No matter the age, celebrating another year of life is the best thing ever! While every year is just as important as the last, celebrating various milestone birthdays brings about an entirely new level of excitement.
This article will lay out every aspect of planning a special birthday for your child on those special milestone birthdays, including food ideas, themes, and more!
Age 1: Setting the Stage
The most adorable of any birthday is that first special event for your child. This birthday is all about bringing out the adorable aspects of your bundle of joy. Here, focus on themes such as sports, transportation, nature and being a member of royalty!
When it comes to decorating the birthday venue, go all out with "Happy Birthday" banners, party hats and the like. Add sports, transportation, princess, or nature-inspired decorations such as tableware, streamers, balloons, and much more. For a personal flare, incorporate the party theme into invitations.
When it comes time to finishing up the party planning details for your 1 year old, plan recipes and menu items around foods that are kid-friendly - yet something everyone can enjoy. Of course, the aim here is nothing too fancy; think finger foods such as fruit sticks or vegetables and crackers with dips.
When sending out invitations, make sure to request gifts that are appropriate for 1-year-olds. Perfect presents here would be a soft plush toy or something that would further enhance early childhood development. Party activities could include things such as a wagon ride, first birthday parade, story-telling time, or even bubble popping!
Age 10: Keeping It Cool
This is the age when your child tends to begin exploring the limits of life through exploration and high, energetic activities. When it comes time to planning a birthday party, a couple of unique ideas would be a camping-themed event that incorporates nature-oriented decorations such as wildlife, tents, and lanterns. This idea can be adapted to an indoor solution just by using artificial lanterns and tents made from blankets and sheets!
When it comes to camping party activities there are a lot of different ideas to choose from. Here, scavenger hunts that involve everyone finding a list of hidden objects teach observation skills while having fun. Additionally, incorporate other outdoor activities such as a campfire relay, magnet fishing, or knot tying.
For a more prim-and-proper-themed party, aim for a musical theme, using fun activities like karaoke time, complete with dress-up style costumes and the like. Incorporate tableware and banners with musical notes. Even finish off the day with a concert featuring all your child's guests as performers!
When it comes to food, there is nothing simpler than planning a birthday party menu for your 10-year-old. At this juncture in the planning, you can easily incorporate a simple menu that consists of staples like:
- Barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers
- Haystacks (if you've never laid out a haystack spread for dinner, do it now!)
Once the menu is out of the way and everyone has finished eating it's time to open presents! Some gift ideas that are for this age group include:
- Giant Lego sets (allows them to creatively build different structures and increases variety)
- Art and craft sets
- Smartphone & Tablet game currencies (Fortnite, Minecraft, and Pokemon Go! are all safe bets)
- S.T.E.M. kits (science, technology, enginerring, and mathematics)
Age 16: Sophistication
As your child grows closer to adulthood so will the need for the parties to be more sophisticated and elaborate. Some tried-and-true theme ideas include pool/beach parties, outdoor movie get-togethers, or BBQ parties. Of course, more elegant options may include a Parisian-themed party or even an elaborate ball for for a princess.
When it comes to decorating the desired theme, opt for elements that really set the atmosphere. For instance, if your teen wants a pool or beach-themed party, incorporate as many coastal elements as possible. Ideas range from umbrellas and flip flops to swimwear and sand. Other decorations may include picnic supplies, tiki torches, and surfboards made from cardboard.
When it comes to teenagers and food there is nothing that will not be devoured. As a result, when planning your teen's birthday party, think volume and variety! Set up a food bar that incorporates a little bit of everything. Incorporate a wide variety of food items ranging from fajitas and sandwich elements to various finger foods like chips and dips.
After everyone is full and happy, presents such as jewelry, video games, or even a activity-based vouchers like laser tag or zip lining all make excellent gifts. For the activities portion of the event, have all guests sign a memory book for your teen. Don't forget icebreaker games like birthday bingo or relay races!
Age 30: The Working Adult
Although turning 30 may seem depressing for some, it's all about opening an exciting new chapter in life! Here, some themes to think about may include a beach-themed Jimmy Buffet style party (it's five o' clock somewhere, right?). A night out dancing or a visit to a cabaret fills out the infamous "dirty 30" theme. Or maybe an extreme activity, like skydiving or jetskiing can remind your 30 year old life can still be a rush!
When it comes to food, keep it comfort-based and easy to eat. Ideas include sliders, chicken bites, or rice bowls all topped off with a selection of beers to pair!
Under the presents category, gift ideas should incorporate getting the most out of life. These gifts should include various day trips, exciting experiences (like race car driving), and small gifts that can be kept at work or home as keepsakes such as glassware or sports-related trinkets.
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