Themed birthday parties can be easier and more fun to plan as all of the party details can fall within the theme. Numerous themes are available for you to choose from, ranging from girly themes to off-beat or simple themes. The theme you choose should reflect your daughter’s age, the number of guests you plan to have and their interests.
Girly themes can work for little princesses or divas-in-training. Choose from common themes, such as a spa day where the girls rotate through stations for facials, hairstyles, makeup, manicures and pedicures, or elegant themes, such as a garden tea party with fancy teas, saucers, flowers, gloves and hats. A princess dress-up party might work best for younger girls, whereas a diva party would be more fitting for a ‘tween or teen girl. Have little girls dress up with shoes, dresses, boas and tiaras and have older girls create new fashions out of scrap fabric or aluminum foil and put on a fashion show.
Use an active-based theme for your daughter’s birthday party. For example, arrange for dance lessons, gymnastics lessons or self-defense lessons. These will wear the girls out, while providing a fun and educational atmosphere. Plan an “around the world” theme where each part of the party relates to a different country or continent. For example, send airline ticket invitations and decorate the entrance of your party space like an airport. Make passports for each guest with her picture on it and stamp it after each “location.” For example, watch a movie about Antarctica, partake in French cuisine, paint African warrior masks and listen to music from Hawaii. This might work best for a sleepover, which will give you more time and more opportunities to try different foods.
Simple themes can be the easiest to pull off, yet still provide room for creativity and fun. Choose a single color, such as hot pink, where everyone has to wear that color, the decorations and food are the same color and guests should bring gifts wrapped in the designated color. Use shapes as the theme of the party, such as polka dots. For example, send polka dotted invitations, hang polka dotted decorations, have the birthday girl wear polka dots and serve round foods, such as pizza, crackers, cookies and sandwiches.
Incorporate the latest band, movie, character or reality show into your daughter’s birthday party as the theme. For example, if there is a new singer that your daughter and her friends are crazy for, send them to a concert or create one at home. Play the band or singer’s music during the arrival and games and watch their music videos while eating. Or choose a the latest accessory that your daughter and her friends can’t seem to live without, such as crazy or wacky socks. Invite each guest to bring one new pair of wrapped wacky socks. Give everyone a predetermined amount of fake money and set up an auction with the socks. Or let the girls randomly pick numbers, then choose which wrapped socks they want. The next person can take the socks from someone else, or choose a new pair until they’re all gone.
Don’t force a color or theme because you think it’s cute. Instead, choose something your daughter likes. If you want the theme to be a surprise to her, make sure the theme you choose won’t embarrass her. For example, host a craft-theme party, which could include making T-shirts, pillow cases, scrapbooks or jewelry. Plan extra games or activities in case your guests aren’t interested in some of the things you have planned.
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