupcakes, fire truck pinata, and firehats for everyone! Simple and a kid-pleaser!

    • Janet

      For my son's birthday this summer we are having a pool party. For invitations each guest is getting a beach ball with the party info written on it with a Sharpie. The favors are pool toys that can be used during the party. The food is pizza for lunch (easy!) and cupcakes with blue icing and blue sprinkles.

    • Fballmomof3

      Scavenger hunt through Walmart at 11:00 at night with 20 12 and 13 year old boys. My boys were turning 12 and 13 …. I made a list of items they needed to buy and supplied each team with $8.00 to purchase the items. The losing team had to wear huge goofy hats and stand in the front of Walmart and sing the Barney at the top of lungs in the front of the store. All the boys still talk about this party. It was awesome!!!!

    • Angel

      Hawaiian themed!

    • keilah

      My son is only 5 months old but I am thinking about doing a lizard themed party for his first birthday. He used to flick his tongue out and my husband would say he looked like a lizard tasting the air!

    • Tonya

      With video gaming a favorite, for our two boys, age 5 and 7, we had a “Super Brothers” Birthday party. The invitations asked all to join us for a birthday celebration for two super brothers. Mario and Luigi were featured on the invitaion. To match the them, our 7 year old dressed as Luigi and our 5 year old was Luigi. They both wore overalls. One a red shirt and one a green shirt. I customized each a hat with a big L and M on them. Party decor was red and green with gold coins and boxes everywhere – that's what they collect on the game. For games we played a coin hide and go seek and a big obstacle course.

      Now for the Cake: Children enjoyed mushroom cupcakes with red or green icing. For the dots on the mushrooms we use white chocolate chips. The big birthday cake was 2 round layer cakes with a big mushroom on top. Mario and Luigi action figures stood on each side of the mushroom.

      To end the party, each guest was sent home with a bag of popcorn that had red or green sprinkles and m and m's mixed in.

    • kellib

      A carnival theme!

    • Kathy C.

      What a fabulous prize! I went to a party with a “ball” theme. Everything was circular!

    • Christi Reaves

      my daughter had a great m&m birthday wehn she was 8! we made several round cakes colored them red yellow blue and orange then out of m&m's we put an 8 on one then the others we just put and M on them with m&m's her name also begins with an m so that was cool we put m&m's in ajar and they guessed how many the winner won the jar of m&m's it was a great party

    • Robin

      My twins couldn't decide on a joint theme last year so I bought 2 message cookies from Bilo @ 7.99 each. They will write names on them while you wait. One wanted Thomas the Tank Engine so I bought a few trains that he could play with later and put them on the cookie as decoration. His brother wanted pirates so I bought a set of small pirate toys and did the same thing on his “cake”. It was inexpensive, they had toys to play with later, and no leftover cake!

    • nicole

      i think we are going to try giraffes. my daughter and i just recently went to the zoo and she was enamored with them. i was thinking about creating giraffe heads with construction paper and tying them to poles so that the kids and “be” the theme of the party. i just dont know about how to make the cake??

    • Dina

      A bug themed party!

    • Tiatoangels

      For a younger boy, you can do a fishing theme and use brownies and gummy worms to make “wroms and dirt”.

    • Julia

      My husband is a firefighter and also teaches at the local fire academy. My son loves everything about firefighting. So, for my son's 6th birthday, we had a fire academy party. The invitations were ordered from vistaprint (I ordered 20 invitation, but only paid for 10) with a firetruck on the front. We purchased a t-shirt for each child with the front of the firtruck on the front of the shirt and the back of the truck on the back if the shirt. A fellow firefighter makes these shirts and gave them to us half off. My husband got stickers badges, coloring books and pencils from the fire dept. which we used along with the shirts as our party favors. The shirts were also used as the kids fire academy “uniform”. My husband made a dumby out of a scarecrow, putting bunker gear on it and the kids had to do “fire drills” like pulling the dumby across the lineand knocking over plasitc cones with the “fire hose” which was the garden hose with a nozzle from Home Depot on it. We also got a visit from one of the firetrucks and the kids got to play in the truck and look at all the tools. They loved it! My son's friends and their parents are still talking about the fire academy party at our house.

    • Tanyalulu

      I am currently planning a Luau 5th Birthday for my daughter. We will have hula hoop contests, Tiki Toss game, and everyone comes dressed in tropical attire. I am giving out leis to all the guests with their Hawaiian name attached. For the cake, I am using a storybook doll pan to make a hula girl. Hope it all turns out.

    • Sarah

      My son loves baseball so last year for his 3rd birthday we asked in lieu of gifts that everyone buy a ticket to join us at a Durham Bulls baseball game. Over 40 people came! We got to sit in a special birthday section and all the kids got a drink, hot dog, Goodberry custard (like ice cream) and a baseball cap. My son also got an autographed ball and there were fireworks after the game. I mean what kid gets fireworks at their birthday party? :) Best of all, no clean up for mommy afterward! This year for his 4th birthday we decided to reserve a local baseball field through the city. Again we had a ton of people, ranging in age from 2 months to grandparents. Everyone played baseball and ran around. I made rice krispie treats that looked like baseballs b/c I figured they'd hold up better in the June heat. My son had so much fun running the bases on a real field. I packed individual snack bags and we had lots of water and fun mix-ins like lemonade and fruit punch. And again when it was over we packed up and went home, no clean up required.

    • Wx Wife

      We had a Fire Truck party for my son's 3rd birthday complete with a trip to our local fire station and a firetruck cake. Our fire station was so great and let the kids climb up on the trucks and see where they sleep. He still talks about it and wants to have a Fire Truck party again this year!

    • Dukesinthewoods

      At our house we love themed birthday parties – for my daughter's last birthday we had a candy land party. We used the game board for ideas and inspiration. the cake was decorated to look like the game board and we decorated different areas of the house to look like the areas on the gameboard – peppermint forest, gumdrop pass, etc. we even made costume so we could dress up like the characters. It took a lot of time to plan but it was so much fun!

    • Ruth

      For my daughter's upcoming 4th birthday we are doing a “Crafty Pool Party” theme. She is really into crafts & her birthday is in August, so I wanted to make it summery. Most of the party will be held out on our lanai around the table. I found this great bright multi-striped table runner at Target for 75% off ($2.48) which set the color-scheme, and then to keep it “crafty,” I am making most of the decorations, like a birthday banner, party hats, goody bags, & “cones” to hold popcorn out of coordinating brightly colored 12×12″ scrapbook paper. We also made the invitations out of the same paper, which say “Splish Splash: Maggie's Having a Bash” I bought cute little aprons for all the kids (aqua for boys & bright pink for the girls) to wear while they do their craft, which I will be embellishing with some ribbon & their names. The craft will be painting wooden frames & then decorating them with sea-themed foam stickers. After crafts, all the kids will go swimming and then have a kid friendly lunch of homemade mac & cheese and mini hot dogs. The “cake” will be brightly decorated cupcakes embellished with matching birthday flags, arranged on a cupcake tree.

    • megan

      tie-dye party!

    • jodie

      For my husband's birthday we did a superhero theme and all the adults came dressed as their favorite childhood superhero. The kids loved it too!

    • Correne

      I will be planning a luau next year for my husband's 30th! We got married 3 days before his 26th birthday and flew to Hawaii. I surprised him on his birthday by making reservations at a Luau and everyone sang to him!! So – I felt his 30th birthday would be a fun year to try to recreate that!

    • Picketts4023

      For my son's sixth birthday I made a volcano island cake with teddy grahams swimming in the “water” with gummy lifesavers around them. It turned out really cute. We used luau birthday supplies to go with the theme, the bonus for me was his birthday is in August when you get all the luau supplies at 75% off.

    • Lindsayhunton

      My almost 3 year old boy is obsessed with Toy Story right now, so I have a feeling I will be planning a toy-story themed birthday party in a few months.

    • Dawkinslee

      My son loves cars. I am wanting to do a Racing theme and bring him to a go cart place and let them race around the tracks with his cake in the shape of his favorite car the Mustang.

    • KimberlyUTK

      Cookie Monster – I made cupcakes with Cookie Monster's face. Lots of cookies and milk were all around!

    • Maureen

      My sister's three boys are 5,4 and 19 months and they all love Fire engines and anything having to deal with that subject. They have had birthday parties with the group going to a fire house and having a tour.

    • Rhonda

      My son will be turning 5 in December. I plan on having a party, but am in search of a great theme in order to get everyone to come to a birthday party so close to Christmas. I would LOVE help!!

    • Kajkbishop

      pretend slumber party for younger kids…..have them wear their pajamas, have popcorn, movie, pizza, etc. Put inviations on mini pillow cases. This is a great idea for kids in Kindergarten through younger grades where an actual overnight slumber party is too much!

    • Janis

      My granddaughter loves anything related to Little House on the Prairie. She had a birthday cake shaped like a cabin, and her dad actually built her a cabin (made from pine trees my son had cut down) in the back yard.

    • Lauren

      Our twins are turning one this weekend and we're doing a polka dot theme – not too “theme-y” but great, easy decorating ideas to pull it all together!

    • Loobyamy

      My son's party will be train themed. I got him a Thomas costume to wear for fun!

    • sabrina

      Thanks for the site! My son wants a robot party and I've been trying to think of a cool cake idea. They have a perfect one and he loves it! Can't wait to try it.

    • Chrissy

      We're thinking about an airplane theme for my 2-year-old. He loves airplanes!

    • kaseyshadow

      My girls are Feb babies 7 years apart. I'd love to find a theme to celebrate the 3 year old and 10 years birthday together. Pink ballons, pink cupcakes with Dora's on some of them.

    • Heather

      My husband and his brothers have been known since childhood for wearing their loud hawaiian shirts everyday. So luaus are the way to go in our family – pork, poi, pineapples, grass skirts, coconut tops, tiki torches, leis, and flowered everything!

    • Great giveaway! For my daughters next b-day we are doing a Tinkerbell theme.

    • Tej814

      My daughter loves CANDYLAND, so for her 5th birthday, I made a sheet cake and turned it into the game board. I used starbursts for the trail, candy canes for the candy cane forest, the dum dum lollipops, lots of extra fudge frosting for Gloppy and swirled frosting on top of ice cream cones at different heights to make Queen Frosteens castle and so on. I then decorated with the actual boards. She loved it, as did all of her guests. What little girl doesn't love cake and candy all in one!!

    • Sarah

      my boys are still little, so we've never done a HUGE thing, but they've both had their firetruck themed birthdays, complete with hats as favors, a cake in the shape of a firetruck (a lot harder than I thought), etc and they loved it!

    • Christy Franklin

      My son wants a pirate party. We are going to do a pirate/princess party. There is a storyteller/face painter coming and is going to paint the kids faces and tell an appropiately themed story. He is an energetic little boy but will settle down for a good story.

    • Blouzahdeb

      My daughter's birthday is in December, so a snow/snowflake theme is cute (especially since we won't get any of the real stuff!) I also really love ladybugs for a cute little girl party.

    • meeyeehere

      We are doing Humpty Dumpty and making our own decorations,designed plates and we even are gonna make humpty hard boiled eggs for the kids to decorate. It’s weird but gonna be fun.
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    • Outtolunchmom

      When my daughter was 4 she wanted a fairy princess party. Since her birthday is just after Halloween she wore the same fairy princess dress she wore then. I made individual cakes in ovenproof cereal bowls and froze them. I bought decorating supplies from the grocery store. From my local craft store I bought wooden dowels and styrofoam stars and glitter. The girls made magic fairy wands and decorated their own frozen cakes to take home. It was such a hit the teenage girl from next door who I asked to help out and her friend had to make their own cakes after the party.

    • Momfia

      My 8 year old is all about the trains. I have train cookie cutters, train cookie pans, train cake pans. In the past I have made train jello gigglers. I buy train candles and train paper goods.

    • Lori S.

      I have twins, too. I have a boy and a girl. So, when they were little I did “Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse,” “Pepe Le Pew & his girlfriend (don't remember her name), “Raggedy Ann & Andy,” etc. Now they're twelve and it is harder to plan parties because they are both so different and like different things. Thanks for the link to the website!!

    • Hubbardca

      A butterfly cake using a bundt cake cut in half and turned around like this: )( or a similar shape with one of those fluted bundt-type pans like this: }{ frosted and decorated with 'spots', thin licorace (spelling?) as antenna. I just made it up, but I think my girls — and boys — would really like it.

    • donna

      When my twins (boy and girl) turned 5 we had a Art party complete w/ Paint pallet cake, everyone made their own mini pizza on grands bisquits. We also did several art projects one of which was laying on their backs to paint their masterpieces (paper taped to the bottom of the table- sistine chapel).

    • Acrows

      my son and daugher have brithdays in July and I am dying to do a CHRISTMAS IN JULY theemed party where they can decorate gingerbread houses and make ornaments. Thinking of giving stockings as party favors!!

    • Hbvega

      A friend and I have sons with their birthday 2 days apart. We decided for their 3rd birthday, we did the Cookie Monster and Elmo Theme. Each had their own shirt and decorated cookie cake…one with Elmo's face and the other with Cookie Monster's Face. The kids loved it! We even went to see Sesame Street live the evening before their party which made for their heightened excitement.

    • sunnyteresa

      We had a spa sleep-over for my daughter last year. The girls had lots of fun painting their toenails. My daughter drew a picture of the girls she was inviting in sleeping bags for her invitations. It was lots of fun.

    • Sue

      Our last party was all about monster truckes. I made the cake myself but it was worth the look on him face. The best part was the crullers I used for the huge tires.

    • Erin

      My son turned a year old a few months ago and I got the idea for his cake from Betty Crocker! It was a cute green dinosaur and it turned out SO cute!! It was pretty easy too! We had dino balloons, tableware, and even adorable dinosaur bath squirters for party favors. :)

    • Naenae248

      My son loves trains so we had his party at the neighborhood park, where they happen to have a small train you can ride. We didn't really have to decorate because all the kids just wanted to ride the train.

    • 05jacksmom

      When my son turned 4, we had a Fire Fighter party. We made a fire truck cake, had an obstacle course like they were in training, and drew a house on fire out of chalk and the kids put it out with water balloons. Then, we visited the local fire station (which is free)and they gave the kids a tour and let them sit in the truck. The favors were fire fighter hats that we got at the dollar store and the small Lego fire truck. It was a great time and the parents enjoyed the firehouse tour as much as the kids.

    • Tracycook79

      we just had a pirates theme, and we will be having a dinosaur theme coming up……

    • Lillibug

      My daughter's birthday is at the end of the summer. At 3 years old she loved to have tea parties when her little friends would come over. FOr her birthday that year, we had 6 little friends over for a tea party. We put up a canopy tent decorated with streamers and flowers and dressed tables with flowers from the garden and lace table cloths. Each little girl was asked to wear a dress and with the help of an adult got to dress up their own tea bonnet (straw hat and any silk flower they could image- all from 60% off sales.) We served miniature sandwiches, fruits, and beautiful little cupcakes with pink and yellow iced flowers on my china. My little one was in heaven.

    • Emmyandtripp

      My daughter wanted a jellyfish birthday party for her 4th birthday. I made her a jellyfish costume out of a foam cowboy hat, bath poofy, and streamers. I found a jellyfish t-shirt online. I turned our garage into an ocean to make it look like the kids were underwater. We projected Nemo on the wall. We had jellyfish cupcakes. I used pink balloons and streamers to have jellyfish fill the house and garage. I kids got to draw faces on their jellyfish balloons. My daughter told me it was the best day ever! That made me have the best day ever!

    • Jenny

      I must admit that “themed” brithdays are not my forte, but my son would love an airplane themed party!

    • Thecastelfamily

      We love dinosaur themes. We buy jungle explorer hats and one of those huge air run dino statues :)

    • Natalie

      We had a dinosaur party for my son's 2nd birthday. I made a volcano cake with dinos all around the bottom. We played “pin the bones on the dino” and had a pinata. For dinner, we had “dino eggs” (dyed hard boiled eggs), dino nuggets, “prehistoric punch”, “fruit-a-saurus salad”, “dino bones” (pretzels), “jiggly excavation” (jello w/dinos inside), and brontosaurus sandwiches.

    • Mamiescoupons

      My girls are after my own heart…after much debating, my soon to be 4 yr old decided she wanted a Strawberry Shortcake party…It helped to sway her that we found a bunch of stuff on clearance at the local party store. She knows mommy likes to save money and this was one perfect way. We are going to have it at a park (where you don't have to pay for the pavillion), do face painting (with leftover paints from Halloween clearances), and enjoy the playground at the park! She also wants a cake in the shape of a HUGE strawberry which, I decided that I'll make myself to save more money.

    • Tracey

      For my son's 3rd birthday, we had a construction themed party. Guests go to wear orange Home Depot aprons, played in a dirt pile with dump trucks, hammered golf tees into styrofoam, and painted on large cardboard refrigerator boxes. It was very inexpensive but the kids loved it. My son loved having an excuse to get dirty.

    • Kate O.

      We had a party with frog themed cupcakes … it wasn’t this recipe but I found a similar one on the Betty Crocker site: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/frog-cupcakes/45057186-bd2d-4835-bc93-606de3199554

    • Kate O.

      We had a party with frog themed cupcakes … it wasn’t this recipe but I found a similar one on the Betty Crocker site: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/frog-cupcakes/45057186-bd2d-4835-bc93-606de3199554

    • Alevans85

      I love having a pirate theme party for my kids at school! They all love to wear pirate patches and bandannas while they search for “treasure” around my classroom. Then we have “golden” cookies as a treat.

    • Rcoliver

      For mt daughters 8 year old party we had it at the church on a Saturday afternoon. I know how little girls love jewels so I bought different type jewel fabric glue and different color fabric paint from my local craft store and I went to the local wal-mart and bought white pillow cases. When the girls arrived to the party I had crafts tables set up and gave them each a white pillow case and told them to decorate there pillow cases how ever they wanted to do them. The girls had a blast and they had a self designed pillow case to take home with them and the good news is that it kept them occuppied for a while. Its also fun to see how creative they are.

    • Mayo B

      Well, I have three birthdays between Sept and March to plan–two boys and one girl. So we've done pink poodle parties, monster parties, soccer parties, shark parties and the like! Very hectice!

    • Snowski824

      I think it would be fun to have a spa party for a little girl! With nail polish, bubble bath favors, and the like.

    • Carlockstinger

      When my daughter turned 6, we had a cowgirl western themed party. We made invitations on colored paper saying “You're Wanted” at Cheyenne's birthday. We used a lighter and burned the edges around it. We put party favors in brown paper lunch sacks, folded and punched with a two hole punch, tied with twine. All of the children got to wear a bandana (we bought cheap bandana material and cut them into triangles). We cooked hot dogs in the fireplace with the hot dog sticks and all the kids got to drink root beer in the bottles. Her cake was a homeade cake and we put her miniature plastic horses and plastic fence on it to make a corral. Decorations were simple. we bought a red and white checkered tablecloth (plastic)with white paper/plastic products with red, white and brown balloons. We used her toy horses for decorations around the room and played western instrumental music (harmonica etc). We played pin the tail on the horse, musical chairs and had a pinanta. It was the best party she ever had and it didn't cost alot!

    • Susan Riedel

      my kiddos are all into buzz lightyear this year!

    • Marisha G

      I don't have kids yet, unless you count my hubby who is a big kid. We've already talked about when we have kids what we're going to do. He wants all out birthday parties. If we had a boy and he wanted a pirate birthday, we'd make him a ship in the back yard. THat's what my hubby wants to do. He thinks birthdays are the biggest deal, his mom goes all out for her kids even to this day.

    • Holly

      My boys are crazy for Star Wars. A jedi training party would be fabulous.

    • Kimberly2

      For my son's second birthday, we had a construction theme. The kids wore construction hats and enjoyed various construction activities. The cake was a huge “dirt” pile with construction vehicles on it. Very easy to make and lots of pictures on the internet for ideas.

    • Triplethefun_3

      Give a kid a book party! Each child brings a children's book either gently used from their own collection or a new one to the party. The party guests collect the books and donate them to the local homeless shelter or library. The children learn about giving back to the community and clean out some of their unwanted books at the same time! It's a win-win situation!

    • Megan D

      We did an ice cream themed party for my son this year and it was soooo much fun. I was able to get all the stuff for his ice cream parlor for about $20 too so it was very economical. I put an 8×10 picture of the birthday boy holding an ice cream cone on the table for the decoration so it was very personalized. Each kid went home with some ice cream cone shaped sidewalk chalk to complete the theme.

    • Mandy

      For my little girl's first birthday party, we had a DUCK theme. We made Duck invitations, my mom made a duck shaped cake, and my FIL made adorable duck-shaped cookies for favors. It was very fun. For her second birthday, she wanted a Mickey Mouse cake so we went with a MM theme. She loved it!

      Of course, before DD, I threw some fun parties for my husband. I must say my favorite was the “Snakes on a Plane” party. The movie was newly out and he wanted to see it so I made a plane cake with gummy worms to share with friends before some of us braved the theater!

    • Laralynn75

      My son's birthday is next month. We are having an Insect party. He is turning 9. Our cake is going to look like a log with bugs on it. We are meeting at a nature center and taking a hike, and having a short program on insects. I was able to pick up insect puzzles on clearance from Target's dollar spot- 50 cents each. A fun great inexpensive party!

    • Tabitha Myers

      It would have to be a circus theme. Popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones!

    • Stacie62

      When both my boys turned 6 we all went and had a tour at the fire department, they got to sit in the fire truck and have pictures made and have fun with the fireman! We then went to the deli next door, had a room reserved for us, had lunch and cake! Very inexpensive but they all loved it! Very easy invitations and cake to make!

    • jhillpot

      Oh, there are so many things that you could do! Right now I'm thinking of a western theme. Sort of a triangular cake, like a big rock formation. Could have little miniature pine trees and horses around it.

    • Nicole Johnson

      We have horses, so it is always great to have the “Cowboy/Cowgirl” Theme. All the kids who do not have the pleasure of having a horse, truly enjoy the party! This makes the party wonderful for all.

    • Cbutler

      For my oldest son's 10th birthday, we had a “fishing party”. A friend of ours had a pond and he invited his friends (both boys and girls) to bring their fishing poles and tackle boxes. We provided bait and extra poles and supplies. We also enlisted some parents to help monitor the children. The party ended with a big cook-out (hotdogs and hamburgers) and of course – a fish cake!

    • wandcmom

      We did a “These are a few of my favorite things” party for my little girl when she turned 4. Everyone wore pajamas and tutus. We had cheetos and cookies…..etc.

    • Aprilligon

      I have four kids and each year it's a competition to see what we can do next to make it memorable. My all time favorite birthday party was the “Sweet Sixteen” parties that my husband and I created for my older two girls.

