1.  Choose a Theme.

Whether your kid likes princesses, robots, superheroes or animals, having a theme that ties everything together is a must.  From the invitations, to the table cloth, to the birthday party decorations, a theme looks nice for the kids and especially for the parents who will appreciate the effort that you put in to throw a great party.

2.  Plan Ahead.

Sounds like a no brainer, but I can’t tell you how stressed out parents sound when they are booking entertainment for their party at the last minute.  Your kid’s friends have a busy social calendar with many of their friends sharing the same birthday month of often same birthday weekend.  By sending your invitations out as early as possible you make sure the guests you want at the party don’t make other plans.  Starting early also makes sure you can find all the birthday party supplies you will need to make your party epic.

3.  Hire entertainment. 

Imagine a dozen kids hyped up on cookies, candy, and cake wildly running around your living room and climbing on your important stuff.  You could go for the bounce house rental and party tent if you have the space.  You could rent a party place to host your party.  You could lead an hour’s worth of games, crafts and fun activities, too.  I suggest you bring in a kids birthday party professional with years of kids birthday party experience under their belt.  Here at The Nature Company we bring a live animal show to kids birthday parties in NYC.  The kids sit, listen, meet, and pet amazing live animals and while you sip coffee, chat with friends, and take a well-deserved rest.   

4.  Keep it Simple.

From ordering  the food, entertainment, and planning the party games for the kids, there is a lot going on.  You need to keep organized and on schedule.  A couple of great tools for organizing a birthday party or any event are Evernote and One Note.  Evernote’s web clipping feature lets you organize the inspiring ideas you find on the web and One Note is completely free and integrates with Microsoft Office well.  Or you could keep your plans on a piece of scrap paper.  Anyway you cut it, being organized will pay off.     

When it comes to planning your child’s birthday party, you already know that the options are endless and can be overwhelming.

If you’re looking for the best ideas for a birthday party that are easy, time-saving, and are super-fun then this week’s blog post is for you.

It’s a list of the best kids birthday party ideas that I’ve seen work and I’ve hosted hundreds of kids birthday parties as a live animal birthday party specialist with The Nature Company and the Bronx Zoo.

5 Birthday Party Ideas for Kids (Mom Approved)

By Anthony Cogswell

Last updated 11/26/2017