11 Fun Party Themes for Boys and Girls

How to throw fun parties for boys and girls is easy with a little inspiration!   These party tutorials, including Wizard of Oz, Circus, Hockey, Science, Parisian, CTR, Annie, Alice in Wonderland and more, are all easy with just the right food, decor, and games.  Easy Peasy!

Party Themes Based on Movies

Wizard of Oz Party

1.  Wizard of Oz PartyHow to Throw a Wizard of Oz Party can be downright enjoyable if given enough ideas.  My sister loves to throw Themed Birthday Parties and her Wizard of Oz party turned out to be another fabulous one, full of Ruby Red goodness.  If you are wanting to throw a Wizard of Oz party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started! Just follow the Yellow Brick Road…

Alice in Wonderland

2.  Alice in Wonderland - If you are wanting to throw an Alice in Wonderland, tea inspired party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!

Annie Party

3.  Annie Party - How to Throw an Annie Themed Birthday Party is like a walk down memory lane.  Annie may be new for the little ones, but it’s nostalgic for mom so it’s a win/win in my book!

Girl Themed Parties

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4.  Cowgirl Themed Party - Themed Birthday Parties are so much fun, and my sister clearly knows how to rope a memorable party.  Like this one.  If you are wanting to throw a cowgirl themed birthday party, this post is for you!  Giddy Up Cowgirl!

parisian Themed Party

5.  How to Throw a Parisian Themed Party - Wanting some girly-girl birthday party inspiration?  Then look no further.  My sister threw the best Tres Chic Parisian Themed Birthday Party for her daughter recently and I couldn’t help but share it with you.   Ooh la la!

Rainbow Cupcake Themed Party

6.  Rainbow Cupcake Themed Party - How to Throw a Rainbow Cupcake Themed Birthday Party can be the easiest tween themed party ever.  Of all the Themed Birthday Parties I’ve thrown, this was the easiest, because it only involved one event (a cupcake decorating bar) and a few cute inexpensive decorations at my home!  It’s been my experience that the older the children get, the less “stuff” they want at their party, and so a cupcake party with an outside outing (in this case getting manicures at a salon) was the perfect party plan.  To throw a rainbow cupcake themed birthday party all you need is a cute banner, a few varieties of candy and of course cupcakes.  It’s easy peasy!

Gender Neutral Theme

Circus Themed Party

7.  How to Throw a Circus Themed Party – For a circus themed party with free printables, game ideas with concession stand idea, photo booth idea and more, this is your go to party post idea!

Sports Party Theme

Hockey Themed Party

8.  Hockey Themed Birthday Party - How to Throw a Hockey Themed Birthday Party can be downright fun if given enough ideas.  My sister throws amazing Themed Birthday Parties, and this was no exception.  She designed the party around her son’s love of hockey and favorite team, the LA Kings.  She used a purple and black color palette and her son’s hockey gear for decorations.  So, if you are wanting to throw a Hockey Themed Party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!

Science Party Theme

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9.  How to Throw a Science Themed Birthday Party - How to Throw a Science Themed Birthday Party can be downright fun if given enough ideas.  Of all the Themed Birthday Parties they could pick, my twins chose a science party for their 7th birthday.  I’m pretty sure they thought we were going to blow stuff up, which factored into their decision.  We did make diet coke explode, we made snow, played with magnets, did an experiment with milk and food coloring and even learned about astronomy, geology and physics.  Plus, we had time to eat and open presents.  So, if you are wanting to throw a Science Themed Party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!

Boys Party Theme

Pirate Party

10.  Pirate Party - For a Pirate party with Pirate Pizza,Gold Fish, Wormy Weapons (sour worms), Plunderer’s Punch (Red carbonate drink), Sailor’s Salad andCaptive Cupcakes  and Pirate games including (walk the plank, a sword fight, a treasure hunt and pin the eye patch on the pirate) and more…..

CTR Party Theme

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11.  CTR Party {how to} with Printables - How to Throw CTR Party with Printables is Easy Peasy and super inexpensive, too!  I threw my twins this CTR party following their LDS baptism for 35 people for under $100, including food!

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CTR Party {how to} with Printables

How to Throw CTR Party with Printables is Easy Peasy and super inexpensive, too!  I threw my twins this CTR party following their LDS baptism for 35 people for under $100, including food!  The printable decorations were really inexpensive, but made all the difference! I wanted to throw my boys a Themed Party with a twist, so  Tricia Rennea,  designed the printables with a travel theme reminding them to Choose the Right while traveling through life, and at the same time helps to get them excited for their future missions!

