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Creative Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

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When developing birthday party ideas, it is important to be both thoughtful and creative when planning all aspects of the party. From picking a theme to crafting invitations to personalizing the birthday party favors, the entire birthday party should be a special day for the birthday child.

Birthday Party Themes

A birthday party theme that reflects your child's personality and tastes is always a great way to plan children's birthday parties. Once you have a theme, you can incorporate it into everything from invitations to decorations to favors and food. A good place to start is finding out if your child has a favorite movie, book, cartoon character, TV show, animal, or a favorite sport or past time. Talk with your child and ask him or her what kind of theme he or she would like for their party. Once the theme is chosen, figure out your budget and space considerations, and start making plans!

Birthday Party Invitations

Enjoy time with your child while having fun creating a personal invitation for the birthday party. When designing your invitations, try to use words and phrases that fit your theme. For example, if you're having a Princess themed birthday party, you might make it a "Royal Invitation from the King and Queen." Or for a Pirate party, write your invitation on a piece of brown paper bag crumpled up to look like old parchment. Draw a map to your house and have "X" mark the spot.

Birthday Party Supplies and Decorations

Keeping your child's birthday theme in mind, you can craft simple and inexpensive birthday party decorations with balloons and streamers and purchase party supplies to complement the theme. Or hang pictures on your walls that you've collected or cut from magazines. For example, you could hang blue and white helium filled balloons on your ceiling to form a sky with clouds for a Dinosaur themed birthday party. Then add dark brown, light brown, green and orange streamers from the ceiling to the floor to create a jungle in your living room. For a Princess birthday party, create a special throne for the birthday girl by decorating a chair with bright red and purple balloons, streamers and a colorful pillow. Be creative and have fun!

Personalized Birthday Party Favors

There is nothing that is more appreciated than personalized birthday party favors given to your child's guests to take home. Birthday party favors that have time and thought invested in them are always more valued than pre-packaged favors or gifts. For a child's party, there is a wide variety of options available such as personalized birthday candy bars or custom designer birthday cookies that have the child's name and a birthday greeting prominently displayed. Place some of these personalized items in every goody bag. For more ideas check out Beau-coup Party Favors. Anything you choose is sure to be a hit with your guests.

Birthday Party Games

It takes more than balloons, streamers and party favors to create a birthday party your child will never forget! Whatever theme you select for your child's party, with a little creativity and imagination you can adapt any traditional game, such as the Piñata, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Bean Bag Toss and Scavenger Hunt to fit that theme. If your theme is based on a TV show or movie, be sure to familiarize yourself with the story for ideas. For example, take the popular children's TV show Blue's Clues; the title character Blue loves to find clues, so the traditional Scavenger Hunt becomes Blue's Treasure Hunt, and Pin the Tail on the Donkey can be renamed "pin the tail on Blue." You might also consider playing theme music from the show at the party or read a short version of the original story. All are great birthday party games that will make the day special and memorable.

Remember that birthday parties are a time to have fun. It's a good idea that all of your child's guests, not only one or two, receive small prizes. Consider playing most of the games without prizes and simply give everyone a piece of candy or a sticker. Then when all of the games are complete, everyone will receive a goody bag.

Be Creative

A successful birthday does not have to be expensive – even with a limited budget you can be creative and come up with lots of fun kid birthday party ideas. Just put a little effort and careful thought into your plans, and your child will happily remember this birthday party for years to come. And don't forget to take lots of pictures.

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