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99 BEST PARTY THEMES FOR KIDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Here is a list in alphabetical order of the 99 BEST kids’ birthday party themes for kids’ parties. I’ve also compiled a quick shopping guide and list of my favourite online party supplies stores.
Quick note: If you’re looking for party themes for adults, pop over to my post with 390 party theme ideas for adult parties.
CHOOSING THE BEST KIDS’ PARTY THEME
Making a brilliant and unforgettable birthday party for your child is a big project. Deciding on a great party theme is a good starting point for planning the party.
Use this list to make it easier to decide on what the theme will be. Once you have the theme, you can decide where to host the party and start working out the entertainment and the best kids’ party games.
TOP TIP: Draw up a shortlist of theme ideas from the A-Z list and then offer your child a choice between two; that way, you get to stay pretty much in control!
It is a good idea to consider the following things when deciding on a theme:
- How much time do you have to prepare?
- How easy will it be to source decorations and supplies?
- How much money do you have in your party budget?
- How suitable is the theme for the age of the guests?
Want to know where to get hold of party supplies for a theme? Scroll down to the bottom of the list to check out my quick shopping guide for a selection of the top party themes listed. I’ve also compiled a list of my favourite online kids’ party supply stores.
99 BEST KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY THEMES
This A-Z list of themes contains some absolute classics with more unusual children’s party ideas.
There are themes for boys, girls, gender-neutral, toddlers, first-birthday parties and for tweens and teens.
- Art party
- Animal petting party
- Afternoon tea party
- Alice in Wonderland themed party
- Avengers party
- Aeroplane themed party
- Bunny birthday party
- Beach party – indoor or outdoor
- Baking party
- Bubble party
- Ballet party
- Butterflies party
- Bowling party
- Boho party
- Cricket party
- Construction party
- Crafting party
- Circus themed party
- Cinderella party
- Coding party
- Den survival party
- Detective party
- Dance class party
- Dinosaur party
- Dragon party
- Donut themed party
- Encanto themed party
- Fireman party
- Face painting party
- Football party
- Fancy dress party
- Flower power party
- Fantastic Beasts party
- Frozen party theme
- Farm party
- Fashionista party
- Fortnite party
- Glamping party
- Glitz and glamour dress up party
- Garden camping party
- Geology rock party
- Glam squad party
- Gymnastics party
- Gaming themed party
- Hollywood style party
- Hot tub spa party
- Harry Potter party
- Horse riding party
- Hungry caterpillar party
- Ice cream bar party
- Indoor camping party
- Jungle theme party
- Jewellery making party
- Knights mediaeval party
- Karate party
- Kite flying party
- Music festival party
- Mad scientist party
- Movie night sleepover party
- Marvel characters party
- Mini golf-themed party
- Mermaid party
- Magician party
- Neon party – see my guide to hosting a neon party
- Nautical party
- Paw Patrol party
- Paddington Bear-themed party
- Polka dot party
- Princess party – see my guide to hosting a princess party
- Pyjama party
- Peter Rabbit party
- Puppy themed party
- Pirate party
- Racing cars party
- Robots party
- Rainbow themed birthday
- Stranger Things party
- Sloth theme party
- Sweet shop party
- Star Wars party
- Superhero party
- Slime party
- Snow White party
- Spa pamper party
- Safari party
- Star Wars party
- Space party
- Slumber party
- Selfie party
- Teddy bears’ picnic party
- Tropical party
- Thomas the Tank Engine party
- TikTok theme party
- Train theme party
- T-shirt painting party
- Unicorn party
- Under the sea theme party
- Willy Wonka-style chocolate party
- Winnie The Pooh party
I hope at least a few of these themes spark your imagination and help you plan the best party ever for your child.
Related: Easy party games, Indoor and outdoor party games and party games for teens.
GREAT KIDS’ BIRTHDAY PARTY THEME SUPPLIES LIST
Once you’ve chosen your theme, you’ll need some party supplies to bring your theme to life. I know from experience that it can take forever to source brilliantly themed supplies.
So I thought I’d give you a head start by listing some of my favourite supplies for the above themes.
I hope you find the links useful. I’ve tried to choose from various party supply brands and shops.
You can download my free kids’ party planner printable checklist and add any finds below into the notes.