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Decorations

For decorations, I had Tricia-Rennea design a CTR Printable pack which included two banners, an 8×10 frame able print, thank you notes, place cards, cupcake toppers, place cards, and three extra items that can be used how ever you see fit.  I taped them to skewers and used them in my flower centerpieces, taped them to ribbon and tied them on my beverage containers and used them as dessert toppers.  You can get creative and use them in so many ways!

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You can order the same set from her here for only $15.00.   This set is fabulous because it has a travel theme incorporated into the CTR decorations. The Choose the Right (CTR) theme for an LDS baptism is red, white and blue, but Tricia will customize a set in other colors if you are interested.  There is also some editable text on the sign, place cards and thank you notes.  She seriously thinks of everything!

This set is best printed on medium weight card-stock. You will need ribbon or twine to make the banners, as well as scissors, glue and tape to create the set.

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Food

I used this pasta recipe and had a caesar salad and rolls as well.  For dessert we had cupcakes and other desserts that guests brought.

Party Cost Break Down

  • Printables:  $15.00
  • Flowers:  $14.00 Costco
  • Food/Disposable Utensils: $50.00 Smart and Final

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7 Indoor Birthday Party Games {guest post}

Birthday parties can get so complicated. There’s the venue. The food. The photo-worthy cake. The favors. Oh, and what are these kids going to do for three hours if it’s raining/snowing/too hot/cold out?!  Here are some easy and creative ideas to work into a birthday party on a cold, rainy, or snow stormy day.

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If hiring entertainment isn’t in your budget (who needs a balloon artist anyway?), here are some fun games that can make you the Entertainment Director and the hit of the party.

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7 Indoor Birthday Party Games

1. Penguin Bounce: Place 6 or 7 pillows in a line on a carpeted floor. These will be your icebergs. Then have kids line up (barefoot) and take turns walking and hopping from iceberg to iceberg, like penguins (arms at side and feet in first position). They must land with both feet on each icecap — or they have fallen through the ice and must start over again. Space the pillows a little farther apart for each new round until there is only one penguin left!

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2. Indoor Obstacle Course: Create a course throughout the house for the kids to jump over things, leap from pillow to pillow, and roll through hallways. Use items like hula hoops, padded chairs, and various toys as added obstacles. Be sure to time each kid so they can race to improve their own best time.

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3. Don’t Let the Balloon Touch the Floor: Blow up several balloons and have all the kids stand in the same area. Start with one balloon and tell kids they have to keep it in the air. Then break into teams (with different color balloons for each). Increase the difficulty by adding more. How long can they keep it off the ground?

4. Straw Races: Provide each kid with a straw and a cotton ball. Create a starting line on a hard floor surface. Have them race their cotton ball across the floor by blowing into the straw. First cotton ball to pass the finish line wins a prize!

5. Limbo: It has been around for decades, but it’ll never get old! See how low the kids can go as you lower the stick each time they all pass under. Play a little music to boost the enthusiasm and energy while they wait for each of their turns. Turn this into a groovy conga line and freeze dance party and the game can last all morning!

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6. TP/PT Bowling: Collect some paper towel or toilet paper tubes. Set them up as a triangle as you would see in the bowling alley. Fold a couple of socks together to make a ball and aim for a strike! Create one bowling station per four kids. Have the birthday child help set up the “pins.”

7. Yoga Mat Hopscotch: Use tape to mark out a hopscotch grid on the yoga mat and write a number in each square. Then hop on one foot in numerical order. Increase difficulty by throwing a ball of socks on one of the numbers. The person hopping has to reach down and grab the socks, while still on one foot. Create friendly competition to find out how many times each child can get across.

What other games do you suggest that have been a hit with children at a birthday party?

Katie Bugbee is the senior managing editor and resident parenting expert of Care.com. A busy working mother of two, she’s an expert on many parenting dilemmas, from appeasing picky eaters to finding the perfect babysitter.

