55 Fun Themes For Your Boy's Next Birthday Bash!
If you're searching for inspiration for your little boy's next birthday bash, you've come to the right place! These 55 themes range from the tried, true, and traditional to the unexpected and inventive. We've rounded up some of our very favorite boys party ideas — from animals and sports to planes, trains, and automobiles — to get party-planning moms into full gear for their best boys' next soiree!
A Firefighter Party
It's the sound of the siren; the pressure of the hose; the shiny, polished trucks; and the fearlessness of firefighters that fascinate youngsters. By throwing a firefighter birthday bash at your local station, you'll have a fiery success!
A Jackson Pollock Party
Kids love to get messy with arts and crafts projects, but most mamas temper the fun in order to avoid a mess. At a Jackson Pollock party, mom can encourage tots to get down and dirty for the afternoon.
A Scavenger Hunt Party
Put adventuresome little sleuths to work with a detective party that plays on their natural curiosity.
A Vintage Superhero Party
When Chelsea Wood's son turned 6, she knew she'd have to combine his love of superheroes with some vintage comic books she'd found at a flea market. The result was a comic superhero party that brought all of the kids together! Guests arrived dressed as their favorite heroes, posed in front of a homemade backdrop, played games, and walked away with their photo in a comic-book frame! Source: Life Frosting
A Harry Potter Party For Kids
The Harry Potter film series came to an end a few years ago, but Hogwarts fans are still on the rise! One pint-size Gryffindor fan celebrated the birthday of a lifetime with a Harry Potter-themed party. Spell-casting classes, Hedwig the owl, and golden snitches were just a few of the wizard-themed details incorporated into the birthday.Source: Tradewind Tiaras
A Bowling Party
Head on down to your local bowling alley, ask them to put up some gutter bumpers, and watch the little ones have a blast at a bowling party.
A Ghostbusters Party
Who you gonna call for a Ghostbusters party? Tori Spelling! The 90210 alum and then-mom-of-two threw her son a Ghostbusters-themed afternoon that included a giant slime cake, custom cookies, cake pops, and homemade Proton packs for the guests to wear — complete with silly string to fight oncoming apparitions. Source: Plixi user Tori Spelling
A Wet and Wild Wipeout Party
A Post Office Party
For the tot who can't wait for the mail carrier to arrive each day, this first-class post office party is a way to ensure he's signed, sealed, and delivered on his big day. Source: Allison Kaharick for Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line
A Sesame Street-Themed Party
For more than four decades, Sesame Street has been providing children with education through entertainment and humor. So if your little one is part of a new generation of fans, a Sesame Street-themed party is a great idea for your tot's next birthday.
A Dr. Seuss-Themed Birthday Party
For a bright and whimsical birthday theme, Mama doesn't have to look further than baby's favorite books for inspiration! Dr. Seuss classics — like The Cat in the Hat and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish — are filled with colorful characters that can be used to decorate a very special Dr. Seuss-themed party for your little one's next birthday.Source: Phronsie + Courtney Dial for Pizzazzerie
A Transformers Birthday Party
"My twins love Transformers, and they really love the Michael Bay movies," says Miranda Konieczny of Whimsical Printables and Whimsically Detailed. "I saw so many of the cute cartoon versions, but I decided that I wanted to do more of a metal/grunge version." For this Transformers party, theme-inspired cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and more made sure the guests were appropriately sugared up at this fifth birthday party, while printables from Hello My Sweet added some aesthetic interest for this party-loving mom. Instead of arranging an over-the-top dessert table, she made sure the big-impact element of this event was Optimus Prime himself. Source: Whimsical Printables
A Little Chef Cooking Birthday Party
Stephanie Keeping of the amazing party site Spaceships and Laserbeams designs creative events just for little guys — seriously, if you're a mom to boys, you have to check it out — but we're betting both sexes would be equally smitten with this "Little Chef"-inspired birthday party, which would definitely appeal to a Ratatouille fan. Full of awesome and adorable food (we're loving the marshmallow chef's hats) and cute printables, this party is perfect for any birthday boy or girl who loves spending time in the kitchen. Click here to check out all the details. Source: Spaceships and Laserbeams
A Vintage Race Car Birthday Party
