30 Most Popular Birthday Party Themes for Kids

Have you ever seen how excited kids are for their birthday? That’s one day they get all the attention, from their friends and family! Phone calls, gifts from everyone, the party and playing with their friends! It’s their day! And the moment the party is over, they’ve already started a countdown for their next one.

As parents, every year you’re wondering what theme to do, should we throw a theme party at all or not? If you are thinking of a theme, we’ve curated a list of 30 most popular birthday themes for kids. From Harry Potter themed birthday party to Jurassic Park themed birthday party and Bowtie themed birthday party we’ve added themes for both boys and girls in this one, so choose your choice!

1. Save the Environment Themed Birthday Party

As for the decoration, you could go for blue and green balloons and DIY banners by painting chart papers to make them look like the Earth. Serve finger food to the kids in eco-friendly and sustainable party supplies and decoration. As for the food, you could go for earth cookies and serve chocolate mint pudding with fondant leaves to all the kids! Gift all the kids a planter as return gifts! Check out Chumbak or ferns n petals for planters!


2. Bowtie Themed Birthday Party

Stick paper bowties on glasses, stick bowties, glasses and moustaches on a stick and use them as photo props, make bowties out of napkins and bake bowtie theme sugar cookies for all the kids! For more bowtie themed birthday party ideas check out Kara’s Party Ideas!


3. Around The World Themed Birthday Party

Make paper windmills out of vintage world maps and paint paper lanterns to make them look like globes and hang them. Get all the kids to sign a globe and keep it as a souvenir! Gift all the kids the World Bingo or the World Map Activity Kit as return gifts!


4. Polka Dots Themed Birthday Party

Decorate the walls with pink, gold and cream banner hangers on all sides, and with same coloured balloons everywhere with a flower wreath at the entrance! Use baby pink polka dot hats, plastic cups, plates to serve food! Use old mason jars with electric candles to decorate them around the corners to light the place up.


5. Tutti Frutti Themed Birthday Party

You can’t miss out this colourful and refreshing theme! It’s the perfect theme if your kid’s birthday falls during the summers. Mix different coloured balloons and make a giant number in accord with their age! Keep a tray of fruits on skewers and a giant bowl of chocolate ganache beside it. Let them dip the fruits in the chocolate and indulge! Some homemade fruit flavoured ice cream or diced fruits with vanilla ice cream would make the perfect dessert for the kids! Or you can make some lemon tarts and mango and strawberry popsicles as treats at home too! For games organise darts and balloons, a mini trampoline and a water balloon fight. Don’t forget the BOUNCE HOUSE and the ball pool! You could add stalls where the kids could make necklaces out of colourful pasta too, to add a beachy Hawaiian vibe to the party!


6. Peppa Pig Themed Birthday Party

Not considering Peppa Pig theme for their birthday would be a crime! This is the most beloved character for Gen Z! Peppa Pig birthday banners (there are so many free Peppa Pig printables out there), DIY Peppa Pig lanterns and Peppa Pig party hats are a must! You can also create your own Peppa Pig gift bag and add a Peppa Pig piggy bank and give them as return gifts!


7. Pirates of a Treasure Hunt Themed Birthday Party

This has got to be one of the most exciting themes for kids. There are so many interesting games you can play. Hide a small gift in a tub of sand with some shells, coins and pebbles and get them to find it. But the rule is that each kid gets one chance only! Another interesting game you could get them to play is TREASURE HUNT! Hide a big box of chocolate coins. Set clues for them all around the place and let them figure out where the big box of chocolates are kept, all by themselves! Don’t miss out on pirate eye patches for all the kids!


8. Despicable Me Themed Birthday Party

Get some mini minion cookies, cake pops, cupcakes and finally make your minion piñata to top it all off! The only problem would be no one would want to burst that piñata, it would be that cute! You can paint old soda bottles in yellow and stick popup eyes to make it look like minions and organise a bowling game for the kids with an exciting prize for the winner.


9. Superheroes Themed Birthday Party

It’s the perfect theme for all those parents and kids who are major Marvel fans. There are so many superheroes in the Marvel Universe to choose from whether it be Iron Man or Captain America or Spiderman. Or you can make things colourful by incorporating all the superheroes! Give away Ironman, Captain America and Spiderman masks to all the kids and keep a glass jar filled with jelly beans and tag them as infinity stones!

If they are a huge Batman or Superman fan then you can also opt for a DC themed birthday too!


10. Madagascar Themed Birthday Party

One of the most common birthday theme, the Madagascar themed birthday party is a great idea if you love greens and nature! It’s also one the most budget-friendly theme too! Cut out leaves to make chimes and serve summery drinks and with grape-pillars (grape caterpillars :P) and tiger paws! The Madagascar themed birthday party is a great idea if your kid is a huge fan of the Madagascar movies!


