Looking for ideas for birthday party themes for your child’s party? Here are 10 of the grooviest birthday party themes for girls, that your daughter is sure to love – from Princesses to Pirates to Superheroes!
Before you shout at me for writing a gender specific article, let me tell you that I raised my 2 girls to be into dinosaurs and lego, but they still wanted to be princesses at one point or another. So I’ve picked out 10 ideas that range from girly girly to either boy or girl could enjoy it and I hope you like them too.
#1. Frozen Party
You are invited to Anna, Elsa, 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. Princess Tea Party
Rolled up invitations, tied with a ribbon, inviting them to Princess X’s party at the Royal Castle.
Decorate the party room with pink, purple balloons, silver streamers, stars and glitter.
Ask the guests to wear their princess dresses and jewels.
- Fairy cakes
- Princess popcorn
- Unicorn or princess cake.
“Princess Pea game” where they guess how many dried peas are in a jar and win a prize for the closest.
- Nail polish or lip gloss
- Hair clips
- Princess stickers.
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#3. 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.
#4. LadyBug Party
Use red and white checks (picnic background) and little ladybugs on the invites
- Red and white picnic cloth.
- Red flowers with red tissue paper wrapped around with a ribbon.
- Paint ladybugs on paper plates for decorating.
Come dressed in red and black!
Picnic food, e.g. sandwiches, snacks and salads. Ladybug cake too!
Ladybug Balloon Game. Use red & black balloons and fill them with fun challenges before you blow them up, e.g. do 10 jumping jacks, crawl across the floor like a ladybug, do 3 twirls in a row, etc. While music is playing let the guests throw the balloons in the air, but when the music stops they all have to grab one. Draw a name out of a bowl and that person must pop their balloon and complete the challenge inside for a small prize.
Ladybug pencils or stickers, insect colouring books
#5. Underwater Themed Party
Fishes and seahorses and mermaids or inside flat plastic Ziploc bags with sand and little shells at the bottom.
- Turn the room into a giant aquarium with tinsel, streamers, strips of cellophane or crepe paper in shades of blue and green, shells.
- Hang tropical fish and jellyfish from the ceiling.
- Use blue and green lightbulbs to give an underwater effect.
- If possible, bring a sandbox inside, and sink a treasure chest into the middle.
Invite guests to come as mermaids or divers.
- Fish fingers and chips
- “Seawater” juice
- Starfish and seahorse shaped biscuits
- Mermaid Cake
“Catch the Fish” – need 3″ fish made from tissue paper, straws, clear plastic cups. Place the fish on a table top and let the children blow at the fish through the straws and try to catch them with their cups. See who can catch the most in 2 minutes.
- Sealife stickers
- Chocolate shells.
#6. Girl Pirate 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”.
- And of course you’ll need a Pirate cake!
“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. A 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.
#7. Airplane Themed Party
Make 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
#8. Super Hero Party
Super Hero themed invites e.g. You’ve been invited to X’s superhero party on April 16 from 2-4. Bring your cape, your mask, and prepare to have a heroic adventure!
- Buy streamers in the colours associated with your child’s favorite superhero.
- Cut cartoon caption bubbles out of cardboard and write superhero action words on them, e.g. “BAM!” and “POW!” then hang them on the walls.
- Use comic books or pages from comic books as place mats at the party table.
Costumes/Party Wear: Ask your guest to wear their favourite super hero costume! Or buy rectangles of inexpensive cloth to make quick capes for every guest that they can wear during the party and take home afterwards.
Party Food: Bat shaped sandwiches and superhero cookies.
Batman, Spiderman, Wonderwoman stickers and fun items.
#9. Backwards Party
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. Detective/Scooby Doo themed Party
TOP SECRET files addressed to Agent from the ACME detective agency with party details written in white crayon, and instructions to rub a cotton bud dipped in coloured water to reveal the “code” or Scooby Doo and the Gang request your presence to help solve a Birthday Party Mystery!
Decorate the room with footprints cut out of paper, or finger prints on white paper, have an empty jewellery box with clues inside for a jewel hunt.
Ask the guests to dress in long overcoats, hats, etc. like detectives.
- “Scooby snacks”
- Double sandwiches cut then stacked high
- Fairy Cakes with a question mark drawn on the icing.
- “Pillowcase Clues” – Place 20 some odd objects into a pillow case (e.g. ball, eraser, dice, notepad, paintbrush, etc.) and get each child to feel inside. Go down the line with a 1 minute time limit to “report” their findings individually.
- Make up Decoder Watches: Ribbons cut to fit wrists with match boxes covered in white paper and Velcro. First, write code (code is A=1, B=2, C=3 .. J=10 .. Z=26) on paper and paste it inside the slide-out match box. Glue the ribbon to the back of the matchbox, and attach Velcro to each ribbon end. Draw a watch face on top of the match cover.
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Do you have any suggestions for party themes for a girl’s birthday? Share them in the comments below.