We all know the joy that comes with a child’s birthday … Those sparkles in their eyes from the minute they open them on that magical morning. That beautiful smile when you give them their birthday cuddle. The sheer delight as they rip open that long-awaited birthday gift… Well, as parents we know the truth… it’s not all bluebirds and daisies! There’s still the birthday party to plan, and you know how crazy that can get! You gotta get the invitations out on time, bake the cake (make sure there aren’t any nuts in there!), arrange the kiddie entertainment, pack the goodie bags etc. etc. etc…. Wow! No wonder by the end of it we’re the one’s that feel a year older! 🙂
Well, hopefully this will help… I decided to go hunting… resource hunting that is, and I think I did quite well! Here are 7 kids parties, top to bottom, ready to go…
1. Trolls Party – Even though the movie has just come out, troll dolls have been around for ages, and have built quite a following with adults and kids alike. A trolls party is sure to impress!
- Kristen over at Musings of an Average Mom has a super cute selection of free printable trolls invitations, in pink and grey, so you can mix it up, or go with whichever suits your color scheme best.
- Another of Kristen’s great Trolls party design are these super cute cupcake toppers. There are 12 super cute designs, so you’re guaranteed a fantastic looking cupcake table!
- Daisy Celebrates has a wide selection of trolls resources to download and print – from condiment bottle labels, to happy birthday banners and even water bottle labels. Fantastic!
No trolls party would be complete without some good old troll–type fun, and luckily, i’ve managed to find some great entertainment options too! Take a look at these fantastic games and activities – i’m sure even Branch wouldn’t be able to resist joining in the fun! 😉
- Coloring pages are a great option for any party and Get Coloring Pages has a fantastic selection of these little cuties!
- Bingo is another fantastic way to get the kids excited. These free printable bingo cards (from Kristen at Musings of an Average Mom) are so colorful and cheery – there are 3 different types to make things a little more interesting and it comes two to a page to save on printing.
- Pin the hair on the troll – To get to this printable, you need to go into the dreamworks site, download the party pack and scroll down a bit. Don’t worry, it’s worth the effort, there’s actually a whole bunch of cool extra like party pack labels, flag decorations and lots more! Check it out! (Dreamworks.com)
I never would have thought troll food could look so delicious… hhhmmm… yum yum yum!
- Winona from Southern Family Fun came up with this crazy colorful trolls candy bark – perfect for any party! Doesn’t that just look delicious!
- Working with fondant is not that easy (some people are just pros, like my sister Natalie – cake superstar 🙂 ) but, when you know what to do, the results can be magical! Luckily, Etty from Cake Dutchess shows us exactly how to create the perfect Trolls cake.
2. Teen and Tween Social Media Emoji Party – By the time kids hit their teens (or tweens), figuring out what to do for the party becomes a little more difficult, especially nowadays when everyone’s growing up so fast! Here’s cool, expressive party idea that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!
- Let’s start at the invites (it’s a good place to start, don’t you think? 🙂 ) I love this one that Liz from Cool Mom Picks designed. Fantastic stuff!
- If you’re looking for another option, Catch My Party also has a cute design to download for free.
- Emoji party bunting from Smart Party Planning adds a colorful, fun touch to any party space without feeling too ‘childish’.
- These emoji cake toppers from Catch My Party are fantastic! 15 different designs, all you need to do is cut them out, attach the circle to a toothpick and pop it into the cupcakes. Instantly up the fun factor!
- An emoji welcome sign is a great extra to have up your sleeve – after all, you can’t very well go tying balloons to the mailbox for your teen’s party, now can you? I love this one from Catch My Party.
Looking for some emoji-inspired entertainment? Well, i’ve found some of that too!
- These emoji cootie catchers are just so great – did you used to make them when you were younger too? The kids get to write their own fortunes inside. Love it! Head on over to Smart Party Planning to download yours and get all the details.
- Emoji bingo is a great game to get the the kids giggling – see who fills up a whole row first! Get the boards and instructions here (Catch My Party)
Emoji snack idea are easy to come by if you just type it in on Pinterest, but i had to share some of my favorites with you.
- Babybel cheeses are just the best, and these super cute cheese creations can be whipped up in seconds!
- These emoji oreo pops are almost too beautiful to eat – in fact, if you’re going to go to the trouble of making them, maybe rather send them home as a party favor – that way, at least all the other parents are going to get to see all your hard work! 😉 Ruthanne at Easy Baked has all the details.
- These emoji moonpies by Tiny Prints look stunning and are just a little easier to make than the oreos – i love a cheat!
- Of course, every party needs a few savoury items too, and these mini emoji pizza bagels by Instagram user amirahkassem are perfect! If you have little mini cutters, the kids could even help with this one!
And let’s not forget the party favors! These cute emoji keychain and pez dispenser party packs from DIY Inspired don’t cost an arm and a leg, and look fab! there’s even a free printable to make things a little easier!
2. Finding Dory Party – great for girls or boys of such a wide age range! Who, knows, my birthday party this year might just be Finding Dory themed…
- Looking for a great invitation you can send out via email? Why not check out punchbowl.com.
- Kathy from Mrs Kathy King has an amazing (i’m not kidding – it’s AMAZING) selection of printable Finding Dory party decorations, everything from party hats to thank you cards and cupcake toppers.
- Every part needs some entertainment… how about a round of Finding Dory party bingo? Get the free printable here (sunshineandhurricanes.com)
- Looking for cake ideas – there are a ton on Pinterest, but these two are by far my favorite… just use your favorite cake recipe, and get creative!
- Need another party food idea? How about Dory Snack Mix form sunshineandhurricanes.com?