"Once in a while, there is a party, with a capital 'P,' where every little piece just falls into place," New York event planner Keren Precel says. "This 3-year-old's race car birthday party was one of those." The totally eco-friendly party was divided into four sections: the "pit stop," where the kids got to decorate their own Melissa & Doug race cars; the "race track," where little guests could attach birthday wishes to tiny toy cars; the "gas station" food table; and the "trophy section" favor table. You have to check out every detail of this party to truly appreciate how special it is. Source: Keren Precel Events
A Striped and Chevron Football Party
When we spotted this awesome chevron-patterned and striped football party, thrown by Valencia Cheatham of Jewel Box Creative Studios for her 2-year-old son, Alden, we were totally hooked. A boys party full of graphic patterns, sweet details, not a single video-game character, and just a touch of football? Yes, please! Source: Spaceships and Laserbeams
A Mod Penguin Birthday Party
Amanda of Australia-based event-planning company Red Wagon Events creates absolutely beautiful detail-filled parties, and the modern penguin party she dreamed up for her son's second birthday is no exception. Full of creative wintry details, some absolutely outrageous sweets (the three-dimensional igloo cookies are blowing our minds!), clever signage created by Ham & Pea, and the coolest backdrop we've ever seen, this party is penguin perfection. Source: Red Wagon Events
A Lorax-Inspired Birthday Party
Mom blogger Smita of The Party Wall dreamed up an imaginative, intricate, and fanciful Lorax party, inspired by the book and film, for her son's fifth birthday party. Full of characters and imagery from the book, upcycled decor, and eco-friendly activities, this party has an almost overwhelming amount of detail. Some of our favorite parts: the 12-page personalized invitation book, written by Smita in Seuss-speak; the insanely amazing cake; and some awesomely creative, thoughtful extras (kids were given five cents, a nail, and the shell of a great-grandfather to gain entry to the bash). Source: The Party Wall
A Mad-Scientist Birthday Party
"What's a better way to learn about science than having a mad-scientist party?" says Cris McGrath of Crissy's Crafts. And what little boy wouldn't be mad about a party full of edible treats that look like atom balls, lab rats, brains, frogs, and bacteria culture? This mad-scientist party truly has something for every budding lab rat, including a ton of beakers, test tubes, petri dishes, and lab googles (not to mention some awesome printables). While this bash might look like it could end in a bang (and not the good kind), the only explosion that occurred at this birthday party was an outburst of fun! Source: Crissy's Crafts
A Parisian, Red Balloon First Birthday Party
Becca, the design-minded creator of the cool blog Lavender's Blue, has an international family. So to help celebrate her nephew's first birthday, she left her island home of Grenada and traveled to Beijing to throw a party with a French theme (and one cool Chinese tradition thrown in for good measure). "My sister is a major Francophile. She lived there for a year, fell in love with her husband there, and just returned there for the first time this past Spring with Elijah! How appropriate it is that the inspiration for Elijah's first birthday party came from the classic French film, The Red Balloon?" Becca says. With an awesome invitation, simple and chic party details, and a heavy dose of whimsy, this party can be described in two words: c'est magnifique! Source: Lavender's Blue
A Dreamy, Vintage-Transportation Party
Birthday boy Enzo loves airplanes, but for a party celebrating his second birthday, event planner Keren Precel knew she needed to take that inspiration to the next level. "Being a professional graphic designer as well as an event planner allowed me to create a custom-made, one-of-a-kind party package," Keren says. The vintage transportation-themed bash she designed is simply dreamy, full of personalized paper products, a beautiful backdrop, and a dessert table that would satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. Click here to check out all the beautiful details. Source: Keren Precel Events
Dig It! A Cool Construction Birthday Party
We have a serious party crush on Debbie of Wants and Wishes Design, the mastermind behind this construction-themed birthday party. Moms of boys know it can be hard to translate their guys' greatest obsessions into adorable parties, but this soiree managed to make construction cute. Wants and Wishes even offers awesome printables that you can download to re-create the party yourself. Can you dig it? Source: Wants and Wishes Design
A Jedi, Galactic Star Wars Party
Kate Brown, one half of the Australian-based event and sweets company Kiss Me Kate, wasn't afraid to go to the dark side for her son Josh's sixth birthday party — the dark side of the Force, that is. Enlisting the help of her friends at Anders Ruff for custom printables, Kate created a totally cool Star Wars-inspired party. From an insane Star Cruiser cake to "Wookie cookies," this bash has everything an aspiring Jedi needs. Source: Anders Ruff