EASY Felt Leaf and Pom Pom Napkin Ring Holders {DIY}

How to make an EASY Felt Leaf and Pom Pom Napkin Ring Holder for the Fall/holiday season is a craft that’s relatively inexpensive and easy, but looks amazing.    There’s just something about how the colors and elements of Fall that go together that is so lovely and pleasing to the eye.  You’ll only need a few items, too!   The napkin rings go perfectly with my DIY Felt Leaf and Acorn Garland, so if you are entertaining, these easy crafts make a table scape that looks down right amazing.  Go gather some acorn tops, felt, pom poms, embroidery thread, gold spray paint and get assembling.  You’ll love how your Easy Felt Leaf and Pom Pom Napkin Ring Holders look, especially if you pair them with the DIY Felt Leaf and Acorn Garland!

DIY Felt Leaf and Pom Pom  Napkin Ring

Supplies Needed for Making FELT LEAF AND POM POM NAPKIN RING HOLDERS:

Supplies

  • Felt
  • Pom Poms
  • Leaf Template
  • Acorn and acorn caps
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Embroidery Thread & Needle
  • Scissors

Directions for Making FELT LEAF AND POM POM NAPKIN RING HOLDERS:

Step 1

Step 1:  Spray paint acorns and acorn caps using antique gold.

Felt Leaf

Step 2:  Print leaf template and cut out desired leaf shape.  At this point you could trace the pattern onto the felt with a white pencil or you could pin the leaf template to the felt.  You’ll want to cut out one felt leaf for each place setting.

Leaf Embroidery

Step 3:  After the leaves are cut out you can enhance the leaf by hand stitching veins in the leaves.  There’s a stitching pattern on the leaf template that you could use or you could eyeball it like I did.  {wink}  Or, if you want to keep things simple, you can keep the leaves plain, without stitches, which is what I did for the napkin ring holders.  {These pictures are a leaf from the garland-I wanted to include it so that you can see how to enhance the leaf with embroidery.}

Leaf Veins

DIY Leaf

Step 4:  Don’t forget to tie a knot in your ends.

DIY Pom Pom Napkin Ring

Pom Pom Napkin Holder

Step 5:  Using a needle and embroidery thread string the pom pom’s together.

DIY Pom Pom Napkin Holder

Step 6:  Six medium sized pom poms are perfect for making one napkin ring holder.  You could also string quite a few together to make a pom pom garland like pictured above.

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Step 7:  Place napkins with adorable felt leaf and pom poms on each place setting and count how many compliments you receive!  {smiling}

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Successful Holiday Entertaining with Swiffer BISSELL® SteamBoost™ + {Giveaway}!

This is a Sponsored steam mop review and giveaway written by me on behalf of  Swiffer BISSELL® STEAMBOOST™.

Successful Holiday Entertaining always begins and ends with clean.  I’ve always been a sucker for clean floors, so I was thrilled to hear about the new Swiffer BISSELL® STEAMBOOSTsteam mop perfect for making my floors shine before, during, and after parties (and all year round).

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I was eager to give the Swiffer BISSELL® STEAMBOOST™ a whirl for my holiday dinner party,  so I got straight to work.  I found that it definitely had the power to steam clean floors with steam and Bissell’s innovative cleaning technology of Swiffer to  penetrate and remove the soil that no one wants on their floors.

Here’s how the Swiffer BISSELL® STEAMBOOST™  works:

  • The steam’s heat activates the dirt dissolving solution in the cleaning pad. Together, they break down dirt and trap and lock it away.
  • Working the Swiffer BISSELL® STEAMBOOST™ is easy.  You just:
  1. Attach a textured steam pad to the Swiffer {no other cleansers are necessary}.
  2. Fill the dispenser with water.
  3. Plug in the mop and wait for the SteamBoost to heat up {it should take about 30 seconds}.
  4. Mop your floor and allow to dry. {hold down trigger for steam}
  5. Dispose of Swiffer pad and wash hands.  Voila!  You are done!

Note: SteamBoost™ is light, easy to use and safe on tile, finished wood and laminate floors.***Do not use on waxed or unfinished wood floors.

Tips for Successful Holiday Entertaining

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Make sure your home is clean when guests arrive – this includes dusting, cleaning the floors {see above} and de-cluttering.  {Don’t forget to deep clean the bathrooms!}  No one wants to attend a party where they feel that anything is less than pristine.  One of the things I love about the SteamBoost™ is that the cleaning pads smell fantastic.  So, if you run it over your floors right before your guests arrive your house will smell amazing upon guest arrival as well looking sparkling clean!

