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17 Completely Awesome Party Ideas For Kids (Or Adults)

Doughnuts, dinosaurs, gnomes: these ideas are so delightful you’ll want to use them for your *own* birthday party.

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1. Doughnuts

Who doesn’t like doughnuts? People who hate joy (and their tastebuds). The people at Fancy That *love* doughnuts and they put together the beauteous mint and coral colored party you see above (photographed by Katie Hickenbottom).

You can learn how to make your own doughnut balloons and a doughnut piñata using their simple tutorials.

 

One of the best things about throwing a doughnut party is the fact that you don’t even have to make a cake! That being said, you may *want* to bake a cake: if you do, it should totally be this one shaped like a stack of giant doughnuts by Sprinkle Bakes.

When it comes to displaying the actual doughnuts, go the extra mile and build a rack! Stacking is great, but a rack will allow you to make towers of doughnuts that’ll never tip over.

2. Astronaut

3, 2, 1, BLASTOFF… to a space-themed party! After biting into this chocolate moon cake, all of the astronauts at your event will be thankful that you decided not to serve dehydrated food.

 

Send out squishy moon stress balls as invitations (as seen on And We Play) and turn a few cardboard boxes into the perfect photo op (as seen on Unskippy Boppy).

3. Geology

 

Invite your friends and family to a rockin’ geology party with these vintage-inspired invitations. They’ll be *so* impressed when they arrive and see the gemstone cupcakes you’ve prepared.

 

Make crayon rocks to send home as favors and festoon the party room with a DIY gemstone garland.

4. Gnome

Turn your home sweet home into a forest glen fit for gnome sweet gnomes.

To emulate this lovely arrangement from Inspired By This, cover floral arranging blocks with real (or fake) moss and use them to display lollipops. If you don’t have *actual* stumps to use, you can cover the sides of cylindrical objects (vases, buckets, etc.) with woodgrain paper and the tops with more moss.

 

If you send an invitation this cute, no one will be able to RSVP no.

Make red hats for all of your guests using this no-sew tutorial at That’s Quite Nice.

 

Once everyone has their red hats on, serve mushroom cookies and a cake shaped like a log.

5. Bubbles

Courtesy of Lemonberry Moon as featured on momsandmunchkins.ca

Get out your wands for a bubble-themed blowout.

To make bubbles fit for giants, try out this soap solution at Tatertots & Jello.

 

Cover a cake with edible bubbles created using gelatin and send everyone home with bubbly favors (get the free printable at Persia Lou).

6. Glow in the Dark

Swap all your normal lightbulbs out for black light ones and get things glowing with the party ideas at A Pumpkin & A Princess.

 

Head to Say Yes to learn how to make glowing balloons (and then cover the floor with them).

Have a yard? Go outside and play glow in the dark baseball!

7. Flamingo

 

If you love the color pink (or even just awesome birds), mail out invitations to a flamingo party! How could you *not* want to after seeing this stunning event photographed by Amy and Jordan Photography?

 

Bring simple party hats to the next level with feathers and flamingo heads then play a few rousing rounds of ring toss using lawn flamingos (or build a piñata)

8. Rainbow

Fluffy white pom poms + vibrant garlands = the perfect DIY backdrop for a rainbow party.

 

Head to Mr. Printables to get the PDF for their free rainbow invitations, then click over to The House That Lars Built to learn how to make a rainbow balloon arch that you’ll want to keep up long after the party is over.

 

Make a rainbow cake topper using felt balls and a fun punching piñata using tissue paper.

9. Dinosaur

Press play on the Jurassic Park soundtrack as soon as guests start to arrive at a dinosaur party (like this marvelous one seen at Spaceships and Laserbeams).

 

Place of My Taste has a ton of other clever food ideas for a dinosaur-themed party (including these Bugles nails and a fiercely carved watermelon).

10. Unicorn

Make a birthday a truly ~magical~ event with a unicorn theme.

 

Visit the Val Event Girl blog to learn how to make party horns for each guest and Sugar & Cloth to get the recipe for this gorgeous unicorn strawberry cake.

Use mason jars to send every unicorn home with glitter playdough (using this tutorial from A Bubbly Life).

11. Science

Crackers Art offers an array of awesome printables for throwing the party of your little scientist’s dreams.

 

Start the party off with a few science experiments (here are some great ones) and then serve petri dish JELL-O and “potion” you can drink.

12. Artist

Know someone who loves nothing more than painting or drawing? An artist-themed party is the way to go (and The Handmade Home has plenty of tips and tricks for throwing one).

 

Use brightly colored frosting to turn a giant cookie into an artist’s palette (as seen over at Eclectic Momsense) and print out customizable invitations for boys or girls.

13. Pirate

Ahoy! If you’re going to throw a party for swashbucklers, it only makes sense to have the invitation on a treasure map.

 

Put together a paper pirate ship to display buccaneer cupcakes on or visit the Etsy blog to learn how to make a treasure chest out of candy.

Looking for some pirate-themed games? Fleece Fun has you covered.

14. Dr. Seuss

It’s easy to turn almost any book into a party theme, but Dr. Seuss books are particularly good choices to base a celebration around. This shop is stocked with printable props to put together a fun, Seuss-y photobooth.

 

Learn how to make a cake topped with truffula trees at Diamonds for Dessert and green egg snacks at Practically Functional.

15. Monster

Get spooky (or just cute) with a monster theme (and mini monster cupcakes).

 

This post at The Photographer’s Wife is chock full of ways to put together a marvelously monstrous shindig.

 

Give your guests one-eyed party hats to wear during the party and hand them a bottle of monster munchies as they leave.

16. Polka Dot

Partygoers will be seeing spots with this merry theme (executed to perfection in this post over at Love The Day).

17. Bugs

 

Finally, get creepy and crawly (in the best possible way) with a bug party. Spread the word with winged invitations and then start to put together a magnificent dessert table like this one from Spaceships and Laserbeams.

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