Bored of the regular birthday parties?
Try something unique and contemporary for your child.
Here are some cool ideas
1)(No) Surprise! (No) Surprise! – My party, I have to know
Giving a surprise birthday party is always great. But for a 4yr or a 5yr old child, it doesn’t really matter. Its better you plan his birthday party along with him. He can enjoy it more, when he’s included in the planning & the preparations.
Let him give his ideas. Let him help you with the decorations, choosing the menu, inviting his friends, making invitations, & choosing the theme.
Make sure you put a limit on the options you provide & ask him to choose from the provided options.
Some of the popular themes for boys:
Marvel and Dc Superhereos
Sea animals (eg. shark theme)
Soccer or other sports theme
Some of the popular themes for girls:
Minnie Mouse theme
2)The Guest list – Only My best buddies
Let your child choose the friends he wants to invite. Let him make a personal invitation card. Or he can even invite his friends in person.
It’s better if you include their parents also in the guest list. Each child is allergic to a different kind of food.You alone, cannot keep track, of what & what not to serve to each child. So if they are accompanied by their parents, it gets easier.
Keep a tab on the number of people you are inviting. You don’t want your house to be overcrowded with kids & parents.
You can do this in two ways. You can have a theme for the party & choose decorations accordingly or have no theme.
Let your little one blow the balloons & hang the decorative items for his own party.
Theme Party – Let’s go to Pirates Birthday party
Theme parties are fun, as everything from the decorations, to the cake and clothes are according to a chosen theme.
You can even ask your guests to dress according to the theme.
But it has its cons too. It becomes a problem when you can’t find balloons or return gifts which fit the theme.
However, there are a wide range of themes to choose from, according to your convenience & availability of the things required for the party.
Some more themes you can try :
a. Disney princess
b. Harry Potter
c. Fire & Ice – with Red & White colour decorations
e. Hello Kitty
f. Lion king
g. Basic coloured themes
No Theme Party: Yay! I can wear any colour dress I want
No theme parties are equally fun. The best part is you can choose any kind of decorations like balloons, colour paper, gifts & cake.
You don’t have to stick to one colour or one theme. You can use the same decorative pieces for the next year too.
4)The Birthday Dress: Mom, can you buy me a birthday hat?
Yes, it’s their special day & you have no choice but to help them look special. Decide your budget first & then give your little one, a list of options to choose from.
They get to think it’s their choice & won’t know, that it was your choice after all.
If it’s a theme party, you can get them accessories to match the dress. Girls & boys have different accessories (belt, clips, hairband etc.).
Go to the mall & explore your options along with the birthday boy/girl.
5)The Birthday Cake: Can I get one more piece?
Yes, this you can keep a surprise. Children are not bothered about the size of the cake, but are excited about how their birthday cake is going to look like. So don’t order a 3 or a 4 tier cake. Order according to the number of guests.
You know what your child’s favorite cartoon character, superhero or fairy tale is.
Pick out a cake which has a picture of Spiderman, Cinderella, Smurfs or whichever character they like the most.
Don’t choose heavy flavours like dark chocolate or red velvet cheese cakes.
A vanilla, milk chocolate or a strawberry flavored one is what most children like.
Cake ideas for girls:
Cake ideas for Boys:
Soccer ball or Cricket bat
6)Entertainment: Did you know, my Mom invited clown to my party?
Hiring an Entertainer is equivalent to hiring a nanny for your child. You are going to be busy greeting the guests, taking care of the arrangements & cannot keep an eye on everyone.
It’s these people, who are going to spend maximum time with children.
You cannot just hire a random stranger you heard about on the internet & trust him/her with not just your child, but a lot of other children coming to the party.
It’s important to hire an artist with good reviews, even though it might be a little expensive.
You can hire a
- Mimicry artist
- Tattoo artist (temporary tattoos using organic colors)
- Artists dressed in a Batman, Donald duck suit or a Snow white dress
7) Food: Eat all you want. Finger licking good
Ask your little one to help you choose the menu. He will feel special about being involved in such important decisions.
This way, you can even understand the taste of the other children coming to the party.
Don’t go overboard on the number of items. Choose limited items. You will avoid wastage & everyone will enjoy what’s on the menu, instead of getting confused to choose from a long list.
Try to choose finger foods. You don’t want children to spill gravy on your carpet or on your furniture.
You can try making :
- Mini pizzas
- French fries
- Juices instead of cool drinks
- Ice cream
- Assorted cookies
- Assorted fruits
ESPECIALLY FOR YOU:
8)Games & Return gifts: Let’s do something fun!
Make the event interactive for children. Instead of giving return gifts, give prizes.
Arrange fun games which do not involve a lot of physical activity.
Pick games like finishing a puzzle to form an animal within a time limit, or stick the correct name tags to the fruits.
You can make it a fun learning experience for them. But see to it, that every child gets a prize. If you cannot arrange so many games, then have 3 winners for each game. This way everyone gets a prize.
- Indoor bowling
- Treasure hunt – Where the treasure can be the return gift
- Balloon pop
- Musical chairs
- Origami – (teach them how to make a paper purse or a paper hat & whoever makes it the best, wins a prize)
The return gifts should be something useful for the children.
Try getting :
- Crayon set
- Pencil Box with pencils & chocolates inside it
- Glitter pens
- Short stories book
- Picture books
Hope you now have a brief understanding of what had to be done to enhance the birthday experience of your bundle of joy.
If you have any more suggestions, please drop us your comments and help other parents grab your wonderful ideas.