      Madison (who is 18 now) had a BIG party but we wanted so badly to make it a suprise! A real suprise! So here's what we did… A month in advance I sat down and wrote out a bunch of two year old invitations inviting all her friends to a spend the night party at our house. I wouldn't let her see the invitations so the suprise was when her friends opened them in front of her only to see a childish invite! She came home and questioned me for sure about that! I wanted her to think that I thought of her as a child and not the beautiful young lady she had become. I secretly decorated a cake for hours trying to get it perfect! In the end it turned out awful so I had to remake it. So… what I did for this messed up cake was make sure that it looked childlike as well!!! She just knew that she was in trouble at that point. If she had doubts or suprises that took them away!! I hid the new cake from her. I also sat down and made beautful card invitions in the shape of a female weariing a dress and decorated them beautifully with stones and ribbon. Matching the stones with each invited person. I took them to her best friend to give to the select friends that she had chosen to invite to our “home.” They were all excited because she had warned them that the party was going to be childish! I am so thankful that none of them said a word.
      When I started making the invitations I called the local Holiday Inn and rented a couple of rooms. I made sure that the hotel had a swimming pool because that was the theme for this sweet sixteen party.
      The day of her birthday I pretended that I had forgotten about her birthday. She only mentioned it a couple of times during the day! I stayed busy the entire day preparing for her party. The beautiful teddy bear cake sat out on the table for easy viewing. It was obvious that we were having a party because I had thrown steamers all over the house! She was so excited until later in the evening when I went to decorate at the hotel. “Where are you going? My friends will be here any minute!” I told her that I had forgotten something and was going to town. My husband met me at the hotel and we headed inside to start frantically decorating! For some reason we couldn't check in until 2pm that day and the party started at 6pm.
      When we got to the front desk to check in I asked the receptionist where the pool was located so we could start decorating around the pool. She informed me that the pool was shut down! I had sent out approximately 50-75 invitations for a pool party at that hotel and the pool was shut down? I had made reservations a month in advance and they didn't call to let me know the pool was out of order? This was not good because I had everything planned and ready to roll and my daughter was at home waiting on me to return!
      I didn't rent the room because I needed a hotel with a working pool!!! So here we were searching for another hotel for the party. We found a newly built Comfort Inn within a block of the original one. The only other one with a pool. The receptionist began to show us their pool and explained that it was considerably smaller than the one next door. It was a kiddie pool! At this point I was desperate and agreed to take it. She was so kind and understanding that she let us have the conference room for free!
      We decided to decorate the conference room and for those ones who came to swim they could dip in this 3 foot X 10 foot kiddie pool! My husband and I began calling all the guests as we were decorating. It was crazy, all the conversations about the hotel that we originally had and how they should have called prior to today, blah, blah, blah! Before we knew it the time had gotten away from us and it was time for Madison's guests to start arriving at the house. She began calling me… “Mom, where are my friends? They won't answer my cell phone calls or text. Khristian is at the MALL!! Can you believe this?!” I told her that I was in traffic and apologized about her friends.
      To top that off… I called a distant relative who had a small car and asked them if they would pick her up at the house and meet us at a local Wal Mart. They agreed and I called and told her that we decided that since none of her friends showed up that we would take her to a nice place to eat. This did not go well! “My friends don't care about me!” Before long this child was with us sitting in the Wal Mart parking lot. She was upset and not looking forward to a “nice dinner” with her family! This failed in comparison to her original plans.
      I will never forget the minutes before we drove out of the parking lot. She was carrying a purse that she had made. It was rather large, black mainly with several different colored patterns glowing from it. That was the point that I asked her to put her purse over her head! “What? You want me to do what?” I asked her to place her purse over her head for just a few minutes because I wanted to suprise her with the place we had chosen to eat! “Oh no! It's bad enough that none of my friends showed up for my party and now you want ME to put MY purse over my head? You have went crazy Momma.” Somehow I pursuaded her to wear her purse. We entered the hotel conference room and when we got inside all her friends and our family yelled out, “Suprise!” This child jerked off her purse and with her hair flying straight up with static began to cry! I'm still not sure if she was happy or sad! But I am sure that she had a party that she will never forget! The cake, the decorations, and the hotel turned out perfect! She never expected a thing!

    • Victoria

      I did a pirate themed party for my son's 3rd birthday last year. I used betty crocker's website to find the cutest pirate cake. It was so easy to make, I printed out the pattern online and the directions were easy to follow. Everyone loved it! I made food centered around the theme: grog (green punch), pirate's teeth (yummy corn salad), cannon balls (meatballs), dig for treasure (chex mix), and much more! It was alot of fun!

    • Kaotte

      Ice cream party and make ice cream cone cakes.

    • Floridafrugalfamily

      Princess party…making tutus for all of the little princesses to dress up in.

      Ana

    • kell

      My favorite them was a tea party with real tea and tea cakes for my daughters 8th birthday. The girls dressed the part and we had a lady from church from England host it for us. It was a blast.

    • We didn't really have a “party” for my daughter's 1st birthday in December, but we had Elmo cupcakes… used some little round white wedding candies w/ black icing for eyes, a jelly bean for the nose and half of a candy melt for the mouth. Turned out SUPER cute!

    • Chrissy

      My daughter wanted to have a flower party for her 7th birthday. We made cupcakes for everyone with grass icing and put a flower on top.(that was fun!) For party favors we bought flower pots and seeds to go with the pots so that her friends could go home and plant their flowers. Hopefully when they came up, they would think of the great party Allie Ann had!

    • Molliec

      We had a princess party theme for my daughters 3 year party, but not character princess. She wanted frilly pink cupcakes, pink plates, etc. I made everyone wear tiaras (oh, yeah, hubby was thrilled) but she loved her day and that is what it is all about!!

    • April

      I think this year we'll be doing an Elmo theme for my son's 2nd birthday. You can never go wrong with Elmo, right?? :)

    • Amanda W

      A Magic themed party! Hire a low budget friendly magician to come and put on a show for the kids. Crafts could include decorating a black hat and handing out wands to all the kids there. The name of the event could be Hocus Pocus! and you could stuff goodie bags with deck of cards, etc.

    • Kelley

      One of our best birthday parties ever was a SPA Party. Girls wore their robes, my sister and I gave them all pedicures and mainicures. For goody bags they each received toe separaters, nail files, nail polish, and lip gloss!!

    • Jennifer Crowell

      My daughter had a Princess and the Frog Birthday this year. Her Birthday was in February, we live far away from the big city and our party store had no Princess and the Frog stuff. Here is what I did to get my daughter what she wanted.

      I bought green paper plates and white silk flowers. I punched a tiny hole in the sides, pulled apart the white flowers, and used some yellow furry scrapbook brads to attach a flower to each plate where the hole was. So I ended up with Lily pad plates.

      I bought green frog prizes to sit on the table, and multi-color bead necklaces for mardi gras beads.

      I printed out Princess and the Frog color pages on the Disney Princess website, and brought my daughters crayons. And I bought some Princess and the Frog stickers.

      We had Chick-Fil-A put up balloons on the chairs. (they did the balloons free, well the party was free we just had to buy the food and they really take great care of you for not having to pay to reserve tables.)

      And I got a Princess and the Frog Cake at Walmart.

    • Carissaengle

      I think a face painting party would be fun. Make individual cakes for the kiddos and let them decorate their own. A fancy Nancy Party would also be fun and the kids could make their own cake parfaits.

    • wendy

      Construction site theme. Make a cake covered in crumbs and grab a few small backhoes, dumptrucks, etc. hotwheels sized cars. Add some twizzlers as logs. For games, just grab a bunch of beach rakes, shovels, etc and start digging in a sand box. The kids can then make their own sand buildings (just like at the beach).

    • I usually do activity-based parties,but since my kids are so inclined, I've been toying with the idea of art – sidewalk chalk, making a craft, coloring or painting, making bubbles, playdoh, etc.

    • Littlebirdy3

      Most recently, I think the best birthday idea is based on the game show Minute To Win It. Have the kids try to do all the games in one minute. For example, stacking lug nuts or bolts one on top of the other off a stick while holding a them on a board on with the other hand. The gameshow has other games they have the contestants try like pulling ribbons off an upturned water bottle without knocking the bottle off. The cake could be made to look like a million dollar bill (the ultimate prize on the gameshow). My son who is 12 loves this show and this is our idea for his upcoming party.

    • MomofKLA

      I love making my kid's cakes. It takes a lot of time to make the cake and then it vanishes so fast, but it is totally worth it. Plus, it saves a ton of money to make your own. We've done Barney, Elmo, Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Barbie, and sports balls. The balls were cupcakes and it was a lot of fun making them look like all sorts of different balls. For the princess birthdays, we do tea parties. You can get creative and name the foods all kinds of unique things. Chicken nuggets become nuggets of gold, Bugles become trumpets, etc. For the “tea” we love to use raspberry ginger ale and add ice cubes that have cherries and grapes frozen in them. You can get very creative and not spend all the money that you would at an inflatable place and the kids just love it.

    • Slynn427

      A cooking birthday party where the kids get to make their meal (pizza or something fun to design) along with making cookies or cupcakes and designing them.

    • JessicaDT

      For past birthdays, we've done Curious George, Dora the Explorer and Princess. I think another great idea for a birthday party is Candy Land or just a “Candy Shop” themed party.

    • Janice

      When my children were growing up, they always wanted spend the night parties with their friends! So, we always had a house full of kids that NEVER went to sleep!! Now it's my daughter's turn to stay up all night with her kids!!

    • Nicole

      This past year my daughter wanted a puppy party. So we made cupcakes and let the kids decorate them themselves, with lots of fun animal shaped candies and scooby snacks. We had fun playing the games. There was pin the tail on the dog and I also bought 2 doggy bowel, filled them with water then had the kids get on all fours and push the water filled bowls with their nose. I also had 2 different craft, the first was was make your own dog tags and the second I got some balsa wood and had cut them in the shape of little dog bone, I bought gems and paint and the kids decorated and blinged them out. The gift baggies were filled with graham cracked scoobys snacks and scooby fruit snacks. All the girls said it was the best party ever!

    • Lincoupon

      We had a WIlly Wonka party recently. The invitations were hand delivered chocolate bars wrapped in foil with the ticket inside being the invitation. Fun food, like fizzy lifting drinks, (Sprite) and lots of other fun stuff made for a great party. I will check out the Betty Crocker website, but I’ve been on http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com and it had great ideas!
      Linda

    • Princessfreestuff

      A favorite party theme is a garden party theme. With a caterpillar cake (or cupcakes formed into a caterpiller and decorated together). The kids can all plant flower seeds in a mini pot to take home. Give them all garden gloves (usually find them at the dollar tree.) You could also do dirt cake with the oreos and pudding and gummi worms in a cleaned terracota pot and serve it with a cleaned small garden shovel.

    • Linda

      We had a Star Wars themed party for my youngest son this past year. We blew up balloons and put various coloring pages of different characters in some of them and the kids had to “save” the princess by stomping on them. They also played pin the lightsaber on Yoda, ate Galactic pizza, and drank Yoda sodas. It was a blast!

    • Mcpw5

      I did a spa party for a sleepover party. The girls received manicures and pedicures and mini facials.

    • Julie B

      We're doing a duck theme for our daughter's first birthday party this weekend! “Rubber Ducky, you're the one to make —'s first birthday so much fun!” :) Can't wait!!!

    • momto2boys

      Well my kids are too small to pick out their own stuff….so I am making cake balls for my son's 1st birthday and I may decorate them to look like sesame street characters. His cake is going to be a two tiered cake with stripes and polka dots. My 3 year old says he wants a car cake….so I got a few months to think about that one :)

    • Maryleigh99

      One birthday my son wanted Star Wars. Online I found directions to make the most awesome cake with Anakin and Obi-wan figurines battling it out, complete with R2D2 on a raised platform and dry ice “smoke” coming from a vent. For my daughter we have done mermaid theme where we got cheap green fabric and made tails for each girl, took a picture of each girl with a home made back drop, and printed them to take home. I have also given ballerina themed parties. We put long ribbons on pencils and taught them a dance with them. They loved it.

    • Kafrogers07

      We will be doing a Mickey Mouse theme for my son's next birthday. He loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I am unsure if we will decorate a cake like Mickey or Toodles. :)

    • thedrakesx4

      I think a fun idea would be a camo birthday theme. Water guns for games, army men for treat sacks, all of my son's army toys for decorations. Not sure what I would do for the cake, though.

      • Donna

        Buy the camouflage cake tattoos from the Duff cake company. I have seen them for sale at WalMart, but I’m sure a craft store would sell them as well.

    • Ashlovett

      We had a cupcake party for aour daughter. We bought chef hats and aprons for the kids and they got to decorated their own cupcake as the activity. No need to have a cake decorated before the party. Very easy. There are lots of cupcake themed decorations too!

    • cammy

      My son 's birthday is tomorrow , the 23th and I have made an ice cream cake for the kids and since he's been telling us all this year that he will be “one of the most famous basketball player ever”, and that he “can't wait for us to watch his game on TV” our theme this year is basketball :))..I am pretty excited I have even found some cups, plates and napkins all the same on clearence….that never happens when you need it usually…well all my other 3 kids are excited…can't wait until tomorrow!!!!

    • A Feierman

      One of my favorite parties is a gypsy-themed party – complete with tons of beads, scarves in the hair and even a crystal ball cake! Girls love having their fortunes told and palms read. We had a great dress up bin full of all sorts of scarves, costume jewelry and skirts for the girls to wear for the festivities.

    • April Vereb

      I've always wanted to have a Disney themed b-day party! (all the kids come dressed up as their favorite Disney character!) I think it would be too cute! :)

    • camper2

      My 3 yr old (soon to be 4) thinks Team GeoTrax All Aboard is the best party idea. Appropriate to put here since it's his favorite video and I got it Free from one of Jenny's posts.
      His birthday is in October so I'm sure the Ghost Train story would play a big part!

    • Fancyangel

      My favorite b-day part theme was my daughters 4th birthday “Fancy Nancy” party. Everyone came dressed extra fancy, decorated 'plumes', decorated 'fans', the girls had fingerfoods with their 'tea' (apple juice). They drank out of tea cups and made sure to eat with their pinkies out! So fun!!

    • Cschad72

      i try not to get into themes because of the expense! but something i did with my 5yo's bday, was had a book exchange party. everyone brings a well loved used book and there is a book swap. many ideas with it – wrapped or not, put numbers on them then pick a number. then as an activity, we made bookworm book marks! it was fun! no gifts but everyone goes home with a new story!

    • awbrown3

      I love the idea of a princess party where all the kids dress up like a prince or princess.

    • Emily

      space themed! my son requested this for his 3rd birthday and it was so much fun to plan and the kids had a BLAST!

    • Asanders268

      we had a tea party which was tons of fun. we had dress up clothes for the girls to put on when they got here if they so desired and trays with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and little cookies. then, we served up lemonade and decaf tea. for a fun game, we did pin the lid on the teapot. it wasn't super expensive and was tons of fun!

    • Tg

      we had a creepy crawly party one year cake looked like dirt and had the gummy worms and bugs all over it, the kids loved it!

    • Gmk21632

      I'm turning 30 this year & my twin and I are making a cupcakes to celebrate our “30, Flirty and Thriving!” We are going to use 80's items as cupcake toppers like our old Swatch watches & slap bracelets around the base of the cupcake.

    • Wyattabbymom

      for my daughter's birthday last year we did a snowman theme since it is in January. I found clearance items since it was after christmas at the party store. I made a snowman cake, had snowman plates and snowflake invites and snowflakes all over the place super cute

    • Otsarah

      My son is obsessed with knights, so we are planning a knights and princess party

    • Sarah M.

      My little girl is turning 1 in October. I want to do a ladybug theme bday party for her. Her name is Lyla, and we love reading “Lyla the Lovesick Ladybug”. I will probably base the theme of the party around that book. :-)

    • Lauren

      My two year old loves Motorcycles and we are going to throw him a bike party for his third birthday. FamilyFun magazine has a great dirt bike cake that I'm going to make for him. He's going to love it. We definitely need a new video camera because our old one is junk. I hope we win!
      Also, my nephew wants an iphone touch for his birthday so an iday is a great party idea for him. We are thinking of making an iphone cake for him.

    • Mkasper77

      I would love to win. my four children are always wanting to bake something in the kitchen! This allows them to work together as a team rather than fussing at eachother.

    • Dingram4

      My little one is turning 1 in a few short days…He loves cake, so we're having a cupcake themed party!

    • Jehs1982

      I had a birthday yesterday (21 AGAIN) and my thoughts are — why is it that we dont have a birthday party when we get older? I want to have a party complete with balloons and pin the tail games!!! I think as we get older we should be celebrating MORE not LESS but that is just my random musings after another 21st birthday.

      • SFLS

        Yes! My last birthday was the best – a total surprise party. I had no idea. Luckily, DH fooled me into getting dress to go out for dinner before the guests arrived. They all snuck in will I was getting ready.

      • Scottpluskelly

        When I turned 32 I decided I was done growing up. I threw myself a Strawberry Shortcake party and it was tons of fun! You're right, we SHOULD be celebrating more. Thanks for reminding me.

    • suzanne

      my sister is a cake artist. one year she asked my daughter to draw a picture of her family, she was about 5. my sister took that drawing and put it on my duaghter's birthday cake! it was great. my daughter was thrilled to see her artwork “immortalized” in icing! we had lots of mulitcolor plates, cups, napkins etc. for decorations.

    • Tnwms42101

      For my daughter's 5th birthday, we did a hula-hoop party. Everything was hula-hoops and circles/polka-dots. We purchased several dollar tree gumball machines and filled them with round candies…skittles, lemonheads,etc. Each child made their own treat bag and we even did bubble wrap hop scotch. Loads of compliments and GREAT fun!!

    • Srpatton73

      Oh, I LOVE giving our kids their birthday party. I also make the cake myself. Whatever theme they pick, I try my best to have a goodies to go with that theme. Like one year our daughter wanted to have a Dog Party, so we went to the Thrift Store and got stuffed dog toys for everyone to 'adopt'. It was GREAT, everyone LOVED it and our son still loves that 'used' dog.

    • Sfinley941

      DESSERT BAR FOR KIDS!! Everything from fresh fruit to fondue. Kids love to do it themselves another great idea is fiesta themed with taco bar and pinata ;D

    • Dawnj

      My daughter's last party was sort of “retro.” She was into all the peace signs, flowers and neon colors. Easy to decorate, fun and bright!!

    • Jenmason84

      We did baseball theme for my son's birthday last year. I made the invitaions since cutting circles for baseballs were easy. We had an outdoor cook out and did ball park food- ie cheap hotdogs. The round cake I decorated as a baseball and made baseball rice krispie treats for party favors!

    • Elizabeth

      My son's birthday party last year had a baseball theme. I make glove shaped cookies & baseball cupcakes and gave out balls as party favors! The kids love it!

    • I'll be saving for next year when my son turns 5 and we will have a Carnival Birthday Party! Definitely buying a cotton candy machine, lots of lolli pops, making a cool themed cake, and have about 10 carnival themed games where all the kids that come will win prizes!

    • TraceyGA

      I wish I knew about this site for my son's 1st birthday in June. We had a safari theme and I made a cake decorated with lions, tigers, and monkeys. Everything turned out great but it was exhausting! I'm sure this site would have helped me save some time.

    • Heather

      Two parties that I want to throw are an “over the rainbow” party with a rainbow layer cake, and a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” with cupcakes in different colors for the caterpillar, and serve the different foods he eats.

      A party that I did for my son's first birthday was a sailboat party, with blue cupcakes with sails (glued to straws) stuck in. It was really cute.

    • 61sparrow

      well, I am working on a thrifty nifty fifty party the video camera coupons and any extra tools will help me plan a awesome party. Turning fifty is said becoming a recycled teenager.

    • Michele

      I can't wait for a birthday party for my little one…we have an antique firetruck in our garage with all the dress-up accessories, guess what we'll be doing?!?

    • Valerie

      Train theme for my son when he was three. Train Art:
      Cut the paper into the shape of train. Place a few trains in each paint color. Show them how to “drive” the train in the paint to get the wheels covered with paint. Then, “drive” the train on the paper to make the tracks. Connect the train together to make one long train.

    • carmarm

      My boys are stuck on Spiderman and Transformers for their themes. I can only hope that next year brings me a Batman or Hulk or something. (We have had 3 Spiderman's, 2 Power Rangers, and 3 Transformers. We have only had 11 birthdays between my 2 boys.) I can't wait until my 3rd son's 1st birthday. I am hoping to have a Safari theme or something cool.

    • Mary Chris

      We had a fishing party for my son's 6th birthday. The families came over and fished in the lake, then we had dinner and dessert. I suppose some would say that all those fish hooks might be a little dangerous, but everyone was there with parents and we all had a great time.

    • Margaret65

      We had a bowling party with a bowling ball cake and a bunch of little tykes bowling sets for all the kids to play with. We had a great time.

    • Laura Ford

      having two young girls we are going to a lot of princess parties. Activities include dress up with picture, make your own wand, make your own princess door hanger, painted nails and toenails in princess polish, pin the tail game but the object is a castle, etc. My daughter 3 is already planning her next one. I think she has decided on sprinkles or chocolate. I would love some ideas on a cake design/them that can incorporate lots of sprinkles.

    • Sampanes

      For my daughter's 8th birthday we are having a “totally 80's” birthday! Leg warmers, jelly bracelets and big hair! We are going to make a mix CD featuring kid friendly 80's songs like “Walking on Sunshine” and “Girls just want to have fun” as the goody bag. We are going to go roller skating- those places are already decorated 80's style : ) I am going to do the girls hair before we leave- big bangs for all! I hope I win so I can capture it all on the Flip!

    • Cmlb61

      last year for my daughters 14th birthday we did a scavenger hunt in the local mall. I listed clues foe each team to figure out and things to collect throughout the mall. Making several items worth more points ( check with store employees first) We had adult leaders to supervise make sure all behaved. Instead of birthday cake , we had lunch at chick fila and ordered a cookie which went over better with the girls. Goodie bags for all' the girls all want to come for her 15th party.

      for 12th birthday it was a fifties theme I made huge records, a giant juke box to go over the door with trash black bags cut into strips so as they walked into the fellowship hall they came through juke box made bowling pins and balls for area of wii bowling with a projector screen. music notes hanging from ceiling with streamers tables covered with matching colors pink blue and black and white served hamburgers and hotdogs and fries
      buble gum blowing contest, hulu hoop, theme songs from fifties shows. The parents were coming in bringing their spouces they could not believe it. It was a night she has never forgotten.

    • Melissa

      I have twin 4 year old daughters that love princess themes. I also like the sweet tea party theme possibly for their next birthday. Would love tips for the activites.

    • Wtpbear20

      We once did a party where we made race cars out of card board boxes, we decorated them, raced them outside ( with us in them ) and everyone got to take their box home as a party favor.

    • msellis

      My son is only 7 months and for his 1st birthday I want to do a lego party. I am planning on making individual size loaf cakes and make them into legos. For the activity of course I will have the large lego pieces for all the children to play with. Since he is only going to be 1 he wont be into any cartoons so I think that will be a good idea before he can start deciding for himself.

    • kelly

      We recently had a Hawaii themed party!! It was really fun to plan!!

    • Suziclark

      For little boys I love a dinosaur theme, so much you can do with it!

    • becky

      I LOVE to plan birthday parties and I try to do something different for each girl's birthday and now I have a boy to plan for as well! We have done a ladybug theme, farm theme, princess theme (disney style), littlest pet shop theme, kit kitteridge (american girl) theme, bees & butterflies theme, zoo/elephant theme, beach party theme and we're back to another princess theme this time more personalized! I usually make invitations to coordinate and I make the cakes too! This is right up my crafting ally! I would LOVE to have a Flip camera to record the princess party coming up!!

    • Kendra Brown

      Toy STory 3

    • Eckert S

      We did a marshmellow theme party. We made marshmellow shooters for each child and included a bag of marshmallow amuniton. (there are free instructions on line). we had a campfire and cooked hot dogs and of course roasted marshmellows. I did my best to make a cake that looked like a giant s'more…but you had to use your imagination and squint to get the real effect of my cake decorations! The kids loved it, but my back yard ws kind of sticky until it rained.. The kids took home their shooters in their goodie bag. My son said it was the best party he'd ever had.

      • Couponcrazy88

        that sounds like a good time was had by all!

    • Kdhardy

      I love planning theme parties for family and friends. I'm thinking my next party will have a casino theme…

    • Melinda

      My grandaughter would love a bond fire party which wouldn't be complete without roasted weiners and smores.

    • SFLS

      Silly hat party – everyone has to wear a silly hat, great for all ages.

    • Toshacoupon

      I think a DIVA party would be adorable!! Zebra print & pink purse cake with matching accessories!! I would love to try that soon!!

    • TF

      I would like to throw my son a train themed birthday party.

    • Russymel

      We did a costume party birthday!! IT was alot of fun, and the kids had fun in their costumes.

    • Barb Jolly

      A good idea is a princess party where all the girls dress up in clothes they already have as princesses.

    • Scottpluskelly

      We did a WebKinz party. Everyone brought their favorite WebKinz or other stuffed animal. The games were based off of games in the WebKinz Arcade. We made a giant poster of the Wheel Of Wow, and every spin would win something to put into their goody bags. We went “gem mining” in a sand box with plastic rings and necklaces. We played pin the bandaid on the animal (like Dr. Quack) and balloon darts. And we had our own “Pizza Palace” to make individual pizzas for dinner. The cake was a Wheel of Wow. Also, I bought one big feather boa and cut it into foot long pieces, so everyone's stuffed animal had something nice to wear!

