Four Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Your child with a summer birthday misses out on bringing cupcakes to school for their birthday, but they certainly make up for that with these stellar themes for a kid's summer birthday party. This list has got you covered with ideas for food, decorations and games.

1. Bubble Party

A bubble extravaganza is a can't-lose theme for children of preschool and kindergarten age. Just supply lots of bubble-making toys and bubble-making solution. You can find a mind-boggling variety available on the cheap at discount stores. To continue the theme, you can make an adorable, bubbly ball pit by filling a kiddie pool with clear, plastic beach balls of assorted sizes. Any type of cake will work well with this theme, and balloons make for excellent themed centerpieces.

2. Hawaiian Party

Summertime is perfect for a luau; think grass skirts, tropical fruit and Hawaiian music. Party stores are chock full of luau-themed decorations, but you can also make your own cardboard or construction paper cutouts in the shape of tropical flowers and palm trees. Kids can make leis, and a hula-hooping contest is always a hit. Take out a limbo stick for another classic party game that goes great with this theme. Food and drinks with tropical flavors like pineapple and mango are ideally suited to a Hawaiian party.

3. Pirate Party

A pirate party theme is fun for boys and girls. Kids enjoy dressing up in pirate hats, eye patches and hooks. Almost all pirates are obsessed with finding lost treasures. Take advantage of this theme with a creative scavenger hunt. Provide written clues for older children and pictures for children who haven't reached reading age. Fish and chips, in the form of potato chips and fish-shaped crackers, are a cute snack idea for this type of party.

4. Carnival Party

This classic theme continues to be popular with children. Borrow an idea from the carnival and make an easy ring-toss game by cutting holes in a large piece of painted cardboard. Do face painting and serve up hot dogs and popcorn. Balloons in primary colors work well as decorations. Hire a clown or magician to wow the little ones. This type of party may involve more expense and work than the other themes, but it makes for an unforgettable party for children.

No matter what the theme, with just a little bit of planning, your child and their guests are bound to have a blast at a themed summer birthday party.