QUICK SHOPPING GUIDE FOR MY FAVOURITE PARTY THEMES
So, I’ve started working on a big shopping list for some of my favourite kids’ party themes to help get you started. I will add to it over time until it’s a huge great shopping list covering all 99 kids’ party theme ideas on the list.
Do feel free to mention any great discoveries you’ve found in the comments below, and I will check them out and add them in.
KIDS PARTY THEME SUPPLIES SHOPPING LIST
1. Art party
There are some great art party supplies over on Etsy
2. Animal petting party
Read this guide on how to host a kids’ animal petting party
3. Afternoon tea party
Now, how cute are these vintage cups and saucer-style party cups?
4. Alice in Wonderland-themed party
These Alice in Wonderland paper party plates are lovely, and these are some rather nice Alice in Wonderland party packs, and there are some really gorgeous Alice in Wonderland party bits over on Etsy.
5. Avengers party
There’s a great Avengers pinata by Party Pieces, and you can get all manner of Avengers party supplies from So Party Supplies on Etsy.
6. Aeroplane-themed party
There’s a darling vintage aeroplane inspired birthday banner over on Etsy, some fab aeroplane printed balloons and paper aeroplane drinking straws and these aeroplane themed photo booth props from Ginger Ray are bound to cause hilarity.
7. Bunny birthday party
There are plenty of super cute bunny party supplies from Super Sweet Party to choose from, if you fancy a bit of craft DIY, grab this bunny ears template so you can make bunny ears headbands for all the party guests. I’m unsure how I feel about whacking this adorable bunny head pinata from Hopscotch!! So I might suggest sticking to their bunny birthday party bunting. They’ve got a selection of other bunny party supplies worth checking out.
8. Beach party – indoor or outdoor
This beach themed birthday cake decorating set is just brilliant. You could grab these beach ball paper party plates from Party Save Smile. And these indoor beach party inflatables are going to set the scene so well.
9. Baking party
I suggest you head straight to Craft & Crumb on NotOnTheHighStreet if you want to make your life super easy planning a kids baking party. Craft & Crumb has the most amazing array of eye-pleasing, mouthwatering baking kits, with everything from a pizza biscuit baking kit and a burger and bun cake baking kit to dinosaur biscuits and fairytale cupcakes. Seriously, go and take a look, you won’t be able to resist!
10. Bubble party
First up, you’ll need a bubble machine, this Gazillion Tornado bubble machine is featured on Amazon as the best bubble machine for non-stop bubbles. You might also find a giant bubble making kit goes down very well with party guests. Clear balloons filled with confetti would make good party decorations, these by Partrama are biodegradable, by far the best way to buy balloons.
11. Ballet party
This ballet slipper pinata kit from Party Delights is an absolute winner. I’m always much happier about kids bashing a pinata that doesn’t have a face!! These ballet dancer paper cups from Meri Meri would add a lovely touch. Meri Meri also has some fabulous ballerina cupcake toppers.
12. Butterflies party
These edible wafer butterfly cake decorations are just lovely. The wonderful Party Pieces has a divine selection of butterfly themed party supplies, from butterfly topped party gift boxes to butterfly masks, paper plates and hanging decorations and a whole bunch of other butterfly bits and pieces. Take a look at their entire butterfly themed party supplies and take your pick.
13. Bowling party
Grab these bowling party invites over on Amazon and Etsy has an array of really cool looking bowling party favours, party bag fillers, party boxes and even bowling party hand sanitiser labels!!!
14. Boho party
Pop to Pretty Little Party Shop for some gorgeous boho inspired party decorations, including flower garlands. Party Pieces also has a nice selection of boho inspired party pieces.
15. Cricket party
These cricket paper plates on Zazzle can be personalised with the birthday child’s name, as can the green and white cricket themed party favour boxes. These cricket and stumps cupcake toppers are pretty great. NotOnTheHighStreet has a lovely cricket person party decorations pack with bunting, flags and place cards.
16. Construction party
Hopscotch has some brilliant construction party cake toppers amongst a selection of really brilliant construction party decorations and supplies. Oh and check out these traffic cone party hats from Party Delights, they’d make for brilliant party photos!
