5 Basic Checklist Items for Themed Birthday Parties

5 Basic Party Checklist for Themed BirthdaysTheme parties are the best kind of parties. You get to have fun and come up with creative ideas for decorations, party favors, and even food to capture the essence of your chosen theme. You and your guests also get to dress up according to the theme.

Imagine doing a Harry Potter–inspired party. You get to dress up as a Hogwarts student and be a witch or wizard because a theme party won’t be complete without Harry Potter decorations or costumes. If you’re celebrating a birthday soon, especially a young child’s, why not try throw this kind of party? Of course, to organize a successful birthday theme party, you need to get these basics covered.


You can’t get away with a theme party without decorations. It’s the heart of the party (aside from the celebratory and the people). It’s through the decorations that you truly show your chosen theme. For the perfect theme-party decor, the first thing you should do is research ideas and inspirations.

Pinterest has a large collection of DIY party decorations for different themes. If you’ve chosen a game, movie, or TV show as your theme, study its visual elements (e.g., colors, logos, props, and symbolic items in the show), and see what you can integrate in the party décor.

Food and Beverages

After decorations, food and beverages are the next on the checklist of things that you can customize to embody the theme. Make or buy a custom cake or specially made cupcakes. Use frosting that follows the color motif of the concept you’re using, then you can print little signs that have something to do with the theme and put them on the desserts.

Pay attention to details. Even the food containers, cups, and display stands should also work with the theme. There are lots of ready-made plates and paper cups made for theme parties. You can find lots of affordable party supplies of well-known films or series, like Harry Potter and Stranger Things, or popular games, like Minecraft or Fortnite.

Party Favors

One of the most exciting parts of any party, especially theme parties, is the favors. Who wouldn’t love a gift that’s given freely? Party favors are exactly that.

Every aspect of the party should adhere to the theme, and that includes the party favors. The usual party favors are small gifts that can be practical, decorative, edible or fun items.  You can choose to buy a ready-made party favor that’s related to your theme.

For instance, vinyl figures would be perfect for a movie, TV show, or game theme parties. You can do DIY party favors if you want to save money and integrate the theme in the packaging or decoration.

Games and Activities

What’s a party without games and activities? It’s what brings the fun and laughter to the celebration. So how do you insert the theme to the party games and activities? You can use the usual party games and add a twist that has something to do with the theme of your party, or you can invent your own game or activity.

There are also lots of resources online for game ideas for birthday parties, following different themes, like video games, films, shows, sports, etc. All you need to do is find them.


For people who love dressing up, here’s a chance for them to unleash their creativity and let themselves shin. A theme party won’t be complete without costumes. If you love craft-making, you can take this chance to show off your mad skills, but there’s also nothing wrong with buying a ready-to-wear costume from the mall.

To encourage guests to dress up, you can have a costume contest and give a little prize to winner with the best costume before the party ends.

Final Word

Make your or your family’s next birthday celebration special by organizing an exciting theme party. You can invite all your friends and have fun dressing up in costumes, playing games, and eating delicious party food.

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