Planning for a birthday party for a young child, you'll find that Halloween ideas often work very well. Halloween is when your child really gets to be the kind of superhero, cartoon character or scary monster that he really likes. This can really give you a clue. Whatever your child has preferred on Halloween over past years could give you some real birthday party ideas for what kind of theme to go with.
Usually, young boys are really enthusiastic about their superheroes or about bloodthirsty pirates. And little girls can't have enough of princesses, fairies and Barbie dolls. Once you narrow it down to the right kind of theme for your child, the birthday party ideas will just come to you.
If it's an older child, you just might consider who the child's real-life role model hero is. It could be a famous sporting personality, an actor or singer, and so on. Birthday party ideas based on your child's favorite animal storybook can always make for entertaining parties. You can have costumes for every party guest that looks like a character from the book, and if it's a book that includes stories about food, you can make use of the menu ideas as well.
You really don't need a theme for every birthday party. If you are planning a unique birthday party then you could start by looking at websites such as Your Local List. But if you just happen to have one, you'll find that ideas come a lot more easily to you. Make sure that all of the birthday party ideas that you come by, to involve your child. Ask her what she thinks of each idea. You don’t want to force anything down your child's throat when it's her birthday. Once you start discussing these things with your child, you’ll find that there are many more pieces that just fall into place – what the invitations should look like, what fantasy games there should be and so on.
Before you actually pick a theme, be sure to put it by the child so that she can be the final judge of what makes her happy. If it's a slightly older child that you're throwing a birthday party for, all the initial ideas should come from the child herself. Ask the child to write down everything that she favors to do with a birthday party theme. You can take a look at each idea, write down what kinds of food, activities, decorations and party favors will go with the picking of each theme, and then think about it.
Certainly, you want to think of how each one of these birthday party ideas can make your kid happy. You also want to think of what you can afford and how much time you have to pull it off. When you try to make a decision here, try to just do what's right for you and your child. In other words, keeping up with the neighbors shouldn't be a consideration at all. That kind of thing can land you in financial trouble.