Birthday Party Theme Ideas for 7- to 8-Year-Olds

Here are some party themes that school-age kids will love!

Big Kid's Parties

Your growing child will have some definite opinions as to party themes. Keep in mind that this may be the year that a split between the boys and girls begins to develop. If your child wants to have an all-boys or all-girls bash, that's fine. Just be sure to avoid hurt feelings and don't distribute the invitations at school.

 
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Monster Mash

For a little taste of Halloween on the big day, bring on the monsters. A monster party brings a little bit of gross-out and a lot of fun. Monsters can range from silly to scary, depending upon the maturity level of your birthday guest of honor and friends. When in doubt, go for the giggles rather than the shrieks.

Game: Monster Mummy Wrap. This game is easy to set up and lots of fun. Divide your guests into teams of two each. Each team gets a roll of toilet paper. The object of the game is to see who can wrap their mummy the fastest.

Party favors: Monster tattoos.

Planning timeline:

  • One month before party day: Make guest list, plan menu, send invitations.
  • Two weeks before party day: Shop for party favors, paper goods, and items needed for the game. Ask a friend or relative who has RSVP'd to act as your assistant on party day.
  • One week before party day: Shop for menu items.

Bake Your Own Cake

Since much of this party will take place in your kitchen, you might want to limit the guest list to the number that will fit around your kitchen table comfortably. After all, every chef is really an artist and you just can't be creative in cramped quarters. Bring out the baker in your birthday guest of honor.

Game: Bake and decorate your own cake. Purchase individual microwave cake mixes for each of your guests. Have some extra adults on hand to help supervise as kids mix, pour, and bake their cakes. Have a few party games in mind to keep everyone occupied while the cakes cool before icing. Suggestion: Stay with the kitchen theme and play Hot Potato.

Party favor: Chef hats.

Planning timeline:

  • One month before party day: Make guest list, plan menu, send invitations.
  • Two weeks before party day: Shop for party favors, paper goods, and items needed for the baking. Ask a friend or relative who has RSVP'd to act as your assistant on party day.
  • One week before party day: Shop for menu items.

Dance Party

Get up and dance! This is a party filled with energy and musical fun. It's a good indoor party, but be sure you can clear a room for dancing and that you won't drive the neighbors crazy with the inevitable sound waves. Let your guests know in advance that it's a dance party so they'll be properly dressed to boogie!

Game: Go with some dance party favorites such as the limbo and the conga. Another suggestion: Teach everyone a line dance.

Party favors: Glow-in-the-dark plastic jewelry, glasses, and other accessories make for great dance party extras.

Planning timeline:

  • One month before party day: Make guest list, plan menu, send invitations.
  • Two weeks before party day: Shop for party favors, paper goods. Select music for the dancing. Ask a friend or relative who has RSVP'd to act as your assistant on party day.
  • One week before party day: Shop for menu items.

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