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Birthday parties

The ultimate birthday party guide

Do you want to plan the perfect birthday party for your child, but don't know where to start? Try one of these great ideas to make sure your little one has a party they'll never forget!

By Cassandre Cadieux
The ultimate birthday party guide

The ultimate birthday party guide

Carnival

Has your kid always dreamed of joining the circus? Bring the big top to them with this carnival themed birthday party. With games, prizes, tattoos and delicious treats, your child will never forget this birthday bash, and will be talking about it for years to come.

Get the inspiration you need here

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Space

A lot of kids want to be astronauts when they grow up, or even ruler of the galaxy. Let their imaginations run wild with a space themed party, including rocket ships, planets, and even aliens. This birthday party will be out of this world and will be the envy of all inhabitants of the Milky Way.

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Dots

Do you have an indecisive child or have to throw more than one party at the same time? Consider throwing a dot themed party. There is no limit to what you can do with polka dots, and they'll never go out of style. With ball games, beads and endless possibilities, this birthday party can be tailored to your little one by choosing a specific colour-scheme.

Get some well-spotted ideas here

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Creepy crawlers

If your child likes creepy, slimy bugs, why not plan a creepy crawlers birthday party? You can have her guests inspect rare specimens or paint a flowerpot to fill with treats later. You could even plan a bug-themed scavenger hunt, giving a prize to the guest that finds the most (fake) insects. The future entomologists won't know where to look first.

Get some ideas here that will have your kids squirm with delight

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Beach

Does your beach bum have a birthday coming up? You can create a sandy paradise in your own backyard, without the hassle of having to worry about a bunch of kids near open water. Don't forget the sunscreen!

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Pirate

Your child and their mateys can search for buried treasure, walk the plank and feast on gnarly treats at this pirate themed extravaganza! With customizable pirate hats or eye patches, this bash will be a highlight for years to come.

Get plenty of booty-ful ideas here

The ultimate birthday party guidePhoto by Jodi Pudge

Hollywood

Does your kid dream of walking the red carpet, being in the spotlight or even being being the camera? Throw them a Hollywood-themed party and invite their VIPs. If you want to get really adventurous, have their friends make a walk of fame with some plaster.

Get some A-list worthy ideas here

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Dinosaurs

The aspiring archaeologist will love stepping back into prehistoric times for their birthday. Digging up fossils, handling precious eggs with chopsticks and eating dino-shaped snacks are only a few items on this adventure to-do list. 

Get more ideas for this big bang-worthy party here

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Fairy

Throw your princess an enchanted tea (or apple juice) party with an abundance of tulle, crowns and beautiful wings. The best part is that this fantasy is very easy to create, although you may have a hard time getting your guests to return to the reality.

Get some more magical ideas here

The ultimate birthday party guidePhoto by Jodi Pudge

Zoo

Lions, tigers and bear, oh my! Your aspiring zoologist or veterinarian will love being surrounded by his fuzzy (and, of course, human) friends for his birthday this year. With creative treats, finger puppets and a lot of monkeying around, your kid's birthday will be suitable for the king of the jungle himself. 

Get some zany zoo ideas here

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The ultimate birthday party guide
This article was originally published on May 25, 2012

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