Kids birthday party ideas are hard to come up with! For my daughter’s 5th birthday party, I asked her what she would like for a theme. She mentioned that she wanted to be able to get her nails painted, so I thought it would be fun to create a spa themed kids’ birthday party.
The color palette for the party was inspired by the invitation. I chose to use the Multicolor Celebration kids’ birthday invitation from Pear Tree Greetings, because of the bright, bold colors and the fact that I could include pictures of the birthday girl on the invitation.
After choosing the invitation, I enlisted the help of my party-planning sister to create the decorations. She decided to create a backdrop out of bold colored paper chains, a polka-dot table cover, and mason jars lined with glitter to hold the utensils.
For the party, we had three stations, including decorating flip-flops with colorful ribbons, foot soaking with manicures and pedicures, and a make-up station. Each station included signage in a custom frame.
I’m so glad I took photos of our son Alex every month of his first year! It was fun to see him grow. It’s amazing how much they change in a year. When I was on maternity leave I cut out all of the numbers making it a little easier to sew the onsies each month. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these photos but knew I wanted them to stay consistent. Sophie, the giraffe always took a part in the photo, which was given to me at my baby shower!
When it came time to order 1st birthday invitations I thought it would be fun to use the photos in some way. I love the layout of our booklets and thought it would be a great keepsake for his first birthday party! Since I am one of the designers at Pear Tree Greetings, I had the opportunity to design the perfect invitation for my little man, as well as something I know our customers would love.
A note from Christy:
I am pretty lucky to have some really great friends, and even luckier that many of them like to go wild planning their kids’ birthday parties. Below is a post from my friend from college, Sarah, who threw her son a pretty awesome Superhero Birthday Party. Good timing, as my boys are set on a Batman/Superhero party next, her party gives me lots of ideas! Enjoy Sarah’s post!
Conley’s Superhero Birthday Party
I will confess that Conley’s 2nd birthday party was very small…in fact, it might be a stretch to call it a party since it was just Conley, mom, and dad. Since I went small last year, I knew that I wanted to do something fun and special for his 3rd birthday. His current obsession right now is Spiderman, so we decided to celebrate with a Superhero Themed 3rd Birthday Party!
Since I already knew that Pear Tree had a Superhero themed invite, Calling All Superheroes! – Kids Birthday Invitations, that would be perfect, I didn’t need to look far for invites. Naturally, Conley had dressed up as Spiderman for Halloween, so a picture of him in his costume paired with this invite was the perfect inspiration to get me started on superhero birthday party ideas. Pear Tree had matching Calling All Superheroes! – Address Labels, so the invite process was set!
Brandon is one of our ah-mazing designers at Pear Tree and enjoys creating kids’ cards that are engaging and unique. Some of his favorite categories to design for are Halloween Invitations, Kids Birthday Invitations and Kids Valentine’s Day Cards. Brandon is still very young at heart and likes to teach kids how to use their imaginations to create illustrations.So, this year Brandon made it his personal goal to hold a class and create some activities for kids around drawing. He settled on drawing different kinds of monsters. He began by finding a location to host the class and then started developing posters, flyer handouts, a newspaper ad and website artwork to announce the class. Brandon and Michelle, another amazing Pear Tree designer, went around schools to hand out the flyers to teachers and hang the posters at local activity centers. Brandon put in a lot of hard work organizing and preparing the activities for kids. Continue reading
My best friend, Angie, is as obsessed about planning good parties as I am, so it’s a no brainer that we team up when considering kids birthday party ideas. Angie knows to plan well in advance. We even did a little mini photo shoot with her daughter, Kate, so she’d have the perfect photo on her birthday party invitation. I’ll let Angie herself tell you all of her girl birthday party ideas and planning this adorable Pinkalicious birthday party—she did a fabulous job!
The colorful ribbon winding its way down our Ring Around the Ribbon modern kids birthday invitations set the stage for one very colorful rainbow birthday party at celebrations.com. All the birthday party ideas tied into the rainbow color scheme, right down to the rainbow ice cream cake and assortment of colored fruit drinks.