    • 1boy1girl

      We have done a PJ sleepover for the girls and mommies. Everyone comes already dressed in PJS. Also about to have a luau party. We try to have a themed party for each birthday. One year we did boot camp. Everyone came dressed in either camo or RED WHITE AND BLUE. We made an obstacle course in the front yard and had a camo jumper/bouncer.

    • Angie A

      John Deere tractor party

    • Jessro30

      a pretend sleepover party. For little girls who may be a little too young for an overnight, Host a pretend sleepover from 6-9 pm. Guests can come in their pajamas and bring a sleeping bag to watch a movie in. Pizza, popcorn and a movie themed cake. For favors, send guests home with a breakfast bag… orange juice and a bagel with individual cream cheese.

    • neka

      This year we did a funkadelic party! My daugther had polka dots and swirls decorating everything, we had homemade cupcakes with neon frosting which we “funked” up by sprinking the top with sour nerds..we even had gummy lifesavers in the middle as candle holders. I created a cupcake stand with polka-dots, we made our own polka-dot/swirl pinata and filled it with crazy bracelets, silly bands, etc! It was a funky cool kinda day!

    • Misty

      We are having a Ladybug party for my little girl.

    • Kisselhattie

      An Art Party for my two year old twins. The invitations were handmade and were palettes cut out from colorful scrapbook paper. A paintbrush was glued in the middle. Wording was: Yahoo, Woo Hoo Ben and Charlie are two. Watch out Picasso and Chagall, We're having an Art Party for all. Activities were hand prints in clay, finger painting, and drawing a mural with crayons. Favors were white t-shirts i.e. smocks with the childrens' name on them. It was a blast!

    • katrina

      My daughter's 2nd birthday is going to be Yo Gabba Gabba style!

    • elaine

      thomas the train theme. I did a cake with a variety of cars that gordon pulled. Very time consuming but worth the awesomeness that my son thought

    • Chandra

      Army birthday party. The invitations are camo stating that You've been recruited! You must report to Basic Training! Have all the kids dress in their best army outfit and have a large obstacle course set up. And have a tank cake!

    • Couponcrazy88

      We are planning a “cake decorators princess party”. There will be a princess pillow cake with an edible tiara on top. The party bags will have tiaras, jewels, fancy dress up shoes and a boa feather scarf.
      The fun part will be that each child will have a betty crocker cake of their own to decorate with pink or purple frosting, silver and other color sprinkles, colorful candies and fun princess picks.
      Their beauty sleep will also be fun because they will all have a pillowcase that they can decorate with fabric markers.
      The girls love crafting and enjoy seeing each others creativity and they get to keep these projects!
      It sure beats paying outrageous prices to bring them to a venue where they don't get to interact with each other much. As a mom, you know what i mean, i don't want to mention any venues :)
      I am not sure who is more excited, mom or the kids…. Oh did i mention,,, Mom gets to be the Queen with her own crown too!

    • Sr44502

      a pirate themed party would be super cute… dress kids up and hunt for cake :)

    • Fourfoxes

      We did a TN vols football party! We invited everyone to wear their own favorite team jersey. We had a football field cake and lots of orange decorations. We used pom pom for decorations. A football helmet shaped chip bowl worked great too! Go VOLS!!

    • Lane

      When my son turned one last November, we had a Skype party, since all our family lives in different states a good ways a ways. He had his little cake and we had food for our friends from the different states of our “Skype” guests. New Mexico green chili, apple dumplings (from Michigan), etc…

    • motherof3nc

      One of the most enjoyable things we did for a birthday party that can be adapted to any party that makes a big hit with the kids is make one of those cut outs with a scene that they can have there picture taken in…let me explain:you get a piece of wall board (we got a damaged one from home depot cheap) we painted a beach scene on it and a guy and a girl on the beach with the faces cut out made it look like a beach postcard with “greetings from Hawaii on it the kids had a blast getting their pictures taken! you can make a Disney postcard for a disney theme, the sky is the limit as to what kind of cut outs you can make to add fun to the festivities. Make them silly and fun! (the kids have the pic as a great keep sake from the party too!

    • Shawn Smallwood

      superheroes all the way!!

    • Webhood

      We made a farm cake from graham crackers and shredded wheat . Bandanas and cowboy hats were great. Any animal game fit perfectly.

    • Julie

      A cheese cake party! To make it easy have it at the Cheesecake Factory! I didn't make for the 1.50 cheesecake today but who wouldn't love their party there!

    • Kqualls1

      We had a “water” theme. All the games including water balloons, water guns, ect……Great for boys.

    • Fishy_c

      A Barbie birthday. Take a bundt cake and get a cheap barbie. Stick her in the hole of the bundt cake so that it looks like this is her dress. Decorate with icing. Let the girls come dressed up in fancy dresses, like going to a ball.

    • Suzanne

      I have all boys and they love Star Wars..we had everyone that came come in their favorite Star Wars character! It was great. Luke and Leia were there and Yoda too! They had a blast. For the games we had lightsaber fights. We had a lightsaber cake. (make the cakes in 2-3 loaf pans depending on hte length you want for more kids.

    • Beth

      A gymnastics party is fun for a child taking gymnastics lessons.

    • Marie

      Tradition in my family is to have a lamb cake for the kids first birthdays. Well…my son will be 1 in December so we are going to attempting to make a lamb cake. We already have the lamb mold, just have to figure out how to make it, keep the head on (according to my cousin), and then ice it. We are trying to figure out what theme to really do with this cake, farm animals or something like that. I was young when I had my daughter and did not make her the traditional lamb cake so she is ten this year and we will me attempting to make not just one lamb cake but TWO. From what my family has said…GOOD LUCK and forget their number when I am making it!! I may have to come up with something original for the theme as I am not sure about all the other themes that have lambs in them. Who knows…I will keep searching for ideas.

      • Donna

        You need to use a heavy cake batter to make the lamb. I have made several of them, and I don't have problems with the head falling off as long as I use something like a pound cake. If you choose to use a lighter batter, you could put a dowel rod through the head and into the body before you frost it. The dowel rod will give it more stability.

    • Aymee

      NASA was my son's choice. I let him answer this question. He is 6 and his answer didn't suprise me.

    • Jessdare101

      I love strawberry shortcake for a little girl's party.

    • Diane

      We had a fun party with undecorated cupcakes. Each child got to decorate a cupcake for someone whose name they drew from a hat. I had all kinds of decorations to choose from. We had quite the mess but lots of fun.

    • Kallico1231

      Fiesta! Have sombaros for all the kids, mild salsa and cheese dip for snacks for the kids, sombaro shaped cake, pinata invitations

    • Paulsgirl301

      My daughter's birthday is in December. For her 7th birthday everyone when ice skating. I made a snowflake out of cupcakes for her birthday cake!

    • MrsK

      We have done the Butterfly cake before. For a little girl party, take big sheets of tissue paper and cut out “wings” which you can safety pin to the back of the little girl shirts. And you can give flowers for everyone to take home.

    • Carriesue082

      We had a cookie party! Everyone who came brought a signature cookie and we voted for the best tasting and then the kids would decorate. Fun for the adults and the kids! We would also have the recipe for the others to have to add to their recipe box

    • Wilsonmj6126

      My grandaughter (5), LOVES frogs, catching them and even kissing them! I am planning a froggy party with of course a frog cake, green punch, hopping games and “tadpole cookies”, (chocolate chip).

    • Ashleyann6543

      Would love this.My daughters 1st b day is in sept and i am already stressing.

    • Elizabeth

      The birthday cake from my childhood that stands out was my third birthday–a book-shaped cake with the alphabet and numbers piped on it. I loved books and Mom came up with a great cake!

    • Dianna

      We are doing a Cars theme for my son's 3rd bday next month. Cars will be everywhere and my son will be thrilled!!

    • Amanda Y.

      For younger ones (or adults, especially those who have been drinking), pin the tail on the donkey is a classic fun one!

    • Kris Street

      We are having a tailgate party complete with hotdogs, hamburgers, and a pop up tent on our local college campus. Everyone is to wear their school colors! We are using shakers and the campus as our decorations and playing games like corn hole for fun….

    • Last year we had a pirate party for our son (4). It was so cold that we had to bring it inside, but we had the kids dig for treasure and make treasure maps.

      For the treasure digging, we used a huge galvanized pail and a lot of uncooked rice rather than sand since it was inside. Plus, I can use the rice for blind baking, rice socks, etc. In the wedding section of Hobby Lobby they have plastic “diamonds”. I watched Target, Walgreens, etc. after Halloween and found gold coin candies on sale.

      They had a great time!

    • Mnn803

      we had a princess party-I used my china to set the table for “royalty”, and all the girls were invited to wear their fanciest dress. We played the game pretty pretty princess, and everyone wore a crown, of course. The adults wore old bridesmaids gowns! (who said you can't use those again?)

    • Tabitha D.

      A Dirt Party!! This was the ULTIMATE!! We bought a real dumptruck load of dirt and had it delivered the day before my 5 yr. old son's b-day party (the price was probably cheaper than one of these party places you might have it at, besides then we used it all over our yard to cover up tree roots!). The delivery alone was spectacular! Then we had everyone bring their fav. dirt / construction toy, and then turned them loose to dig. They had a BALL!! It was actually very quiet, they all started digging holes to China, I guess! We did not add water, so it really wasn't very messy. I made a fun dirt cake, complete with sm. Tonka trucks digging around, and chocolate covered “rocks”. It made for great pictures and memories, and we had friends coming up and telling us that's all their kids kept talking about, and how they wanted a party like that too! Go with the construction theme, add some yellow “CAUTION” tape, treat bags can be their very own free sample of dirt to take home with them– HaHa!

    • lenore

      Alice in Wonderland birthday party is great because you can make for a boy by using the fight scene at the end for boy favors. Cake can be the hat – stack cakes 4 high-. The girl theme can be the hearts cake and all all things hearts.

    • almom

      A pirate and princess party. I have a 4 yr old and 2 yr old girl whose birthdays are a week apart so we did one big party this year and did a pirate and princess party, so boys and girls from both age groups could come and have fun. We had a “treasure hunt” for buried treasure in a baby pool, princess dress up and tea for the girls, a treasure chest pinata and a cardboard castle that was mostly colored on and played with by the younger siblings that were brought along to the party. We had inflatable swords around and the boys had sword fights for the whole party. We had pirate flags, princess wands, balloons and streamers for decorations. We gave out eye patches, stickers and pirate rings to the boys and stick on earrings, stickers and plastic necklaces to the girls. By the end of the party the girls in their dress up dress were digging in the treasure hunt pool for treasure with their tea party cups. It was a blast and so easy!

    • Christine

      My daughter's b-day is at the end of October. It would be great to get to use our costumes again! Have a “Dress-Up Party”. She also loves to paint, so we could paint our own pumpkins for the kids to take home.

    • Nichole

      My daughter wants a Yellow Submarine party this year!

    • Robyn

      My son wants a John Deere Party!

    • Caseylee728

      We are going to do a pirate theme and make pirate cupcakes and all the kids are going to dress up like pirates with patches(: We are going to hide gold and let the children find the treasure(:

    • Uncgirl_536

      For my son's first birthday party this past May we did monkey and girraffe theme. i had blow up monkeys and girraffes and his plates and napkins had them on them as well. then i put candy bananas (like the ones in the runts box) on the table as confetti. everyone loved it.

    • Kaylabug19

      We had a princess party for my daughter and i did an ice cream cake for her with two layers of cake and ice cream in the middle and then made buttercream icing and decorated with cinderella on top. I would love to be able to make a castle for her fourth birthday which is what she wants next year.

    • Goldpack

      My daughter wants a Justin Bieber party!! With a cake that look like sun glasses. She also wants Justin Bieber to come sing for her. I guess its her birthday, she can dream!!

    • LAURAJWC

      We did a spa sleepover. We paid a couple teenage neighbors to help with manicures, pedicures, and facials. The girls made their own flip flops as their craft. The chocolate fountain (borrowed from a friend) was a huge hit!

    • atlantamommy

      music theme. have the kids make their own musical instruments and have a parade.

    • Lori

      My nephew's really enjoyed NASCAR themed birthdays. Lots of fun!

    • Natalie

      I did an under the sea party for my daughter when she was 3. She of course wanted a Nemo cake, but the fun part was mixing blue food coloring into half of the white cake batter and swirling it up before baking. Each slice looked SO cool.

    • Heather

      We are all about pink princess parties at our house.

    • Sebastian's Mommy

      War and Peace- Ask for people to come dressed in camo or as hippies. Have water balloon fights (war) and make ankle bracelets (peace). Giveaways could be mini water guns and daisy pens. Cakes shaped like peace signs and G.I. Joes would complete the theme.

    • Nicki

      Last year the baby's birthday was during the week and we were having his party over the weekend. Well, I couldn't let his actually b-day pass without something. When he was asleep for nap on his actual b-day, I filled the living room with balloons and we made rice crispy treats just for him. He was turning 2 and he thought he was hot to trot. It doesn't take a lot of money, time or people to pull of something special.

    • Abegitschke

      A Halloween costume party if you have an October bday

    • Schiverahome

      We did a Halloween party last yr. The cake was in the shape of a pumpkin
      and all the kids got one more wear out of their
      Costumes!!!

    • jessica

      We are having an outdoor movie birthday! The birthday invitations are huge movie tickets and we are renting cotton candy and popcorn machines. We are having several games before the movie starts (to tire them out) including an ice cream toss. You put the ingredients for homemade ice cream in doubled gallon bags and let the kids toss away! Lots of fun and it really does turn into ice cream!

    • Karen

      Through the years I have done many a creative themed “homemade” party. My only requirements were that they could not be commercial and lacking in creativeness (such at Thomas the Tank Engine or Disney Princess, etc) Probably my most memorable was the “Picnic at the Park” party when my first girl turned two. We rented a shelter at our local park (only $5 an hour) and made finger foods and cupcakes. Activities were a breeze with the playground nearby and some outdoor toys from home. The guests LOVED taking home a party favor that consisted of a reusable container filled with snack items like a juice box, crackers, and fruit snacks (gotten very cheaply with recent sales and coupons of course) and a little note inside thanking them for coming and to enjoy another little “picnic” later.

    • Epatterson22

      We have done a pool party before since my daughter has a late August birthday! Lots of fun! We did a luau theme with leis, an island cake, coconut bowling, and of course swimming!

    • Erinbdorman

      We are doing a Fun in the Sun party this weekend for my son's 3rd birthday party……we are going to swim in the pool, have a baby pool set up, and have a bubble station. I also got some of the cheap and free (after Q) gummy sharks from CVS and will use them to make him an ocean-themed cake (but, let's face it, he's going to think it is Nemo!!!).

    • Sara

      My mom had a barbie theme for me when I was 6. It was so neat. She made a cake with a barbie sticking out of the top, the cake was her dress!

    • Robinotr

      We are having a pool party with mini beach buckets filled with bulk candy (obtained at 75% off), the kids get to scoop up the candy with toy shovels. I'm going to make one of those cakes that uses blue colored jello to make a pool in the center of the cake – really easier than you would think and the kids love it!

    • Hallie1200

      Monkeys are cute for toddlers!

    • Laura

      Whale of a Good Time theme! A pool party with a whale shaped cake and invitations! There are all kinds of fun water games to play. Sharks and minnows (Whales and minnows?), Marko Polo (Whale out of water!!) And maybe a screening of Free Willy for any younger tots who don't like the water :)

    • kjmiller

      We did a Robot-themed party for my son when he turned 3 recently. Guests played a fun build-your-own robot game and we served an ice-cream cake with a Robot picture on top (courtesy of the DQ). Also gave out cute little robot-sticker books (only $1.50 each at Amazon) for party favors!

    • Jess

      My cousin just had a “farmyard” party for her 2 year old. She made a cake that looked like a red barn with graham crackers for the roof and doors with twizzlers for the trim. It was so great! She also made cupcakes that looked like a pig, duck, and sheep.

    • Elyzabeth

      What a great giveaway. My son will be 3 next week and he wanted a Toy Story birthday! We are all very excited.

    • Yosteli

      We did a carnival party for my daughter's 2nd birthday. She was really into Elmo at the time so we did a Sesame Street carnival and all the games had SS characteres on them. We made and Elmo cake and a train cake with some SS decorations on it. The train cake was a huge hit! The kids each wanted their own train car.

    • Kim

      A birthday party theme I'd like to do for my son for when he is older is a Tonka Truck Party. The party would be hosted outdoors with a huge pile of dirt with Tonka trucks to play with, shovels and buckets to dig dirt with and Tonka t-shirts for the guests.

    • Candyce

      A few years ago my son was into John Deere tractors. It took me forever to get the icing the right colors but we had a green and yellow tractor cake and everyone bought him a different tractor to add to his collection. He had a ball with his friends playing in the dirt with the different tractors that he had gotten.

    • S_Carolina_Girl

      My family was planning a trip to Washington, DC and stumbled upon the International Spy Museum website. After looking at the website, she decided she wanted a “spy themed” party. Unfortunately, there were not many spy items out there that were reasonably priced. So, I decided to make everything. I make “Top Secret-Confidential” files as invitations, and “clues” for our secret mission around our hometown. We took the kids to the downtown area and used different spy inspired items to break codes. It was really fun, except for the heat. I even pre-printed thank you cards to send home with the kids from the party.

    • Paula

      I love making birthday cakes for my daughters birthday parties. My favorite was a Candyland themed cake!

    • Tcat279

      My oldest loves tractors and playing in our vegetable garden, so we are probably going to have a farm party…with John Deere cake!

    • sus6

      CANDYLAND!!!!

    • Christel

      My children and I have been taking spanish and in celebration of our accomplishment, we decided to have a Fiesta Party. I always like to have some kind of craft at my parties. So, we all made our own pinatas out of old tissue boxes. We stuffed them and covered them with construction and tissue paper. Then, we made maracas out of old vitamin and peanut butter jars fille with dried beans. We decorated the outside of the jar with bright tissue paper mache'. With salsa, marange' and spanish polka in the background, we enjoyed a cake was shaped as a cactus, “cactus” juice, green koolaid and a cactus shaped pinata. We had the traditional chips, salsa and cheese dip and then a taco bar. The kids loved making their own tacos. Over all it was a wonderful way to celebrate achieving the first step in our goal to learn to speak Spanish.

    • andrea

      Cowgirl/boy!!!

    • Nicole B

      My son had a pirate party for his 5th birthday. The kids dressed up like pirates and princesses. I hired someone to dress up like a pirate and play with the kids for awhile. They kept asking where his ship was! LOL We had a ton of swords and wands to play with, but the best part was the scavenger hunt. I wrote out clues for them to find a treasure box which was a copy paper box from work that I spray painted and filled with candy, fruit snacks, fake jewelry, and play money. I had the older kids read the clues and then they all tried to figure out where to get their next clue. (ex. Every Pirate knows this is where a letter goes. . .) The decorations were simple; I printed the skull and cross bones and had my son help me cut them out and glue them onto black construction paper. We wrote things like Captain's Quarters on one for his room. We also had a skeleton from Halloween that we hung on the door. The star of the party was definetly the copy box turned treasure chest. It was a lot of fun!

    • Conniekiser

      My youngest is having her first party with friends (we do family parties for the first couple of years!) She wants to have a dress up princess party, but also water games outside. We are still debating how to combine those two ideas!

    • Katy

      For my daughter's 1st birthday in Feb. We had a “Winter ONEder Land” party. We decorated with snowflakes and all the kids made snowmen from marshmallows and candy pieces. We served chilli for the adults because it was “chilly” outside. We all had great time and everyone loved the theme!

    • My DD's room is done in frogs & her lovey is a frog so for her 2nd b-day we are having a “Frog Party”. The invites will say “hop on over” and we will be doing some “splashin around in the frog pond”. I even found frog sport cups to fill as party favors and frog bath squirters too. We will also sing “five little speckled frogs” for story time.

    • marie

      i dont have children, but my boyfriends birthday is at the end of the month & he is a huge baseball fan. so i bought him tickets to the game & im making a cake that replicates turner field, sprinkle to make it look like ppl in the stans, & placing the tickets on the cake. hope he is surprised & the cake turns out well :)

    • Kelly

      I love the idea of having a robot themed party. You could build a robot out of larger boxes and spray-paint it a cool color. Let the kids crawl through the fun maze!

    • Liz

      Gourd bird house party. Since we planted 2 gourd plants from seed and have generations of gourds growing in our garden we decided that we would have a gourd birthday party to make gourd bird feeders. Party isn't until October so we have sometime to continuing growing and planning.

    • knc

      For Toddler:
      Theme: Balls
      Invitation: Deflated beach ball with the following written in permanent marker “David's First Birthday has Rolled Around! Come have a ball with us on July 5, 2010”
      Once mailed, the invitees have fun because they participate in blowing up the invitation to play with it.
      Cake is ball shaped cake. Games involve balls.

    • Kristy

      My son will be 3 on Sept. 11. We share his birthday with my nephew, who will be 2 on Sept. 12. This year my sister wants to do a Mannienewt themed party. Mannienewt is my son's imaginary pocket squirrel. I'm very interested to see what Mannienewt decorations we can find, but he is a pretty entertaining little squirrel, and the theme would certainly be unique to our kids!

    • Mendy

      For my son's first birthday we kept it simple–everything was primary colors and jungle animals or polka dots :)

    • Teacher_jae

      StoryBooks

      Party Favor: Little Golden book
      Cupcakes with Storybook characters (or a cake)
      Decorations: Tear pages out of storybooks (thrift store) and create a banner or a storybook wreath for the door

    • USCNicole

      One of my favorite parties as a child was a slumber party when my mom let us all be chefs. We made personal pan pizzas, ice cream sundaes, and muffins in the morning. My mom loved it because she didn't have to do much cooking. Just supervising.

    • Jessie C.

      DDs love everything princess and candy. A candyland and princess theme would be perfect.

    • chickadoo

      For my daughter's next birthday I am going to have a ladybug/garden theme. I purchased ladybug themed birthday supplies. Sandwiches will be served made in the shapes of ladybugs and flowers using cookie cutters. I am going to make ladybug balloon bracelets and flower balloons to hang around. I will attempt to make a ladybug cake but if it turns out to look like my attempt at making a train cake for my son, I will have to make a last minute trip to Publix :)

    • Carleyrich

      For my daughter Lucy's party a few weeks ago we had a watermelon birthday party! The cake looked like a watermelon, we served watermelon and the invitations had watermelons on them. I have four daughters and I am always trying to come up with something new and different for parties:)

    • ALH1203

      We're doing a fairy garden theme at our house this year!

    • Jessica ramsay

      We did a Yo Gabba Gabba theme for my daughter's birthday. We all did our own dancey dances. I even made a Brobee cake and a Foofa smash cake. I got little pink and green boxes from the craft store and printed out Brobee and Foofa and glued them on. It was adorable. Me and my daughter even wore pink and green

    • Joyfulcreations2

      Minnie Mouse
      We did cupcakes with red icing and white round sprinkles.
      Red decorations that the girls put those white dot stickers on
      We played dress up relay. I made a red and white polka dot skirt, and found ears(target maybe?) and white long gloves ($ store), black shoes out of my closet, and some dress-up jewelery. The girls had to dress themselves, run around my pool table and come back to the start and undress themselves.
      This birthday was after Valentine's Day….so the goody bags had heart shaped candy in it…I got on clearance;)

    • Chantel31

      My daughter wants a ladybug party. We are just starting to think of ideas. We will check out the site!