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Decorate for the occasion – if it’s a holiday party you are throwing, make sure your home looks festive.  If you are throwing a dinner party, be sure that the table is set and that the little details are attended to before hand.  It’s the little details that make all the difference.

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Be prepared – If your party is supposed to start at 6 pm, be ready to begin at that time.  No one likes a frazzled hostess.  Trust me. {Here’s how to make the DIY Felt Leaf and Acorn Garland shown here.}

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DIY Felt Leaf and Acorn Garland {how to}

How to make a DIY Felt Leaf and Acorn Garland for the Fall is a craft that’s relatively inexpensive and easy, but looks amazing.    There’s just something about how the colors and elements of Fall that go together that is so lovely and pleasing to the eye.  You’ll only need a few items, too!   So, go gather some acorn tops, felt, pom poms, embroidery thread, gold spray paint and get assembling.  You’ll love how your DIY Felt Leaf and Acorn Garland turns out!

DIY Fall Garland

Supplies Needed for Making a FELT LEAF AND ACORN GARLAND:

Supplies

  • Felt
  • Pom Poms
  • Leaf Template
  • Acorn Caps
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Embroidery Thread & Needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions for Making a FELT LEAF AND ACORN GARLAND:

Step 1

Step 1:  Spray paint acorn caps using antique gold.

Trace Pattern

Step 2:  Print leaf template and cut out desired leaf shape.  At this point you could trace the pattern onto the felt with a white pencil or you could pin the leaf template to the felt.  I cut out three leaves in each color of ivory, orange and turquoise.

Leaf Embroidery

Step 3:  After the leaves are cut out you can enhance the leaf by hand stitching veins in the leaves.  There’s a stitching pattern on the leaf template that you could use or you could eyeball it like I did.  {wink}

Leaf Veins

DIY Leaf

Step 4:  Don’t forget to tie a knot in your ends.

Acorn Caps

Step 5:  Drill two holes in the top of each acorn cap.  (This is where the thread or twine will be threaded through.)

Time to Assemble Garland

Step 6:  Assemble the garland with felt leaves, acorn caps, pom poms, embroidery thread/twine and hot glue gun.

Acorn Caps

Step 7:  Start by threading an acorn cap and then a single stitch through the leaf.  Follow this pattern until you have used up your leaves and acorn caps.

Assemble Acorns

Step 8:  Once you have the spacing you want with your leaves and acorn caps you can finish the acorns by hot gluing the pom pom to the acorn cap.

DIY Pom Pom Acorns

Tip:  Be sure that you have the spacing you desire because once you hot glue the pom pom to the acorn cap you can no longer reposition the acorns.

DIY Fall Garland

Step 9:  Hang the garland from a mantel, mirror or doorway.  Enjoy your new fall decor!

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Sprinkle Breakfast {DIY} ~ Donuts & Chocolate Milk

My kids love to have sleepovers during the summer and it occurred to me that it would be really fun to have a fun Sleepover Sprinkle Breakfast made up of  chocolate milk with sprinkles and donuts with sprinkles.   Are you seeing the sprinkles theme?   The donuts and chocolate milk are not only a combo that kids love to eat, but it looks adorable too.  Here’s how to put together a breakfast that the kids will definitely remember and that will only take you about  ten minutes. No recipe required.

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Sprinkle Breakfast Ingredients:

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  • Sprinkles
  • Lemon
  • Paper Straws
  • Chocolate Milk – I used powdered milk because I didn’t have regular milk.  Oops.  That’s why it looks frothy in the pictures.  The kids didn’t even complain.  I’d recommend regular milk though. :)
  • Donuts – I bought mine.  Obviously.
  • “Milk Bottles” ~ the bottles shown here are actually these.  If you don’t drink coffee like me, just dump the beverage out and keep the bottles around for parties. :)

How to Put Sprinkles on Milk Bottles:

So they look like this:

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sprinkle breakfast

Step 1:  Cut a lemon in half and then rub around rim of milk bottle making sure to cover the entire rim.

Step 2:  Roll rim of milk bottle in sugar sprinkles.

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Step 3:  Use funnel to pour beverage into milk bottle for best results.

Step 4:  Add paper straw.

