Party On! Our Favorite Birthday Themes for Boys
Celebrate your boy's birthday in style with these cute, creative (and easy!) birthday ideas.(15 Photos)
He may be years away from an actual science class, but that doesn't mean he can't pretend he's concocting something brilliant in a lab. And we think this mad scientist–themed party, created by Amy Mattes Designs and featured on The Party Wagon, is crazy-cute.
The Cake: Take regular cupcakes, add some neon-bright frosting, a sour gummy worm and these science-symbol cupcake toppers (part of a party package created by Amy) and poof! The result is one tasty experiment.
The Activities: Plan fun chemistry experiments for your scientists: Have them concoct instant snow; conduct the Diet Coke and Mentos geyser experiment; test how taco sauce can clean pennies; and make your own slime.
The Food: Use petri dishes to make individual servings of Jell-o with a gummy worm "specimens" and whip up "toxic" beverages (neon colored Gatorade or Kool-Aid) in big clear jars or beakers. (For extra fun, float plastic bugs, snakes, or eyeballs in the jars.)AMY MATTES/ THE PARTY WAGON
Cookie Monster makes an adorable birthday theme for your Sesame Street–loving son, but we're swooning over this imaginative twist to the idea that we saw on The Party Wagon: Pairing Cookie Monster with a milk-and-cookies theme. ("C" is for cookie, but it's also for cute!)
The Cake: Because one treat isn't enough: Add a mini chocolate chip cookie to the mouth of a store-bought Cookie Monster cupcake, or make your own. (Wilton's tip 233 can help you create the look of Cookie's fur.) You can also bake a chocolate chip cookie in the shape of the number one and add to a full-sized Cookie Monster cake.
The Food: What's on the menu? Milk and cookies, of course! Serve milk in chilled glasses or bottles that are dipped in chocolate sprinkles, and add blue and white striped straws. Set up a cookie buffet that includes all sorts of different kinds of cookies.
The Decor: Bright "Cookie Monster" blue, brown and white create a color scheme that's festive, and fitting for the theme. Make chocolate chip cookies out of construction paper to decorate walls; cover tables with plain white cloths and spruce up with a blue and white chevron-striped table runner. Add construction paper eyes and a mouth to bright blue tissue paper pom poms and you've got an instant Cookie Monster to hang from the ceiling.COURTESY OF THE PARTY WAGON
Where the Wild Things Are
Take a page from this Where the Wild Things Are birthday bash from Nikkiikkin, featured on The Party Wagon: Use details from the storybook to create your own wild rumpus!
The Decor: Fake fur and real wood accents help evoke the feeling of the forest in the book; cover a table with deep green fake fur (or fake grass) for a table runner. Gather tree branches to use as accents, and decorate walls with green construction- and tissue-paper leaves. Another easy decor element: Display a copy of the book!
The Party Favors: We can't get over these jaw-dropping "wild thing" cookies, made with fondant and royal icing details. (Use Wilton's grass tip #233 to create the fur.) Put in a 4-inch cell treat bag and seal with printed cardstock. Keep the wooded theme going by sending guests home with twig pencils.
The Cake: Nikki made a multi-tiered cake topped with a gorgeous marigold-colored fondant crown -- a detail you can make and add to whatever type of cake you bake (or buy!). Cake pops can be dipped in white candy melts and decorated with tiny fondant triangles placed around the pops as a crown.NIKKIIKKIN / COURTESY OF THE PARTY WAGON
We've yet to meet a little boy who didn't love creating towers (and knocking them down!) with bright plastic Legos -- so build a birthday theme around his favorite toy.
The Cake: Boxed cake mix, frosting and marshmallows are all you need to create this cute Lego cake from bettycrocker.com. But if you're looking for something even easier, check out this totally genius no-bake take on the theme from ewe hooo! Simply frost store-bought snack cakes (like Little Debbie) in Lego-bright colors and top with M&M's. So smart!
