Looking for ideas for birthday party themes for your child’s party? Here are 10 of the grooviest birthday party themes for boys, that your son is sure to love – from Dinosaurs to Pirates to Superheroes!
Before you yell at me for writing a gender specific article, be assured that one of my son’s favourite toys was his doll and pram, but he still wanted to be a pirate and a spaceman at one point or another. So I’ve picked out 10 ideas for boy party themes that range from “traditionally seen as boy” themes to either boy or girl could enjoy it and I hope you like them too.
#1. Frozen Party
You are invited to Sven/Olaf’s party at…
- Decorate the party room strings of white Christmas lights.
- Cut snowflakes from paper and hang them from the ceiling.
- Use cushion stuffing stretched out over tables or in corners where snow would collect.
- Make icicles from strips of crepe paper and hang them from doorways and mantels.
- Add silver confetti to your table for extra sparkle.
Ask the guests to dress up as a Frozen character.
- Olaf Cheese Strings
- Snowman Popcorn Balls
- Sven’s Antlers (pretzels)
Frozen Party Games
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman? game – similar to the Mummy game at Halloween, teams have to make one of their team members into a snowman by wrapping them in toilet paper (snow). First group to empty their rolls of toilet paper yells “Snowman” to win a prize.
- Or play Pin the Nose on Olaf.
Frozen Party Bag Ideas
- Packets of blue and white sidewalk chalk for making snowflakes at home.
- Place large marshmallows, pretzel sticks and m&m’s in ziploc bags to make snowmen at home.
- Small snow globes.
#2. Dinosaur Party Theme
Dinosaurs, Palm Trees, Volcanoes.
Turn party room into a primeval rainforest with plants & dinosaur footprints on floor.
Suggest guests wear dinosaur or cave people costumes.
- Dino shaped sandwiches & biscuits
- “Lava juice”
- Volcano with sparklers or dino shaped cake.
“Hatch the dino-egg” (Put prizes inside balloons for them to sit on an burst).
- Dinosaur jelllies
- Dino stickers
- Crayons & dinosaur booklet/picture to colour in.
#3. Outer Space Party Theme
Aliens, spaceships, planets, stars.
- Silver balloons
- Silver paper
- Planets hanging from the ceiling
Suggest they wear alien and spaceman costumes.
- Star shaped biscuits
- “Moon juice”
- Alien shaped cake.
Each child gets a turn being captain of the spaceship, in charge of the control panel.
- Glow in the dark stars
- Space stickers
- Space dust.
#4. Spooky Party Theme
Haunted house and bats.
- Cobwebs on the windows
- Black balloons
- Black crepe paper
- Spiders hanging from the ceiling
- Create “Specimen Jars” with anything that has the potential of looking revolting, e.g. cocktail sausages for Fingers; shredded red cabbage for Brains; hard boiled eggs, crack shells, soak in tea then peel for Eyes.
Guests to arrive in spooky costumes e.g. witches, ghosts, mummies.
- “Witches Fingers” – long chicken strips
- “Worm Casserole” – cook egg noodles and spaghetti and mix with butter and grated cheese, sprinkle with bread crumbs (dirt) and bake until cheese melted and crumbs toasted.
- Make a fruit juice punch and float plastic spiders in it.
- Apple bites with jam and “teeth” made from slivered almonds or pumpkin seeds.
“Mystery Boxes” – you will need boxes with lids with a different “spooky” item in each one for each guest to feel. Decorate the boxes with special effects, spider webs etc. Inside put:
- bones (fresh carrots)
- brains (tofu – round off the edges)
- eyeballs (peeled grapes or oiled olives)
- fingers (cocktail sausages)
- hair (cut from an old doll or wig)
- hand (Fill a latex surgical glove with water, drape it over a bowl to give it some shape and freeze it. Just before the party, stick it in a tray of dirt, sand, or rice so your guests has to feel around)
- ears (dried apricots)
- intestines (wet cold spaghetti)
- liver (half of a tinned peach)
- skin (oil a soft flour tortilla)
- teeth (unpopped popcorn)
- Plastic spiders or lizards
- Halloween stickers
- Jelly worms
- Fizzy snakes
#5. Wild West Themed Party
Make a ‘Wanted’ poster: “We want YOU–To Come To Our Party”. Wanted Any Buckaroo Knowing This Outlaw: (child’s picture and Name) , Reward: Birthday Shindig and Games.
- Balloons and streamers
- Straw bales
- Use what you have that is “western”.
- You could make a canvas tent.
- Make gun holsters from craft paper with an opening at the top to hold napkins and plastic ware.
Suggest they wear their best cowboy and cowgirl costume!
- Star cookies decorated to look like Sheriff badges.
- Hot dogs and beans.
- If able to have it outside, set up a Camp Fire with Dogs and Beans always a hit, and toast marshmallows.
- Cake cut into the shape of a cowboy boot or cowboy hat or cactus.