    • Lacanciondelsol

      We have a special birthday coming up for two of our kids–they were born exactly a year and one week apart, so we plan to combine their parties, at least for a few years. Of course, the challenge is that one is a boy and the other, a girl. This year will be the first time we celebrate their birthdays with friends, and they have MANY friends all of a sudden…
      We live in (more often than not) snow-covered, icy North Dakota. Our kids' birthdays are in August, while the sun is still very warm (read: hot), and the mosquitoes are vociferous. We won't be discouraged from throwing a party outdoors, though! So we plan to do it up at the local water park (imagine many sprinklers in a concrete park for children to run through). There are covered pavilions with tables, grills for cooking out, and several very large playgrounds to climb all over, too. We want to invite lots of friends, give t-shirts to every guest to tie-dye at our party, hopefully light some sparklers left over from the 4th of July while we sing the birthday song, bust up some stuffed pinatas, throw water balloons, and enjoy a grilled feast of hot dogs, corn on the cob, and watermelon. We only have a few months to celebrate warm weather here, and a sweet, hot birthday party for my two little ones couldn't be better! Now WHAT kind of cake would be good for a boy/girl b-day party at the park?!

      • lyssibee

        I saw a cute watermelon cake in Woman's Day magazine a few months ago. You can find the recipe online by googling “womans day watermelon cake”. Another idea is to make cupcakes and decorate half of them for your girl, half for your boy.
        Enjoy your fun-in-the-sun birthday!

    • faithwalker

      Mexican Fiesta complete with pinatas!

    • Klpj5

      For my son's first birthday, instead of balloons which are dangerous for little ones, I wrapped playballs (the ones that are about 10 to 12 inches in diameter) with colorful tissue wrap and tapped them to the ceilings with ribbons hanging down a bit. For party favors, each child (all were older than him) got to unwrap a “balloon” and keep it.
      KJ

    • Jennydh

      Pirates are a big hit with my boys. Each party has a treasure hunt where they have to figure out clues to find the next clue to find the trunk filled with treaures for everyone to take home. We also have pirate costumes/accessories for each party goer, themed games like walk the plank (2×4 on cinder block over an inflatable swimming pool) and coin toss as well as treasure ship cake.

    • Tvtmidd

      We had a peace and happiness party. Peace signs are the in thing now and you can find
      them everywhere. We decorated the basement with stick on peel off peace signs. We got plain white cups, plates, and a tablecloth and decorated them with peace, love and happiness stickers. We found a ton of peace rings, keychains, and necklaces @ a yard sale. Everyone put on a necklace, when they came through the door for the party. It is very easy to make a peace and happiness cake, just make the color frosting you want with food colors and use the decorating icing to make a peace sign. We set up a cookie decorating area, everyone decorated their on peace cookie.(what fun) We got a generic pinata and added our on peace signs on it, same thing with the goody bags. @ The arts and crafts table was a decorate your own peace sign contest. The winner got a Peace and happiness t-shirt. It was one of the best parties we ever had, very easy, stress free.

    • Seekingthesimplelife

      When my son turned 3 he was into trucks, dirt and construction sites. My daughter made the cake with sanitized small trucks, tractors and cones; she used crushed oreos for dirt piles and a road and to fill the bulldozer. For the kids I gave them each paint/tool belts with plastic tools and paintbrushes and treats. I had an appliance box and we cut out windows and a door and let the kids paint it for their construction job.

    • Heidi

      For my Mother's 60th birthday the family did a surprise Hawaiian themed party. It included a chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, cake, easy to eat finger foods. We had a sand and shell candle decoration at each table. The main tables were wrapped with grass skirts and we all wore a lei. We even had her best friend from college fly in the event! The look on her face when she saw her best friend standing there… Best party ever!

    • Rachel Danner

      We often had birthday parties with the theme of a disney movie such as The Little Mermaid, or Peter Pan, or even Davy Crockett. They were always a lot of fun to plan and the kids had a great time! My dad always made a cake and a pinata in the shape of one of the characters.

    • Chrissy1216

      Build-a-Bear does great parties. For the at-home sort, we've done great cartoon themes and even just a favorite color theme. Seems that no matter the theme chosen, as long as there's plenty of love included, the kids always have a great time!

    • Couponmecrazy

      If you have a boy then Pirates is a great theme! Publix even makes a couple of cool Pirate cakes.

    • Heidi

      My daughter's birthday is the week before Christmas, so we had a Christmas cookie decorating party one year. The girls added the finishing touches to Christmas cookies, broke a cookie pinata, and ate tons of cookies and had hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows (that was the hit of the party).

    • lyssibee

      A LEGO party… I baked 4 cakes in rectangle loaf pans, then frosted them in bright colors. I frosted mini Oreos to add the “bumps” on the Lego cakes. Then I arranged them on a large platter, stacked (as if they were real Legos). I had leftover batter, that I had baked into cupcakes, so I frosted those with the leftover icing and put a Duplo lego piece on top (washed first, of course). Each child took home a mini Lego set (I found on clearance). I had some Duplo sets for the smaller kids. Decorating was easy, we just used bright color plates, napkins and balloons (from the dollar store). There were a few Lego tables (borrowed from friends) around so that everyone could play. Lots of fun!

    • Juliagoldie

      A Luau B-day party is what I have planned for my daughter in a few weeks. Cheap leis for each kid, a pinata, and swimming. Treat bags to put the candy and prizes from the pinata will serve as our party favors. We may have a limbo game as well…

    • Naturelover021

      For my son's first birthday, we are doing an under-the-sea theme for two reasons. One, he has a book about all the animals of the ocean, and he absolutely loves that book. Secondly, we took him to the zoo and his favorite animals were the hippos and the fishies! So an under-the-sea theme is perfect for him. I designed my own invitations because I couldn't find any I loved. We're also in the process of cutting out sea creatures to hang for decorations, and we're going to be getting blue and green paper lanterns to hang (they remind me of bubbles!). I am going to attempt my first cake using fondant and all. We're having melon kabobs for appetizers (again with the bubbles) and blue and green drinks. Since he's just little, we're going to get a pinata and let him (and the other kiddies) beat it while it's on the ground sitting in front of him…but, of course, I'm making my own pinata and going to fill it with age appropriate items. We're also going to have a “fish” pond where the babies “fish” for presents! His birthday is September 9 and this is all I have planned so far.

    • NeeNah

      My son had a pirate party for his 4th birthday. We took his treasure map to Ingle's…they scanned it and put it on the top of his birthday cake (just like they put an edible picture of your child on a cake). Then we went to Kmart and bought a clearance Playmobile pirate set…put it on top of the map cake. Our son loved it!

    • Acmom

      My daughter's birthday is around Halloween, so we have costume parties.

    • Pjaugustine

      My son is older now, but I remember one birthday theme he loved – John Deere, I made a John Deere tractor cake and we had the little John Deere tractors for the kids to play with. For the invites we simply did green with stickers of tractors and the kids went home with stickers and other tractor stuff.

    • Teri

      We had a Painting Party – I made the cake in the shape of a giant paintbrush and the party favors were t-shirts that I made for the kids to wear as cover-ups while they painted their own masterpieces on huge pieces of paper in the yard. It was very fun if a bit messy…

    • Bev

      My son just turned 7 but everybody still talks about his 5th birthday party and what a big hit it was. We sent 5 kids a pirate party invitation that read like a pirate…aarrrhh! We asked the kids to dress like pirates and we took them on my in-laws pontoon boat that we had decorated like a pirate ship with the jolly pirate flag and all. When we got on the boat my husband told the kids that he had found this old map (that we had made) while cleaning the boat and the kids immediately started screaming, “It's a treasure map!” So… we followed the map (which was easy because we had made very obvious landmarks the kids could recognize) and it took us to “Skull Island” which is a little tiny island in the middle of the lake. My husband had built a treasure chest and we filled it with gold things from Goodwill (jewelry box, cross, candle holder, picture frames, etc.). We also threw in candy, gold coins, necklaces, gold covered bubble gum, etc. My husband went on the island earlier in the day and hid the chest behind a bush. Thank goodness no other boaters found it. The kids found it right away and started digging in. It was perfect! We saw another boat approaching the island and only one boat can dock there at a time so we said we better get the treasure on our boat before the real pirates get back. One of the kids saw the other boat and yelled, “The real pirates are back!” Back on the boat, I had a bag for each kid and they stuffed it full of plunder. We then did cupcakes, individual ice creams, juice boxes, and pirate candy on the boat. We also stopped to do presents on the boat so basically it was a pirate party on the water and it was sooooo much fun. You can actually see “Skull Island” from the interstate and my friends say their kids still talk about it, especially when they see the island. (For safety's sake, we made sure we had enough life jackets for each child and adult on the boat.) By far, the best party we've ever planned.

    • jackie

      A horse backriding party with tweens. Have the girls dress as cowgirls or equestrians. Have the girls do a mini horse show with prizes. Horse shaped cake, horse treat goody bags, and a photo of the girls with there horse as a keepsake to take home with them.

    • amy

      My daughter just turned 6 and has had 2 Puppy party themes (at 3 and 6) She loves dogs! It is so fun. The cake was a dalmation dog – i found in Family Fun magazine. You use Junior mints for the spots.
      I served the snacks in small dog bowls (new of course) and we made her favor bags in brown paper sacks that said “doggie bag” on them. They were filled with puppy theme items. I even made rice krispie treats and shaped them like dog bones. It was so fun to do and the kids loved it.

    • patricia

      my daughter will be 21 this year her colors are pink,black and white with a 21 accent bubbles all over, lots of friends she desire a nice birthday she had a hard year lost her job she looking forward to a nice birthday she would love these things

    • Lahlstedt

      Around here, everyone is into NASCAR, so anything to do with that would be a hit!

    • Paige

      Last year, my daughter wanted a princess party. I made a castle cake. We used her dress up clothes so all the little girls could dress up. It was really cute and most of all, she loved it!

    • nita

      this year my oldest will be 6. this will be the first year she gets to have a friend party (previously we have only had a party with family). She decided on a Garden Tea Party theme. We are going to ask the girls to dress up and if they forget we will have some extra dress up clothes for them. We plan to make a craft and if I can find hats for a good price I am going to let them decorate them with flowers and bows and they can take them home to play dress up with. Of course we will have tea and finger sandwiches and cupcakes. We'll set up the table under the trees and I plan to make a “gazebo” by using strips of material and hanging them from tree to tree.

    • Theresa B P

      My daughter & husband have birthdays in Aug.-just as deer hunting season starts. Every year we've planned their parties with deer hunting/camo themes in mind-including scavenger hunts for things about nature.
      ie.leaf, antler, rubber snake,deer decoy, arrow

    • Drmckeel1

      My daughter will be turning 7 in September. A make-over for her and her friends is the agenda for this year….not that any of them need it! Libby-Lou does a fantastic job hosting parties for little girls and making them feel like beauty queens for the day. For my part, I thought I would offer nail polishing services with different designs. This is such a fun age. Would love to have a cake shaped like a girls face with candy and frosting that looked like make-up and hair. Any ideas? Thanks bunches.

    • christy

      For my daughters 5th birthday party she wanted a puppy party. Me and my husband made a dog cake from one of those molded out cake pans. We made a dog bone made of 6 cupcakes. 2 in the middle and the other sets of 2 on the outside. Then the dog bowl was made out of cake and I scooped out the inside and put coco puffs cereal inside the “dog bowl” to make it look like dog food. It was too cute:) My daugter had her dog shirt on to match her theme of course. We had a great time making memories.
      For my sons 3rd birthday he wanted a hotwheels themed party. We made a cake shaped out in the number 3 and made it look like a racetrac. We placed some hotwheels on it and for the road it was crushed up oreos. He had a great time and there were lots of smiles (that always makes all the hard work we put into their birthday parties so worth it)

    • Faith Larson

      For my son's fifth birthday (july 7) we did a fireworks party. It was really easy to do a fireworks cake with starbursts made out of lines of icing. The older kids got kid friendly fireworks (poppers, and such) in their goody bags and the younger ones got bubbles. Everyone got cool fireworks glasses to watch the show once it got dark.

    • Dawn

      We love the pool party theme at our house. Make a pool cake, let the kids play in the water, and blow lots of bubbles. Easy and fun. Of course, we have lots of July birthdays at our house, so this works for us.

    • Tori Hammett

      We just did an “Elmo” theme for my daughters 1st birthday and had the best time. I made Elmo cupcakes, made giant Cookie Monster cookies, and decorated with primary colors. It was really cute.

    • Leahhunt31

      My favorite birthday party theme was a bug theme. The cake was a caterpillar made from cupcakes…super easy, super cute!!

    • Nancymikesc

      Last year I made the Princess Castle cake from the website complete with hot pink glitter and wafer cookie doors. Each week I used the 40% coupon that comes in the paper to purchase the pans, off set spatula and the icing coloring. The princess invitations, plates, decorations and even the party favors were on sale at the craft store. I borrowed other decorations and a small bouncy house from a friend. I started early and bought what I could when I could and used coupons. The cake was my daughter's favorite part.

    • Bambi

      My son's birthday is in January so we did an ice theme. We had ice sculptures and did all the colors in blue and white.

    • Kblopez21

      I did a Tropical Luau one year. I made a sheet cake sized beach theme. We had Limbo, bobbed for apples, a handmade beanbag toss, horeshoes, Leis, coconut, tiki, and flamingo wares and prizes. We made all of the invitations and I made up a poem to describe by daughter that year of her life. It was a blast! She loves all fo the invitations I have made and looking back through them.

    • Lnr21

      Last year my daughter turned 8 and she wanted a cake with peace signs all over it. Actually turned out very cute. We took pics with each girl and her individually then printed them and made a craft they could take home. It is a tradition to have a pinata so the candy fills up the goody bags for them to take home. And finally what 8 year old party would not be complete without watching a little Hannah Montana.

    • Taylorlane18

      Making masks…. all kids love putting on a mask and running around like maniacs! Give them a template and tools and let their imaginations go wild!

    • Eerporter

      My mom wants grandsons so she can have a pirate party!

    • Tina

      The best party I gave for my daughter was a up town girl theme. We took the girls uptown (we live in a small town, Lincolnton NC) I had shopped for items like lip gloss, sunglasses, stickers, bubbles….. before had and had made clues. Then at girls were given bags and we set off around town following clues to visit shops and get treasures. They even got their nails polished at one stop. The trip ended with cake and icecream at an uptown cafe. This was perfect for 9-11 year olds!

    • Beth

      For my daughter's 16th birthday, we did a “candy Land” theme. We had a candy “bar” where we had lots of brightly colored bowls all filled with different types of candy, along with bags for the guests to put their treats in. I used paper lanterns (wrapped in cellophane to look like wrapped hard candy) as ceiling decorations. I went to Cracker Barrel and bought tons of the huge swirled suckers and swizzle sticks to use as center pieces. For the main attraction (the cake) I made a lopsided or topsy turvey cake decorated with all kinds of candies and brightly colored fondant. tosay the least, her “Sweet 16” party was sweet in more than one way! We all had a blast and I know she will remember it always!

    • Andrea

      Since I have a daughter and son with birthdays three weeks apart we are having a western themed party next weekend and I have to say a frugal one none the less, bandannas are great for everything Ive made goodie bags and table cloths and decorations all for less than 10 dollars for a party with 12 kids.

    • Linda Owensby

      I would love to give my sweet little McKenna a birthday party like she has never had before she is such a good little girl never gets in trouble at school or at home. Her frist year of school she got a award for being the diva of her class so I would like to give her a diva party this year she will be 8 years old

    • Keita

      My toddlers love Dora. They could have a Mexican fiesta. One has a birthday in August, so that might be an idea!

    • Janet P

      We just had a black n white birthday for my 9 yr old son… His cake was black n white and the kids had to wear black n white and they had many black and white candies and toys in their goodie bags. The decorations were black and white. We never heard of this and my sister suggested it, so we had fun with it!

    • Mikeandmarcieblack

      i have boy/girl twins and one of my favorite parts of their b-day parties is making the cake. last year was a dora/diego theme, which was easy, but this now, their interests are diverging a bit more, and we are having a princess/sports party. i am trying fun cupcakes instead of a cake this year. i love my almost 4 year olds!

    • 1ladyohara

      My now 10 years old son loves GOOSEBUMPS BOOKS. So for his last party that was the theme where we had a haunted castle cake with peep ghosts and scary chocolate trees. The boy and girl party guests got to sit in the den where we had created a theater room. they got to eat Hot Dogs, popcorn,plus Nachos and cheese while watching one of the GOOSEBUMPS movie that my son had gotten for his birthday

    • Rosen220

      My daughters favorite birthday party was a puppy party, we made edible dog tags, had barking contest, “give a dog a bone” bakery where they decorated bone shaped cookies, and painted a dog house (old app. box) that the kids could play in, read in (I had puppy book from the library), and have their pictures taken.

    • Sfncb

      I am planning my youngest daughter's 1st birthday. We are doing an Asian Theme complete with hanging lanterns, dragon boats, and tons of red and gold decor! This theme is appropriate because we are leaving in a few weeks to join my husband in Korea for the next 3 years.

    • Crisarrow

      Currently planning my son's 2 year old party – with a train theme. It will have a homemade cake, decorated by my hubby. We may do box cars (literally boxes) that are decorated to look like a train. Kids love the simple things. It is important that my 4 year old social butterfly and perfect hostess has a role, so we work hard to make sure she has something to do, like give kids their party hats and ask the adults if they want lemonade (pouring it for them.) She loves it and yet the party is still all about her brother.

    • aurora0081

      My daughter has her 3rd birthday coming up and she wants a princess party. We will have craft tables for the litte ones to make their own crowns, color, pin the tail on the unicorn, dance music and other princess themed activities for the little ones to have fun.

    • Dma2233

      I loved superhero parties when I was growing up.

    • AFlurry

      For my 1 yr olds b'day we did a cupcake theme & there were cupcakes everywhere…from confetti, to cupcake shaped cookies, mini cupcakes & reg. size ones & a huge one for the b'day boy, the invitations, a banner with cupcake cutouts & the list goes on & on!

    • Karen

      We have several children at our church that are all friends, are close in age and their birthdays are all within 2 months of each other. We have thought about doing a carnival party for them all. Set up carnival type booths and games with prizes. Serve carnival theme food like popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, etc. And do a cake shaped like either a merry go round or maybe a giant tub of popcorn with real popcorn on top (maybe caramel corn so it would be sweet). I think all the kids would have a blast!!!

    • Srgaddy

      I am thinking about thowing my teenager a “Pizza Party” B'day topping it off with a Pepperoni Pizza “Cake”. He can eat his weight in pizza.

    • Liz@Frugallyblonde

      I'm thinking of doing a farm birthday party for my girls this year. A local farm is also a regional park, so it's free to visit and bring a picnic or party. I'm thinking of sandwiches for the kids and pasta salad for the adults, plus cute farm animal cupcakes!

    • Skywright

      Football Cheerleading party for a fall birthday outside. Have a tireswing for a football throwing contest and have everyone come wearing their favorite team colors, boys can wear jerseys and girls can wear chearleader outfits. You can have a facepainting both setup for painting team logos. Traditional game day foods would work, like hotdogs and burgers on the grill. You could even setup a tv or radio in case there is a big game that the guys don't want to miss. This gives something for everyone to do!

    • Suzannatrice

      I have to get creative because both of my kids have winter birthdays (January and February)–that means nothing outside! For my daughter's first, we invited friends and family to a “snowflake and cupcake” party. We sent cute mitten shaped invites (refashioned after-Christmas clearance cards), suspended giant snowflakes from the ceiling, had a baby pool filled with “snow” (pillow stuffing) and little prizes (dollar store finds and unused kids' meal toys)…and a lot more! I found tons and tons of cute snowflakes and snowflake themed items for pennies after Christmas. We got to go all out without spending a fortune!

    • couponingprincess

      When our daughter turned 13 we had a retro party. She is really big into 80's stuff so we had a way back way out party!! Everyone came in their tackiest get ups, crimped hair with LOTS of hairspray. We had a rocker cake with stripes and blue pink and black. We had 80's music playing and I even went through some old cookbooks to make some totally 80's food (which turned out to be regular food on 80's style dishes) We all talked that 80's talk. It was so much fun and my hubby and I had a greta time thinking about the good ole days and the kids re-lived a classic era

    • Johannah B

      My fav… would be Toy Story. They just came out with #3 and it's perfect for a Birthday right now!

    • Dawn

      One year for my son’s birthday I made him a “train” birthday cake. I used loaf pans to bake the cake and lickerish for the train tracks on a covered sheet of plywood. The train was covered with candies for wheels, windows etc. The engine car was carved with a toy man for the engineer. I also used pretzel logs for the “log car” with swizzle sticks to hold the pretzel on the car, chocolate kisses for the “coal car”, more lickerish to outline windows for the “passenger cars” using animal crackers for the passengers. The train was adorable and the party was a success with the kids eating their way into a sugar infused frenzy.

    • Annette

      I have an 8 year old who this year wanted something different at her sleepover! So we had a 'Webkinz” World party. It was awesome. It just so happened that Target had a lot of summer items that where animal themed for a $1.00. We got tote bags in three different colors and filled them with note pads, picture frames and chunky pens with animals bobbers on the tips for gift bags. We then created our menu based on some of the food items we see on webkinz world like Fizzy Berry Sunset Smoothies- coconut sherbert,pinacolada (non-achol) mix and orange juice or Jubble Berry Cupcakes- chocolate cake mix with cherry icing and a cherry jam filling (all courtesy of BOGO's and coupons). They loved it. For plates and cups we used the zoomates paper plates and cups(w/lids)everyone got to choose thier favorvite animal. We also created some relay type games and again we named them after some of the games you would see on Webkinz world. As and added treat we did a craft. Using my coupons and watching for clearance items I was able to collect enough t-shirts for the girls to “decorate”. Before the party I ironed on some cute animal prints and they took permanent markers in assorted colors and colored them. Of course the t-shirts where on the large size but they made great night shirts and the girls LOVED being able create something just for them. It was an awesome party that didn't cost me alot- I figured my final cost withever I bought streams ballons and food for 12 girls to sleepover for 2 meals and a 2 snacks I spend just at $100.00. The best was nothing was cookie cutter/all matchy, everything was on sale so I spend a lot less than I had in the past.

    • Chrystal

      When my son turned eight, we had his party at a local horse farm. The kids all dressed as cowboys and cowgirls. We had a cookout and a cake with horses on it. We hung old western style decorations everywhere and guests sat on hay bales. The owner gave us all a riding demonstration and then allowed us to rent horses for a couple of hours. The kids and parents all had a blast riding around the corral. My son still talks about that party and he will be eighteen this fall.

    • Lisia Bjorklund

      We had a survivor party for my 8 year old. Each team wore matching colored shirts. Loads of physical and mental games. An awesome themed cake. We all had a blast!

    • Cdl1120z

      My son will be three this year and would love to have a train themed birthday party!

    • Thuy

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      A Hello Kitty Birthday is Cute for my sister bday, everyone had hello kitty nails , n made hello kitty cupcakes

    • Just4myhome

      Would like to have a safari themed bday party for my son.

    • Dowdywkatc

      We had a Wiggles themed party this year for my son and daughter.

    • Katherine

      We are having a Cupcake themed birthday August 8th! It is my son's first birthday, so I went all out and made cupcake invitations. It will be so cute:)

    • Jessica M

      I want to throw my son a party featuring multiple sports themes for his second birthday.

    • klcmaher

      My grandaughters last birthday she wanted 'Princess' themed. My daughter made the cake (some ingenious cake stacking and ice cream cones turned into an adorable castle cake). I picked up a few plastic 'tiara's' at the dollar store as well as some paper 'crowns' for the boys. I found her a fantastic special tiara that lit up, and a wand that made a little musical rift when you would swing it. She was the princess of the day!

    • Jessica M

      I want to throw my son a party featuring multiple sports themes for his second birthday.

    • klcmaher

      My grandaughters last birthday she wanted 'Princess' themed. My daughter made the cake (some ingenious cake stacking and ice cream cones turned into an adorable castle cake). I picked up a few plastic 'tiara's' at the dollar store as well as some paper 'crowns' for the boys. I found her a fantastic special tiara that lit up, and a wand that made a little musical rift when you would swing it. She was the princess of the day!

    • slocklair

      One month from today is my son's first birthday. We will be having a pool party and going with a rubber ducky theme. So far I've decided to buy a bunch of duckys a toss them in the pool, Write numbers on their bottoms and have drawings for prizes, and of course send duckys home with everyone.

