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How to Plan Easy Kids’ Birthday Parties

How to Plan Easy Kids’ Birthday Parties

Do your kids love birthday parties? My daughter starts talking about her birthday party theme months in advance. She loves parties and I love hosting them. We usually pick a party theme and use our craft supplies to design colorful party decorations. I tend to keep kids’ birthday parties pretty budget friendly. However, a party can still be festive with colored paper garlands, cute place settings and yummy party foods. What’s the first thing you do when planning a birthday party? Send out party invitations of course! These simple tips for planning kids’ birthday parties aim to maximize the fun and minimize the cost of party planning.

This post was sponsored by Purple Trail. All opinions and ideas are our own.

Choose a Party Theme

Before you begin planning a kid’s birthday party celebration, you need to choose a party theme. My kids have picked Minecraft, mermaids, ballerinas, gardening and cooking in the kitchen as their past birthday party themes. Choosing the birthday theme will help determine a lot of the decorations and activities that will be part of the party.

Kids gardening party and potted flower birthday cake

Design Custom Birthday Invitations

Personalized birthday invitations are a fun way to let your friends know you are having a party. We often create invitations to match the themes of our kids parties. I love the cute kids’ birthday invitations offered by Purple Trail. You can choose from hundreds of invitation templates that are easy to customize. Once you choose the design, simply add your child’s party info, drop in a photo and quickly order the quantity of invitations you need. You can also choose the color scheme for many of the templates and add illustrations and embellishments.

Celebrate with Purple Trail Custom Kids Party Invitations - Mommy Scene

Make Homemade Party Decorations

Once you’ve invited your guests, it’s time to make decorations! You can inexpensively make a homemade pennant banner that will add cheerful color to any indoor or outdoor party. All you need is some colored felt or card stock, a long length of ribbon and a hot glue gun. See our tips about how to make a DIY pennant banner here!

Easy DIY Felt Pennant Banner Craft

If you are setting a party table, you can create all sorts of inexpensive table decorations. A piece of felt beneath each place setting quickly adds a pop of color to the party. Make your guests feel special with whimsical place cards showing each guest’s name beside their plate.

Summer and fall party tables and buffets can be accented with homemade apple candles and fresh flowers picked from the garden. Treats can double as party decorations too!

These cute mermaid characters were perfect for decorating the food table at my daughter’s Mermaid-Superhero birthday party. We also used them to decorate the birthday cake. You can easily make your own paper cutouts using our printable mermaid character template!

Get the Printable Mermaid Template here »

Cute Mermaid Superhero Kids' Birthday Party paper character decorations - Mommy Scene

Cute Mermaid Superhero Kids' Birthday cake and kid's birthday party - Mommy Scene

Bake a Delicious Cake

I usually keep kid’s birthday cakes fairly simple. I typically use a boxed cake mix and 1 or 2 icing colors. A tiered cake is very easy to make using cake pans in two different sizes. You can make 2 small cakes and 2 medium cakes using 2 boxes of cake mix. I also have a set of 5 cake pans that I love, which only requires 1 box of cake mix. See my Baby Shark inspired birthday cake here.

To make a layered cake, bake the cake in several different sized cake pans according to the directions on the box. Allow the cakes to fully cool. Remove each layer from the cake pans and begin stacking them with a layer of icing between each layer. Place the largest layer on the bottom and the smallest layer on top.

The cake design is an easy way to be creative! You can use an icing spatula to create a cool wavy pattern on the side of the cake or a piping tip to make icing ruffles. You don’t have to be a cake decorating professional to make a fun kid’s birthday cake.

Plan Easy Kids Party Games

Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a classic party game and a fun challenge for kids. You can also customize this game to be Pin the Horn on the Unicorn or match any other party theme you choose. For kids parties, everyone can win and get a prize!

Colorful water beads are an interesting sensory party activity that encourage kids to play independently. For my daughter’s birthday, we set up shallow bins of water beads alongside scoops and cups. The kids loved scooping up the water beads and playing with the colorful squishy balls.

Cute Mermaid Superhero kids' birthday party water beads activity - Mommy Scene

A backyard birthday party is a perfect excuse for renting a bounce house! Many towns have a local bounce house rental you can call to reserve a bounce house for an afternoon. My daughter’s summer birthdays are so fun because the kids can play in the backyard, jump in the bounce house and run around to use up some of their energy before eating cake! If you know you will have good weather for your party, a bounce house is a great party activity for kids of all ages.

Cute Mermaid Superhero kids' birthday party bounce house - Mommy Scene

Enjoy Kid-Friendly Party Food

Birthday parties are known for sweets and sugar, but healthy food can be just as fun. But before you start designing the candy bar, consider these tasty healthy snacks. I like to offer a variety of creative treats and tasty snack flavors. See our Minecraft inspired birthday party ideas here.

