Birthday Party Theme Ideas for Kids 9 and Up

Movie Night

This is a good pick for a child who wants to have a group party but perhaps wants to appear a bit more grown up. Be sure to pick a movie that won't have other parents complaining. In fact, if you can get your child to make a choice early, put the movie title on the invitation so there won't be any confusion about the entertainment. Serve popcorn and Junior Mints and enjoy the show.

Game: Movie Trivial Pursuit. Divide into two teams and stick with as many current movies as possible. Kids this age tend not to know the oldies.

Party favor: Video store coupons. Stop by your local rental store and see what they've got. Chances are good the store will have a promotion you can tap into.

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. 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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