17. Crafting party
I’ve put together a post on the best crafting kits for kids’ birthday parties. As I mention in the post, the great thing about a crafting party is that the craft the guests make can become their party gift! A nice little money and time saver!
18. Circus theme party
These pre-filled circus themed party bags from The Little Things are really up scale, the price does reflect this, but if you want to go all out, take a peak. The Little Things sells all manner of party favours, the circus party favour boxes are also super cute. Meri Meri has some really lovely circus paper party plates.
19. Donut theme party
Etsy has some brilliant donut themed party supplies, including donut walls, which will no doubt have kids’ eyes out on stalks. The Pretty Little Party Shop has a donut pinata – I guess the dilemma is whether to fill it with mini donuts or whether that would just be too messy! Amazon also has a selection of donut pinatas. Amazon also has a donut themed party set of plates, cups, napkins and straws. And NotOnTheHighStreet has a brilliant donut themed craft kit, that can double-up as a party favour.
20. Encanto theme party
Party Delights has an array of Encanto themed party supplies, from paper plates to shaped balloons. Party Pieces also has some lovely Encanto inspired party bits. Amazon has got an Encanto party set with table cloth, paper plates, cups etc.
21. Gaming theme party
The gaming partywear at Ginger Ray is off-the-scale brilliant, they’ve got everything from gaming controller plates to bunting and gaming controller treat stand. Head to the Ginger Ray website to take a look. I’ve noticed you can also buy the Ginger Ray treat stand on Amazon. There is a brilliant gaming control pinata on Pretty Little Party Shop.
22. Stranger Things theme party
Now, this is certainly a theme for slightly older kids, but even so it’s a super fun one. These Hawkins Middle School pencils would make great party favours. This ‘Friends Don’t Lie’ Stranger Things inspired birthday cake by Every Cake is absolutely epic! Party Delights has Stranger Things paper cups and plates. There are quite a few Stranger Things party supplies on Etsy too.
23. T-shirt painting party
This genius personalised T-shirt painting party kit will make your life SO easy It’s yet another idea that makes for a great birthday party activity that can double up as a party gift.
24. Unicorn theme party
These unicorn party boxes are great for easily creating a theme, and NotOnTheHighStreet has some brilliant unicorn-themed party supplies.
SOME OF THE BEST ONLINE KIDS’ PARTY SUPPLY STORES
My favourite kids party supplies online stores
Finding great supplies for a kids party can take a LOT of time and effort, so I've put together a list of some of my favourite online stores that have great supplies for kids parties. They've got everything from themed party decorations and accessories to cake toppers, cakes, party bags, party favours, games and literally everything you need to host a great kids party.
NotOnTheHighStreet. is one of my favourite absolute go-tos for party decorations and party gifts.
Party Pieces is one the best established party suppliers online. It also has a bit of a royal connection - google it!! It has the most beautiful array of party supplies for both kids parties and parties for adults.
Ginger Ray has a huge selection of party supplies and decorations for kids birthday parties and a whole lot of other parties as well. They have plenty of eco-friendly partywear too, which is always a good thing. If you've got an Amazon account, you can also find Ginger Ray on Amazon.
Meri Meri has some genius kids partywear. The online store also has dress up clothes for kids. I've spied that Meri Meri also has a store on Amazon.
Etsy just keeps getting better and better, the quality of some of the items on Etsy is just amazing and it's great to know that you're buying from small businesses. The animal bunting below is from Luck & Luck one of the myriad of amazing partywear sellers on Etsy.
Oh where do I start... Every Cake creates bespoke cakes for parties, they've got everything from the more traditional birthday cake with name on to theme cakes, such as Stranger Things, to superheroes, Encanto, ice-cream theme cakes and, and... just go and take a look!!! They also supply backdrops and balloons to showcase your cake. Genius! They're handmade and deliver all round mainland UK.
Pretty Little Party Shop
Pretty Little Party Shop is a delight of an online party store, it has an array of kids party themes, including plenty of eco-friendly options.
Talking Tables doesn't have the widest selection, but the partywear and supplies it has are really gorgeous. Lots of bright colours and fun. The company is big on sourcing eco-friendly products, which is always good.
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Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists. She has written about all aspects of organising family life for ten years. Her main areas of expertise are family finance and budgeting, simplifying housekeeping and family admin and kids’ party planning. Read more.
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