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Themed parties for kids can be great fun. From transforming your house into a jungle, to cute animal costumes, a themed party can be a huge creative endeavour - and can easily become overwhelming. Read on for a few easy tips and tricks to give your child a fun themed birthday party to remember, that won't have you pulling out your hair...!
So do remember to keep it age appropriate! While a cute teddy bear's picnic is just right for 3 to 4 year olds, a child of 8 or 9 would probably die at the thought of Mum or Dad doing such an embarrassing thing. (By the way, teddy bears' picnics are a great theme for preschoolers or Reception age kids; the theme is very simple and inexpensive, it's totally right for the age group and all each child has to bring is their own teddy bear!)
Do pick a theme that's easily communicated to other kids and Parents. An older child aged 8 or 9+ might appreciate a movie night with popcorn, snacks and minimal parental involvement - and that's pretty easy to explain. Anything with complicated characters or the potential to be misunderstood is probably best avoided. The best themed parties have a clear central idea that's easy for everyone to get on board with. One kids' classic that everyone loves is a pirate-themed party: it's gender neutral and with not much more than a drawn-on beard, stripy t-shirt and bandanna headscarf, a pirate costume is quick and easy to create, too.
Do recycle household items and dig things out of wardrobes to create props and outfits. It's likely that a house full of energetic young kids could break things or get paint / drinks / crumbs everywhere, so make castles out of cardboard boxes and outfits out of cast-offs and you won't mind a bit.
Don't set a theme that's going to be hard for some Parents or kids to join in with. If your theme comes with a high price tag - such as an expensive outing - that might mean that some kids can't attend, which would be a shame. Avoid negative or gendered stereotypes (such as Cowboys and Indians, or insisting that all girls dress up as Princesses) and be as inclusive as you can: disco parties, mad Scientist parties, carnival parties, cat parties, Olympics parties, Superhero parties or Wizard of Oz parties all offer lots of opportunities for kids to dress up and get creative without resorting to old fashioned and negative stereotypes.
Don't shy away from good old fashioned party games though. From everything such as hide-and-seek to Pass The Parcel, Simon Says, Musical Chairs, Sleeping Lions and anything else you can come up with, a bit of 'organised fun' gives the party some structure and lessons the likelihood of kids getting into mischief, or wrecking your house! Similarly, if you have a lot of young kids without Parents there, make sure to set a definite 'home time' for the Parents to return and collect their offspring so that you're not providing free childcare well into the evening!
Don't feel that you have to have the themed party in your own home. Church halls, Village Halls, Community Centres and even kids' gyms often have function rooms, or are able to be let out for kids' parties. most will let you in first to decorate, although will probably be a strict policy about clearing up afterwards. If you do this, lively kids are free to run wild without trashing your house - perfect for all involved!
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