The Food: Buy a Lego bricks ice cube tray and use it to make ice cubes, yes, but also Lego-shaped chocolates and even Lego Jell-o jigglers. You can also buy Lego-shaped candy blocks for a dessert table or goody bags. Using a small fondant circle cutter, cut tiny discs of cheese to put on rectangular Club crackers (adhere them with a dab of cream cheese or spray cheese) and discs of pepperoni for Lego pizza squares.
The Party Favors: Legos are the obvious choice here, but you can get more creative than that! Package Lego-shaped soaps in a cello bag, or pair Lego man crayons with Lego coloring pages.BETTY CROCKER
For the youngest birthday boys, we love this more-cute-than-creepy monster themed party. Created by Karen Ayars and featured on Hostess with the Mostess, this Little Monster Party feautres a super-bright color scheme and lots of creatures.
The Decor: Mix and match different colored (and patterned) plates, napkins and party hats. Lemon yellow, lime green, sky blue and cherry red make a cute, cheery combo -- or go with your little guy's favorite colors. Decorate your space with plush toys (like Ugly Dolls) and balloons.
The Cake: Create a killer cake like this one using pre-dyed fondant decorated with googly eyes and topped with fondant monsters. (Scared of fondant? Don't worry -- it's a monster theme, so it won't matter if your creatures look a little lumpy and lopsided!) Or, dip cake pops in colored candy melts and add on googly eyes (the more, the kookier!).
The Activity: Ayars created a monster photo booth complete with cardboard "monster mouths" on sticks for guests to hold up to their faces, but you can create a fun (or should we say frightening?) photo op simply by encouraging your little guests to make their scariest monster faces and snapping pics; then print them out and stick in them colorful foam frames.HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
We can't promise your party will be smooth sailing (especially if toddlers are involved!), but we can promise boatloads of cuteness with a nautical themed bash. Borrow these adorable, sea-worthy ideas from Kirsten Krason, the blogger behind 6th Street Design School:
The Cake: You could commission a stunning ombre cake frosted to look like ocean waves, with deep blue swirls at the bottom moving up to lighter blue and ending in white; but an easier way to add nautical flair is to bake (or buy) white- or blue-frosted cupcakes and top with nautical flag cupcake toppers (check out these options on Etsy) or nautical flag picks.
The Decor: Take your color scheme from nautical code flags -- blue, yellow, red, white -- and hang nautical code flags as banners.
The Activities: Let your little sailors make and float foam boats in buckets of water; build a cardboard boat out of boxes for kids to play in. (A simple, big square box will do; just use a Sharpie to decorate the outside with portholes and an anchor, and use an empty wrapping paper tube as a mast. Hang nautical code flags as a sail.)
The Party Favors: Stuff clear cello treat bags with plastic fish (or Swedish fish) and mint lifesaver "life preservers." Genius!6THSTREETDESIGNSCHOOL.BLOGSPOT.COM
Very Hungry Caterpillar
Want to give your boy a storybook birthday party that has a healthy theme built right in? Throw a Very Hungry Caterpillar party!
The Cake: This cupcake arrangement from Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Cupcakes makes a spectacular centerpiece, not to mention a tasty dessert. A small round cake covered in buttercream and red fondant serves as the face, while green-frosted cupcakes -- as many as you need -- make the creepy-crawly caterpillar body.
The Decor: We love the adorable party ideas from Polka Dots and Puppies, including this DIY take on party hats: Buy regular old party hats (look for bright, striped or polka dotted ones) and decorate them with pictures of caterpillars, butterflies and fruit copied from the book onto cardstock. Another easy idea: Make a caterpillar made out of green and red balloons.
The Food: Serve an assortment of sliced fruit with holes "nibbled" through (use a straw to poke the holes) and salad -- because the little caterpillar "ate through one nice green leaf."
The Guest Book: Steal this easy, so-smart idea: Buy a new, hardcover copy of the book, set it out on a table with a Sharpie, and ask guests to sign it with birthday wishes for your little guy. Instant keepsake guest book!COCO CUPCAKES
Your little conductor and his friends will be all aboard when it comes to a vintage train-themed party like this one from Joyful Weddings and Events.