    • Deannemk

      A farm animal theme is always a hit with preschoolers!!

    • Lkrueger68

      My daughter's b-day is in 9 days!!!!! She will be 14 and wants a hawiian party at the beach. So we are decorating a hotel room for the day with a pinata, white balloons, crepaper and everyone will wear leis and white t-shirts that will show up with the black lights. We will have the beach,pool and a sleep over all in one.

    • Rocketgirl5678

      So far our favorites have been the Hawaiian theme and the sea animals theme.

    • JoyfulAbode

      if the kids are old enough a sushi party can be fun. have someone demonstrate how to roll your own sushi rolls, and then each kid can make their own w/ingredients they choose. watch a japanese movie or cartoon, do some origami… take-home favors are fancy chopsticks, origami paper, and maybe some cute small packages of japanese candy.

    • Angela_solomon90

      We had a tea party complete with china, crystal and linin tablecloths. We had dress up time with bug floppy and lacy hats, boas, scarves and costume jewelry. I downloaded a teapot pattern for a cake abd made dainty tea sandwiches and desserts. This worked great for my four year old and her friends.

    • Mary

      One year we made clues on paper (that my husband burned the edges of to make it look like old parchment scrolls) that led him on a treasure hunt to find his birthday gifts. It was fun to make up the clues and he had a blast figuring out what each meant and then looking for the next clue.

    • Brendatroup

      My grandson had a knights party with castle, swords, and a jousting competition. He greeted all the princesses who came dressed for the event as they entered. It was too cute!!

    • Nicole_k

      My daughter is turning 6 in September, and I am planning to throw her a dress-up, tea party. I am going to get out all of my old prom and bridesmaid dresses along with a big box of costume jewelry for the girls to wear. We'll put on a little makeup, have princess punch, tea sandwiches and cupcakes. I'm going to decorate the room with a lot of tulle & candles and then take pictures of each girl to bring home.

    • Mvpage

      One of my daughter's birthday's is in the Spring of the year. We decided on a beach themed party. We already had a fairly large sandbox, so we gave each child a sandbucket with their name painted on. Each bucket had a $1 pair of flip-flops, a pair of sunglasses, sand toys, travel size sunscreen, inflatable swim rings from the $1 store, etc… My Mother-in-law helped me make her cake in the shape of a sand castle–it even had a moat! We had a sand castle building contest and set up the sprinklers and pools. We had beach balls blown up everywhere for the kids to play with and set up one of those soundscape cd's with the sound of the ocean. We always play miniature golf at the beach, so we bought a couple of the cheap plastic golf sets and set up our own little course in the grass. The kids loved it because it was fun, and the parents loved it because it saved them from having to purchase a lot of the regular summer supply essentials. Fun party!!

    • Beth

      We did a “Flower Power” birthday party one year. We used all bright spring colors for plates, cups, etc. The cupcakes were homemade and were a big hit! The cupcakes had regular icing on them, but then we used jumbo and miniature marshmellows in order to design a flower on top of the icing. Then, we sprinkled a few colored springs on top of the marshmellows. These were so cute!

    • Paratip67

      We did a candy shop theme & the kids got to make their own candy with sugar

    • Emmygeg4

      We have a Splash Pad at our local park. This year my 3 yr old loved having her July birthday party there! We had $5.00 pizzas from Little Ceaser’s, cupcakes (placed in the shape of a Palm Tree), and watermelon!! It was so much fun…and the kids got to wash off all of the “mess” in the water!! Everyone had fun, and it was pretty stress free!! We added to the Party atmosphere with a birthday banner from Birthdayinabox.com and Walah…Success!!

    • Heather

      I find it more challenging as my boy/girl twins get older to find a 'theme' or even something they can agree on. They will be 9 in Oct. I'm struggling already trying to come up with something. The best party we've had so far was for their 4th birthday. We had an 'Incrediables' party at a local park. The kids painted their own super hero t-shirts. I made capes and used the the sticky velcro dots to attach to their shirts. It was a great hit, and relatively inexpensive.
      I'm open to ideas for this year! Suggestions??

    • Earnjr8fan

      I loved my sons cars, john deere and dinosaur parties. I also think that a cowboy theme would be fun.

    • Ttrenta

      I think an 80's flashback party would be great! Bring on big hair and shoulder pads :-)

    • Renee

      I would love to see Birthday cakes that look like different dogs or a cake with abstract designs.

    • Lisa

      We are doing a “cookover” for my daughter's 13th birthday this year. She loves watching Top Chef, Chopped, and Cake Boss. We are going to do basic recipes with the girls and each girl will get a monogrammed apron as a party favor. This package would be FABO for the party!

    • Trogue

      My twin nephews just had a Club Penguin themed pool party. There are no commercially available Club Penguin party supplies, so we went with solid color plates and napkins and decorated the table with Club Penguin toys.
      The penguins have these pets called “Puffles”. My sister and I made an assortment of different colored Puffle cupcakes – frosted the cupcakes with the different colored icing, and then piped on hair, eyes and mouths. The kids loved it!

    • Paulaskeans

      My daughter is not old enough yet but….I cant wait to have a tea party. We will have a hat table to choose your hat and outfit. A jewelry table, then on to paint nails and get fixed up with some makeup. Have real tea cups and let each guest take one home. This will be soooo much fun!

    • I would love to have a beach party.
      Money was tight this year and we didn't make it to a vacation.
      A beachparty that what i always wanted to have.

    • Aimee

      When my daughter was small, one of her parties was a garden/bug theme. We played “pin the dot on the ladybug”, blew lots of bubbles outside, played in the sandbox, etc. Then the kids came inside for my version of a themed birthday cake – individual dirt cups in clean, new terra cotta pots – chocolate pudding, covered with a layer of crushed oreos, decorated with gummy creatures (bugs & worms!!) plus a lollipop flower in the middle. It was a really cute party, and lots of fun!

    • Becky Lee

      When my oldest turned 4, she was really big into “rock star” stuff. So we had a rock star party! Really easy to decorate and make party bags for, since sunglasses, gawdy rings and lip gloss are in every dollar store in America! I made a hot pink electric guitar cake, which turned out great! For games we played karaoke and dress up. Lots of fun with very little effort!

    • DDD

      I took 14 girls to Dominos and they let them watch the employees make a pizza , then allowed each girl to make their own pizza and take it home. The girls loved it and it was all “FREE” Maybe this will work for some of the pizza loving children out there.

    • Kim

      Well, I have to make the cake each year, as my son has intollerance to red dye #40, so we've had to get creative! When he turned two, I did a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake, completely in the shape of the clubhouse (it was before we knew he couldn't have red) and because of the “hot dog” song, we had hot dogs with all the fixings, etc.

      When he turned 3, we did a Thomas theme. I put two round cakes together to form the number 3, and made “train tracks” from crushed graham crackers and pretzel sticks broken to make the train tracks in the shape of the #3 – then just put one of his thomas trains on top “riding” the track.

      Finally, this year when he turned four, we had to get really creative. He's all into Veggie Tales, so I did a big cookie cake myself, and put Larry the cucumber and Junior on it, with their chef's hats on, like they were decorating the cake. Have to admit, it was pretty cute!

      Thanks for having this giveaway!! Too cool!

    • Julie Collier

      Two out of three of our children have December birthdays. I feel like we don't have as many options. I have thought about having a big birthday party with them in the summer, outdoors and with all kinds of fun things to do- water balloons, shaving cream, silly string etc. Topping it off with a ice cream sundae bar and let each child make there own sundaes with whatever toppings they would like (and there would be lots of toppings to choose from). Sounds like fun to me and would be good for all ages.

    • Silvershears

      I have a couple of ideas for older kids. This could work for boys as well as for girls. One year I had a scavenger hunt for my sons birthday which included all his friends that were staying over night, each had his own clue to a special gift.This takes a while to plan but was fun watching them go in all directions and trying to solve the riddles to find the next clue. The second idea would be for older kids{which I have now} would be called a who done it or clue party, this one has a lot more planning involved. There has to be a staged crime of your choosing {make it a comedy or more serious one} then leave clues for everyone to solve. Of course it sounds simple but takes time to plan. I haven't worked out all the details yet, but they will come as I go.

    • DeDe Watson

      My sister has two girls. One year she gave them each a budget and a time frame to come up with their birthday party themes. The oldest is very decisive and decided on an old English theme from Pride and Prejudice. She gave advanced notice to parents who made costumes for their gilrs. The youngest had a harder time, so she ended up going to an old time soda shop and her guests wore poodle skirts and bobbie socks. Very cute and low maintenance when you take them out!

    • Juli

      My favorite kids party was my oldest son's 3rd birthday…we had a fireman party! My uncle did an amazing firetruck cake…it was a freestanding cake with cake fireman holding a hose beside it and pretzel ladders. My dad is a fireman and he brought the firetruck to the party for the kids to sit in and visit and have pictures taken in it. Our favors were donated from the Fire Prevention of the local fire dept and included red fireman hats and coloring books. Everyone loved it!

    • Yphurtado

      My 9 nine year old is really into Food Network so we had a Iron Chef Party Theme and put together several inexpensive items her and her friends could (cook) with, along with free chef hats from Publix a while back and everyone felt like an Iron Chef in the end..We did appetizers,main course,Then cupcakes in the end..Everyone shared their creations and exchanged ideas,Really was cute..

    • RebeccaFer

      I once saw a great theme idea for an “underwater” party. It had streamers twisting around the room on the walls, in different shades of blue and aqua green to simulate water. It had green streamers twisting up simulating seaweed and balloons filled with air that hung down from the ceiling simulating bubbles. It was so darned cute! I could only imagine doing a “Finding Nemo” spin on it or any kind of ocean theme. It would even work well for a sunken pirate booty chest! :D

    • Maria

      When my twin boys turned 3 we had a huge Cars party, they loved it

    • Arieanne

      Reptile party! My 10 yo daughter loves snakes. When she was 4 she created this character “snake with a tie.” (A striped snake wearing a men's tie.) She draws him on everything! This year a friend is making her a snake-with-a-tie cake (it's a surprise) and we're having a reptile wrangler bring some snakes for the kids to learn about. We're serving green punch with gummy worms in it and the kids will get stretchy snakes and frogs as party favors.

    • amyh

      Hopefully no one else has said this, but I am short on time, so I can't read through all of the comments first…I am doing a Lolliopop birthday party next month for my 3 year old. Her outfit it from the sale rack and only cost me $7 and is a dress with 3 embroiderd lollipops on it. I can't wait!

    • Chrstyamyrs

      For my son's first birthday in March (which DH will miss due to deployment) we are doing Knights. Something different and daddy picked it out since he can't be there.

    • Crystal

      We just finished celebrating my sons 2nd birthday and we had a Seseme Street Theme. He wore a Bert and Ernie shirt because they are 2 characters. I made my own invivtaions with the wording this party is brought to you by the letter F (his first initial) and the number 2. Instead of spending a lot of money on expensive themed plates, cups, etc. I only bought enough for the 5 kids who were present and then purchased the colorful Target brand plates, cups, etc. for adults. We had the party at 7 and only served cake and ice cream. It was simple and quick.

    • Ncmadsen

      A treasure hunt is always fun. You could have a pirate themed party.

    • Wk

      A couple of years ago when my daughter turned 10 she had a joint b-day party with a friend who was born on the same day as her. They wanted a sleepover, but it was sooooo many girls b/t the two of them that we, the moms, came up with the idea of an almost sleepover party. The guests came over in the afternoon and immediately dressed in their PJ's, ate dinner, decorated a pillow case to take home with goodies inside, watched a movie and played games. Parents picked them up by 9 and I was in bed by 11…Great idea!

    • susan

      daisy flower birthday cake

    • Smartchik33

      For my daughters 2nd bday party I want to make it a dress up theme. I want to have princess dresses and either cowboy or “prince charming” dress up clothes for the boys. Ill have all the jewelry, dress up shoes etc. etc. This was just a thought because my daughter loves to put on my shoes and walk around the house with them. She also loves my makeup and my jewelry which seems to be disappearing slowly… lol… wonder were that may be!!!! haha gotta love it!

    • Rcafasso

      A great birthday idea for a teacher. Have the cake be the teacher in the middle with all the students as cookies around her using the edible pictures that some companies can do to put their faces on them. Have the students decorate their personal sugar cookies with their pictures on them with icing, candies, and edible decorations. Make other school supply cookies rulers, books, pencils, etc. to further decorate the cake center piece. For birthay goody bags fill them with school supplies: pencils, erasers, stickers, stamps, etc. Decorations for the party could be artwork by the teacher's students and let them decorate the classroom with them. Further have the students create their own cards with construction paper, stickers, etc. to put their own personal messages and creative artworks. This would be an awesome birthday celebration for any teacher!

    • Jill

      My 2 1/2 year old loves dinosaurs! I would love to make mini volcano birthday cakes and decorate the bottom edges with edible foliage and plastic dinosaurs. Each little friend at the party would get their own volcano cake. Sounds fun!

    • Mkcd

      My son LOVES riding his bike. For his third birthday we had a bicycle themed birthday. My husband set up a race course using the driveway and yard with yellow tape and cones. Everyone brought there own bike, tricycle, or scooter. We decorated name plates for the front of everyones bike and then had bike races through the course. We decorated a cake with a bicycle and used water bottles filled with a medal, candy, and a tag as party favors. My son and all his friends had a GREAT time.

    • At my son's party, my husband parked the boat in the back yard. We made an underwater adventure using PVC and a fish-themed shower curtain. The kids would “fish” from the boat and we would attach prizes to their fishing poles while hiding behind the curtain. They had a great time! :)

    • justamom

      The best party we had was a Candy Land party when my daughter turned 5. We decorated the backyard like the board game: Jump House was the “tootsie roll swamp”(better than molasses) and had these metal bullrushes around filled with tootsie rolls, a snow cone canopy, lollipop woods with giant lollipops and a lollipop tree full of dum dum lollies, the playground set was gumdrop mountain so we stapled short plastic cups that we glued white glitter on all over the playground and then on the tower side we put up flags and stuff to make the cotton candy castle. We played themed games like catching gum in brightly colored butterfly nets and pin the cherry on the sundae. I made a giant cake that looked like the Candy Land game board. It was a sweet party for a sweet girl!

    • DEnise

      An aquarium theme party , fish games swedish gummie fish in blue jello and activities, a fish bowl cake ,colored gold fish crackers in a clear bowl, fish shaped finger sandwiches take home goodie bottles:sea creatures in a clear bottle of blue water the child would make or get at the party

    • Lhuennekens

      I always loved scavenger hunts when i was little, they're fun for the entire family and there's prizes at the end, who doesn't love prizes? :)

    • Jillian

      My son loves being outside, running around, and playing in the sun, but his birthday is in February, so it is pretty chilly here then. We're thinking of doing a “summer in February” theme. Kind of like the same idea as “Christmas in July, but opposite”

    • Hillary904

      My daughter is just about 18 months old so we have lots to look forward to! I love birthdays and I appreciate all that is homemade so I hope I will be able to fulfill all of her imaginings in the years to come. But for this age group I think a white cake (or even ice cream cake) with white frosting and around the cake large animal sugar cookies iced with royal icing — in pastel colors.

      Thanks!

      I have enjoyed reading the entries. Everyone has such good ideas!

    • Cls1530

      When my son turned 10 (his double digit birthday) we had a Fear Factor birthday party. He had about 15 other boys at the party and they played the following games: digging small party favors out of a kiddie pool filled with ice and they had to use their teeth, eat chocolate covered larva or crickets, dig earthworms out of a wash tub with your toes, crack an egg in your hand and run it to your cup and then continue until the cup is full, eat “flies” in jello cubes- the flies were actually raisins, and put on makeup. The one that some refused to do was put on the makeup! You were given points for each event and the winner (one with most points at end of the party) got a gift card. I made a chocolate cake and had gummie worms crawling out of it!

    • coupon king

      Lego party. 6 year old boy. We sent out invitations with a lego version of MC Escher’s Relativity on the front (Find it here: http://www.andrewlipson.com/escher/relativity.html) that we made. We asked everyone to bring a Lego for a present. We had a large room with plenty of floor space for the party. When guests arrived, we already had a large bin of Legos from previous sets available to the boys. The game was who could build the tallest freestanding tower in 10 minutes with the Legos we brought. Once we opened all the presents, our birthday boy got to select which set he put together. All the kids picked a set and they put them together, carefully opening the set so it could be disassembled and put back it the box for our son to put together in the days to come. Everyone had a blast and it was low maintenance.

    • Coupongirl7303

      There is a no kill pet shelter close to where we live/ volunteer at… for my sons birthday he really wanted to have his party there. So we arranged with the shelter to have his party there and they did a ton of activities… They made pictures of there favorite pets and got to love on them all. All of the guests brought stuff for the shelter. All of the food was dog/cat themed… and we even brought treats for the pets to celebrate… CLASSIC BIRTHDAY!!! He wants to do it again this year!

    • Palila

      I loved a Strawberry Shortcake party I had when I was little. I don't really remember having much in the way of the dolls (besides inviting the one I already had), but the cake was amazing.

    • Gt1701a

      My son's birthday falls on Dec. 29. I plan on doing a new year's type party and having the kids decorate festive party hats and other new years decorations. He will be turning 4 this year and anything I can do to keep his birthday extra special is great! I feel he doesn't get as much attention on his birthday since it is so close to Christmas.

    • Chrystalm

      I would love to win. The theme I would choose is a Rainbow theme. My daughter who is 2 is in love w/ rainbows and skittles. I would have to decorate accordingly.

    • Hroof

      Ever since I had my first son I have been decorating cakes for friends and family. It is fun to do and makes the birthdays special knowing that it was made at home versus in a store. I have made so many types and shapes. The most memorable one was I made a cake with the lake on it for my sons 3rd b-day well I used this blue gel looking stuff to be the lake by the time we got to the park my lake had shifted off of the cake and it didnt look like it did when we left the house. but it was still eaten and enjoyed by everyone. Im glad i took a picture of it before I left the house.

    • jen r

      we had a game night last year for our 8 year old! she loves game night and is always asking for one..so we made it her theme! we had a game set up in each room (puzzle in one, card game in another, etc) and the kids split into groups and rotated for about an hour…we all ended with playing bingo! fun :) thanks for the giveaway!

    • Grinbyrd2

      My Granddaughter is having her first birthday party in September. Would love to win the party pack. Her Mom is planning a Princess party and we would love some great ideas

    • Ecenterprises

      My daughter made an ICarly birthday party for 7 yo. It was a disco sleep over party. I found a disco light with 7 lights that when plugged in the lights flashed on and off to the music beat that was being played. She made cd copies of disco music for each girl. I sent her Parker Bros. card games I was able to get reasonably for each one. She made her own cake that had all types of musical things on it with different song names. They had pizza for dinner. She found all types of girly things like lip gloss and nail polish to fill goody bags with. She had two microphones that the girls could sing along to the music. Then there was wall to wall sleeping bags everywhere. The girls couldn't stop talking about the wonderful time they had. The best part was I couldn't be there because of health problem. Thank goodness for skype. She put her laptop so I got to watch almost 1 1/2 hours of the party in Atlanta while she lives in Scottsdale, Az.

    • Stacy

      For my daughter's 1st birthday we had a Bubble Party. I made a very concentrated bubbble solution and we put it in a kiddie pool. The kids could stand in it and we'd pull a hoola hoop up around them to put them inside a huge bubble. After that, they could play in the bubble pool and make their own bubbles. I put bubble accessories on all the tables for centerpieces and used bubble wrap under them. They took bubbles home as party favors. All very cheap, but the kids had a BLAST!

    • Awake

      I've got a 16th birthday coming. This would be great!

    • Amy Taylor

      Ever since my daughter was 4 years old (she will soon be going on 9), I have made her birthday cakes for her. Her wish has been my command. No, I am not a baker, but they seem to work out just good enough for her to love it. It has not been easy, I have had to be very creative since the theme is usually not anything that I can fine templates for. She has had Snow White, a blue cake with MM's rainbow and mini marshmellow clouds, a pink cake with skittle rainbow and mini marshmellow clouds and sprinkles, brownie cupcakes with white fluffy icing and cherries on top and her latest request for her 8th birthday, pink cake with a pink glitter skull and cross bones! Ha, the weirdest one yet. These were all by her specifics. I have enjoyed every minute of it, it would be nice to have help with this 9th cake coming up in 9 months- who knows what her request will be. How do you top a Jolly Roger? :)

    • Jennifer_1021

      For my daughters 8th birthday we did a “Spa Day” at our house. We sent out invitations titled Birthday “Spa”tacular Party with all the details. We set up stations for pedicures, manicures, hair up do's and makeup. To keep kids busy while they waited, we had a flip flop station where they could decorate $1 flip flops with precut ribbons and a station where they decorated a little canvas bag to take home their spa goodies in. At each station, there was a take home item. The manicure station they took home the polish they chose, the pedicure station gave them toe separators, the make up station had head bands (used to keep their hair out of their faces while being done) and the hair station had bows, etc for their up do! We took a group shot of them when it was done and make photo Thank You notes so everyone had a picture from the party. It was a hit!!

    • Meej1028

      We had a cupcake themed party for my daughter's 1st birthday – very generic and inexpensive. I put snacks in cupcake liners and had rice krispy treat favors that were cut out with a cupcake cookie cutter.

    • Ashley

      We are coming up on our 2nd soon this would be great!

    • Idreamofsand

      I bake cakes and cupcakes all the time for my family and for others. I love the flip flop cake! I can't wait to try it!

    • Gail

      for my daughter's beach themed birthday, each girl wrote a wish on a real seashell with a sharpie, and threw them back into the ocean.

    • Megan

      Lady bug birthday party theme for my daughter's first birthday party was a big hit!

    • Kristin morrison

      When my son turned one we wanted something that he could have fun participating in but also wouldn't be odd for adults to also be engaged in so we went with a farm theme. We turned our backyard into a farm with just some basic and inexpensive materials. We had hay all over the ground with hay bales scattered for seats and photo opps. We had simple hamburgers and sweet tea. His cake was a farm scene with the top layer being an actual barn so that we could remove it and that would be his part of the cake to eat (or destroy). It was great and easy. There were balloons in red, green and yellow and cow-print tablecloths. We all had a blast!

    • Penny

      For my daughter's 11th birthday, we had her friends spend the night and make tie-dye t-shirts that they were swimming the next day. All of the girls loved making their own shirts and matching while at the pool. The flip-flop cake is a great cake to go along with this theme or even a cake in the shape of a t-shirt.

    • Sewedseeds

      I have three boys who so coming up with an acceptable birthday party can be hard. For my oldest sons party this year we are going to have a sleuth party. The cake will be a sherlock holmes hat (bake in a pampered chef bowl and then add some sheet cake to the sides). The big thing will be looking for the presents- using clues and riddles they have to solve, and the party favors will be the magnify glass and some wired little notebooks with pencils to keep track of their clues. I can't wait to see how excited my son will be!

    • Christi

      For my sons 1st birthday, we are doing mod elephants!

    • Lorig2929

      the flip flop cake would be great for a summer party by the pool

    • Mrsskoomie

      When my five year turns six in October he is having a Lego Party. My best-friend bakes cakes, so she is making him several Lego blocks (different sizes) for his cake.
      When my one year old turns two next January he is getting a crayon box cake with 4 crayons coming out.

    • Msgollery

      For my son's 2nd birthday we are going to have a Dr. Suess ABC party. It's his favorite book :)

    • 1st time Mommy ?

      My son's 1st birthday is rapidly approaching! I am so looking forward to it, yet amazed at how fast his first year has flown by. He will turn one December 16th, and I am planning a cupcake theme for his big day. I plan to use a giant cupcake pan to make his very own “smash cake!” How cute! For the guests I will make lots of regular (but super fun & colorful) cupcakes, presenting them on a cupcake “tree.” I am so excited!!! Thanks for suggesting the Betty Crocker web page; I know it will come in handy!

