Birthday Party Ideas

Planning a birthday party can get overwhelming—even if you’re hosting a casual, intimate gathering. There are plenty of ways to get organized and throw the perfect bash, while making sure you’re still able to enjoy the party. Careful planning beforehand and plenty of prep work is the key to a successful celebration. Every birthday celebration needs decorations, food and cake, and games or some form of entertainment, so we’ve rounded up plenty of creative ideas and tips to pull it all off. To start, you’ll need a theme. Choose from clever birthday party ideas that won’t cost a fortune or three party themes that are unique, but so easy to pull off. Then, make sure to consult some of our helpful checklists to keep things streamlined, including one for an away-from-home birthday party. Finally, you’ll want to plan a menu—especially dessert, which is arguably the most important part. Check out party desserts for kids and unique cake topping ideas, all of which you can do without heading to the bakery.

How to Make a Piñata

This super simple DIY piñata—no paper mache required—is sure to make any party that much sweeter.

24 Creative Goody Bag Ideas

From magic to secret agent, these clever favors correspond to a fun party theme.

5 Party Desserts for Kids

Need a kid-pleasing party centerpiece or a whimsical sweet? Try one of these clever edible creations.

13 Homemade Thank-You Note Ideas

Clever ways to say “thank you” for birthday gifts, holiday gifts, and no reason at all.

17 Quick Party Appetizers

Recipes for party-worthy appetizers that take 20 minutes or less from start to finish.

Budget-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Save the serious check writing for her Sweet Sixteen. These three parties (with throw-it-together themes) are big fun for the 10-and-under set. And not paying for a bouncy castle? That’s our gift to you.

3 Insanely Fun Party Themes for Kids

Make your child's next get-together unforgettable with one of these easy party ideas.

Child’s Away-From-Home Birthday Party Checklist

Have all the fun with a lot less work when the party is somewhere other than your house. Here’s a schedule to suit any outside venue.

Child’s At-Home Birthday Party Checklist

Whether you’re celebrating indoors or in the backyard, with pin the tail on the donkey or an entire petting zoo, this timeline will make for a very happy birthday with all the bases covered.

Party Planning Checklist

These think-ahead steps from professional party planners will help you enjoy your party as much as your guests.