The Decor: Decorate low kid-sized tables with basic brown kraft paper and top with retro train toys (or your tot's own Thomas the Tank Engine collection) and old books about trains (find them on Etsy).
The Food: Use train shaped cookie cutters to make sugar cookies, brownies or rice krispy treats, as well as choo choo-shaped sandwiches.
The Party Favors: Inexpensive blue and red bandanas can be turned into adorable hobo-esque knapsack party favors. (Place one at each setting and you've just added a cute decor element, too!) Fill each one with a train whistle, a cotton conductor's hat, even inexpensive train toys. Next stop: Fun!JOYFUL WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Planning a Star Wars bash? May the (party-planning) force be with you, mama. Thanks to these out-of-this-world Star Wars party ideas from mom Mikie M, over at Catch My Party, you won't need any special Jedi training to pull off this theme.
The Decor: To make adorable light saber napkin wraps like the ones shown here, follow this DIY tutorial. Transform ordinary white drink cups into R2-D2 cups by following this tutorial. Take your color scheme from light sabers -- blue, green, red, purple -- and use a black tablecloth to evoke Darth Vader.
The Cake: Follow Mikie's lead by making vanilla and chocolate cupcakes to represent the Force and the Dark Side, respectively. As Yoda might say: Easy, that is! Or, make a cake using Wilton's Darth Vader cake pan.
The Food: Transform ordinary party snacks into Star Wars food by giving everything a new name: Vader veggies, Imperial pizza, Yoda Soda, Wookiee cookies and so on. You can even order a Star Wars cookbook for fun recipe ideas with Star Wars-inspired names for guidance.CATCHMYPARTY.COM
Even kids who roll gutter balls will have a blast at a retro bowling bash like this one created by Hostess with the Mostess contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff.
The Decor: Start with a cool color scheme -- red, black and light blue -- and add coordinating printables (like the oversize retro bowling sign and food tags for the dessert table). Display treats on black and red melamine trays; add oversized red and black polka dotted balloons andvintage bowling pins (spray paint them to make them look new). Plus, never underestimate the power of a cute, coordinating tablecloth (we love those aqua dots!) to tie the whole look together.
The Cake: This multi-tied, chevron striped cake is certainly impressive, but you can also score big with adorable bowling pin and bowling ball cake pops and chevron striped cookies. Or, make cupcakes and decorate with bowling pin cupcake toppers like these from Etsy.
The Party Favors: Don't forget customized bowling shirts (read: T-shirts) for each team! And instead of a bowling ball bag, give your guests black gable boxes filled with treats like "gutter gumballs."HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
Give your birthday boy a party fit for a champion -- even if it's not an Olympic year. We think this Olympic-themed party, from Bird's Party Shop and featured on Hostess with the Mostess, is a winner, thanks to fun, sporty details. The gold medal in Party Planning? That goes to you, mama!
The Decor: Start with a DIY Olympic ring wall decoation: Simply cover polystyrene rings with colored crepe paper. Create a multi-tied "award stand" for your dessert or food table by covering boxes in white wrapping paper and placing on top of a white cloth-covered table. Make olympic torches out of gold candlestick holders (or make your a cone using gold cardstock) and stuffing with red,orange,yellow and gold tissue paper.
The Food: Decorate cupcakes (baked in gold cupcake liners) with gold and silver sprinkles and flag cupcake toppers. Use printable labels to transform bottles of juice into olympic "energy drinks" and regular cereal bars into sports bars.
The Activities: Pretty much any party game or kids activity can be turned into an olympic event -- an "olympic ring" toss, hula hooping, foot races...or blow up balloons and see who can keep them up in the air the longest without using their hands.