A Bold Lego Ninjago Birthday Party
The ladies of Anders Ruff have amazing party-planning skills, and Maureen Anders raised the bar even higher with her son Jeffrey's Lego Ninjago-inspired party. The seventh birthday party incorporated traditional Asian elements like rice-paper screens, bamboo, and carryout containers, awesome sweet treats, and tons of paper products (now available as printables in Anders Ruff's shop). This party showcases seemingly endless inspirational elements, from ninja cake pops to candy bento boxes! Source: Anders Ruff
A Retro Manhattan Birthday Party
Caroline Tran, a Los Angeles-based photographer, has traveled the country with her tot in tow and paid tribute to their favorite destination for her lil one's soiree. With '60s-era Manhattan all the rage — thanks to the likes of Mad Men — she set out to create a mini version of the Big Apple. Using her father's carpentry talents and the expertise of Grand Soirées and Skybox Event Productions, Caroline crafted her own lil piece of NYC in the heart of LA. Click here to see all of the precious details! Source: Caroline Tran
A Cute, Camping-Inspired First Birthday Party
Summer is the season for camping, and A Little Savvy Event used every kid's favorite outdoor overnight experience as a jumping-off point for one cute first birthday party. Thrown for little Greyson, this party is super clever, using a tree round as a cake stand, fun paper products and signage, and lots of yummy camping-inspired eats. Our favorite element? Mini Bundt cakes in two flavors: s'mores and pancake with maple-syrup buttercream and bacon topping. Click here for all the camp-tastic details. Source: Allyson Wiley for A Little Savvy Event
A Colorful Up-Inspired Party With DIY Details
This isn't the first time we've fallen for an Up-inspired birthday party, but we're completely smitten with the first birthday party created by Siuleth Rivera of stationery and event-styling company Eleven Note for her son, Eli.
Colorful DIY details — including a rainbow-frosted layered cake, bright animal magnet favors, and a fingerprints-as-balloons guest "book" — abound at this creative bash. "Up is about adventure and love," Siuleth says, "and little Eli is both our greatest adventure and our greatest love!" Click here for all the details. Source: LH Photography
A DIY Numbers-and-Letters-Themed Birthday Party
Stationery designer and mom Lisa Wong Jackson of Good on Paper Design didn't have to look far for a party theme for her son's third birthday bash. "Lucas has really been into reading letters and numbers on everything from books to license plates, so I thought the perfect theme for his party would be letters and numbers," Lisa says.
Lisa took what could have been a simple idea and ran with it, creating an imaginative, kid-focused event that was full of fun activities, including parachute play, a DIY piñata, and a live band led by Lucas's preschool teacher. Click here to see all of the party fun, including Lisa's incredible invitations and homemade crayon favors! Source: Good on Paper Design
A Hip Pirate Party Thrown For a Designer Kid
Jenni Kayne is not only a successful fashion designer and one of the founders of chic kid street-style site Ladys & Gents. She's also a mom to two little ones, including birthday boy Tanner.
"For Tanner's fourth birthday, all he wanted was a pirate party," Jenni says. "We all channeled our inner pirate, which made the party that much more festive! I loved seeing all the kids in their adorable costumes." Check out all the highlights (tons of pirate-inspired decor, a face painter, and even the "real" Jack Sparrow) by clicking here. Source: Rip + Tan
A Fossil Hunter Birthday Bash
"For my little guy's birthday, there was never any question about the theme: fossils!" says Gretchen Brittain, mom of three and the creator of adorable party printables shop Three Little Monkeys. "Zach is obsessed with dinosaurs. Obsessed. But not the cartoon variety. He digs real fossils."
Gretchen used Zach's love of fossils and her own addiction to all things vintage to create one of the coolest little-boy parties ever, styled to feel like an old fossil excavation site with a vintage map backdrop, replica fossils, and old books, trunks, and camping gear. Click here for all the dino details. Source: Three Little Monkeys Studio
A Little Gentleman's Bow-Tie Birthday Party
Sometimes a party just captures us at the first glance, and in this case, we were sold the second we spotted this bow-tie-inspired first birthday's amazing invitations. "I knew I wanted them to be tactile, not just a piece of paper. I wanted them to be Southern and sweet and with the personality of a playful little boy," says mom and designer Emily Ley.