A homemade birthday banner hung across the yard with colored flags cut to match the ribbons on the invitation. Even the snacks were part of the décor, with serve-yourself veggies, fresh fruit, and salty snacks lined up in a rainbow of color on the serving table. Each snack tray was topped by a color-coordinated bath toy, like the little gold fish swimming in the baby carrots. Colorful stuffed toys also made perfect centerpieces for the tables (and gifts for the guest of honor, later).
Whether you’re looking for kids’ pirate party ideas for Halloween or for any time of year, this pirate party from celebrations.com looks like a swashbuckling good time. And it all starts with the unexpected arrival of a pirate mask Halloween party invitation in the mail—talk about building excitement ahead of time! The text on the invitation can be changed to work for either a Halloween party or a birthday party, and the colors are a great starting point for all of your kids pirate party ideas.
Red and black were used throughout the party, from the food to the decorations, to keep the theme simple and impactful. Each guest had a pirate name skull & crossbones decal to make them feel part of the gang. Gold “treasure” in the form of candy favors and serving trays made fun accents.
There have been a lot of birthday parties lately at Pear Tree! My niece, Taytum, just turned three. My sister-in-law told me that she wanted to have a party and asked me for birthday party ideas, starting with kids birthday invitations from Pear Tree. She wanted an invite that would show a lot of photos, since she loves to take pictures of her daughter. We decided on the Colliding Collage birthday invitations—perfect!
Now, you just cannot have a party without going all out like everybody is doing nowadays. We decided that an ice cream party would be a fun and started looking for ice cream party ideas. I volunteered to do the cakes. (I love to bake.) She wanted a butterfly cake, and I wanted to do some fun cakes for the table as well.
An obstacle course is one of my all-time favorite kids’ summer birthday party ideas. Kids love it, and if you’re creative it won’t cost you a penny. Using toys and large items you have around the house, you can create an obstacle course in your yard. Here are some ideas for things to gather.
- hula hoops
- laundry baskets
- exercise balls and other balls
- wading pool
- Slip’n Slide
- lawn chairs
- garden hose
- scrap lumber, such as 2 x 4s
- burlap sacks
- pop-up tents or tunnels
- pool noodles
- baskets with handles
- bean bag toss games
- wiffle balls & bats
- tennis rackets
Use your imagination–almost anything can be used for this summer birthday party idea, as long as it’s not sharp. Once you have everything gathered, start thinking about how to put them together to create different kinds of obstacles. You can also incorporate backyard play sets, like swings and slides, if you have them. Make sure there are different kinds of obstacles, some challenging, some silly, and some that will make them slow down, so that different skills are required. The older your kids, the longer the obstacle course should be. Here are some ideas:
- Set up barriers to climb over, sticks to limbo under, and hoops to jump through
- Toss balls through hoops, or into baskets or buckets
- Set up a low balance beam (board) to walk across
- Roll an exercise ball or hula hoop around a tree
- Put your head down on a wiffle-ball bat and spin around 3 times
- Ride tricycles for a distance
- Jump over (or in and out of) a basket or wading pool
- Fill up a bucket with a hose and carry it 10 feet without spilling
- Stomp on balloons to pop them
- Balance a broom on your hand for 5 seconds
- Hop on a bike and serpentine around cones or other markers
Once you have the course figured out, there are several ways to run the activity. You can line the kids up and let them run it individually, timing each attempt with a stopwatch and letting them try to do it faster each time. Or you can create teams and have them run it as a relay. If you have enough of the same obstacles and a lot of space, you can also set up two identical courses and race relay teams side by side. But I wouldn’t worry too much about how it’s structured, because it’s not really about who wins. The fun is in watching the crazy things kids will do to complete it. And most kids want to do it more than once, so make sure that’s part of your plan!
Here are some kids birthday invitations that could work for this fun party! Look for more kids birthday party ideas on our blog.