Trying to find the best ideas for kid birthday party events can often be a bit of a headache.
With so many party ideas out there, and with our kids growing up so fast and their tastes changing so rapidly in the process, it's no wonder we often find ourselves getting in a bit of a flap during the birthday season. However, planning kids birthday parties can be fun, rewarding and importantly easy, whilst still giving your kids the best birthday party ever that all their friends will be jealous of!
With our birthday party ideas, you won't be short of party themes, party games and cake suggestions ready for the big day. It's understandable that now your kids are getting older, what they used to see as fun isn't anymore. They may be looking for a birthday party that feels a little bit more grown-up, or maybe your kids are preferring something more silly to giggle with their friends. Whatever it is, we've come up with different birthday party ideas and recommendations that will suit any soon-to-be-ten-year-old.
What better way to throw a birthday party than to have a princess party? You can have great fun sending out themed guest invites, and dressing as their best princess character. For extra fun, why not make it a sleepover birthday party? Have themed snacks ready for the sleepover, for example, frosted doughnuts are a fantastic Pinterest sleepover birthday party trend! One party game to try is the Tangled Rapunzel game, where your partner is tangled in yellow crepe paper and has to escape! This can even be something played later in the birthday sleepover evening.
Although being a 9-year-old might seem young still, kids do grow up fast and their tastes and preferences can change in the process. A 9-year-old birthday party does not have to be silly to be fun, and you can add some elements of sophistication into the birthday party to make your 9-year-old feel that little bit more grown-up. Fun shaped kids canapés are one idea for birthday food for this atmosphere. Board games are also always winners such as Articulate, which can really add some fun.
A movie night is always one of the great birthday party ideas and also perfect for a more grown-up feeling party. Pick a film appropriate for your 9-year-old and their guests, and maybe throw a birthday party sleepover so everyone can stay up a bit later for hot chocolate. Have a themed cake in keeping with the chosen film!
For more of a party games birthday, why not throw an outdoor soccer party? This is always a favourite theme among 9-year-olds. It encourages kids to get in the outdoor air and play soccer games. Invite enough friends to make up two teams. Party prizes in keeping with the birthday party theme can be given out too! And don't forget the soccer ball cake!
With galleries beginning to reopen, what better time to throw an artist's themed birthday party? This is one of the more quirky birthday party ideas but definitely makes for a great and creative birthday party for kids. Have everyone dress up as their favourite artist from Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali to Frida Kahlo! You can have artist inspired birthday party games ready. One of our favourites is the portrait game, where the contestants have to try and see if they can draw their partner's portrait with limitations such as using one hand or having their eyes shut. Have paintbrush and paint inspired birthday party decorations at the ready too!
For another one of the outdoor birthday parties ideas, have a go at throwing a birthday beach party! It's not as complicated as you might first think. Get together some sand, Hawaiian flowers and lots of tropical fruit and it's definitely a winner. One idea is to throw it in a backyard, or even a local park if it's possible. Party games for younger guests too, like limbo, mean all the guests will be catered for whatever their age! For an extra special birthday gesture, give every guest a Hawaiian lei (a type of flower garland) as they leave as something extra to take home to remember the day by.
If your kids have a favourite film or TV show in mind, a themed character birthday party might be the perfect option. Get everyone to dress up as their favourite character from the show, and play games related to the show too. It's one of our favourite birthday party ideas as it includes everyone and gives all guests something they can relate to, whatever age or gender! Character birthday parties always go down a treat. Themed decorations, food and games make it feel extra special.
This is one of the birthday party ideas that can be achieved much in the same way as the themed character party, but with an added twist. Why not take your child and guests to a petting zoo or farm for animal feeding, stroking and fresh air! Some even have birthday ideas and help if you book through them to, with picnic food packages for parties being something they can cater for.
Ice Cream Party
For something that will suit any foodie, why not have fun throwing an ice cream party? If you can get your hands on an ice cream maker even better, as everyone can have hours of endless fun making their favourite flavour homemade, and decorating it with colourful toppings and sprinkles! You could even get the local ice cream van to come along.
Survival Skills Party
Much in the style of Bear Grylls, one of the most daring birthday party ideas is to have a survival party. Here you can have fun activities such as teaching your kids how to light a camp fire, play with a toy archery kit and even toast marshmallows.
This is one of the birthday ideas that is so interactive and involves a challenge. Have everyone come as their favourite pirate, and go on a birthday treasure hunt.
Science Fiction Party
From Doctor Who to Star Wars, get your kids and their pals to dress up as their favourite character. For fun sci-fi recipe ideas, try out making the famous Star Wars Blue Milk drink! All you need is coconut milk, food colouring, blueberries and your favourite juice and you've got it!
For something a little more chilled out, why not make the most of the sunnier weather and have a picnic kids party. There's a full host of picnic ideas online to enjoy, however, one of our favourite of the ideas is perhaps the simplest; to head to your local park, throw down a few blankets and have a laugh. For a more grown-up feel, have a go at making some alcohol-free Pimms with extra strawberries, and have the perfect picnic music playlist at the ready! For more playlist ideas check out Spotify!
Party Games Birthday
An easy yet effective option is to have a party games party, where all you do is play nothing but games! From pin the tail on the donkey, hide and seek, tag and piñata, there's endless birthday fun to be had!
Get the dough at the ready with this fun pizza party option. It's one of the many foodie ideas out there, but an all-time favourite. Get everyone to grab some dough, sprinkle on their favourite toppings and cook!
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