Does your child have a birthday coming up that you want to plan a fantastic party for? If so, there will be all sorts of elements to consider for the occasion, including invites, cake, decorations, games, and much more. 

However, before you get into all that, it’s wise to come up with a theme that you can use to base all your decisions around and help unify all the different factors of the party. Here are some of the top, always-popular themes to consider. 

Princesses

Most little girls, and many young boys, too, want to have at least one princess-themed party over the years. You’ll find heaps of handy inspiration online and in magazines and books to give you ideas and handily designed princess products such as invitations, decorations, and small gifts for attendees. You could make a castle or slipper-shaped birthday cake and some crown cookies to feed guests and bling up your home or another venue with plenty of sparkly and glitter-based items. 

You might host a general princess party featuring many crowns, tiaras, castles, and pink and purple hues or focus on a specific princess. For instance, many children want to have a Frozen-themed party and dress up as Elsa or Anna or zero in on Disney princesses such as Cinderella, Belle, or Jasmine. 

Cowboys

Many kids go through a stage where they can’t get enough of dressing up as a cowboy, especially if you’ve gone on a ranch vacation or spent some time at a farm stay. If your little one is a fan of the Wild West, a cowboy-themed birthday party is sure to keep them smiling. You can dress them up in some cute kid cowboy boots, a checked cowboy shirt, and some jeans and buy them a little cowboy hat to complete the ensemble. This type of outfit isn’t too tricky for other parents to sort out for their children to wear as guests to the party, too, which is a bonus. 

As for games, you could have everyone play horseshoes or make or purchase some pretend horses for the kids to ride. If you really want to go all out, hire a real horse to be in attendance for pats and rides on the day. As for food, make a horse or cowboy hat-shaped cake and give kids cookies to eat that look like boots. 

Superheroes

Superheroes is one of the most popular themes with kids these days, particularly with so many great superhero movies, television series, books, and comics making the rounds and garnering attention. If you want to go down this route, talk to your child about who their favorite character is, such as Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Batman, or Superman, and design the party around this particular hero. 

Another option is to make the occasion more general by decorating with images of different characters and inviting guests to wear a costume relating to their favorite hero of choice. Activities to keep kids entertained at the party could include having children make their own superhero masks or decorating and wearing plain capes. You might like to set up a runway where kids can show off their outfits, too. 

Fairies 

Another enduring theme that never goes out of fashion is fairies. If you have a child who’s obsessed with the small fantastical creatures, this will be a no-brainer option. To decorate, focus on lots of pink and sparkly goods and add some pretty, twinkling fairy lights and pastel-colored lanterns to dress up the space in soft lighting. 

You might instruct guests to come wearing their own favorite fairy wings, or you could set up an activity where children decorate some that are pre-cut out of cardboard or paper on the day. Another option is to have children make fairy wands during the party. Plus, instead of the traditional musical chairs, create some cute magical mushrooms for kids to sit on when the music stops. 

Dinosaurs

Do you have a dinosaur-crazy young one in your family? If so, a dinosaur-themed birthday party might be just the thing to make them happy. It’s easy to find stationery, tableware, invitations, and other pieces with dinosaur designs on them, which is helpful. Alternatively, you could base your party theme around a set dino, such as Barney from television or Rex from the Toy Story movies. 

Activity-wise, you might have attendees make some “dino-mite” party hats at a craft station where they can cut out some fun zigzag scales from paper or cardboard to affix to their headpieces or even play Pin the Tail on the Dinosaur at some point. 

These are just some of the evergreen birthday party themes for kids that you might like to opt for this year. Thankfully, there are many to choose from, and they don’t have to be too difficult to plan for.