The options for birthday party themes are almost endless, so how is a mom to choose? It can be tough to narrow down the choices. If you need some help, consider these factors that can guide you to the best theme.
The things your child enjoys can give you a clue when it comes to picking the party theme. This is especially helpful for young kids who might not ask for a specific party theme. Kids tend to favor particular toys, characters or activities. Those preferences often work well for a party theme. If your toddler is obsessed with trains, base his party on them. If he loves playing soccer, use that as his theme.
If your child is old enough, ask his opinion on the party theme. Once your child reaches five or six, he’ll likely tell you what he wants at his party anyway. You might not be thrilled about his suggestions, but you want him to be happy with his own birthday party. If he’s not sure, give him a few options. Or help him narrow down his theme to make something you can work with.
Popular Versus Obscure
Another issues is the popularity of the theme. On one hand, if you choose a popular theme, you should have plenty of options at the party store and several ideas online for party activities and decorations. On the other hand, many of the popular themes have been done so many times they can seem overdone. If you don’t want to do the same thing everyone else has done, look beyond the mainstream themes.
General Versus Specific
Another consideration for the theme is whether to go general or get specific. For example, you could do a general sports theme or narrow it down to a particular sport that your child likes. This really is a matter of personal preference. Getting specific can help you target your decorations and activities, but it can also be difficult to find a lot of things if your focus is too narrow.