11. Panda Themed Birthday Party

Did you know that Pandas are one of the laziest animals on earth? So why not a Panda themed birthday for your lazy ones? Decorate the entire area with panda balloons which you can make yourself with the help of sketch pens and sharpies. Make party banners in white, black and silver or the shape of pandas and hang them everywhere. Panda hats, panda cups and plates should be a part of the theme.

Serve mousse cakes in a glass and top it with vanilla ice cream and make their eyes and brows with Hershey’s syrup! Some chocolate chip muffins, cookies shaped like pandas, decorated with fondant and Oreos dipped in chocolate! Gift all the kids a panda soft toy or a panda-themed cushion cover with a panda printed on them with acrylic paints and a brush! That’s it! That’s all that’s required!  Lastly don’t forget the Panda piñata filled with cute panda figurines in it!


12. Cookie Monster Themed Birthday Party

Who doesn’t love cookies? So why not a cookie monster theme cake is perfect for your little cookie monster? A Cookie Monster themed birthday is another great idea for them! Lots of DIY stuff that can be done for this theme! For games, you could put blindfolds on children and tell them to try and stick the eye on the cookie monster poster in the right place or get the other kids to make DIY monster-themed slime! And for desserts some chocolate cupcakes with blue icing and a cookie to top it off, some churros dipped in blue chocolate and confetti and ta-da! It’s done!


13. Unicorn Themed Birthday Party

Decorate the entire place with lilac, baby pink balloons, unicorn figurine balloons and delicate lanterns. Since the theme is so magical, a magic show can be organised for all the kids, a small stall where they can make DIY unicorn-themed slime can also be organised which can be taken along with them back home! Lastly, a dessert table can be incorporated with unicorn-themed cake pops, sugar cookies, white chocolate dipped marshmallows and rainbow candies, all of which can be done at home if you want to do it yourself! If you’ve stuck to a strict unicorn theme birthday then don’t limit yourself when it comes to returning gifts! You can give away unicorn-themed puzzles as return gifts to all the kids or unicorn-themed slippers! There are so many options available on the internet to choose from!


14. Woodland Creatures Themed Birthday Party

Celebrate your kid’s birthday with some friendly forest creatures. Make your invitation cards yourself and get your kid to help you with it. Print out free woodland creatures party printables, bake and decorate some chocolate cupcakes and decorate them to make it look like mushrooms and don’t forget to add chocolate yule logs! It’s sure to be a major hit among the guests!


15. Harry Potter Themed Birthday Party

Harry Potter is the perfect theme for diehard HP fans! Give all the kids Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin ties to all the kids. Stick up a picture of Voldemort and get the kids to stick the nose in the right place. Whoever sticks the nose in the right place, wins! You can dress your child up in a Hogwarts uniform costume, decorate white balloons as Hedwig, bake deathly hallow themed cookies at home or get them customized and a 3-tier Hogwarts themed cake!


16. Mickey and Family Themed Birthday Party

A clichéd but never too old idea for birthdays is a Minnie and Mickey Mouse themed birthday party. The boys can be dressed in red and the girls can be dressed in pink. Give all the girls Minnie hairbands and Mickey hats for all the boys. From Minnie and Mickey cupcakes and doughnuts to Mickey-themed return gifts, there’s room for so much creativity! Use red cups to serve lemonade, a Minnie and Mickey photo booth and a Minnie piñata! You can choose to add Goofy and Donald duck as well!


17. Cars Themed Birthday Party

Cars is one of the most loved movies by all the boys! They can watch it over and over again without getting bored! Set a red table cloth on the table and keep 4 wheels on all the corners, buy cars themed cups and paper plates online and serve snacks to all the kids in them! Set up car racing games for the kids and more fun activities.


18. LEGO Themed Birthday Party

From a building blocks piñata to building blocks cupcakes and brownies decorated with m&ms, you can do so much! Gift all the kids a LEGO game set as return gifts in LEGO party bags.


19. Pokémon Go Themed Birthday Party

Bake some vanilla cupcakes iced with mango buttercream swirls and mango jello for all the kids! This party is sure to be a major hit among all the kids because who doesn’t love Pikachu?


20. Nautical Themed Birthday Party

Fairy lights, blue and white balloons, bubble hangers, jellyfish lanterns with blue and white streamers make a classy décor idea for a nautical themed birthday party! There are countless nautical theme free printables available to hang up as banners to hang on the walls. Add a ball pool for the kids and instead of adding colourful balls, just go with the theme and get balls with different shades of blue.

