Theming a children's party
Creating a special and unique theme is a great way to distinguish your child’s party from all the other parties their friends will attend this year.
So how do you stand out in a field of unicorns and a sea of mermaid themed parties?
Be a llama, not a sheep
Rather than following the latest popular theme, look for new and emerging trends so that your party will be remembered as the first llama or toucan-themed party in your area … and yes, both these themes are on their way!
In fact … and remember you read it here first … we predict that the nation’s love-affair with unicorns will be replaced over the course of the next year by a fascination for llamas.
Being ahead of a trend will help build your reputation for holding trend-setting parties.
Pick a theme and carry it through
A strong theme can make your party stand out for the right reasons, but focus is important. Here’s a ‘for instance’ as our old Maths teacher used to say.
Superhero themes are very popular thanks to Marvel films being released on a regular basis in recent years. But with a general superhero theme, it’s very difficult to distinguish your party from other superhero parties.
With a broad theme, you’re also more likely to drift off topic and get carried away with ideas that are only loosely related or completely unrelated to your original idea.
In this instance, we would recommend focusing on a particular superhero and theming your party around the character or set of characters, for example: Spiderman, Ninja turtles, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman. Your young guests are less likely to have attended umpteen Wonder Woman parties, but how many superhero parties have they been to?
Staying on theme is important for creating excitement and lasting memories of your child’s birthday party. Deviating from the theme may cause confusion and disappointment for some children.
So, in short, a well-focused theme is more likely to make your party memorable than a broad theme.
Popular versus unusual themes
It is relatively easy to stay on topic when your party theme is a popular film, such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, or something generic like pirates and princesses. With a trending theme, you’ll be able to find decorations, outfits, games and a whole host of other party paraphernalia quite easily.
A more unusual or personalized theme will require a bit more work, thought, planning and time. You may even want to get a group of family and friends together in the early planning stages to help you generate ideas for decorations, games and activities.
You may have a child who loves animals and wants to be a vet, or who has a fascination with mythology, or a particular country and its culture, or who loves space and wants to be an astronaut.
Your child’s interests or fascinations can make exciting and unusual themes for a highly successful party.
Small or large - does size matter?
Ultimately, the main goal of your party is for everyone to have fun and that includes not just the children attending, but also their parents and hopefully yourself too.
It’s easy to get carried away with thinking that you have to invite every child from every class and activity group your child attends, but somewhere you’ll need to draw the line.
Remember, small parties can be just as much fun as larger ones and you’ll be able to ensure that the birthday child has as much fun and attention as they want and need.
So when it comes to organizing your child’s birthday party, keep your ultimate goal in mind and remember that size isn’t everything ... but enjoyment is.
Melanie Allen CBA
In her years as a Certified Balloon Artist, Melanie has decorated many children's parties in a whole range of themes. In her blog as The Derbyshire Balloon Artist, Melanie shares her experience as a balloon decorator and party professional.