    • Heather

      I haven't planned a birthday party for my child yet (he was born in January of this year). I like the idea of doing a “Summer in January” themed party for his birthday when he gets a little older. Winter birthdays seem to miss out on all the fun!

    • Wcrssnchr

      my oldest daugther turned 10 last month we had a horse themed party. we turned the house into a stale and i made i horse cake. we played different games and it was fun

    • Stacie

      Plan in advance! And then you can use Vistaprint.com to print out fabulous and affordable invitations. (it can take a couple of weeks for them to arrive). I love making the poems that go on invitations. Put some thought into it, keep it simple and it makes everything start out so much more from the heart!

    • Terririccio

      My 8 year old son enjoyed his pirate treasure hunt party. I made several cards to lead them to the next card and eventually to a treasure box fillled with loot bags for each child. As they ate the candy inside they said it was the best party ever. I made the loot bags with brown fabric and wrapped twine around the top. I love your ideas.

    • Aundrea deJonge

      We had a lego themed birthday for my 7 year old. I used the lego cake idea from the Betty Crocker website for his cake. The kids all got small legos to do at the party. I put lego bricks in a jar and they had to guess how many were in there. And I actually won handmade lego crayons as giveaway prizes. I made the invites myself by getting ideas from other blogs. I think the party was a success. The only thing missing, a Flip Ultra Video Camera.

    • kristi

      I am wanting to do a hawaiin luau party for my daughter's first birthday in January. It will brighten up winter and there can be fun drinks for the adults as well!

    • Abbylucia

      we've done a horse themed birthday party and then most recent Thomas the Train and princess for our children 3 and 5 years old.

    • Wendelfam

      When my son turned 1, we had a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme. I made the invitations to look like a caterpillar and wrote the details on the segements of his body, including what all he had eaten that year. I made additional catepillars for table decorations that had pictures of him at different times from the first year. For the cake, we did a 6 inch half ball as the head that was his own cake and then had cupcakes to make up the body for everyone else. It was a great way to show just how much he had grown!

    • Lee

      We had a farm Party this year for my 2 year old. It was a lot of fun. You can go all out with hay bales and places for pictures, Barn backdrops, and lots more.

    • Mrsbrooks5

      I don't have a lot of ideas for creative birthday parties. I am more into trying to save money while having a party for each of my six kids. The most recent birthday was my 12 year old son's. We went to Walmart to buy all the dollar movie candy, and I bought small bottles of Dr. Pepper and Sprite. Then, when we got to the movie, we bought the big tub of refillable popcorn. (I brought zip-loc bags for each kid, but it turned out they gave us small plastic bowls to fill up with the popcorn.) So for $7, plus the cost of the tickets (which was outrageous as it was Toy Story and we payed a 3-D surcharge, because that's what my son wanted to see), we didn't do too bad. We went home, had cake, and had a spend the night (he just invited his best friend and all his siblings, which is a party in and of itself) and we had a great time.

    • Nikkipel

      A puppy party theme for boys or girls. Make a dog cake (pink poodle for a girl) and an easy craft of making a dog out of a old CD. Good game is to have them hunt for bones in the yard.

    • Tleisten

      We had a sports (All-Star) themed birthday party where we had a mini-Olympics. I purchased cheap medals at a party supply store . We had games for all athletic abilities and everyone was a winner. We had a cake shaped like a medal, we had “All Star” cups, plates, etc. Everyone loved because everyone was a winner and got a prize.

    • Laura

      My kids are “too old” for themed birthday parties, but one theme that I like is a luau. It's something different and fun for all!

    • Monica

      I want to do a Korean theme party next year for my newly adopted child from Korea! :)

    • sha

      we had a powerpuff girls party.

    • Jaclyn

      we will probably do a princess party next year for my daughter's birthday

    • Jmelegare

      Under the Sea party, how fun would it be for decorations and the cake!

    • well, since you didnt specify that it had to be a childrens party, i would say my favorite theme is a margarita theme. Not just drinks, but a margarita flavored cake served in a margarita glass would be perfect! So many cute decorations would go along with it.

    • autumn

      Super Mario Bros Wii themed party. Kids LOVED it!

    • Kelly

      A coupon themed party, with a cake decorated like a coupon!

    • Matcatsmom

      We did a luau party for my son's 4th birthday and it was awsome!

    • Smoochy_one

      We are going to do a 1st Birthday princess with frogs for kissing for my daughter in September.

    • ASage

      My son just turned 4 and we did a “Bow Wow Birthday” – puppy theme. Homemade invitations with bright colors and a puppy on front. When the kids arrived they received their “dog tags” (bone shaped paper cutouts with yarn string – free stuff around the house) to print their names on and a pair of “puppy ears” (headbands with felt ears attached). We built a “dog house” out of an appliance box from Lowes (free) and let the kids decorate with flowers, their names, etc. They played in and out of the dog house. We played “puppy relay” where we buried small rubber balls in the sand box and they raced to dig them up. Snacks were dog themed: bone shaped P&J, scooby snacks, scooby doo yogurt, etc. My son opened presents at the “dog house” and whos present he opened got to pick a “puppy from the dog pound” (beanie baby puppies I found new on ebay at a great price) – each child received an adoption certificate (free printed from my computer) that they filled out for the puppy they picked. I downloaded about 5 songs from Amazon with dog themes to play in the background during the party. Our cake looked just like the invitation (easy since I already had made them on the computer). I just pulled the same clip art, etc. from the invitation to do the thank you notes and made a space to write. We had so many compliments on what we did and lots of people asking us to do their parties for them. It was pretty easy and very inexpensive to get a great look and most of all – a great time for the kids.

    • Jennbailey

      We have BIrthdays that fall right after Christmas. We have strted having unbirthday parties in July!

    • Sarahbeth1210

      My girl's first birthday was Lady Bug's! She had an awesome ladybug birthday cake!

    • Hbt

      We did a bug party for my son's 2nd birthday. The ideas are limitless. We did a bug hunt in the backyard and everyone took home a bug catcher full of plastic bugs. I made a caterpillar cake.

    • Jillsimmons

      DINO-DIG…..either rake a huge pile of leaves, pine straw, or dirt…hide fun surprizes all through the mound…and dig away..dollar tree has awesome party favors for this!

    • Danielledrol

      We did a tea party for my daughter when she turned 12, the porcelain tea cups and plates also had finger sanwiches, but for the cake she wanted 3 teirs and each tier was a differtent shape. It looked very femine, with white, light green and lavender icing. I was also fun to do!!

    • Jennifer B.

      For my daughter's tenth birthday, we had a mystery themed party. I decorated the dining room as if it were a crime scene- complete with police tape and everything. The girls played Clue and we had other mystery themed activities.

    • Jessdunn83

      My son wanted a Nemo party last year and we had little treasure boxes as party favors, a homemade Nemo cake with glitter waves and little fish toys that are now bathtub toys. He had a great time and I did too.

    • Amy Rice

      We had Barnyard theme party! I got a barn clipart off the computer and enlarged it to make the invitations! I printed our daughter's name on top of the barn and cut the barn doors so they would open and reveal the party information. The cake matched the invitations. We decorated with hay and other “farm” decorations.

    • Pollyscrab

      The “Hat” Party Make a cake in the shape of a hat. Have hotdogs with bugles on the end as hats and use canned pressured cheese to “spray” on a bow tie on the hotdog and a face. All the kids wear hats.

    • MiniMidgMom

      We're doing the cheap birthday party this year – the theme is playdate and we will have several organized activities. I did get little goodies for the kids, but I took advantage of end of summer specials and craft store bargain bins and each child will get to pick one “prize” from the box. The prizes cost me 50 cents to $1, and leftovers are being returned to the store the day after the party!

    • Aleighoop

      For my sons first birthday, we went to the park and had a farm theme party. I had a red barn sheet cake made and then I made cupcakes that looked like cows, pigs, and chickens. I also made him a pair of overalls with his first initial in red bandana fabric. It was so cute. We had cow and pig ballons. After the party, we went to the farm that I grew up on and took pictures on him with the cows in the background. It was a succes! and a blast!

    • Erika

      My daughter has a summer birthday, so we have done the flip-flop party. It was the best and the cake was adorable!!

      Erika

    • Katienchase

      We did a sill band themed party. I invitations and added a silly band to each, then we made goody bags that had them inside. For the cake I did cupckaes, I used the funetti mix and plan vanilla icing then piped with gel different silly band shapes. Of course, her birthday is in June so we had a water slide to cool off with. The kids had a great time and the party was fairly inexpensive.

    • Emily Carty

      I love the photo of the bunny cake pictured! My daughter's birthday is Easter Sunday, and on her first birthday we made a bunny cake very similar to the one pictured. I used coconut shreds to simulate fur, and we have the most adorable picture with her hands and face covered in the cake. Yep, one year olds… touch first then straight to the mouth! Guess I shouldn't have spent so much time on the cake, but it was worth it now that we have that photo!

    • Lindsey

      A fire truck themed birthday party is always a hit for little boys! The fire department will come (as long as there are no emergencies) to your party & the kids get to climb up in the truck & look around! They will also usually give out fun party supplies for FREE like fire hats, coloring books, stickers, etc.!! Plus, a fire hat cake is pretty simple to have made!

    • Melissa

      The favorite in our house is a train party: we set up all of our multitudes of train sets, built a train out of empty moving boxes, and had a cakewalk around a train track. I even have a cute little cake pan that makes individual train cupcakes. My little ones were in heaven!

    • Terena

      For my son's 5th birthday we'll probably do a carnival theme in our backyard. We'll make up some carnival games like catching fish in a baby pool and other games easy for us to make ourselves. The kids will win tickets that they can trade for prizes such as little toys from the Dollar Tree. It's easy, inexpensive and the kids will have plenty to do.

    • danellewest

      For my daughter's recent first birthday party, I did a whimsy-type owl theme. I made the invitations, which said “Look Whooo's Turning One” & made various decorations matching the colors of the invitation & the owl theme. A friend of mine made the cutest owl cake & smash cake for my daughter.

    • Ronny Sanders

      Free Willie the whale After a trip to Sea World my 3 year old granddaughter has become obsessed with Free Willie. Actually she calls them orcas Yes I said she is three but for her birthday this year she absolutely had to have a Free Willie cake We had to buy one so if ya'll could figure one out for us that would be great!

    • Khsanders83

      For my sons 2nd birthday we are going to have an elmo birthday. He just loves elmo.

    • Jennifer G.

      My son loves the show Dinosaur Train on PBS…I would love to throw him a DT themed party!!!!

    • Chrissy

      When my son gets a little older, we are going to do a “Life's an Adventure” party theme. I am going to decorate in camo. I am going to get little camo backpacks and put kid survival goodies in them. I plan on getting things like compasses, whistles, bandanas, pens, etc… I am going to ask everyone to dress in camo or a camo color. I am going to do a camo/jungle cake. You could set up a little obstacle course or something. There are just so many things you could do with this theme!

    • Vtharris2001

      I would like to do a “Who done it, Murder mystery” theme for my sister's 50th. Her birthday is in November, but I like the idea of a tropical setting. I know this sounds weird but she will only be 50 one time in her life and it should be something she will remember alway. I think it will be fun because all her friends are nuts.

    • This year we had a “Earth Day Birthday” for my 8 year old daughter. It was fun, economical, and educational. We met at the park. I made a dirt cake in a flower pot that is now being used for a tomato planter. The children ate in recycled yogurt cups. When they were done eating we made a game of washing the cups and planting flowers seeds in them. The kids loved it. The plants were their party favors. The kids and the parents (yeah no candy) couldn't have been happier.

    • Deecee1111

      Love , love, love watching the Food Network – for my sons birthday I want to do a cookbook cake – he will love it !

    • Talks2angelsdaybreak

      My childrens birthdays are in the winter so a few years ago my husband made a maze in the garage with refridgerator and large appliance boxes. We got glow in the dark lightbulbs and let the kids decorate the boxes with neon stickers and glow pens. They all had little flashlights for a goodie. It was a blast and inexpensive.

    • angie

      I love them birthdays! The best one I have done so far was my sons 3rd bday — a Western theme! We had game stations set up with names like Calamity Jane's Trough (bobbing for apples) & Digging for treasure (sand box with treasures)

    • tiffscienski

      my daughter's 5th bday is coming up in one month and she really wants a disney princess party… ugh! there are plenty of ideas for this theme, but because there are so many it is super hard to decide on how to not get carried away and i have a teeny tiny budget that i need to stick too!

    • Bev

      My son loves any car or truck themed birthday parties (he's 4–can you tell?) :-)

    • tweedle1218

      I would definitely love to give my daughter a fairy princess themed party.

    • Butterflychicka12

      A cowboy theme party (complete with play horse to ride) would be awesome

    • I was at a party recently that had the cutest cakes. The party was bug themed, and one cake had an anthill made from an inverted bowl and some kind of crumbs for the “sand” and was crawling with fake ants. The other one had various other bugs and a magnifying glass on it.

    • Kristinjulie

      My son loves dump trucks and fire trucks and my daughter is into fairies.

    • Beck7472

      Wouldn't a party that instead of bringing gifts…included bringing wipes and diapers for a needy cause be great? It might not work for a child that is of age to love gifts, but might work for the very young child.

    • Colllinsbrad

      My daughter is crazy about animals esp. dogs and loves the pool. I was thinking about a dog days of summer themed birthday or party animal theme for her Aug. birthday

    • BT

      We threw a Star Wars themed party for our son. We made a jedi challenge course in our backyard (wearing / carrying yoda on their backs in backpack form, climbing, running, jumping, all while a sprinkler sprayed the course) that all the boys had to complete to be presented with their jedi cloaks (that I had made).

    • becky

      story time theme – what little kid doesn't love a story? invitations, gifts, and party favors can be books.

    • Amanda C.

      Karate themed Birthday Party….kids love moving and being active….so have a local instructor or if u know someone come and teach/demonstrate Karate to the bday party kids. Let them use a wooden sword to chop down the pinate, and you can use a real life sword to cut the cake. They would love that. :) You can also buy some cheap boards from a local hardwood store and allow the kids to “break” them….theyll be so proud of themselves! So fun!

    • Allison

      We're having a double party with my daughter and her friend. So, it's going to be a “Princess Butterfly” party!

    • Amg31687

      My 2 year old son is into tractors and trucks, so tractors and dump trucks it is!!!!

    • Thetwinsmom

      I have twins boy and girl and always have a difficult time getting a theme that suits both. This past year we themed Living with Twins is like living in Paradise! WE did all the usuals and to enclude the boys more with the theme slip n slide, balloon fights and water gun fights. They had a blast!!

    • Natalie

      I'd love to throw a Cowboy party for my son. I think it's a fun theme that you can do so much with! Getting a horse for horseback rides. Bails of hay and don't forget the cowboy hats! I think the invites would be super cute as 'wanted' posters.

    • Sara

      Super Hero Theme Party… we had a mixture of Batman, Superman & Spiderman plates, napkins and favors galore. Everyone wore different capes or costumes, we made all different colored cupcakes with superhero rings in them. It was easy and cute for a 3 year old.

    • Erica

      A pizza party is alwasys a winner especially when aprons and hats are added

    • Mamaof2

      Our daughter just turned one and we did a “pearls and pinwheels” birthday party. All the girls are going to wear their mama's pearls (or their own) and dress up. We are making pinwheel cupcakes decorated with peppermint white pearls, and the craft will be to make paper pinwheels to take home!

    • Jess

      I would love to do a purple hippo cake/theme for my baby's first birthday…her room is purple.

    • LL

      Legos!

    • Ginny

      My almost 3 year old just LOVES Mickey Mouse, so we're doing a Mickey Mouse theme.

    • Sara

      One of our other favorite themes for my daughters 7th birthday was an Art party. We made palette shaped invites with large polka dots for the paints and made a matching palette cake with a mini easel sign and paint brush. The kids did several works of art and had such a blast!!! Best party yet!

    • Janakelly

      my son wants to have a hunting themed party.. so a deer cake and instead of pin the tail on the donkey we are gonna have a deer target and play with paint ball guns :)

    • Susan

      One of my daughters is turning fourteen on Wednesday, and the other is turning ten on next Sunday. Because of their ages, and our limited party budget, this year was a challenge. For my teenager, yesterday she invited a few friends to the movies (they paid their admission). After the movies, we stopped by a sub shop, and I purchased sandwiches for everyone. To save money, I visited Kroger earlier in the day for chips and soft drinks. We took all of our “loot” to a local city park and they had a picnic. I purchased cupcakes from her favorite bakery, so that was her sweet treat. After eating, they played frisbee and walked around the park. It was a simple party, but fun for them. The best part is I didn't spend a lot of money! Sometimes simple is best!

    • Tanya

      We are doing a 'water themed party' for my son turning 5. We have the swimming pool set up in the back yard, the slip n slide, and three different sprinklers that we got on clearance from Target. Gift bags have water balloons, squirt guns, a little shovel and rake, inside of a beach bucket.

    • Lynnbspencer

      one of the best parties we gave was a '70s party…put mirrors around the basement walls, got a disco ball, colored strobe lights…old music and lots of dancing. The girls LOVED watching themselves in the mirrors…go figure. Psychedic cake, lots of dancing. 10 year old birthday party…lots fo fun

    • We would love to throw a “retro toy” party. Of course our idea comes from Toy Story.

    • Beth

      I'm working on a fire truck birthday for my twins' 3rd birthday. I asked one son the other day if he liked that idea and he replied, “No, because a fire truck cake would burn my mouth!” Hmm, guess I need a fire HYDRANT cake too!

    • Minnie22m

      I had one classmate in elementary school who always had the best themed parties. My favorite was when she turned 7 she had a backwards party. We all wore our clothes backwards, played party games backwards, and she even had to open her presents with her feet instead of her hands! I can't wait to have a child of my own to do this with!

    • Katie

      We did a dinosaur themed party for my son's 3rd birthday!

    • beth

      I went to one birthday party for a 5 yr old, themed as a carnival. You got tickets when you walked in and there were games and concessions (lunch) in the backyard. everything needed tickets. It was realllly cute!

    • Daveandcandace

      I like the farm theme – we have friends with farm animals and kids always love petting them!

    • Sandi5

      Picture Party. All the guests bring a framed photo of the birthday girl or guy with the guest. Write something nice about the birthday honoree on the back of the frame. Place disposable cameras around the party location. For fun, add props like hats (beret, top hat, Dr. Suess hats, etc.), accessories (plastic earrings, bracelets, boas, tiaras), and colorful costumes. It's a great way for guests to get to know each other while having some wholesome, childlike fun! Make sure you have upbeat, lively music, too.

    • deatonkj

      I helped a family w/ a beach theme party – the cake was my part! Crushed graham crackers make awesome sand, several shades of blue & white icing helped make the water “splash” & I actually used small sea shells as a finishing touch around the bottom. I have to say it was a great cake!

    • Ashley L

      I am a hugh numbers person so my son is turning 4 this year and i am thinking about doing 4 different things but still stick to the same theme. For instance, if we do a sports theme we may send out 4 different invitations. Something like a baseball, a football, a basketball, and a golfball. Then I would do 4 small cakes in the sports ball shapes. I love being creative.

    • Kristia

      I have twin girls that will be turning 7yrs old in November, I would love help planning their party. I would like to do a birthday cake with their pics on it. They would just love that!!!

    • Jacksmommy822

      I think a baking party would be a great idea. Of course it would have to be for children old enough to do this safely. They could bake and decorate cookies and cupcakes during the party. HAve a variety of icings and decroations for everyone to choose from. As the party favor, prnit one of the recipes used at the party on a pretty card. Punch a hole in it and tie it to a cookie cutter (or some other small baking tool) with a pretty ribbon.

    • Lrc_211

      We did an “Around the World” party. The invitations were themed like an airline ticket. I took their picture and gave each child a passport when they arrived. We stamped each one as we went country to country. Our first stop was Hawaii where we wore leis and did the limbo. From there we went to China and fished (I used Sweedish fish…hahaha) for gummies in a big bowl with Chop Stix. We also opened up fortune cookies. Then we went to Mexico and cracked the pinata. I gave them bags for their candy. Then it was back to USA for cake and ice cream. It was really fun!

    • ChristinaK

      I have always worked and have made the girls' cakes every year, but have never had time to plan a full party. I am looking forward to having a themed party for their 10th birthday, which is in January. I am leaving the job I currently have (thanks to coupons & pinching pennies), so I will have time this year to make their birthday really special!

    • Marycatherine

      My youngest is turning 3 in November, her name is Rose, so I was thinking something like “fall flowers” but I'll need all the help I can get! My parties are never the kind where the guests ooo & ahhh over my creativity! ;-)

    • Mrsmcsparran

      If I were planning a party with mixed genders attending my theme of choice would be Princess and Pirates. The girls could dress up as princess and the boys could dress up as pirates!

    • Et6491

      When my girls were about 6-12, I used to take them shopping for their b-day. We took favorite aunts and a friend or 2 of theirs. Only the girl having the b-day got to go, nnot the sibling. I gave them the money I would have spent on the party and they could spend it however they wanted. We then ate wherever they wanted. Oh, my we all had a BLAST!!! Fun,fun, fun

    • Bigal22796

      Lego party! I made a rectangle cake and then put cupcakes on top of it to be the bumps on the top of a Lego! It was adorable…then I made Lego stations around the room. The kids had a blast.

    • Dixoniv2

      My boys love Harry Potter. A few years ago we did a Harry Potter party. In the front yard, they played Quidge (not sure of spelling) with old brooms and a yellow ball. Then we came inside for snacks. I went for the everything gross by using noodles and ketchup for guts, shaped jello for liver, eyeballs with powdered donut holes, and other things along that line. I used jelly beans in a jar and had the kids guess how many and whomever got closest won the jar. This was the Bert's Beans jar. The kids all loved it and still talk about that party today.

    • Jackelyn

      My son is a big car fan and loves racing. One year for his birthday we had a racing car birthday theme. I had a sign at the entrance of our subdivision directing for the “pit crew” then one at the driveway for “pit stop”. I used black bulletin board paper for tableclothes then made them in roads. His trucks and some cars held the food. He had a blast

    • Jgarner002

      My friend, “A”, threw a “puppy” shower for a mutual friend of ours, “S” when “S” got her two boxer puppies a couple years ago. Each dish was “puppy” themed, the cookies were bone shaped, the flowers looked like puppy faces, the chex mix was called “puppy chow” and the presents were all puppy related (toys, etc for the pups). the party favors were dog treats wrapped in clear cellophane bags for the party goers dogs. it was so much fun!!!

    • Jenny

      For my daughter's seventh birthday, she wanted a panda theme. Luckily, Betty Crocker had a video on how to make a panda cake. My daughter was so surprised and she loved it! For the decorations, we stuck to black, white and red. We made black, white and red paper lanterns and black, white and red food! She also had a pretty good collection of stuffed pandas which we used to decorate as well!

    • Amanda

      My husband turns 30 next month and I've been planning him a surprise party. He is a HUGE Alabama football fan, so I've been trying to give him a cool party that is not kiddie like. I'm going to cook all his favorite tailgating foods. He also likes different kinds of dips. So I'm making a “dip bar.” So everyone can try all the different chip and dip combinations that he's come up with over the years.

    • Brandy Ludlam

      For my son's 2nd birthday, it was a dump truck/construction theme. It was held at our local park, so I completely wrapped the entire shelter in caution tape, with handmade construction signs “fun zone”, “loads of fun”, “caution kids at play” etc…For the cake I got two good size dump trucks and crumbled chocolate cake into the beds. Poured chocolate pudding on top and some crushed oreos. We used shovels to serve the cake. On the tables, all of the snacks were served in hard hats. It was such a fun party and the kids had a blast!

    • Akelli30

      For my daughter's 6th birthday party, we had a Fancy Nancy tea party. I purchased mis matched tea cups and saucers from thrift stores and yard sales. Each girl had her very own tea cup and saucer. Every girl was asked to dress “fancy”. When they arrived they were greeted with a feather boa, ring, bracelet and necklace. My husband played the role of the butler (wearing his suit) to pass out all of the food. We also read two Fancy Nancy books.

    • Stacey M.