3. Star Wars Party – because who wouldn’t want a Star Wars party!?!
- punchbowl.com has 8 amazing online Star Wars invitations to send out to all your child’s friends. All you need to do is register, membership is free- there is an upgrade that allows you to upload a photo, but hey, free is pretty great 🙂
- If you prefer to send out an invite that your little guests can wrap their hands around, why not try this cool DIY light-saber invite by Melissa from A Little Loveliness.
- Looking for snack ideas? Head on over to Here Comes the Sun (herecomesthesunblog.net) for lots of amazing ideas. These are just a few…
- This balloon tie fighters craft is super cool. It can be modified to suit your party needs – either Darth vader’s Fleet or support for the Rebel Alliance. You can hang them high and keep them purely as party decorations, but where’s the fun in that… hang them low, and let the kids use those light sabers in a real high energy party game – kinda like pinatas without the candy (unless you want to try get a few pieces of candy in each balloon when you’re blowing them up?)
- Another great activity to have as a back-up is a R2-D2 and C-3PO Coloring Page from Disney.
- How about Star Wars cupcakes – get these cool cupcake toppers from family.disney.com. Best thing to do is print out two sets – that way you can stick them back to back and have a much better looking end result 🙂 .
- If you prefer a real cake , or want to go for both (i don’t blame you!) then this one from Rust and Sunshine is a great option.
4. Bonfire Birthday Party (perfect for teens)
- Get the free invitation to download and print from Greetings Island.
- Set the scene – this can be done relatively easily: a few little candles, some carefully decorated pieces… here is some inspiration taken from Such the Spot.
- Create a sparkler station for when it comes time to sing ‘Happy Birthday’. Everyone can grab a sparkler and make the moment really magical!
- Be sure to have traditional bonfire party food – s’mores are NOT OPTIONAL! 🙂 You could go the traditional route, or you could encourage the teens to get creative… check out these 10 crazy sweet and savoury s’mores from BBCGoodFood.com
- Every bonfire needs some sticky popcorn – and I’ve got a great recipe for you! Sticky popcorn pots (here, on brightnbrainy.com 🙂 ) are the perfect bonfire party snack.
5. Rainbow Loom Party – What a cool idea! You just ask the guests to bring along their own ‘loom’ (most girls between the ages of 7 and 13 will have one in the family). Now I know what you’re thinking… what about the guests that don’t have their own loom – going out and buying each guest a Rainbow Loom can get quite expensive – luckily, if you head on over rainbowloom.com, you should be able to find an alternative. One great option would be the mini rainbow loom . It does look a lot simpler than the original, but the end results are just as stunning. Check out this instructional video I found on Youtube..
Another option would be the finger rainbow loom – no hook needed! And they come in various colours too! These cost only $3.99 each, and do come with an assortment of bands. Check out the video…
- Invitations – Free, ready-to-print Rainbow Loom party invites were a little harder to find than i imagined… But I did manage to find one (at momof6.com)
- If you are feeling creative, design software like PicMonkey is another great options for invitations … just look at this beautiful invitation that Coleen from San Antonio Mom’s Blog created (i don’t know which software she used)
- What better decoration for a Rainbow Loom Party than colorful paper chains! These will definitely add the necessary splash of rainbow madness to any party venue -inside or out!
- If you can get your hands on some rainbow coloured tinsel, this sparkly rainbow would make the best backdrop for your snack table or looming station. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a photo credit or instructions, but thought the photo would provide some inspiration!
- These snack bags are actually listed on Our Best Bites as a St. Patrick’s Day snack, but I think it’ll make a great Rainbow Loom party favour.
- The birthday cake at a Rainbow Loom party has to be a RAINBOW CAKE!! YAY!! It’s easier than you think (or so they tell me 🙂 ) Get the recipe and instructions here (bbcgoodfood.com).
6. Pirate Party – There is so much out there for anyone planning a pirate party – the options are really great! I have just decided to showcase a few of my favorites here. Take a look…
- For the coolest online pirate party invites, head on over to Punchbowl . Personally, I love this black and white look, but they also have a more colorful option if your birthday pirate is a little younger.
- Every Pirate Party needs pirate hats and eye patches, right? Well, for these and an entire selection of other cool FREE pirate printables that match perfectly with the black and white pirate invite, you have to check out the brother creative center (brother.com)
- If you decide to go for the more colorful pirate party, these printables from Cottage Industrialist are great! There are thank you cards, pirate hat, moustache and eye patch sets, buried treasure envelopes and pirate party punting, among other things… go take a look.
- Party food – How about these amazing pirate ship hot dogs (pizzazzerie.com)? You can put you child’s name or age in the flag, it’s up to you really.
- If you need some ideas for pirate themed party games, you could always do a pirate themed treasure hunt, like Alli from An Alli Event did.
- Get a kiddy pool and have the kids ‘walk the plank’ as seen on Sweeten Your Day Events blog. Don’t forget to grab your camera and take lots of photos!
- Why not make a pirate punch box (the name sounds more violent than it is, i promise 🙂 ) as found on suburble.com? The kids will love winning little prizes, and you can make sure that the prizes ass to the pirate theme… little eye patches, a bag of chocolate coins.
- This has to be the winner when it comes to all the pirate cakes out there, if you ask me… just look at it! Hodge Podge Craft promises that it’s not too difficult, and that this cake can be done in just one morning… I’d say it’s worth a go… but i might have a practise go the week before just to be sure… hey, an extra cake ain’t going to hurt anyway… 😉
Well there you go… 7 fabulous parties, done and dusted… Perhaps now we too can add our pics to the Pinterest gallery!
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