By Kim Dunkin
Summer birthday parties are great fun with so many themes to choose from. With these summer fun theme ideas, the hardest part will be deciding on just one!
Hula Luau, Pool Party, Shovel and Pail, Surfs Up and Flip-Flop are some of the great Summer Fun themes available. Take into consideration the age and gender of your child and his or her favorite summer activities when choosing a theme. With so many fun summer themes, the hardest part will be choosing just one.
A Hawaiian Hula Luau is a festive Summer Fun theme with an island twist. Especially great for teen and tweens but suitable for youngsters as well, this theme has it all: fun, sun and sand. Invitations can be purchased at online party stores or make your own that looks like a lei or Hawaiian flower. Barbecue chicken kabobs, grass skirts and colorful leis set the mood for the luau while the Hawaiian game of Limbo proves "how low can you go?" The "Hula Luau Murder Mystery Game" will have the whole island wondering "who done it?" String up paper lanterns and dance the night away with Hawaiian music. If your party is poolside, why not set up a floating light show? A pineapple or palm tree shaped cake is sweet and wont cost a lot of dough. Great luau recipes can be found online. If you choose this them, get ready, an ocean of fun awaits you and your guests!
A Pool Party is perfect for those that have a pool available. If your child is young, a wading pool or two will suffice. Send out homemade invitations printed on bright colored paper in the shape of a beach ball or life preserver and even add more details with a 3d paint pen. Make your pool party really hot with some cool decorating ideas. Scatter beach balls all around and other pool toys and props. Add some inflatable palm trees too. Balloons are great at any party. Beach ball shaped mylars can be mixed with primary colored latex ones for a fun effect. Fun games are a must. "Diving for Dollars" is always fun though you might opt to use spare change instead. Serve food that reeks of summer fun like hot dogs and multi-colored swim ring jigglers. An awesome cake idea is a ring cake decorated like a swim ring. There are tons of great ideas for pool parties that can be found online and you are sure to spark up a few of your own to make your pool party a splash.
Another great Summer Fun party idea is the Flip-Flop theme. It is an excellent choice for pre-teen and younger girls. Flip-Flop invitations can be purchased online or you can easily make your own. Check online party stores for Flip-Flop mylar balloons to add that extra flair to your party decorations and Flip-Flop lights are available too. A Flip-Flop pinata serves as a cute prop and a fun game later. A Flip-Flop dish makes chips and dip even better. Make a cake shaped like a Flip-Flop and cup cakes too. Keep the gang on their toes by playing the fun game "Flip Flop Hide and Seek". If you have a teen or tween, this party may just be the one to sink your toes in.
Younger children love to play in the sand so Shovel and Pail is a Summer Fun theme they will really dig. With a sand box or two and some sand box toys, the children will entertain themselves for hours. Decorate with lots of bright colored balloons and plenty of shovel and pails as well as sand box toys. Let the children dig in the sand to uncover tiny treasures or small toys. For dessert, serve pudding in pails topped with crushed graham crackers. If you have a little one that loves the sand, you may have uncovered the perfect Summer Fun theme.
Surfs Up! This Summer Fun theme is great for boys and girls, and both younger and older children. Surfs Up invitations are available online or make them yourself by shaping card stock bright colored paper to look like a surf board. Surfs Up paper plates, cups, napkins, mylar balloons and table covers make the party complete. A "Beach Party Scavenger Hunt" will have the guests scrambling to win. All summer food is fair game at this party like hamburgers, hot dogs and fruit and veggie trays. Why not serve up a birthday cake shaped like a surf board for a sweet treat? If you child likes sun, fun and surf, this party will surely be a smash.
Whichever Summer Fun theme you and your child decide on, these innovative ideas are sure to splash up a few of your own for a great Summer Fun party where memories will shine on for years.