“Gold Rush” with buried pennies in sand and let kids find them, or “Gold Nugget Rush” – buy sweets in gold foil (any kind will do), scatter about and have a mad rush to see who collects the most gold.
- Red and Blue bandanas
- Water pistols
- Sheriffs badges
- Rubber snakes
#6. Minecraft Party
- Create some fun Minecraft Bunting
- Make Minecraft torches from old cardboard boxes with white and yellow paper.
- Use black and green balloons marked with black sharpie to make the creeper faces.
Invite guests to come as their favourite Skin.
- Make rectangle pizzas with squared off pepperoni for the Creeper face
- Whip up a batch of Rice Crispy Treats using green food colouring and then carefully place square chocolate icing pieces onto make the faces
- Make up a batch of blue jello for some “minecraft water”.
- Pin the Tail on the Pig
- Minecraft Bingo
- Minecraft stickers
- Decorative gems
- Gold Chocolate Bars
#7. Pirate Themed Party
Skull and crossbones, inside BEWARE Captain “child’s name” is having a Pirate Party on date with plenty of swashbuckling fun. Come if you dare! Wear your pirate garb, etc.
- Balloons and black and gold streamers.
- Find a Halloween skeleton to hang on your front door.
- Make an old looking sign that says “Enter at yer own risk”!
- Make a treasure chest from a large cardboard box to use to hold gifts.
- Use a net for table cloth.
Invite guests to wear their best pirate wear!
- Hot dogs with pirate sails attached.
- Popcorn and gummy worms make good “fish bait”.
- Cake and ice cream.
- Red fruit juice punch for “crocodile blood punch”.
“Treasure Hunt” – lots of work, but good fun for the kids. Find a hiding place for the goodie bags and give the kids several clues. Modified version of the treasure hunt for younger children is to buy a small gift for each child, wrapped in different coloured or themed wrapping paper. Hide the gifts, then give each child a small sample of the unique paper his/her gift is wrapped in and get them to find their gift wrapped in the matching paper.
- Eye patches
- Gold chocolate coins
- Fake gems for treasure
#8. Airplane Themed Party
Invitations that look like boarding passes for a flight on “Child’s Name Airlines!” with all the information you would need to board a real flight, including passenger name, flight number, seat number, flight time, and departure time. On the back, “This ticket is non-transferrable. Passengers are allowed one carry-on parent, if desired. Please confirm your flight with the Child’s Name Airlines ticket agent by calling xxx-xxxxxxx. Your flight will depart from gate 6 at the Smith Terminal, which is located at (your address).”.
- Have a “check-in” counter in the front hall, where the birthday child can check guests in by stamping their tickets with a hole punch, then directing them to “baggage claim” to leave their presents.
- Have lots of signs for “Check-In,” “Baggage Claim,” “Gate 6,” etc.
- Balloons and airplanes hung from the ceiling.
- Put chairs in pairs with an aisle between.
Make up food on little trays with “jet fuel” juice.
- “Pass the black box,” a cardboard box covered in black paper, filled with treasures such as stickers, airplanes, sweets, and passed around to music, when music stops they choose a prize.
- Have each child make and decorate their own paper airplane and see which one flies the furthest.
- Small gliders
- Airplane stickers
#9. Backwards Party
Invitations written out backwards with instructions to use a mirror.
- Hang balloons upside down from their string.
- Print out a banner to read backwards, put streamers on the floor, turn the chairs round.
- Put a tablecloth under the table on the floor and have the kids sit under table for cake, etc.
- When setting table, set everything backwards with cup in front of you turned upside down, then plate in front of it turned upside down and silverware backwards – vase with flowers put in upside down for centrepiece.
- Put sign on front door asking them to “enter at back door”. Greet them with “good-bye, glad you came!”
Have the guests dress backwards!
Serve the cake first, then everything else. For cakes, do upside down fairy cakes, with icing on the bottom
“Backwards Obstacle Course” – set up an obstacle course and number each child. Have the children run backwards and in backwards numerical order. Time each child and after all are finished, reward the one who took the longest time to finish. Do not announce that this is how you are going to reward or they won’t try to finish first!
Tape the goodies to the outside. Or have items in the bags and let the kids wrap their presents to take home.
#10. Lego Party
Use Lego font for the invites.
- Turn your doors into big Lego using coloured tablecloths with matching paper plates glued on.
- Build cool decorations and utensil holders out of Lego.
Pass out plastic construction hats for your guests to wear while they are building Lego.
- Make rectangle pizzas with pepperoni as the buttons.
- Top fruit skewers with Lego heads.
- Cut circles out of bread using a water bottle lid and press them onto sandwiches with a little bit of cream cheese.
- Pin the Spot on the Lego.
- Lego Memory game using a tray with different lego characters on it.
- Guess the number of Lego bricks in the Jar.
Lego of course!
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Over to you now! Any great suggestions for party themes for a boy’s birthday? Share them in the comments below.