The Party Favors: A gold medal, of course! Sew your own (or find a crafty artisan on Etsy to do it for you); or buy toy medals.HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
Got a budding paleontologist? Plan a dino-themed party like this one from Wants and Wishes, featured on Celebrations at Home. Everyone will have a roaring good time!
The Cake: So cute, and so easy (our favorite combo!), these cupcakes are simply frosted with vanilla buttercream and topped with plastic toy dinosaurs. Your kid probably has a million, and if not, they're cheap to buy.
The Favors: Buy speckled candy dinosaur eggs and place in cello treat bags ... for an extra fun touch, crush chocolate cookies into crumbs and add a spoonful to each bag for "dirt."
The Activity: Send your party-goers on a hunt for dinosaur eggs! Start with mini watermelons (not too big, not too heavy) and paint them white; when they're dry, add polka dots with bright colors of paint. Hide them in your yard and let the kids loose!JOYFUL WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Boys love cars, and this fun race car–themed party, created by Piera Jolly of Jolly Mom, is sure to get your little guy's engine all revved up.
The Decor: We love this genius idea: Tape a few rectangular black plastic tablecloths or a table roll to the floor; add short pieces of white duct tape down the middle...and voila: You've got a road! For extra fun, add a few toy traffic cones to create an obstacle course. Buy black and white checkered race flags and pennants; add red, white and black balloons and scatter around a few (empty) boxes of Penzoil motor oil. (Smart tip: Stop by an oil change shop and ask for them!)
The Cake: Jolly Mom's party featured a multi-tiered cake topped with a disc of black fondant and a toy race car -- so easy! Another cute idea is to make chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting and top with these checkered flag cupcake picks.
The Party Favors: Fill red paper sacks with assorted red, black and white candy; a car-shaped frosted sugar cookie wrapped in a cello treat bag; and, of course, a Hot Wheels or Matchbox car.PIERA JOLLY
Are you ready for some football? Plan a pigskin-themed party for your boy and his team of friends, like Brittany from Grey Grey Designs did. Touchdown!
The Decor: You can use whatever footballs, helmets and jerseys your kid already owns, or plan around his favorite team. But we love this general take on the football theme -- especially these adorable football field table runners. Cover tables with green cloths and add yard markings with white tape; then add a swath of astro-turf, yellow penalty flags (fill a napkin with birdseed and seal with string) and orange cones.
The Food: Serve pigs in blankets, or just regular old kid-friendly hot dogs. Chocolate covered strawberries can be piped with white icing to resemble footballs. And if you're super-skilled in the kitchen, craft cake pops in the shape of footballs and helmets.
The Party Favors: Frost sugar cookies in T-shirt and football shapes, and give guests paper cones filled with "coin toss" chocolate coins.GREY GREY DESIGNS/ COURTESY OF THE PARTY WAGON
If your little guy is an Elmo lover (and really, aren't most tots enamored with the big fuzzy red monser?), he'll be thrilled with an Elmo-themed party. Check out these great ideas from iVillage for Elmo parties.
The Cake: Love these sweet Elmo cupcakes from Ice Cream Before Dinner? So do we! Bake cupcakes in red liners, dye frosting red and make the "fur" using Wilton's tip #233. Add white candy melts for the eyes with black icing pupils, and a black icing smile. An orange jelly bean works for Elmo's nose. You can also make simple coordinating cake pops by dipping the cake balls in red candy melts and rolling in red sanding sugar.
The Food: Stick with the red, black and white color scheme. Set up a dessert buffet or candy bar with those gorgeous Elmo cupcakes and cake pops, and fill big, clear glass jars with red and black licorice sticks and red, white, black and orange jelly beans. Make a fruit platter using red fruits -- watermelon, red grapes, strawberries, raspberries and cherries -- and a red-and-white veggie tray using red bell pepper strips, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower florets and jicama sticks.
The Party Favors: Turn red plastic visors into instant Elmo party hats! Just cut colored craft foam into circles for eyes and a big oval orange Elmo nose and glue on to the hats. Easy!THE SMART BAKER