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.

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As a balloon artist in Ripley, Derbyshire in the East Midlands I  create unique balloon decor and balloon decorations, as well as  organic balloons and organic balloon decor and party balloons for wedding balloons and wedding balloon decor for wedding receptions. As well as balloons for corporate events and corporate event balloon decor. I also specialise in birthday party balloons and birthday party balloon decorations for special birthdays including 1st birthday party balloon decorations, 1st birthday balloons, 5th birthday party balloon decorations, 5th birthday balloons, 10th birthday party balloons, 18th birthday party balloons and 18th birthday balloon decorations, 21st birthday party balloons and 21st birthday balloon decorations, 30th birthday balloons, 40th birthday balloons, 50th birthday balloons, 60th birthday balloons, 70th birthday balloons, 80th birthday balloons, 90th birthday balloons, 100th birthday balloons.  I also create unique balloon decor for wedding anniversary balloon decorations including 25th wedding anniversary balloons, 50th wedding anniversary balloons, silver wedding balloons, golden wedding balloons, golden wedding anniversary balloons, silver wedding anniversary balloons and ballon decor and ballon decorations. My expertise as a balloon decorator is particularly important when create balloon decor for corporate events and event planners, for corporate balloon decor and corporate balloon decorations, balloons for corporate events, corporate balloons and balloons for corporate functions and corporate awards ceremony balloons and corporate awards balloon decorations. As a balloon modeller and balloon twister I am an expert in balloon modelling and balloon twisting and I create amazing balloon animals and balloon animal models and I publish how to videos and balloon tutorials showing how to make balloon animals and learn balloon modelling and learn balloon twisitng. My balloon videos and balloon tutorials and balloon video tutorials are sold across the world. 


I am based in Ripley in Amber Valley in Derbyshire.  I also cover Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. I attend parties and events for balloon modelling and balloon twisting in Alfreton, Heanor, Swanwick.  I also provide balloon modelling for children's parties at Belper, Selston, Hucknall, Papplewick and Linby and Nutall. I decorate parties and visit Heanor, Eastwood, Langley Mill, Ilkeston, Brinsley, Underwood, Kimberley, Sutton in Ashfield, Selston and Kirkby in Ashfield, and also Somercotes and Leabrooks and Swanwick. I work as a balloon artist in Pinxton, South Normanton, Mansfield, Forest Town, Waingroves, Marehay, Denby, Blackbrook, Shottle Hall, Holbrook and Derby. In addition to Loscoe, as well as Codnor, Ambergate, Riddings, Bagthorpe, Ravenshead, Pinxton, Jacksdale, Brinsley, Clay Cross. Other areas I cover South Wingfield, Crich, West Hallam and Giltbrook, in addition to Wingerworth, Mansfield Woodhouse and Shirebrook, Matlock, Matlock Bath and Cromford, as well as Little Eaton and Breadsall. 

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