      For my niece's 8th birthday, my sister had a tie-dye birthday party. The cake had all different colors of icing and all the kids got to make and take home their own tie-dye t-shirts. It was a lot of fun and very inexpensive.
      :)

    • Jen B

      My brother had a pirate themed birthday party a few years ago. Everyone dressed like pirates and they searched for treasure (had a scavenger hunt).

    • Leyden

      My daughter wanted a flower party. The children put stickers on clay pots and then got to plant several flowers in their pot to take home. It was a dirty mess, but everyone had fun.

    • Hmabercrombie

      For my daughter's 2nd birthday we did a ladybug theme. I found all kinds of stuff to do a ladybug hunt outside (used the ladybug foam pieces and ladybug shaped easter eggs to fill with candy), lollipops, cake, red and black polka dots everywhere. Really cute!

    • Kelley K

      When my twin boys turned 1 we had a monkey themed party! Monkey cake and monkey pinata. Everyone loved it!

    • Melissa

      We recently had a pirate birthday party for my nephew. We had a cake shaped like a pirate ship. All of his friends got little eye patches and pirate hats as party favors. During the party, we gave them little simple pirate maps that we had drawn to find the treasure. We had hid their goody bags complete with chocolate gold coins in an old trunk out in the yard. They all went in search of their treasure. They had a blast!

    • Bobandgreta

      We used construction equipment for my son's birthday party last year…complete with warning tape hanging on the doorways!

    • julie

      We had a camping party for my 4 year old daughter. We beaded necklaces, made s'mores, went on a “nature hike” in the yard (each child had a list of things to find such as a pine cone, flower, weed, etc), and played “going on a bear hunt.” We had a picnic outside with pre-made sack lunches, and pink cupcakes with a gummy worm on top!

    • AnnaC27

      Who doesn't love dinosaurs? We sure do!

    • Suzy

      My daughter loves veggie tales. I think that would be fun.

    • Kristy

      My daughter loves to bake. A “Cake Boss” party with all the guests deocrating their own mini cake with icing and fondant is a lot of fun and talk about creativity!!!

    • Jessica V.

      Have a VIP/Hollywood party with a red carpet, dress up clothes, papparrazi, and a roped off VIP section. Your child will feel like the start they should! Make the cake a CD if they dream of being a singer or a Grammy for your little actor.

    • Donna

      We go camping for my son's birthday. With a hot summer birthday, we pick a place with a lake and let the kids cool off and then celebrate with the traditional cake and ice cream. Kids of all ages enjoy getting back to nature and I enjoy the easy planning and clean up:-)

    • Crystal

      Have a spa party with manis, pedis, and facials. My daughter and her friends loved it!!!!!

    • Herroniusii

      For a boy's party I think it would be fun to do a soccer world cup themed party. There are plenty of things you could do with that theme and it would be very colorful including so many different country flags.

    • Lauren

      I always love a luau party – backyard games and grilling out, grass skirts, etc.

    • Cd4809

      We had a Movie theme party. We made popcorn cupcakes, popcorn, drinks and watched a movie.

    • Sherilturner

      For a boy of girl, a “At the Movies” sleep-over, complete with movie, popcorn, and Better Crocker Cake in shape of a ticket!

    • dellahbee

      take a baby shower idea and give all the kiddos candy bracelets…anyone who says birthday or the childs name gets to take bracelet. At the end have gifts for everyone

    • Susan Howell

      My boys are swimmers, so we had a swim party with the pool cake and the sharks in each lane chasing the swimmers. (It's all a mind game when it comes to swimming) I loved the cake shaped like a ticket idea, Ill have to use that one.

    • Ladybelize

      We had a pirate themed party for my 4 yr old. The cake was a tresure chest and the kids had to go on a treasure hunt to find their goody bags.

    • Rebekah80

      Pirate Princesses or a spa party for little girls. :)

    • deanna

      I think a cool “theme” for a younger girls party is a “beauty” night. You bring in someone to put up their hair (ex: do their hair up in curls like you would for a wedding party), lay out makeup samples, nail polish, etc. Goodie bags to take hair have sample beauty products (which we all have tons of.) After all the hair and makeup is done, end it with a walkway style fashion show.

    • Andiemcdougal

      My boys loved fishing b'day parties. We supplied the bait and poles if needed. The cake was shaped like a fish and the party gifts were fishing supplies, swedish fish, and gummy worms.

    • Kalena Jaggar

      My son loves the movie Cars so we had a Cars themed birthday party. I made the invites and my friend made a “driver's license' for each of the kids with their picture, names and age on it. We made license plates for a craft. And for the cake I made 2 Whitewall Tires and write Luigi's Whitewall Tires on them. My son loved it!

    • Amanda

      One of the favorite themed birthday parties we've had was a birthday “fiesta”. Decorations are super easy – they just need to be very bright and colorful. We spent time finding brightly colored dishes and fun shaped/colored cups at dollar/thrift stores that the kids were all able to take home after the party. We also had them decorate their own brightly colored buckets (again, the dollar store is a great resource) that they were able to take home filled with candy from the pinata. And for food – who doesn't love a taco bar and plenty of nachos and cheese?? And for a sweet treat in addition to the cake – sugar cookies turned into sombreros with the addition of gumdrops and sprinkles! FUN!!

    • Beattyjg

      Skate Party! Bring back the 80s and do an 80s themed skate party! Fun for all ages!

      • tarabj

        OMG, I love this idea. I had so many skate parties back in the day.

    • staj0805

      I think an Old McDonald theme would be fun

    • Erin

      Luau!

    • Sugarbear27

      Disco!!

    • Hannah

      When I was younger, my sister had a circus party. Everyone dressed like they were in the circus (clowns, ballerinas, magicians, etc). Then they put on a circus together! It turned out very cute! Even the shy kids wanted to have some part in the imaginary circus! We also had a neighbor come over dressed up as a real clown to add to the excitement! Very fun! I would definitely recommend it!

    • Carpios

      Lazy Summer Theme : outside tables, tea cups with little citronella votive, mason jars with baby's breath, Roll of craft paper for table cloths kids can draw on. Sweet tea, pound cake, and red velvet cup cakes. Old retired wooden swing to hold gifts. Galvanized buckets to hold paper goods and yogurt parfaits.

      We just did this for our daughters 1st b day. It is so easy, i was able to make everything myself. and a definite repeat. Simple and laid back, how summer should be.

    • Lauriek

      My son loved the Zoo and had his party there. We had five little round cakes and made each cake a different animal scene. We used large retzel rods, marshmellow tops and piped icing to make trees.

    • Amelia

      I think a superhero costume party would be great! Lots of fun for all ages!

    • Coupons4aps

      We did dress up parties for my sister when she was younger. We would pull out all the dress-up supplies and let the girls create outfits. Then we would do hair and makeup and they would put on a fashion show! We would take pictures of them and send them out with thank you cards. It was fun and they got to use there imaginations!

    • Sandra

      OMG!!! What great timing! My daughter's b-day is coming up also. We are having a pool party with a movie afterwards. After the kids have played, we borrow a projector and project the movie on the house in the backyard. We pull of tents and popcorn and have a great time!!!! Kinda like a drive-in movie but in the backyard. LOTS OF FUN!!

    • cdzgrls

      One of my daughters once had a craft party. We made and decorated kites, door hangers, and bracelets. Everything that was created became their goodies to take home. We even turned the cake into a craft project. Each child was given two unfrosted cupcakes. They were then allowed to ice and decorate to their hearts desire.

    • KRob

      I love flashback parties from the year of the birthday person….works really great for adults (obviously) but the kids get really into the dress up theme and it makes for an instant party atmosphere when everyone is dressed up!! We went ALL out for a “Welcome to 1973” party for a friend and did fondue and a tye dye cake. We also had a tshirt station where you could tye dye a shirt or head scarf or bag as a favor! By far, that has been my favorite party!

    • Melanie

      For my friend's three year old's party, we had an Old MacDonald theme. She made huge cardboard cutouts of farm animals and painted them. We placed them around the yard and had straw hats and bandanas for the kids. We had bales of hay for sitting for the adults (the kids didn't sit!) Drinks were kept cool in a galvanized watering trough. Farm themed cake and balloons. The biggest hit was the visit by real farm animals. We had baby goats, chickens and baby chicks, bunnies and bby ducks. The kids and adults all had a blast!

    • Sally

      Have a Survivor party for older kids. Serve a messy dessert! Have a scavenger hunt and physical challenges for entertainment. If you live in a place that permits it, have a bonfire to finish the party!

    • Lperson83

      When I was in middle school, we had a “Glamour Shots” themed birthday party. My neighbor was a professional photographer and the guy that cut my family's hair came over to style our hair and do our make-up. My neighbor took our pictures, printed them and that was the girls' 'party favor.' Tons of memories were made that weekend!

    • amber

      My girls wanted a Dora bday party so bad…so we have decided to have a Mexican fiesta, with some Dora elements thrown in. The food is pretty cheap to make and with a pinata and pin the tail on the donkey (or pin the tail on Boots!) you have some easy kid games!

    • Amekhayel

      Have a Disney theme party. Have people dress up as their favorite Disney character. Play games that incorporate Disney movies and characters

    • molly

      a vintage theme party would be cute:)

    • My four year old BBGG quadruplets will be five in October and I'm already planning their party – it's going to be a Pirates and Princesses theme and I'll have eye patches for all the boy guests and tiaras for all the girl guests :) Will definitely need two themed cakes as well!

    • Septmac

      My son is totally into Handy Manny. For his next birthday, we're thinking about throwing a party with a workshop theme and having a little project the kids can build and take home.

    • Marina115

      We had a firetruck/man theme for my sons birthday. We got everybody little fireman's hats and the cake was decorated with flames. My little fireman got to put out the fire (candles). It was really cute.

    • Beverly_lott

      A Balloon theme party. Use balloons for decorations. Also, all games played are done with balloons such as balloon stomping game, water balloon toss, mystery gift in balloon.

    • Ajsmommy

      My son is now 15, but for his 5th Birthday we did a train theme. It's always been tradition in his dads family that when a boy turns 5, he received an H-Scale model train. So the kids all got engineer hats with their name on it, a wooden train whistle, the cake was train shaped, and we used his new model train to circle the cake before we served it. They kids had a blast!

    • renamac

      I have a teenage son so for him and his friends a birthday party based around the show survivor would be fun . Just make teams buy bandanas for the different colored teams do like an eating contest, some skills contest a scavenger hunt and a race .

    • Lexy_lu

      For my daughter's 2nd birthday party, I am planning on doing a polka dot theme!

    • Patrice Hamilton

      My little girl will be 3 in September. I KNOW she'd love a Spongebob party. I'm gonna be busy trying to get this together…

    • Clairehenderson80

      My son's birthday is July 2, so his first birthday was patriotic. Cake with red, white, and blue stars. Cut out cookies in the shape of 1. My favorite was smores on a stick. Marshmallows that were dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in graham cracker bits and red, white and blue sprinkles.

    • Amber

      Being a twin myself, I think a Gemini theme would be awesome. Two of everything, or at least two different cakes (more cake=more good).

    • Melissa

      My daughter loves music, so a Guitar cake would be great…You could put guitar picks in goodie bags and the girls could sing, dance and make their own cd's….

    • SupaSta

      A Rockstar or Millionaire (or Billionaire–using the current pop song about it) themed party!

    • tara

      A birthday tea party…? We love tea parties.

    • tara

      A birthday tea party…? We love tea parties.

    • Rocandsarah

      My daughter's first birthday party had a mermaid theme and the best part about it was the mermaid cake I made…I'm afraid I will never be able to top it!

    • Susan

      Free giant appliance boxes made a great ship yard. Little mermaid party (could be pirates)theme. Black spray paint defined the planks on the sides. Cut out peepholes & pop-up hatch top. Raise a cardboard tube flagpole. Kids searched for small treasures among the ship yard.

    • Cristi

      For kids with late summer birthdays, I love the idea of a back to school themed party. I know, I know, the kids all groan about back to school, but if you opt for a fun gift (or book) exchange rather than presents for the birthday boy or girl, it can be great fun for all. With a couple of loaf pans and some creativity, you can carve the shape of a school bus into the cake. Have “tests” instead of games, the list goes on and on…

    • mschlich

      create your own party hats. we did this when i was a girl–so fun.

    • Dmseithel

      My eleven year old loves WWE this year, so for 12 we will be doing a wwe theme – kids can come as their favorite wwe star and the cupcakes are little wrestling rings made w twizzlers on the icing!

    • When our Abbie turned 5, she was very into Mary Poppins. So we had her party at the mall at the carousel. (they rode a carousel in the movie.) The carousel allows you to do parties for free there, providing you get there early enough to set up. We bought bulk rate rides for the children, which cost about $30 for 25 kids to ride two times. I cut 8.5 x11 cardstock in half diagonally, and punched a hole at the top and bottom points. Spread these out on tables with crayons and curling ribbon for children to decorate and assemble together to make kites while everyone arrived. (Let's go fly a kite….). Then, had a cookie cake made with 5 chimneys and smoke coming out (lots of icing!!). Served with juice boxes. Made treat bags that included birdseed (feed the birds, tuppins from you) and sidewalk chalk and candy. She loved it.

    • haylee

      I had a Disco party for my 9 year old. We had a Disco ball cake, disco ball, DJ, and her friends came dressed in 70s attire! It was a blast and she loved it. I use the 70s decorations now in my classroom on the 7-th day of school, so I get a lot of use out of the decorations. The class loves it all decorated and playing some 70s music….it helps get the kids motivated to continue learning!

    • JudyS

      For my daughter's 3rd birthday, I'd like to do a princess cake. Very generic, I know! :) But every girl needs a princess party sometime!

    • JennyS

      If its a summer birthday you could do a camping theme…campfire…smores…

    • Maryk

      I did bugs for my little guy with a dirt cake.

    • Shawn

      We did a ladybug party – lady bug cake,pinata and the girls made bracelets with ladybugs on them, while the boys made bug masks! It was super cute! The best part of the party was the bug hunt! I gave each guest a bug catcher (I bought at Dollar Tree and personalized), then scattered through the yard were lots of plastic bugs. They ran around and collected the bugs. They had a blast! We did this party when my daughter turned 3, it was perfect for the age.

    • Shelly Donahoe

      An owl theme is great for a fall birthday. The invitations say “Guess Whooo's Having a Birthday” You can have little candies that look like bird nests for favors (made kinda like haystacks) Big jellybeans are great to put on the table as “bird eggs” and fall foliage makes great decor as well. I am thinking about this for my son's first birthday party.

    • Winnie

      No time to scroll through all these comments, so this may have been said, but what about a late summer Water party – water balloons, water guns, popsicles, sprinklers, etc… This is fun for ANY age! :) I also recently attended a “Minute It to Win It” birthday party for an older teen. Those games were hilarious!

    • Kathryn

      Kitty cats :)

    • Danmitch1

      A board game party is a fun idea for both winter and summer you can decorate the cake as the playing board for your favorite board game. Play all types of games at the party reward guests with Monopoly money for purchasing their prizes at the end of the party. Just make sure that if it is a child's party that everyone has money to purchase prizes.

    • Cfa2lca

      We did a polka dot birthday party last Fall. Cake was spotted, kids made frames decorated with foam rubber circle stickers, and goody bags were spotted. Inside the goody bags were candy dots, small notebooks decorated with circle stickers, fruit snacks in the shape of circles, etc.

    • Shannon

      Toy Story 3…My kids are obsessed. There are so many options we have actually had to stop thinking about it. We have to many activities, party favors…

    • Melsmayhem

      We have done a tie-dye party with the kids tie-dying shirts, sheets,and decorating the cake as we go. They have a great time with it and it keeps them entertained the whole time. Definitely messy though. My son loes to decorate cakes so he gets to pick the theme based on his cake design, usually a character he is intereted in.

    • Bar716

      We also had a bug theme – the main activity was build-your-own bug dirt cupcakes. The kids got to choose their icing, either Oreo “dirt” or graham cracker “sand”, gummy worms, candy ladybugs, plastic flowers. Messy, but fun.

    • Amy

      For my sister's 16th birthday, we had a murder mystery party. All the guests came dressed in character! They had a great time.

    • Terrytdavis

      Used the board game idea for weekly “board game night with friends”…even adults get into this :)

    • Amber

      My son is recently obsessed with superheroes which will likely be the theme of his next party.

    • Shante Stevenson

      A pat a cake theme for a first birthday with a cake with the letter B on it and maybe a bumble bee too.

    • Becky

      When my son was younger and I was much more poor than I am now, he wanted cupcakes for his birthday. As you know, they can be quite costly at the bakery, so of course I baked a ton of them using cake mixes and prepared frosting. I bought huge packs of toy cars for the tops. Once they were loaded on the boxes, they looked like a big ole traffic jam so we also decorated the back yard like a traffic jam. Boys and girls alike loved it!

    • hjs mom

      Cowboy party with pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, horseshoes and of course, a yummy star-shaped cake!

    • Holliecandice

      my perfect birthday cake would be a tiered, polka dot cake (with paisly pattern inside the polka dots!!)!!

    • Paula

      Bubbles! We had it at a local park and filled a baby pool up with bubble solution and got a bunch of bubble wands and bubble makers. It was great the kids had so much fun! The cake was bubble designed as well!

    • Sandi

      We had a Hello Kitty party with Hello Kitty invitations, clothes for my 2 girls and I made lollipops and little individual cakes for all the kids. They loved it!

    • stacey

      We had a Diego themed party and went on a animal safari searching thru TP binoculars, for animals around the house and digging thru the sand for animals to rescue

    • Sheila

      My son loves baseball, so I guess I'll being doing a World Series themed party next month.

    • Trizzlenphizzle

      A Retro 80's theme party complete with stirrup pants and leggings. Of course plenty of hairspray and those high top shoes for the guys. The cake would have to have bright neon colors and lots of icing!!

    • LHN

      My kids didnt have much of a sweet tooth when they were younger. (needless to say, they've made up for it.) Anyway, they were into Veggietales. So we made an oval and a round cake to make Bob the Tomato a yellow cake w/ red icing and instead of Larry the Cucumber, we made Laura the carrot (with carrot cake). We even shredded carrots for her coloring. It was a little bushy, but the kids loved it. My youngest ( #3) is all about the sugar, but he eats his veggies as well. He's not really into videos yet, but he has shown interest in these characters.

    • Gayle

      My girls had horse parties and did the theme in cowgirls and they had to rope a log and play toss clothes pins in the cowgirl hat and of course they all rode the ponies and horses.

    • Allie

      A cupcake themed party! Everyone could decorate their own cupcake. There would be a table with all kinds of toppings (fruit, sprinkles, candies). There could be a contest for that, or for coloring a picture of a cupcake. “Pin the cherry on the cupcake” type of game. I'm 25 years old and I would love to attend a birthday party like this ;)

    • Melanie

      We had an “initial” party for my son's first birthday. We made his initials out of card stock and hung them throughout the house, stamped table cloths and napkins with his initials, made him a onesie with his initials ironed on, and made initial sugar cookies for our guests to take home. It was very cute and a lot of fun.

    • Heather

      I need help deciding what to do for a tween party:)

    • Misty

      My little girl just loves Taylor Swift so we had her a Taylor Swift birthday party for her birthday this year when she turned 7. I made invitations to look like concert tix (can buy on Ebay..but I'm all about doing it myself for cheaper!), and laminated them to look like real tickets. I made a guitar shaped cake and set a T.S. doll on the edge of it. The girls decorated paper cutout guitars from the craft store with gems, stickers, etc., and I attached “guitar strings” for them. Then they all sung their hearts out to T.S. tunes and some others as well.

    • Bpinzer

      When I was younger my mom always threw me a barbie party – she would make the dress/cake and we would glam it up! so fun – can't wait till my little girl is old enough for one!

    • Bhflood

      Last year our Face Painting Fashionista Sleep Over party was a huge hit. We created a huge tent in the living room with sheets, laundry line, butterfly clips and white christmas lights. A face painter (who was being trained so was free!) painted the girls whole faces into pink leopards, tigers and woodland princesses. Then they showed off their new looks on the cat walk under the tent with fun accessories from my closet, gave each other mani/pedis and fell asleep watching the Princess Diaries. It was a huge hit and super easy!

      • Bhflood

        I forgot to mention the cake-tee hee. A catwalk fashion runway with design your own cupcakes on the side.

    • Michelle

      I was thinking of a Mario Bros. themed party for my son – the cake would be a Mario Kart track with race cars, we could have scavenger hunts involving who could find the most stars/mushrooms, even the punch could be some sort of “elixir” for power boosts. Lots of potential for this theme!

    • Laynerobbins

      My 3 year olds last Birthday was Wizard of Oz themed. I made rice crispy treat in the shaoe of stars (with a cookie cutter) and put candy sticks in them to make “wands” and then decorated them with icing and candy. They were a huge hit,..add bobbing for apples and “come as your favorite character” and you have a fun party!

    • Jess

      I would love to try a butterfly cake for my baby girl:)

    • Mediamom

      We had a horse themed party for our son, with the cake in the shape of a horse head. Borrowed a saddle that we threw over a sawhorse, then had each child sit in the saddle while we took their picture. Picture was enclosed with the thank you note. They also decorated a “western” vest that my mom made for each child from bargain priced denim fabric. They could try to lasso a chair. They had a great time!

    • Willy wonks candy shop. There are so many cute candy themed things you can do for centerpieces and giveaways. Cupcakes coordinate also.

    • Angieprince

      For my daughter's birthday, we are going to have an indoor camp out with her cousins. Since it is so hot outside right now, we are going to set up the tent in our living room, hang stars from the ceiling (from yellow construction paper), roast hot dogs and smores (outside), do a camp craft, have a sing-a-long around a faux fire place, and I am thinking about doing a dirt cake with plastic flowers stuck in it for her birthday cake. I am very excited, and hope it will be lots of fun for all the kids!

    • E16gardner

      My boys bdays are in the fall, so they love doing either halloween themed parties or the oh so popular college football party. War Eagle!

    • Jlreyburn

      My wife is currently planning a “Christmas in July” party. You don't have to buy decorations, just dig your Christmas decor out of the attic. She is making sugar cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees and candy canes. She's pulled Christmas CDs for entertainment and has miniature trees… she's even wrapping the gifts in Christmas paper!

    • Alecsskatermom

      When my sun turned 3 we had a construction vehicle cake. We decoreated a white sheet cake with toy construction vehicles like dirt diggers and trucks. We purchased these items at the dollar store and even found road signs. We then crushed graham crackers and chocolate cookies to make dirt piles. It was really cute!
      My other favorite birthday party cakes are butterfly cakes. My mom used to make them for us when we were kids. She would make cup cakes and cut out a small circle from the middle. Then fill the hole with frosting. Cut the circle piece in half ( it will look like butterfly wings) and place the pieces in the frosting to look like the wings. Lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar.

    • Leigh ann

      An Elephant cake… can turn into a circus theme. We decorated with salty shelled peanuts which the adults loved snacking on at the party and a cute red and white striped party bag full of peanuts-made good/inexpensive party favors for the older kids and adults

    • SarahB

      Airplanes, construction, & bugs! ..can you tell we have boys.

    • This is an idea for a kids that are slightly older (can read at least): American idol themed party. invitations can be in the form of a 'results' envelope saying that their audition was successful and that they have been chosen to be in american idol. All decor is music notes, microphones, CDs, stars and the blue of the shows theme colors. A karaoke machine could be hired or if a playstation game console is owned, the 'american idol' game can be bought for entertainment. kids can compete against each other, and possibly have an over all winner via voting. an impression competition can be held where they give thier best 'simon cowel' impersonation, the winner is chosen via voting to keep with the theme. Prizes could be a small itunes gift card, autograph books or even a fancy looking certificate printed from the computer for best ____. It could even be a dress up party, where the kids need to dress like their favorite singer, if they are old enough to have one (expect, lots of hannah montanna, lol). There could be a 'photo booth area' with fun things like boas, hats and sunglasses where some one (perhaps dad) can man a camera and the kids can feel like they are being photographed by the paparazzi. and at the end of the day, give the kids a slide show of all the funny pics (maybe mom and dad could comment on the pics like they are E! presenters and be funny). Favors can be chocolate records/cds.