Serve crab cupcakes, grape flavoured jelly, octopus and starfish-shaped cookies with blue royal icing and blue lagoon to the kids. Add some strawberry and blueberry flavoured jello cups and vanilla cupcakes filled with blueberry compote and cream cheese swirls! Put up stalls where they can make DIY glitter slime and soap.


21. Once Upon A Time Themed Birthday Party

If you have a child who cannot stop reading, this is the theme to go for. Put up birthday banners with all the kids books you read to them. And for games get the RSC Shrink Rory’s Story Cubes. This game has 9 dice with shapes instead of numbers. Get all the kids to roll all the nine dice and to narrate their own story which they have to make on the spot based on the shapes they get. Whoever’s story is the best, wins a prize!


22. Jungle Themed Birthday Party

One of the most common birthday themes, the jungle-themed birthday party is another great idea if you love greens and nature! Again it’s one of the most budget-friendly theme! For a change instead or serving pizzas and pastas you could serve fruits covered in chocolate drizzles and fruit smoothies to all the kids! Another great idea is that you can serve the kids oreo milkshakes and some cookies and fondant topped and fresh fruits. Get toy snakes and place them in the garden to scare the kids!


23. Toy Story Themed Birthday Party

Alien lollies, alien jello cups, sugar cookies decorated in Toy Story characters are just a few of the many ideas you can use for this theme! For more ideas, click here!


24. Angry Birds Themed Birthday Party

There are so many Angry Birds printables available on the internet. Cut and stick their eyes, noses and beaks to balloons and hang them all over the place. Stick those on the cups and plates as well! Put up a picture of an angry bird and tell the kids to stick their beaks in the right place for exciting gifts! Create your own Angry Birds wreath with colourful cupcake paper, pom-poms and of course Angry Birds! Serve Angry Bird cookies and cake pops to all the guests!


25. Winter Themed Birthday Party

If your kid’s birthday falls during the winter, you could opt for this theme. You can decorate everything in white and blue. For a change dip strawberries in white chocolate instead of dark chocolate and drizzle blue chocolate on them (TIP: To make the white chocolate into blue, just add a drop of blue food colour in the melted white chocolate to change the colour to blue) and serve vanilla shakes with confetti in plastic cocktail glasses. For return gifts, get all the children to adopt a polar bear or a penguin from the box full of them.


26. Jurassic Park Themed Birthday Party

Put up balloons everywhere in different shades of green, cut out leaves from green hand-made paper and hang them everywhere and place dinosaur figures all around the place! Don’t forget the chocolatey dino eggs!


27. Outer Space Themed Birthday Party

Make your own space-themed invitation card and if you’re not into that you could always get free space-themed party printables. Cut and stick eyes from colourful chart paper on balloons to make them look like aliens and make all the kids wear rocket head hats. As for the food, serve strawberry rockets to all the guests and set a bowl of melted dark chocolate ganache aside so that the kids can dip their fruits in it! If you don’t want them to make a mess, drizzle chocolate on them!  You could opt for a galaxy themed party as well!


28. Rainbows and Sunshine Themed Birthday Party

Because it’s one of the most colourful themes, why leave out the food? Bake rainbow cookies or bake simple sugar cookies and sprinkle colourful confetti or cover them with colourful royal icing to make it look like a rainbow. Decorate the entire room with colourful balloons and make your own colourful banners.


29. Busy Bee Themed Birthday Party

Dress them up as the ‘Queen Bee’ or in yellow as you wish! You can decorate the entire room with hanging dehydrated edible pineapples, bake honeycomb-shaped cookies and a chocolate dip to go along with it for all those sweet tooths! If you want to deviate from the usual and gift all the kids something educational in return, you can go ahead with the BEE SPELL BUZZ game!


30. Frozen Themed Birthday Party

One of the most exciting birthday themes for parents definitely has to be the Frozen themed party! There’s so much that can be done, from a 3-tier Elsa cake to Olaf bowling game! Don’t worry, it’s easy to organise these at home if you’re on a budget. Decorate the entire place with snowflake wall hangings, icy blue and white balloons, yellow or white fairy lights and polaroid pictures for your angel all around! Serve milkshakes and top it off with marshmallows, snowflake or Olaf shaped cookies with white and icy blue royal icing or popsicles! Get some Frozen-quotes printed and ask the kids to paint them the way they want or an Olaf-blowing game for them!


Let us know which theme you liked the best and would love to use for your kids birthday or if you want us to add on to the list.

Also read: 38 Best Birthday Cake Ideas for Kids


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