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Birthday Party Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Birthday Party Ideas Your Kids Will Love

Jun 12, 2013

By Mike Ramidden

Goodie bags, scavenger hunts, charades, cake, balloons — these are memories that our children will have forever. To get started conceptualizing birthday party ideas, consider place, theme, food, activities and budget. The options are as limitless as the smiles on a successful party day!

Sometimes a fantastic kids birthday party revolves around a certain place. Memorable times will be had by all if you plan your celebration at: a roller rink or ice skating rink, a bowling alley, an indoor water park, the local park, a movie theater, a restaurant (McDonalds, Major Magic, Chuckie Cheese), Toys R Us, laser tag, the science museum, a mini-golf / go-cart facility, a paintball place, a rock gym, the zoo, or at a medieval times theater performance. These are just a few birthday party ideas your kids might love.

Another option is throwing a theme party at your own home. A great starting point for birthday party ideas is Coolest Kid Birthday Parties, where you can find instructions on making unique birthday invitations, find out where to buy party ware, a how-to-make-your-own-decorations guide for each theme, what icebreaker activities and games to plan, where to find costumes, what food to serve and what celebration favors to give out.

It’s really a one-stop shop for your celebration planning needs! Planning a kids birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful. The only difficult choice is which theme to choose: pirate, superheroes, wild west, knights and princesses, detective, circus, safari, sports, mystery, dinosaurs, Hollywood, army, Hawaiian, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Shrek, American Idol, Transformers, dress up, magic, under the sea, Caribbean, barnyard or medieval?

The general rule of thumb is to pick the theme and then the food. For instance, you might want to make a pineapple cheesecake for a Hawaiian celebration, turkey legs for a pirate celebration, elephant-shaped “peanutbutter and jellyphant” sandwiches for a safari one, or buffalo wings and bronco burgers for a western theme.

If you want to skip the planning and go for cost-efficiency, BBQ hamburgers, subs or sheet pizza is an easy answer. While children generally aren’t too picky, remember that for adults, the food makes the celebration.

The hardest part of throwing a kids birthday party is planning activities. Organizing several games to break up the day and keep kids entertained is the key to a successful celebration. You may purchase a slip and slide water game or water balloons for fun summer birthday party ideas.

Bobbing for apples, relay races, pinatas, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, tag, magnetic fishing games, musical chairs, Twister and Charades are always classic games. If you want to be really creative and wow the celebration, a scavenger hunt can be a memorable experience.

Check Oriental Trading for some neat prizes and goodie bag ideas. You’ll want every child to win a prize, so that no one ends up crying or feeling bad. Your best bet are games where everyone participates, the kids remain active and everyone wins in the end.

For large budgets, select from original birthday party ideas such as: surf simulators, sumo suits, petting zoos, hypnotists, magicians, rock climbs or bounce houses.

For smaller budgets, a simple Slip N Slide, a game of Twister, charades or a treasure hunt can work wonders. Large budgets may require catering, while small budgets can make use of The Dollar Store partyware and sheet pizza.

A visit to Party City or The Dollar Store or local party stores can also be a huge help. Whether your event consists of balloons, mimes and ponies or pirate decorations or just a cake and a treasure hunt, you aren’t alone in your search for birthday party ideas.

The internet has many sources for all-in-one event planning to make this day truly memorable!

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