    • Dpdoyel

      I recently had a military birthday party for my son. The children all dressed up and I set up an obsticle course for them, they had to do the stomach crawl and had an army truck pinata. Lots of fun

    • uncgirl

      Decorate cupcakes and arrange them to look a foot …have the “toe nails” “painted” a different color…have an at home spa party…get some teenagers to help out and paint toenails and fingernails…no need for goody bags, they get to go home with a mani/pedi! =0)

    • Lynne

      We just did a French theme for my 2 yo daughter. We had an art center entitled “The Louvre”. They raced tricycles in the “Tour de Frace” and stomped grapes (tiny water balloons). The menu included vegetable crudités, sandwichs on baguettes, pb & j on croissants, macaroons, and fruit tarts. It was so much fun!

    • Gormansquad

      I did a Disney Cars Cake for my son's 3rd birthday. Made a sheet cake, made a cardboard frame of the curve of a race track that I frosted. Then I put the Lightning,Chick and The King cars on the track! I even made a piston cup trophy for the cake. My son had more fun playing with the cars on the cake than eating it!!!

    • Melanie

      We did a Disney Princess party where each girl dressed as their favorite princess.

    • Andrea

      It's going to be a Harry Potter themed birthday for my son this year. Chocolate covered pretzel rods are going to be wands & we'll make some chocolate frogs out of Oreo caksters & a little bit of frosting. Quidditch with soccer balls & “goblet of fire” ice cream sundaes in fancy looking jeweled goblets that we'll make ourselves!

    • jessica

      I liked the mall madness party I had planned when in college. First get permission form the mall!

    • Crystal Cooper

      It seems as though many kids like to have swimming parties…well since my kids (ages 5 and 9)are winter babies (January and March) I am leaning towards taking them and some friends to a drive in theater, preferably in March since the weather in SC is so unpredictable.
      I figure I could do a movie themed cake…maybe a popcorn themed cake or a movie ticket or whatever movie is playing at the time. Little clean up and I do not have to keep telling them to be quiet, like an indoor theatre.

    • Gapryor

      My daughter's favorite party was a Tea Party we had for her 8th birthday. Flavored teas in fancy tea sets (you know the ones that just sit in your china cabinet) with cakes, scones, cookies and small sandwiches. To make it complete I wish we could have added fancy hats, gloves, and scarves!

    • Couponshopper

      For my son's 2nd birthday party, we had a Spongebob party. We had the cake that was in the shape of Spongebob and also had someone dress up as Spongebob with a costume we rented from a party place… it was priceless, he will always remember it from the picture he had taken with Spongebob.

    • Dsuggs

      Tea Party birthday was a hit with my daughter when she was younger. We broke out the china – without actually breaking any. The girls got to decorate cookies as a craft then eat them for dessert. They ate finger sandwiches and drank pink lemonade from their china cups.

    • Just4myhome

      Would like to have a train themed party when my son turns 3 in a few months .

    • Broogill

      Trains!

    • Dsuggs

      Tea Party birthday was a hit with my daughter when she was younger. We broke out the china – without actually breaking any. The girls got to decorate cookies as a craft then eat them for dessert. They ate finger sandwiches and drank pink lemonade from their china cups.

    • Stephanie

      I am a mother to twin 3 year old girls and for their last birthday themed party, it was to be “Peter Rabbit”. I thought it was fitting, since we have a spring birthday, May 1. It was to be at a local farm that had baby farm animals, a hayride to the garden for the children to pick a raddish and a place for them to each plant something to take home. Not to mention, a special visit from Peter Rabbit himself. The cake was a 2 tier cake – bottome layer a garden scene…top was the sky with Peter Rabbit on top. Each child was to also take home their own gardening tools…with the pumpkin seed planted inside their pot.

    • Angie

      A beach theme is so fun. Cupcakes with gumballs for beachballs and littl drink umbrellas on sand-and-water colored icing are adorable.

    • Melanie Fuller

      We had an Outer Space party for my son's 4th birthday and everyone loved it! We had one cake shaped like the moon and another like a rocket! We also gave each kid a little bag of “astronaunt ice-cream” to take home…it was a huge hit! You can find the dried ice-cream at most sporting goods stores in the camping section of the store.

    • Amygam13

      My Little one wanted a Sponge Bob Party for his B-Day. I was not about to go buy a Cake from the store so I decided to make it. So Betty Crocker and I got to work. I got a Betty Crocker cake mix from the store when it was on sale and I had a coupon. I made most of the icing except for BC chocolate icing. Simple yellow plates and cups worked great. I made yellow, Green, blue, and white icing. Bakes a rectangle cake and put Sponge Bob's face on it. Total spent on a budget birthday about $8. He loved it.

    • Na

      It's a Bugs Life! You can order butterflies for all the little ones to let go at the end of the night. Or you can get bug iron-ons and let the kids make (with the help of an adult) little bug t-shirts.

    • Gadawg2

      A great birthday theme is a FARM theme. You can make a barn cake or tractor cake or any animal cake. Decorations can be any animal toys you already have. Party bags I did with prizes and candy wrapped in red bandanas (inexpensive). We also had a hayride behind a tractor. (this could also be done behind a lawnmower if a tractor is not available). The adults can drink from mason jars. If farm animals are close you can include a petting zoo. We had lots of fun!!

    • Roxanne

      Beach or Luau is always fun!

    • momofthree2010

      How about camping/outdoor fun! There are many ideas to expand on here. I have never met a child who didn't love being outside. Maybe if the kids are old enough the party could include a camp out in the back yard (with Mom or Dad of course)!

    • Carol Moon

      We're planning a Dora-themed pool party for my little girl. Birthdays are so much fun!

    • Sunshine

      Since I have all boys and I have friends that I would want to invite with girls I love the prince and princess theme. One of the main reasons is that I know the kids will love it and I do as well since I have a reason to buy girl stuff :)

    • Mendy

      When my daughter turned 13 we had a scavenger hunt party. I gave them all $10.00 and divided them into groups with a scavenger list and we headed to the mall. what teenager doesn't like the mall. We had 2 groups, each with an adult armed with a camera. They had 1 hour to get the things on their list.(ex. picture with a manican, picture of everyone in the group with a red hat on at the same time, purchase a pair of socks, 3 pieces of gum etc.). the items they purchased became their party bags. They had so much fun. We met back at the food court for dinner and cookie cake with the rest of the family. We also had lots of pictures the girls just loved. Lots of laughs from all!! I made copies of the pictures and we gave them to all the girls. Inexpensive party with lots of fun and no mess at home!

    • Diana

      When my daughter was about 9 we had a baking party. The girls made and decorated the birthday cake and they LOVED doing it!

    • Mimfour

      Whn my daughter was in fourth grade she wanted a unique aprty. i came up with the “dumb Bunnies” party and we put her gifts under a decorated tree ,bought holiday plates from different holidays on clearance, put all kinds of odd cake decorations on her cake,her candels were eye ball candles from halloween and so were the streamers,we even had out all of the holiday lights,we had 2 liter soda bottles with homemade labels naming the soda flavor what she wanted,and we also had a Happy Valentin's Day sign hung up instead of the Happy Birthday sign. We even made paper hand turkiesas she is a November baby. We made magic muck too.The kids put plastic bags on thier feet and wore elbow and knee pads to skate on the really thick plastic sheeting we placed in the yard. It shaped as if it were an ice pond. All the kids had a blast and so did some parents.

    • Jackson2899

      Nothing original, but fun for boys interested in military…a camouflage cake with army men candles. The party hats were plastic army hats and all the boys wore their camoflage. They had an obstacle course to run before they could take a swipe at the pinata.

    • Mcbeth

      My 8 year old daughter loves Fancy Nancy. I plan to do a Fancy Nancy theme next year with all her friends dressing up fancy and having a tea party! Stupendous- as Fancy Nancy would say!

    • Fordenfamily

      I like the idea of a mad scientist party. Give the kids white button up shirts(so they look like lab coats) and goggles to wear. Do an easy experiment like making slime…this can be the “goody” that they take home. you could put it in a paper bag with a biohazard or caution sticker :) Decorate with various glass dishes and jars filled with colored water. Have the kids make their own colored frosting to decorate cupcakes and gummy worms/bugs.

    • My sons 1st birthday was jungle animals. Since he is little and likes animals and giraffes are a big thing or at least a year ago they where. This was his theme and I loved it!! His cake was sooo great!!

    • T_melisha

      For our 3 year old daughter, we had an outdoor/spring themed bday party in April. with lady bugs, flowers, lots of color, etc. Very sweet.

    • Harman Jessica

      I am actually in the process of planning for my daughter's 4th birthday. We are having a ballerina birthday party. A friend's daughter who dances will do a “dance class” and I will make tutus for all the little girls to wear. I plan to do ballerina cupcakes and read a ballerina book at the party. We don't have a good video camera so it would be awesome to be able to capture all this on video!!

    • GeorgesMom

      I have a 4yr old boy's birthday coming up, and I am thinking it may be a construction theme or fireman.

    • Allinole

      We had a space themed party for my 3 year old.

    • Lauren

      Pirate parties are the best! Arrggh!

    • Tricia

      My son was recently invited to a super hero party. Everyone dressed up as a super hero. Cute!!

    • Jeffandashley

      This year my daughter wanted a pool party, pizza party, lula party, wild sea life party, and her birthday cake to be several different kinds of cheesecake. So we did a little of it all and it was a blast. The cheesecake was a mess with all the topping but very fun and easy. We also made sea creatures (eels, seahorses, etc) out of newspaper and paint and stuffed them with more newspaper and hung them on the fence, and a homemade piniata, and ate watermelon. So my little girl got a little of all her favorite things.

    • Rebecca Scarbrough

      A great theme for a girl party is a Glamour Party…paint fingernails & toenails….fix hair….wear frilly dress-up clothes, etc.

    • Leah

      We rent an inflatable slide for my twin girls and let them play on it with their friends. They love it and never get bored!

    • NikkiM

      My 3 daughters each have a birthday within 7 weeks of each other. They have so many friends with siblings their same ages, we are having only 1 party. We are renting/buying a giant waterslide, setting up a slip-n-slide and loading up the water guns. The structured activities are fun, but just being a kid is the BEST!

    • Jennifer

      I always liked Super Hero Themed Parties…you can be so creative with the cake, decorations and the food! Just pick out your favorite super hero and run with it!

    • AmyC

      My boys, age 7 and 9 just attended a birthday party with a military boot-camp theme. It was soo fun for them to do drills and try skills(water guns, obstacle course, etc..) I want to try this myself, for the oldest will be 10 in Sept. and make a cake like a tank, or military jet. Trying camoflage frosting should be interesting… Not a cake baker, thought, so I'll need Betty Crocker's help:o)

    • My niece is turning 2 in late August & her mom wanted to do something out of the ordinary for their end-of-summer pool party/birthday bash. We came up with a Popsicle Party. We found a super cute bright color-blocked ruffle swimsuit for the birthday girl to wear that is hot pink, orange, lime green & aqua, and some fun bright stripe party plates to carry out the theme. We're doing cupcakes all iced in a single color on the cupcake & of course, popsicles! It should make for some really cute pictures.

    • Brandy

      A football theme. Gather the boys and take them to a local high school football game and let them tailgate before the game. Hotdogs, chips, soda! Easy! Then enjoy the game!

    • My daughter loves tea parties, with cupcakes and cookies..and of course tea
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    • Tconnor

      My son turns 5 in 3 weeks & he is wanting a transformers themed birthday this year…with a real transformer he says.

    • Jill

      When I turned 13, my mom threw me a polaroid scavenger hunt party at the mall. Fun times!

    • Erica

      A pirate themed party with a treasure hunt would be fun!

    • Teri

      Dinosaur Train Party for my four year old complete with a trip to the train yard, a dinosaur dig for fossils (trough with bone-shaped sugar cookies), tracing the kids' feet to make dinosaur tracks, cupcakes with tiny dinosaur figurines on top dispersed along an assembled wooden train track where the kids can drive their train to choose their dinosaur cupcake, plastic adventure helmets for each of the kids, and as giveaways: a dinosaur dig toolkit with a plastic shovel, bucket, bone-shaped cookies wrapped in cellophane and attached to a dinosaur map. So fun!!

    • Jill

      We had a dinosaur themed partry for my 2 year old little boy who is crazy about dinos!! He choose a T rex pan for his cake! As favors each child got a shovel with his/her name on it and we used them to go on a dinosaur dig in the sandbox in the backyard! They loved it!

    • Leslie

      When my son turned 1, I bought a larger size toy dump truck and took a piece of cardboard and covered it like a road. Then baked a chocolate cake, crushed oreos, cool whip and chocolate pudding. Layering it on the road and in the dump truck to look like dirt. It was a huge hit, delicious and so easy:) He even was able to keep his truck:)

    • Sush_tt

      Gift hunt game…. tell them to find gifts… can take all the gifts they found… like cookeis, small toys.. race track cars…

    • Kathie

      My son loves hunting so a camo themed party

    • Grandma Pat

      I am absolutely amazed at all the creativity in baking nowdays. My grandchildren come up with some pretty amazing requests for their birthday parties. Now with the internet, we can usually find a way to make it all happen! Thanks for another opportunity for fun!

    • Hwgillette

      Having two girls, I live in a princess world. Princess tea parties are always fun. The girls can dress like a princess to come to the “ball”. You can make tiaras, wands, and other fun princess things.

    • TheHovites

      For my sons 6th birthday, we had a Fireman's Birthday. The kids had a fun time using our backyard playground equipment as a Fireman's obstacle course. Each child took a turn climbing up the ladder, sliding down the slide, then running to a tree where they saved a paper “cat” that I had already placed there, then they had to race over grab the garden hose, turn it on and put out the pretend “fire”. The cake was decorated as a fire truck and each of the kids were given a fireman's helmet. It has been over twelve years since that party, and it is the one party that all three of my children, two daughters and my son, still talk about to this day as being the best party we ever had.

    • Elizabeth

      My child is in LOVE with fish and aquariums – we will be doing a Nemo theme this year!

    • Revans

      For my son's first birthday, the week of Easter, we did an Easter bunny theme (using the same cake pictured here) and had an Easter egg hunt! The kids had a blast!

    • Krismc001

      My daughter turns one in October. I am still undecided on a party theme. October might be a fun month for a costume party though.

      • Kristina

        I just saw the butterfly cake, how cute…I might go with that idea and lean toward the purple colors. Of course we really do not need games for a one year old. She is entertainment enough :)

    • Merceclub

      A girls pajama party would be fun only it would be held during the day (no sleeping over involved). Everyone wears their pj's. They would play games, play make up, and watch a movie. Fun!

    • Dawncdp

      Candyland Party!

    • Caroline

      Turning 13 is a big deal in our home. A scavenger hunt with twists and turns and the ability to determine where the next mystery stop will be, has always been a huge hit. It takes time to set the stage though. Determine the places your child loves to go or would consider to be a treat. A letter is presented to the birthday child with the first clue for their first stop (usually to pick up a friend). When you arrive at the friend's home, the friend presents the letter. The letter shares an accolade or character trait you love about your child, then gives the next clue to get to the next stop. (give only clues-that's where all the fun is in trying to figure out where to go next-don't make it too difficult.) At each stop a letter is presented to the birthday child (with a different accolade and the next clue). For our first daughter, I had a letter and a single rose with a small gift waiting at each stop. Obviously this needs to be done in advance. When sharing with the store manager what I was doing, I would always get an enthusiastic “Yes, no problem, we would be happy to present the letter and rose!” For example, the stops included a shoe store (Payless-gift card to buy a pair of shoes later), jewelry store (Clair's-pick out a single piece of jewelry), book store (Books-a-Million-gift card to get a book later), local nail salon (her first manicure), and the movie theater (High School Musical had just come out). The last stop was to meet the rest of the family at her favorite restaurant (she and her friend were blind folded as we got in the car, we turned here and there and drove in circles so the girls couldn't figure out where we were going). We had a blast! Now to figure out what stops to make for a 13 year old boy.

    • guest

      My friend did a barnyard/ farmer theme for her sons 2nd birthday. They had a barn cake and animal cupcakes and the kids dressed up in overalls and cowboy hats. Pretty darn cute!!

    • Lesa

      I had a birthday party at the beach for my 9 year old. We played lots of beach party games and I make a castle cake that I covered with crushed graham crackers to make it look like a sand castle.

    • Jlee429

      Last year my son wanted a hot wheels cake. I could not find one in the stores I really liked. So I made the cake myself. I made two round cakes and put them together in the shape of a figure eight. I made the track with cookie crumbs. I made road signs and placed them in the cake using toothpicks. I washed some of sons favorite Hot Wheels and placed them on the cake as well. It was a big hit!

    • Christ4gave

      I think that a puzzle themed birthday party would be really cool. The invitations could be cut apart and the child would have to put it together in order to read the details. The cake could be precut into fun shapes that all fit together to make a bigger picture.

    • Tupperheads

      My 2yr old loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse & I couldn't really afford a Mickey Mouse cake from the bakery so I went to the Disney Store & found the lil characters & I made his cake myself & put the lil toy characters on top as decorations, so he had a Mickey Mouse cake & had the characters to play with after he blew out his candles…I also got a discount on the characters because the packaging was damaged that the characters were in so I asked if they could discount it & they did…if you dont ask the answer is no, that's my motto! ;o)

    • aletad

      An 8 year old wanted a huge fish aquarium, so Mom is having a “stock the aquarium” party! people were asked to bring fish, in bags, or decorations for the tank, or rocks or whatever a little boy would find appealing! which could be any of those things! birthday or not!

    • Jacqueline

      This has become a tradition with each of our four children…When they reach the age of somewhere between 13 and 15, we gather the people in their lives who are Godly influences on them. We ask each person (for the girls, it is the Godly women and for our boys, it is the Godly men) to write our child a letter and challenge them in their walk and faith. My sweet husband and I then present the child with a purity ring to serve as a daily reminder of their committment. On their wedding day, they are to present their spouse with their ring, as a precious gift. The gathering of such special friends, is to remind them they are loved and have support.

    • Lkwhawkins

      My 5 yr old wanted a clown birthday! We had a wonderful clown come to her party.
      She played games, sang songs, and painted faces! Her cake was 3 teir carnival cake, and it was adorable! This was definately the best birthday party she has ever had!

    • colleen

      My son loves super-heroes, so one year I had someone dress up as batman and show up at the house, and another year Spiderman came. It was a great surprise for my son and all of his friends!

    • Funuka

      we made a popcorn cake for a carnival themed party we had for my daughter. We had carnival style games in the driveway and the kids even won prizes at each station. The idea for the cake came from a picture I saw on CAKECENTRAL.COM. It is the BEST place to find unusual cakes.
      Michelle

    • Nadkins

      I learned to decorate cakes in a class at school when I was 15. That year my brother restored a 1941 Plymouth Coupe that he had found rusting in someones back yard. He put a lot of time and love into it, so of course I had to make a scale model of the car as his birthday cake. He loved it!

    • Balentine

      thanks for another giveaway opportunity!

    • Flavina67

      i took cake dec classes and made my daughter a nemo cake and my youngest elmo
      and for my friend she was turning old as dirt so i made a chocolate cake crumble up the top and had gummy bugs coming out like it was dirt. that one was fun to make always looking for creative ideas

    • Twyford316

      One year my son had a Diego birthday party so we made a cake and since Easter had just pasted we got the Diego eggs with charcters inside on clearance and used them on the cake

    • Doris

      When my daughter turned 5 we had an arts and crafts party. Somebody was throwing away outdated mats at a frame shop and I got them knowing I would use them someday…my husband cut out the centers and I had mats for artwork created at the party. We set up the garage with tables and covered them with butcher paper. Each child wore one of my husbands old shirts for a paint smock and we let them paint a picture. I laid them flat to dry and while they dried, we made a simple piture frame with fun foam. Her cake looked like a watercolor set and her invitations were an artists pallette. After eating cake, the kids used sidewalk chalk and decorated refrigerator boxes in the back yard or just played. While they played, I put their paintings in the frames. Their goody bags were inexpensive art supplies. They loved it!

    • Mamamayberry

      I made a rice cereal treat “cake” for my son's Lightning McQueen party. I just filled a cookie sheet with them, then used ready-made chocolate icing to paint on the road in the desert. Lastly, I placed McQueen and Mater 5 inch toys in the top.

    • Mwegman

      We always love Pirate themes, complete with a buried treasure, water balloon or sword fight, and making catapults for launching the balloons from each “ship”. All 3 of my boys loved these.

    • Cevans0225

      My favorite theme we have done for my son was Life's a Fair at 10! We made a Ferris Wheel made of cupcakes. We did easy snacks like popcorn, peanuts and cotton candy. We also tried our hands at funnel cake. That was a great time. We used the rolls of plastic table clothes and covered the roof of the porch to look like we were inside the big top. It was one of his favorite parties.

    • Rhonda Murphy

      My daughter's favorite birthday was her 4th (she'll turn 11 in a couple of weeks). We had a luau. I made invitations that looked like airline tickets for a trip to Hawaii. Everyone wore hula or Hawiaan clothes we played limbo and we had barbeque and all the fixings, pineapple, and we ordered the coconut cups to drink out of. Tiki torches, pineapples, leis, a few borrowed plastic pools, a slip and slide, hula hoops, and hula music set a great atmosphere in the back yard. Even the dog had on a hula outfit… coconut bra and all! It was a lot of fun.

    • guest

      Birthday's at home with the kids picking the theme has been one of my favorite things to plan each year. As long as they'll go for it, that's what we'll do. This year we did Lego's for my son – definitely not my favorite b/c it was harder to come up with group activities (Lego's tend towards the individual). We have done space (my favorite: rockets made from film canisters- check nasa.gov, moon rocks we baked and put in vinegar for the kids to discover the hidden prize in each and more) and race cars including throwing water balloons through a tire. For my daughter, princesses with all the guests dressed up (complete with Dad and brother dressed up as knights) and the Backyardigans. Looking forward to her next one!

    • TexasShic

      1st birthdays are a major deal and the best memory makers! I keep the themes from my kiddos nursery and create a party around them. My Daughters theme was Care Bears and my Sons theme was Cowboy/Western. I had the 3-d bear cake pan from Wilton and used it for both birthdays – 4 years apart! I made Good Luck Bear for my Daughter and a Cowboy Sheriff Bear for my son. I still have the cake pan in hopes of # 3 one day :-)

    • Jsjpope

      We love pirate themes. Last year my mom made a treasure chest cake with the lid cracked open and treasure spilling out. The kids aboslutley loved the cake!

    • notw

      My first son loved Go Diego Go! so he had a Diego cake. My second son is coming up on his first birthday and I am leaning toward a Veggie Tale party.

    • becky

      The greatest birthday theme idea at our house would be a train (choo choo). My husband loves trains and has taught our children and grandchildren to do the same. A cake decorated like a train engine and several train cars, and oh yes, don't forget the caboose. Then it would be great to have a train running throughout the house for the children to see and play with and the most important thing would be to have a train running through the yard so the children could ride the train. The theme would be “All aboard the birthday train” and have everything decorated to match this. This would make everyone happy, even the young at heart!

    • Laura

      Have a girls birthday party at Claire's Boutique! They put makeup on all the girls, the mom only has to purchase a (minimum) $5.00 gift card per child attending! They'll play the music you want, theme it throughout the store and even put the themed merchandise on sale! We had a blast!

    • Teresa

      My friend did a birthday party in a Nemo theme. It was so cute with blue jello mold with gummy fish inside, octopus hotdogs, and cupcakes in the shape of Nemo! She did an easy craft of making a fish out of a paper plate. The kids colored the plate and could glue triangle paper pieces on for the fins. With the heat outside, the sprinklers and pool set up not only helped her grass but also saved the sanity of the adults! So much fun!! :)

    • Danae

      We want to do a butterfly themed party. Ornate purple and pink butterflies hanging from the ceiling. A 3 tiered cake with sugar butterflies on it. (I enjoy cake decorating) Possibly a handmade butterfly pinata! I am excited!