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10 Unique Kids Party Themes for a Toddler’s Birthday Party
While basic parties may be easier to plan, they aren’t always the most exciting for the child celebrating and their guests if they feel like they have seen it before. Partify experts have seen some trendy, yet more unique kids’ party themes that can help you get creative, and are a perfect fit for a toddler’s party. Try out a more untraditional or quirky theme to wow your guests this year from our curated list below.
1. A Luau Party
This party theme tends to fly under the radar, but through various luau items, from leis to hula skirts, it’s easy to accomplish. With Moana still being one of the ultimate toddlers’ favorite, you can also connect it to this Disney movie if you want to.
Luau Party Decorations Ideas:
- Set up tiki torches along the driveway or sidewalk leading up to the party location.
- Have a table for beach towels so kids can sit on them when they take a break from games or when they want to sit down and eat.
- Purchase Hawaiian leis and greet every guest by placing a Lei around their neck.
- Use a mini blow up outdoor pool and fill it with sand and seashells (Bonus: Create a scavenger hunt from this by filling mysterious items in the sand).
- Play Luau music and project it onto speakers for guests to immerse themselves into the Luau.
- Hang around the food table a hawaiian style grass table skirt.
- Serve fruit shakes and juices with colorful straws and small umbrellas.
Blow up balloons of bright colors to scatter throughout the party to give off a vibrant beach theme.
2.Host a “Bake-Off”
Selecting party food can be difficult with various allergies and preferences. An alternative is to center your party on delicious, easy-to-make food, where each guest can customize their food or dessert and get competitive with it. It’s perfect for the little chefs to be. Party guests can partake in a contest where they can each bake or cook food, with their parents by their side, and let the birthday girl or boy decide which is the tastiest.
See here for some easy recipes:
Pizza Skewers (Level: Easy)
- 1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce, warmed, for dipping
- Grated Parmesan, optional
- 1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for oiling the grill grates
- 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- Kosher salt
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 1/2 pound pizza dough, cool to the touch
- 1 pint grape tomatoes (24 to 30)
- 12 ounces cooked sweet Italian chicken sausage links (about 4 links), sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Thanks to our friends at The Food Network Kitchen for this great recipe, you can find it here.
Brownies (Level: Easy)
- 1 cup of butter; melted
- 2 cups white sugar(or brown sugar)
- ½ cup of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 1.2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
Thanks to All recipes, click here for the full recipe.
3. Bug Hunt
Keeping the guests and children entertained is a must, so what better way to do that than having them participate in a scavenger hunt? All you’ll need is magnifying glasses and an outside area. Purchase a bug kit, or simply artificial bugs, and scatter them throughout your garden or park, letting children hunt for them and identify the type of bug it is according to a checklist provided (use pictures to make it easy for them). To add to the theme, try making a chocolate “dirt” cake instead of a vanilla one, spreading gummy worms around inside.
- ½ cup of butter, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar
- 2 (3.5 ounce) packages of instant vanilla pudding mix
- 3 ½ cups of milk
- 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 32 ounces of chocolate sandwich cookies with creme filling
Click here for the full recipe from All Recipes.
4. Robotics Party
Make a STEM-themed party for your little guests by playing a popular robot movie or bringing a robotics related activity which is age-appropriate. For the goodie bags, each child can get their own wooden toolkit or plastic toolkit to take home. You can make a cool themed desserts table, for example with a fun “nuts and bolts” snack.
Nuts and Bolts Homemade Snack Recipe:
- 2 cups of salted butter melted
- 1 tbsp seasoning salt
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 8 cups of Crispix Cereal plain corn and rice
- 4 cups of Rice Chex
- 4 cups plain Cheerios
- 4 cups of pretzel sticks
- 1 box cheese stick crackers
Just mix them all together for the perfect construction look and great flavor.
Some Ideas for robot movies for kids:
- Wall E
- Big Hero 6
- The Iron Giant
- Astro Boy
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This award winning, picture novel has made its way into many kids’ hearts, It’s super easy to turn your home into a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed area. Ask your guests to come in dressed in costumes, optional of course, and greet them with a themed treat (you can have a table from which they can choose according to the day which fruit they want). Keep the theme going by setting up relevant decorations. The possibilities are endless, you can even print out the Very Hungry Caterpillar cut outs and color them in yourselves.
Time to get the handyman and hammers out! Decorating a construction party is easy - just put up a lot of yellow and black trucks and the theme is apparent. This birthday party can also be turned into a workshop in just 3 seconds, just set up some kids hammers, wood, nails, and a decorating station. For kids, it can be easy for them to injure themselves so make sure to provide safety goggles, and adult supervision. For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.
For party snacks, you can use “build your own hot dogs” with red paint (ketchup) and yellow paint (mustard) and other creative ideas that you can find in this Pinterest board.
7. Movie-Making Party
This party theme is for older toddlers (3 and up) and it allows children to play dress-up and pretend to be their favorite fictional characters, and also for them to be able to become filmmakers. This theme varies on your child’s age, as if they’re older they can write short and simple scripts to shoot with a phone’s camera. If your crowd is a bit younger, simply have guests dress up and make up storylines with each other’s characters, as they would typically do playing pretend. You child and the little guests will have an incredible souvenir from the party.
8. Peppa Pig
A popular character amongst young children today is Peppa Pig. If your child is on the bandwagon, make your theme centered on her. This can be done through Peppa Pig treats, like pig-shaped cookies or curly “pigtail” fries, and by making pig ears for your guests to wear during the party. Pink decoration will be a good fit, and the favors can be stickers and other small items related to Peppa and friends.
Despicable Me has become a popular theme ever since the release of the first film in 2010 and its introduction of the world to minions. Pin the goggles on the minion can kickstart your birthday festivities. In addition to making minion-like treats or playing one of the popular films, guests can make minion finger puppets to take home with them as their goodie bag.
Minion Finger Puppets:
- Felt in yellow, blue and black, we suggest this multicolor packet
- Googly eyes
- Cotton – black and blue are recommended
- Super glue
- Card or paper for your template
From our friends at Crafts on Sea, click here.
10. LEGO Party
An activity that has kept children entertained for years on end has been Lego. Center your party on the fun pieces that guests can build all sorts of structures with. In addition to providing entertainment for your guests, the theme can be fulfilled in unique ways all throughout your home, all the way down to your hand soap - in the kitchen, place clear soap in your dispenser and fill it up with Lego bricks. To cater to your more competitive party guests, place a handful of Legos in a box and have guests guess how many fill the box, rewarding a prize to the person who guesses the closest.
Brainstorming birthday themes may seem difficult, and if you want to cling to classics that’s great too. However, we encourage you to think outside of the box, by thinking about the activities, movies, and books your child loves and to create a theme out of them!