Boys are known for their wild and rambunctious behavior, so they can be lots of fun to have at a party. With just a little extra thought for entertainment, the party will pass by in no time. Here are a few theme ideas to get the party started:
1. CSI/Detective – Turn the party into a crime scene with yellow caution tape, and add the outline of a body with sidewalk chalk or masking tape, depending on the type of ground or floor. Buy powder for fingerprinting, and have the kids search the room for clues. Provide magnifying glasses, flashlights, gloves, and bags to collect evidence. If there are older siblings or willing adults, let the guests interrogate them about the “murder mystery.”
2. Pirates – Have eye patches and bandanas or pirate hats for each guest. Draw a map that leads to a “treasure” of chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil. You could also provide white paint and rectangles of black fabric (or black construction paper) so the guests can design their own pirate flags.
3. Dinosaurs – Bury objects in a sandbox to be “excavated” by your little archaeologists. For food, serve dirt cake or sand cake made from crushed Oreos or vanilla wafers.
4. Superheroes – Have each guest come up with their own superhero names for them to go by for the rest of the party. Have a variety of colorful capes available and let the kids paint a design or initials to go along with their superhero names. Create an obstacle course with a stuffed animal at the end as the “innocent victim” and race to see who can rescue it first.
5. Athletics – You can focus on one particular sport (soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, etc.) and invite enough guests to have a game. Another option is to just have an athletic theme with races, obstacle courses, and medals or prizes for the winners.
6. Video Games – If you can borrow an extra TV or 2, turn the living room into a game room with a different game console at each TV. Choose games that can be used in a tournament with guests competing against each other. Serve typical finger food snacks like chips, cookies, and popcorn.
7. Magic – Buy a few tricks from a magic supply store and host a performance. If your son loves to be the center of attention, let him learn the tricks and play the part of the magician. You could also hire an older sibling or local teenager to be the magician. After the performance, show how the tricks were done and let the guests try them.
8. Science – Play the part of a Mad Scientist host with a white lab coat, crazy hair, and big glasses or let the birthday boy dress up. Dry ice makes a fun science show and is available in select grocery stores. Add a chunk to the punch bowl to cool the drink and to have the vapor that is typical of mad science concoctions. Add a small piece of dry ice to a plastic bottle filled partway with warm water. Tighten the cap, stand way back, and watch it explode. Put a small piece in plain water and let guests taste the vapor – it will taste like a burp after drinking soda. Put a hot metal utensil on dry ice and you will hear a sharp ringing sound. Look up dry ice experiments on the Internet for many more ideas.
9. Military – Have the guests go through basic training by racing through an obstacle course. After training, they are ready for war. Give each guest a plastic camouflage helmet and a water gun. Divide them into 2 teams, and let them battle in the backyard. Have a couple of hay bales or tables turned on their sides for places to hide behind.
Most importantly, get your son’s input about what he would like. He may like to watch pirates on TV, but that does not mean he automatically would love a whole pirate party. Talk to him to settle on a theme that he loves and thinks his friends would enjoy as well. Most birthday parties have invitations and a cake to go along with the theme, and decorations can be minimal. Plates, napkins, wrapping paper and other paper goods can be solid color so that extras can be used at a later date. Also, keep in mind that a theme is not always necessary. It’s often fun just to have friends over to play, and it is usually cheaper.