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Top 10 Kids’ Birthday Party Themes for 2017

Kids birthday parties are a bucket load of fun and half the fun comes in organising the event! If you love kids parties as much as I do – you’ll love these ah-may-zing parties and totally fun themes. I get to see all the top trends in kids parties on my social project, Kids Party Guide, and I have found that these are the Top 5 Boys and Top 5 Girls Kids’ Birthday Party Themes from 2017.

Girls Parties 

Unicorn party

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This party can be done in so many different ways! We actually threw a unicorn themed party for our daughter’s 5th birthday and it was absolutely gorgeous fun! The one thing we struggled with was making the unicorn horn for the cake, but if you really can’t do it, there are some awesome options including laser cut toppers or you can even order a horn to be custom made.

A unicorn cake is a fab idea but there are some other sweet treats that can make the party just as spectacular including unicorn cupcakes, unicorn desserts, unicorn cookies, unicorn party pops, unicorn balloons, unicorn piñata and unicorn treat bags.

Mermaid party

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Mermaid parties are fast becoming a popular theme especially if you’ve got a girl who is no longer a fan of all things pink. If you love The Little Mermaid, then you’ll have to try to create the ‘dingelhopper cake pops’. And the two things I love most about mermaid parties are the amazing balloon garlands which look like sea foam, and the beautiful mermaid tail cakes with the iced fish scale design.

So much fun can be had with a mermaid party. Try incorporating sand, sea shells, starfish, fish nets, shimmering materials, bubbles and any under the sea themed animal decorations. If you have a sea shell pool you can use it to play party games like catching mermaids in a net for a prize and use the other side as a drinks station.

Sleepover party

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Sleepovers are no longer just inviting kids to come and stay the night with their sleeping bags in tow. They are so much cooler now that slumber party businesses have created some of the most gorgeous slumber parties you’ve ever seen.

Think tents for each guest, little air mattresses and matching linens, themed cushions, fairy lights and more. These dreamy little parties look amazing by day and by night if you string fairy lights up on the tents.

Shopkins party

Looking to celebrate your child's birthday in style this year? Check out these Top 10 Kids Birthday Party Themes from 2017!

Looking to celebrate your child's birthday in style this year? Check out these Top 10 Kids Birthday Party Themes from 2017!

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Shopkins are the most popular toy so it’s no surprise that Shopkins themed parties are highly popular at the moment. There are so many cute Shopkins characters that you can focus on just one, or you can focus on a season of Shopkins, or just go the whole hog and decorate with anything Shopkins!

You can get some seriously cute invitations and chocolate wrappers in a Shopkins theme from places such as Etsy, and the key to the decorations here is going with the bright tutti-fruity colours for the rest of the decorations.

Boho picnic party

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Relaxed picnic parties are a new emerging trend with girls birthday parties. But they’re no ordinary picnics. The common theme here is the table setting – a low set table with cushions to perch on for the feast.

Think hessian tablecloths, romantic paper lanterns hanging in the trees, a tent, grazing platters and dream catchers.

Boys Parties

Jungle fever party

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Jungle animals and safari themed parties are a hit for the boys at the moment. Think zebras, giraffes, tigers and leopards. Anything that comes with the animal prints on it helps to make this theme really come to life.

Greenery makes the perfect backdrop so hedges, palm trees or big palm leaves and logs as serving platters. Even a wooden keg as a cake table is a nice touch for this neutral coloured party theme.

Superhero party

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Pow! Zap! Boom! Superheroes are always going to be a winner when it comes to boys’ parties. You can pick a favourite and theme your party around that superhero, or you can go all out and bring them all together for one epic boys party.

Bright colours inspired by comic book art are a must for a superhero party. Bright yellow, green, blue and red. Incorporating figurines into the set up is a great way to tie the whole thing together. And if you are crafty – make some comic book hero phrases to hang up on the walls or behind the cake table.

Monochrome party

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This party is fast becoming a trend on the kids’ party scene. Black and white can look fantastic and it can tie in with different themes like zebras or pandas or even Star Wars. Balloons are part of the fun of a monochrome party – keep an eye out for special balloons like black and white marble swirl balloons, spotted balloons, confetti balloons or even some silver for a touch of metallic fun.

Farmyard party

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This super cute theme can be so fun to create! Animals like pigs, cows, chicks, sheep and horses can be worked into this theme. Hay bales are a great way to decorate the party and this theme can also tie in nicely with a cowboy theme too.

Wagons for cake tables are perfect for a farm theme and if a petting zoo is an option, this is the kind of party the kids will go nuts for.

Circus party

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Roll up! Roll up! Circus parties are still in demand and for good reason! We’re loving the ferris wheel cupcake stands accompanied by the circus lights and circus tent cakes. There is a lot you can do with a circus party to make it pop.

For food you can’t go past popcorn in old fashion striped buckets and of course fairy floss! Hula hoops are starting to make their way into decorations for parties, and they’d be a fabulous addition in a circus party. Tie some balloons to the hula hoop to make a round garland and put the birthday kid’s name in the centre.

If you want more party inspiration and kids’ birthday party themes, check out Kids Party Guide on Facebook or on Instagram.

Plus, don’t forget to choose some awesome Party Favours for your party (why not look into these food-free alternatives?) or check out these games suggestions for a 1st Birthday party!

Amanda Nicholls

About the Author:

Amanda is the Editor in Chief of Entertain My Tribe and Kids Party Guide. Amanda has done everything from being a magazine editor to a newspaper journalist. She lives in the Blue Mountains with her tribe (husband and two daughters). You can follow her on Entertain My Tribe's Facebook or Kid's Party Guide's Facebook.

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