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Planning a birthday party for a loved one can be overwhelming. Choosing themes, coordinating games, party activities and cakes all require creative guidance. To make things easier, has some of the hottest birthday party themes for this season.

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Planning a birthday party for a loved one can be overwhelming. The best way to make sure the birthday child enjoys the party is to decide on a theme for the party. Anything that the birthday boy or girl likes can provide inspiration. It may be a favorite character from a book, a latest movie or a cartoon. A birthday theme can also be based on the child's current favorite sport, a book or any other activity. Here are some of the hottest birthday party ideas for this season.

1. Pirate Birthday Party Theme

For once in his life, every boy wants to be Captain Jack Sparrow, put on a pirate hat, wear an eye patch, swish his sword and find a hidden treasure! A pirate birthday party is every boy's dream come true. Tear the edges of aged paper to make the invitations. At the venue, put up a cross bones and skull black flag at the entrance and hang fish nets around the buffet. Decorate an old cardboard box as a treasure chest and place the party favors in it. For the cake, make a sheet cake that looks like a treasure map. Or be creative and make a pirate hat cake. Small telescopes, magnetic compasses, bandanas, and pirate hats make inexpensive and great party favors. Your kid will love you no end for throwing this amazing pirate party for him!

2. Princess Birthday Party Theme

What better way to celebrate your princess' birthday than by having a royal princess birthday party. Print the royal invite on parchment like sheets using a royal looking font for the text and decorate the invite with stick-on jewels. Roll up the invite and use a monogram sticker to close it or tie a bow with a pink satin ribbon. Decorate the venue using a big cardboard box painted as a castle. Provide a variety of beads and stones to the guests to make their own royal bracelets and necklaces, which they can take home as favors. A favorite party game is to blindfold the guests and make them pin a crown on a princess photo or painting. Tie in the princess theme with an easy to make castle cake. Use a sheet cake and place cupcakes on the four corners, and then place waffle cones upside down on them to make towers of the castle. Fruit punch and fruit kebabs are great for little princesses to nibble on. Get an inexpensive star shaped baking mold tray and bake star cookies for the party. So get set to give your princess a princess birthday party she will never forget!

3. Teen Mall Scavenger Birthday Party Theme

Teenagers just love to spend hours at the mall, and a mall scavenger hunt party theme is the coolest birthday party idea for a teenager. For the invite, get copies of the map of the mall and decorate it with stick-on jewels, paper flowers or Hannah Montana stickers. Once the guests assemble at a restaurant at the mall, buy them take-away sodas, ice-cream and juices and divide them in groups of 3 or 4. Then hand over each group a sealed envelope with a list of tasks to do. Below is a sample list of tasks for the mall hunt.

a: List all the movies that are playing at the multiplex theater.
b: List all stores in the mall whose name starts with the letter 'V'.
c: Buy any item that costs less than a dollar, and is red and has some writing or text on it.
d: Find someone who works at the mall and whose name starts with 'S' and make them sign the task paper.

After 45 minutes, the groups have to re-assemble at the restaurant and the group which completes the most number of tasks correctly is the winner. Your teen will simply adore you for coming up with such radical mall scavenger hunt birthday ideas!

4. Casino Birthday Party Theme

Adults will love this casino themed birthday party. For the invite, glue two playing cards on the card front and write 'Casino Night'. To decorate the venue, arrange lots of tables and cover them with casino themed table cloths available at party supply stores. Turn down the lights, put on bright white string lights around the doors and windows and your casino party is ready to rock. When the guests arrive hand them fake money to play at the tables. Have different tables for poker, bingo, craps, roulette and any other casino game you want to play. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are perfect for a casino party and easy for guests to nibble on as they are winning at the tables. When guests are ready to leave, a new deck of cards or a small board game make great party favors. For more creative and do-it-yourself ideas, check out the Casino Birthday Party page at

5. Beach Birthday Party Theme

Bring the beach to your backyard and have a beach birthday party! Make a sand castle on the invite by using sand paper. Glue on some seashells or seashell stickers and write the party information on the inside. To decorate the venue, prop up some palm leaves and coconuts at the entrance. Inside, cover the walls with fish nets and place beach balls all over the area. Arrange for some construction sand and have a sand pit, and wet the sand for guests to build sand castles. Have lots of seafood snacks, pineapple and watermelon wedges on toothpicks, coconut flavored drinks and use parasols to decorate the glasses. For the cake, have a beach ball shaped cake or a fish shaped cake or just decorate a sheet cake to look like a beach scene. Use your imagination to add as many beach elements as possible and bring your guests in the beach mood. has many more ideas for a beach birthday party.


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