Salty Snacks: Chips, cheese crackers, and popcorn all make popular kids snacks! Include healthier snack options such as pita and hummus and kettle cooked chips.

Sweet Snacks: Cupcakes, candies, and desserts are the highlight of any kids’ party! Offset the sugar with healthy sweets such as fresh berries, watermelon and bananas dipped in chocolate.

Sour Snacks: Pickles, salt and vinegar chips and sour candies all make fun party snack additions!

Spicy Snacks: Homemade salsa, spicy nuts and zesty party mix is a yummy addition to a birthday party food spread.

Kids Minecraft birthday party food and snacks

Our kids’ birthday parties are usually a success and most importantly, we celebrate them turning a year older!

Kids’ birthday parties are a great opportunity for parents to get creative and make a child feel special. Party planning is also a fun creative outlet for all those DIY ideas. I love hosting a party for each of my kids to enjoy with their friends, especially when I can make a lot of the food and decorations myself. Kids can help with decorating too! With a little planning, you can save a lot of money and host a very memorable celebration.

I hope you enjoyed these simple birthday party planning tips!



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Melanie Berg

Thanks for posting the mermaid printables. You are a life saver!

Nancy Griffing
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Nancy Griffing

Thank you for the ideas and free printables for a Mermaid party.

Clarisa
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Clarisa

Awesome post!! Thank you for putting the free mermaid print outs, I really appreciate it!!! My daughters 2nd birthday is purple and blue mermaid themed.???

Tulika
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Tulika

So nice. My daughter’s 5th Birthday Party is coming up and she wants a Frozen theme birthday Party. Thanks for the ideas. Love them all.

Jasmine
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Jasmine

This is such a cool idea. Love the craft activities especially

Nancy Johnston
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Nancy Johnston

This is the BEST blog post I’ve read all week. How much fun! Wish I could have been there with my super cape on as well.

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Feature! Mommy Scene made these free mermaid printables for her daughter’s mermaid-superhero party. (A brilliant hybrid party idea, don’t you think?)

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Christina

These look like such fun printables! Thanks for the idea.

Sophie
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Sophie

What an amazing post Katie! My little baby boys 3rd birthday is coming up in a month and all these tips and ideas will come in very handy! Thank you so much.

Wanda
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Wanda

Congrats Katie. I really love the mermaids they are SO cute. I’m going to try them. I love crafts. I have a boy but mermaids are for me. lol thank you.

Melissa
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Melissa

Wow, these are super fun ideas! And the mermaid cutouts are cute, my daughter loves birds, so I’ll try making bird cutouts!

Amila
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Amila

Its a cute birthday party.I always love to throw such birthday parties.Thanks for sharing the ideas.The cake is beautiful too!

Margaret A
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Margaret A

Love all these hints & tips & ideas for kids birthday parties! There are times it’s hard to know what to do & the little ones change their minds so often!

Elizabeth O.
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Elizabeth O.

Such fun! I used to organize theme birthday parties for my kids when they were younger and they had a blast too. ?

Amber L
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Amber L

Love the idea of finding some easy to do templates!! I think even my son would like crafting them!! A friend of mine did a printable coloring book for one of her favors and I loved that idea too!!

Anvita
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Anvita

This looks a fun try. One can see the effort you have put into the party. I am sure the kids loved it.

Caitlin
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Caitlin

This looks adorable. I look forward to my son and daughter getting older because of this exact reason – I can’t wait to see what they like and watch their personalities really unfold!

Obi
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Obi

this was perfect as I am getting ready to plan for my godsons 2nd birthday!

Shayne
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Shayne

So cute! The design part will be the tricky part for me but oh well, this looks good and fun to pull off! Thanks for the tip!

Jessica
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Jessica

Thanks for these ideas! I have a girl turning 2 this year, so I have years of party planning ahead of me!

Misty
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Misty

Such a cute idea!! I love you and your daughter’s creativity. That’s something I will always struggle with.

Katie H
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Katie H

I’m looking forward to creating fun birthday parties someday once my little ones are old enough to enjoy it! Great ideas, love the unique theme!

Michelle
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Michelle

The kids look like they had an absolute blast and what a fun theme too. So different. I love the mermaid cut out idea, they turned out great

Kevin
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Kevin

This sure looks like a fun idea. My grandkids will love this! Definitely the adults will have fun as well! so cute!

Amanda
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Amanda

Aww the superhero mermaids are awesome! I love this. I need to plan my 4 year old party soon so this is perfect!

Amy
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Amy

This looks like so much fun! What a great idea for a theme! My daughter would LOVE that.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I love these ideas! And what a cute theme! We’ve done superheroes but no mermaids lol.

Julie
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Julie

This whole party looks so adorable! I love the combination of mermaids and superheroes!

Tricia
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Tricia

This party looks like so much fun! I love the theme and all of the little details. I especially love the custom invites!