Toddler birthday parties can be fun for all ages. There’s no reason you can’t have fun activities and themes for the older kids and adults attending!
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Glitter themed! Invite guests to wear shimmer, sparkles, and sequins.
Each person is assigned an animal, marked with animal-shaped drink placeholders. Serve animal cookies and decorate with a menagerie of beasts.
Your little one can sit on their throne and accept tribute (gifts) from each guest. The kids can drink from goblets, enjoy a table of royal medieval feast type foods, and wear crowns or jester hats.
Let Them Eat Cake
A Marie Antoinette-themed party of decadent desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and champagne cocktails for the adults.
Calling All Earthlings
Throw a space-themed party. Have astronauts and aliens hand out food and gifts. Build a space station and have kids pin the spaceship on the assigned planets.
When the Dinosaurs Roamed
Have a prehistoric bash, with meat eater and plant eater foods. Have a clay station where kids can make their own dinosaur figurines.
Have different Lego stations and give sets away as party favors. Decorate in rainbow colors.
Camping or Glamping Party
Set up tents in your yard or living room. Have a campfire singalong, roast food on the fire, and make s’mores.
Wet and Wild
Get some Slip n’ Slides, water balloons, super soakers, and wading pools. Have everyone bring a swimsuit and towel.
Have kids help bake and decorate cookies, cupcakes, and more. Then enjoy their creations at the end with a glass of cold milk. Hand out little homemade or store-bought aprons as party favors.
Have art stations and a chaperone for each, teaching a project like finger painting, printmaking, sculpting, jewelry making, and more. The children get to take their own creations home to mom and dad.
Willy Wonka Party
Get an assortment of candy and chocolate. Play games with a golden ticket and hand out prizes to those that find a ticket.
Never, Never Land
Decorate in a green Peter Pan and Tinkerbell theme, with teepees, pixie dust, and more. Offer Captain Hook and pirate stuff to dress up. Hand out stick-on tattoos and eye patches as party favors. Staff a mermaid station and play “lost boys” games. Invite kids to wear their pajamas like Wendy, John, and Michael.
Have stations for braiding hair and mani-pedis. Have a fashion show or tea party after everyone gets all dolled up.
Invite guests to dress as their favorite superhero and have relay games and team activities planned. Decorate with comic book themes and pages. Set up a food table with labels such as “enhances agility,” “builds muscle,” and “improves vision.”
Plus, four tips to keep things running smoothly and stress free!
Tip 1: Keep it stress free
Most kids impress easily, so no need to stress about making things perfect or going too over the top. Make a list of the things you need to do in preparation for the party ahead of time. Enlist relatives and friends to help. Assign a friend to help take photographs, another to serve food and help clean up, and someone to play lifeguard or just keep an extra eye out for all the children’s safety.
Tip 2: Mix up the gift giving
If your child already has enough toys and things they need, consider asking people not to bring gifts and make a donation to the charity of your child’s choice instead. Explain to your child how to give proper thank you’s and be gracious before the party starts.
Tip 3: Stick to a budget
Make a realistic budget when coming up with a theme and a guest list. If you have a small budget for your party, consider making decorations yourself or having a potluck.
Tip 4: Remember the entertainment
Playing games like freeze dance, hot potato and musical chairs is fun, and most everyone is familiar with these games. Remember if you are handing out prizes for games to make sure every child goes home with at least a sticker or favor of some sort so they are not left out.
Lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff. Things will go wrong, kids will get messy, spill things, and sometimes misbehave. Just remain calm, have a positive attitude, lead by example, and have a good time!