The awesome invite introduced Brady's first birthday party in grand fashion, and the party itself was full of cute bow-tie details. "We decided we wanted it to be sweet and young and classic . . . so we chose a Southern picnic theme and used bow ties to tie the entire affair together," Emily says. Click here to check out all the details of the spectacular invites and the sweet party! Source: Emily Ley
A Chevron, Elephant, and Balloon Birthday Party
Magdalena Czerny of Oh So Chic Celebrations gladly rose to the challenge when tasked with creating a modern red, gray, and blue party for 1-year-old Julian. "His mommy is a wonderful lady with a great sense of style," Magdalena says. "She had a vision of what she wanted to do, and when I showed her the chevron fabric I had just purchased, she loved it. We found an invitation with an elephant, a red balloon, and a chevron pattern, and the rest of it just flowed from that." We're loving the modern color combination, along with the adorable cake, macaron towers, and awesome balloon cookies and cake pops. Click here to check out all of this party's awesome details! Source: Oh So Chic Celebrations
A Bold, Brit-Inspired Birthday Party
We've been smitten with New York-based party company Keren Precel Events for some time, but this British-inspired birthday party has taken our love to a new level. Keren was inspired to create an ode to England by her 2-year-old client Bennett's room. "Bennett's wallpaper was white and filled with British icons," Keren says. "It was youthful, but not babyish or childish, and I decided the whole look of the party would be something similar that would appeal to both children and adults." Not only does this party feature one of the coolest cakes we've ever seen, but also, it's stocked full of savory treats that appeal to kids of all ages, on both sides of the pond. Click here to see how to do a birthday, Brit style! Source: Keren Precel Events
A Cool Airplane Birthday Party
Suzie Boluarte of Project: Party Perfect knew just what the theme for her son Caiden's second birthday should be. "We live near a small airport, and he loves going to the observation deck," Suzie says. "It's on the tarmac, and he gets an up-close experience seeing small planes and private jets take off and land." Suzie took that love of planes and created an inventive party full of high-flying clouds, DIY crafts, and cute treats. Click here for all the details. Source: Project: Party Perfect
La Dolce Vita! Twin Boys' Italian Birthday Celebration
If your kids are avid — or aspiring — world travelers, then take note of this gorgeous Italian birthday party. "I think it is safe to say that anyone who has visited Italy would have fallen madly in love with the architecture, food, and people," says Li-Ann Scott of Ham & Pea Design & Paperie, who was inspired by her family's European vacation to throw an Italian bash for her twins' third birthday. "We held the party in our own backyard and tried to re-create a little taste of the Italy we remembered so fondly."
With gorgeous sweets, inventive party decor (tomato cans, hanging cookware), and one amazing invitation — Li-Ann is a stationery designer, after all — this sophisticated soiree would be a hit for a birthday boy of any age, but 3-year-olds Hamish and Luca were especially enamored with the Ferrari piñata and their amazing matching cakes, topped with fondant spaghetti and pizza! Keep clicking for all the bellissima details, photographed by Lee Bird! Source: Ham & Pea Design & Paperie
A "Super" Spectacular Mario Party
When it was time to plan a birthday party for her son, Jacob, and his friend (also named Jacob), Jen Carver knew she had to do something super. After a brainstorming session, the owner of Banner Events settled on a theme that she knew the boys would be "game" for — Mario.
A Roaring Jurassic Park Birthday Party
This party is out of this world! From the fun exotic plant covered pallet used for the dessert table backdrop to the awesome stationery! This party is just fantastic and is sure to be enjoyed by anyone who loves the Jurassic Park movies!
How to Train Your Dragon Party
Are your kids fans of the movie How to Train Your Dragon? Get ideas on how to plan the ultimate How to Train Your Dragon Party right here with this amazing event from Festejar! The idea behind this event was to bring to life the birthday boy's favorite movie. I think they definitely succeeded in this task!
Spider-Man-Themed Birthday Party Fit For a Superhero
What a fun party…from the fabulous cityscape backdrop to awesome Spiderman sugar cookies; this party is the perfect theme for any little boy who loves Spiderman!
Curious George at the Circus Birthday Party
This party is so cute! I love the combination of Curious George and the circus; it's so fun! I also love all of the darling desserts! This party is sure to inspire many ideas!
Heart-Racing Disney Cars-Themed Birthday Party
What a fun party perfect for any fan of the Disney movie Cars! From the cute Cars character cookies and cake pops to the fun car lunch boxes. This party is sure to impress!
It's a Shark Attack Birthday Party
Ready to witness the least scary shark attack known to man? Then plunge into the fin-infested waters of this adorable baby boy's first birthday party.
All Aboard This Vintage-Train Party
If you've already done vintage airplanes and vintage car parties, here's the newest spin: vintage train party.