Old McDonald had a farm
A farm theme is great for younger kids, according to Marta Segal Block, editorial director for GigMasters.com. This theme lends itself to fun activities such as a hay ride, scavenger hunt and interacting with a variety of animals.
To decorate, Block says, "animal-themed decorations left over from Halloween can be put in place, as well as colorful squash, corn and apples." You can also use hay bales for seating, lanterns for lighting and bandana fabric for tablecloths, banners and more.
A camping-themed party can be easily implemented in a variety of locations: your own backyard, inside your home, in nearby woods or at local campgrounds. The key to picking the right spot will depend on the weather, the size of your child's party and the age of his or her guests.
Amy Locurto, owner of Living Locurto, says a camping theme is a great option for a fall birthday party, because kids are likely to enjoy a tent sleepover, s'mores and outdoor games.
To decorate, head to the Living Locurto shop on Etsy and purchase the Owl Camp Out Birthday Party printables. These food and drink accessories will look adorable on table spreads that feature lanterns, pine cones, evergreen shrubs and cozy-looking fabrics.
If you're looking for a casual, fuss-free theme to suit sporty kids, consider hosting a tailgating party. This flexible theme can be concentrated on a specific sport or team, but it can also be broad enough to incorporate a variety of sports.
During the party you can entertain kids and adults with traditional tailgating games such as horseshoes, washer toss or ladderball.
You can easily decorate for this theme using items you and your children already own. For example, balls, helmets, signs, banners, pom-poms and plastic cones can all be hung throughout your party space or used as centerpieces.
Alicia Carter, lead designer for CarterGirl Events, says a back-to-school theme is one of her favorite options for a fall birthday. "This theme works so well with that time of year because kids are just getting settled into the new school year. Inviting new classmates and even the class teacher is a great way for the kids to bond outside of the classroom setting," she explains.
For this type of party, Carter recommends adorning the sweets table with cupcakes shaped like apples, as well as cookies decorated to look like yellow school buses and pencils. Another option she recommends is setting up a create-your-own candied apple bar that allows kids to coat apples in the treat of their choice.
To decorate, Carter suggests using school-themed fabric to cover tables. You can also create fun centerpieces with items such as chalkboard signs, apples, books, pom-poms and globes.
A costume party is the perfect tie-in for kids whose birthdays fall around Halloween. Plus, this theme offers kids a great opportunity to get some extra mileage out of costumes they might otherwise wear only once.
Desiree Thornton, owner of A.M.E.E. Event Planning, who has successfully hosted children's costume parties and says, "Children come in their costumes with their candy containers. We decorate mini pumpkins, cupcakes and cookies. We give out candy and have music. We decorate the venue with pumpkins and other Halloween-type décor. This event works well in the fall because it helps them not only enjoy the holiday or the season, but also to get a twist on traditional parties and activities."
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Photo: Amy Locurto and TSCookies