Birthday Party Themes

All the ideas you need to select a great theme for your next party!

This year, when planning a birthday party for that special person in your life, enhance their fond memories of the day by incorporating a birthday party theme into your celebration. Birthday parties may only last for a few hours, but the memories they create endure for decades.

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If you're planning a birthday party for a baby or child, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when selecting a theme and other details:

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  • The guest of honor's interests
  • The space available in the party venue
  • Your party budget

For adult parties, in addition to the above considerations, you'll also need to be mindful of:

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  • The general attitude of the guests. (Will they be receptive to party games and costumes, or potentially offended by the party's theme?)

  • The sensitivity and comfort level of the guest of honor. Remember, while an "Over the Hill" party can be great fun, it's best to steer clear from this theme if the birthday boy or girl is sensitive about his or her age.

If you're having trouble narrowing it down to one theme, here are a few tried and true suggestions:

Girls' Birthday Themes

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Create magical birthday memories for your little girl with a fairy or princess party, or pamper her with a tea or spa party. For the budding performer in your life, a High School Musical Party or a Hannah Montana theme party is sure to be a hit.

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Boys' Birthday Themes

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For an action-packed birthday celebration, your little boy is sure to enjoy a theme based on superheroes, GI Joe, monster trucks, or high-octane racing. If the birthday boy is on the adventurous side, you'll strike it rich with a pirate party - complete with a treasure hunt and bounty of tasty booty for all his little mateys.

Boy Birthday Party Ideas

Baby Birthday Themes

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While baby birthday parties are primarily for adult friends and family, be sure to get baby in on the fun with a Barney, Baby Einstein birthday party, Elmo birthday party, or Winnie the Pooh theme party. Or, use your imagination and design a customized birthday theme around your little one's favorite book, toy, or stuffed animal.

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Adult Birthday Party Themes

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When selecting adult birthday party themes, there are tons of different options to choose from (or you might even be inspired to create your own theme)! Part of the fun is in the search for the perfect theme! Whether you're looking for something classic or something with a more modern and funky twist, you're sure to find something that will be fun and that suits your style and personality.

Some adult party theme ideas to help you get started are western/cowboy, pirate, casino, over-the-hill, slumber, Arabian nights party, or pool party. More distinguished and sophisticated party themes might include a coffee party, tea party, black and white party (or other color themes), Hollywood party, or throw a masquerade ball. Another neat idea which might make a great girls night party theme (although there are lots of men would enjoy this indulgence) is a spa party. Most of all, have a little fun with it!

More Adult Birthday Party Ideas

In short, there are a lot of different party themes that can be used for a birthday and lots of different ideas to incorporate the theme into your planning from the party games that you choose, to the party food, drink and decorations. For kids, there are a myriad of themes that range from cowboy themes to sport themes. Adults are not to be left out of the themed birthday paradigm. In fact, an adult birthday party with a theme can awaken the kid inside of all of us.

Finally, even little babies can have a fun filled 1st birthday, with family and friends coming together in one of the many fun birthday themes available to choose from.

Having a good list of birthday party themes is going to be key to throwing the party that everyone will want to attend; most of all, the right party theme will give the grown-up, the child, or the infant a great birthday that will hopefully give them fond memories that will last a lifetime.

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