Children go through phases, and when their birthday comes around, they might be really into a particular TV show, book character or animal. Chances are they are not alone in their liking, and there will be plenty of ways that their favourite can be incorporated into a birthday party that they and their friends will enjoy.
As far as characters are concerned, many kids will be familiar with, and love, some of the characters from the world of Disney. These will probably include Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Snow White. Or perhaps, some boys are more action minded, and want to be Superman, Spiderman or Batman. Girls will no doubt love dressing up as Princess Aurora or Cinderella, or maybe a ballerina or mermaid. Forgetting characters for the moment, some children may show an interest in science or painting, and there are even ways these can be brought into a party, educating children at the same time as entertaining them.
How to extend the theme
Whatever the theme of the party, there are plenty of ways to go beyond just dressing up. Invitations can be created to include relevant pictures, be they pictures of test tubes and explosions, or images of Snow White and Eeyore. They can even come from the theme character, inviting children to attend the party of Fireman Sam’s particular friend.
The birthday cake can be iced in the theme colours, and topped with marzipan figurines or edible stickers of the characters.
Party bags can feature the party theme characters, and include little gifts associated with them, such as colouring pencils and crayons with character wrappers, or plastic jewellery as worn by the Disney princesses, as well as the usual small bags of sweets.
The hall or room where the party is being held must not be left out of the design. Hang banners that display the famous Disney fairy-tale castle, or ones that have dinosaurs peering out from behind trees and rocks. Blow up balloons that reflect the theme colours or have images printed on them, and stick them to points on the wall, ready to be pulled off later for the kids to have fun with.
Essential party furniture
Little chairs, like the ones at infant schools, are a necessity, as are extending dining tables or trestle tables that can be put together to form one long table that all the children can sit around. Cover these tables with coloured paper tablecloths that come in sections and can be taped together; perfect for soaking up those inevitable spillages.
Keep two tables back, one for the adults who come with their children, and lay this with adult drinks and some snacks, and the other for the presents the children will bring, and as somewhere to cut the birthday cake. Provide some larger chairs for the adults too.
Birthday party games
Some games never get old. Pass the parcel is a favourite and is easy to organise, as is musical chairs. Some others that may require a little more planning and preparation include guessing contests, bobbing for apples and a scavenger or treasure hunt.