Step 5:  Serve to children and enjoy being #1 for a few minutes.  :)

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How to Throw an Annie Party {DIY}

How to Throw an Annie Themed Birthday Party is like a walk down memory lane.  Annie may be new for the little ones, but it’s nostalgic for mom so it’s a win/win in my book!  My sister throws amazing Themed Birthday Parties, and this was no exception.  She designed the party with the help from Tricia Rennea, who did the printables around her daughters’s love of the movie Annie!  She used red and white for her color palette with printables for decorations.  So, if you are wanting to throw an Annie Themed Party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!

Decorations

Annie Themed party

Annie Themed party

Annie Themed party

Annie Themed party

For decorations, she had an Annie Printable pack designed by Tricia Rennea which included a banner, invitations, cupcake toppers & wrappers, place cards/food cards and favor tags.  She complimented the printables with tissue paper flowers {instructions for making tissue paper flowers found here}, and used gingham cloth for table coverings.  {{so cute}}

Cake & Cupcakes

Annie Themed party

Annie Themed party

There were two choices of cupcakes; funfetti or red velvet.  Cupcakes are great to have in addition to cake because kids usually prefer the cupcakes over cake.  Plus, they are fun and easy to decorate with cupcake toppers.  The cake was my sisters signature red velvet, and as you can see, she saved some crumbles for the cake and cupcakes.  LOVE how that looks.

The secret to the smooth frosted cake is the new Cool Whip frostings. They’re light, not too sweet and perfect for frosting cakes.  It’s also easy to work with.

The cake topper was made with bakers twine, printables and shish kebab sticks to anchor the banner.  It was simple to make, anyone could do it!

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Party Favors

Annie Themed Party

The party favors were super simple.  The girls got girly girl items and the boys received items perfect for the summer.  The cute tag played double duty as it made a great tag for the party favor bags and also thanked the guests for attending.

And that’s How to Throw an Annie Themed Birthday Party.

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Hockey Themed Birthday Party – {how to}

How to Throw a Hockey Themed Birthday Party can be downright fun if given enough ideas.  My sister throws amazing Themed Birthday Parties, and this was no exception.  She designed the party around her son’s love of hockey and favorite team, the LA Kings.  She used a purple and black color palette and her son’s hockey gear for decorations.  So, if you are wanting to throw a Hockey Themed Party, this post should give you plenty of ideas to get you started!

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Invitation

Invitation

How perfect is this NHL hockey ticket invitation?!  She found it on an etsy shop, Fancy Invites.  Once the file is purchased all you have to do is print them and they are ready to go.

Decorations

Decorations

For decorations, she had an LA Kings Printable pack designed by Shy Socialites which included a banner, cupcake toppers, place cards/food cards and favor tags.  She even used some leftover snow from the twin’s Science Party .  (It was used on the dessert table, you can faintly identify it under the gloves and helmet.)

Score Board

A hockey party wouldn’t be complete without a score board.  She simply glued purple card stock to a black tri-fold board with printed numbers and used chalk to write “home, period, visitor”.  The black tri-fold board was purchased at Hobby Lobby for around $3.99.  And, the entire project only took about 20 minutes. {wow}

Hockey Pucks

Hockey Puck Snacks

Oreo cookies and Little Debbie’s snack cakes made perfect hockey pucks.  Simply stack them in a pyramid fashion.  You should have seen how quickly the stacks disappeared!

Cake & Cupcakes

Cupcakes

There were two choices of cupcakes, strawberry or chocolate.  Cupcakes are great to have in addition to cake because kids usually prefer the cupcakes over cake.  Plus, they are fun and easy to decorate with cupcake toppers.

Birthday Cake

The cake was two delicious layers of vanilla and chocolate with fresh sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream filling.      The secret to the smooth frosted cake is the new Cool Whip frostings. They’re light, not too sweet and perfect for frosting cakes.  It’s also easy to work with.

Blowing out the Candles

The cake topper was made from scraps of card stock, a circle hole punch, sticker letters, twine and shish kebab sticks to anchor the banner.  It was simple to make, anyone could do it!

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Lots of smiling faces equals happy kids.  I’d say they all had a great time!  {{wink}}

Party Favors

Party Favors

The party favors were one of my favorite parts of the party.  Each child took home some L.A. King’s paraphernalia and a hockey lollipop.

  • L.A. King’s whistle
  • L.A. King’s wristband
  • L.A. King’s pencil
  • Homemade chocolate hockey lollipop

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And that’s How to Throw a Hockey Themed Birthday Party.

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