Birthday parties

15 unique birthday party ideas

Hosting a birthday, but stuck on a theme? Choose one from our list of unique and totally fun ideas, complete with invitations, crafts and desserts!

By Jessica Spera

15 unique birthday party ideas

15 unique birthday party themes

Unicorn party

Neigh, Girl, Neigh! It’s time to get prancy! With sparkles, rainbows and pastels, this easy-to-throw fete is pure magic. So get your party on unicorn style. Because a world where unicorns exist is a world we all want to live in! Start planning: How to throw a unicorn party

15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Erik Putz

Pineapple party

Bring a taste of the tropics to your kid's fête with this sweet and sunny fruit! Lots of pineapple pops, fun party hats and sunglasses-wearing pineapples are included! Start planning: How to throw a pineapple party

15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Tony Lanz

Woodland party

This is a great theme for summer birthdays, and you can throw this whimsical bash right in your own backyard! Your little wild things can explore the outdoors with a treasure hunt and enjoy a yummy woodland cake for dessert. They can paint bird houses and put on masks and pretend to be woodland creatures. You can even make cute DIY bunny lootbags for them to take home. Start planning: Birthday party ideas: Woodland theme                      

 

15 unique birthday party ideas

Emoji party

Your tech-savvy kid will LOL at this emoji-filled bash. Play Pin the Face on the emoji and let them express themselves with emoji masks (which also make for a fun craft). And who can say no to emoji cookie pops? Start planning: How to throw an emoji party

15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Tony Lanz

Detective party

Your Sherlock Holmes and friends will love sleuthing around at this party! Dress the little detectives up with moustaches and hats, complete with magnifying glasses of course, and get them to solve the party mystery. It's like a real-life game of Clue—this theme has tons of mystery and fun! Start planning: Birthday party ideas: Detective theme

15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Rainbow party

Make a dull winter day bright with this fun theme—there might even be a pot of gold at the end of the party rainbow. With a fun cookie-decorating station, a yummy fruit snack and a crayon craft, how could the kids not love this bash? Start planning: How to throw a rainbow-themed birthday party

15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Tony Lanz

Ninja Turtles party

Calling all Ninja Turtles! You'll have mini Mikeys, Leos, Raphs and Donnies running around with their own custom felt masks. Your little turtle will love his customized cupcake toppers and party decorationsthey're super cool! Start planning: Cowabunga: How to throw a Ninja Turtles party


15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Elizabeth Wong Pagnotta

Carnival party

Step right up and see the most wonderful carnival around! Host your carnival-themed party with lots of balloons and fun-flavoured popcorn. Your little clowns will love testing their balancing skills in the ball and spoon race. They can even have a try at walking on stilts. Start planning: Throw a carnival party!


15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Tony Lanz

Minecraft party

Party it up in pixelated style (with lots of green decorations, of course!) Creepers will make an appearance at this party in many forms (hello, marshmallow creepers!) The mini birthday Steve and his friends can even make their own Pickaxes! Start planning: How to throw a Minecraft party


15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Tony Lanz

Art party

Your little Picasso can do arts and crafts to her heart's content—it is her special day after all! Lots of colouring and crafts will be on the itinerary, as well as fun, paint-dipped Rice Krispie treats and colourful loot bags. Start planning: Birthday party ideas: Art theme


15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Tony Lanz

Fiesta party

Bring the sun and fun to your bash with this colourful theme! Play pin the tail on the donkey, make piñata loot bags and for dessert, serve cookies that look like tacos! Start planning: How to throw a colourful fiesta party


15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Tony Lanz

Malt shop party

Celebrate your kid's b-day in retro, old-fashioned style (poodle skirts included)! Jazz up your space with milkshake decorations, cute outfits and a burger-shaped cake. A bonus is the cute DIY vinyl record invites that you can hand out to all of the rockin attendees. Start planning: How to throw a malt shop party>


15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Lot116 Photography

Book party

This is the perfect bash for your little bookworm! Decorate with authors' quotes on the wall and then serve up grilled cheese sandwiches that look like books. Start planning: Throw a book party!


15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Tony Lanz

Disco party

Put on your dancing shoes (or platforms in this case) cause it's time to disco. Bring the 70s to your kid's jam with music to boogie down to, DIY microphone crafts and of course, shiny disco balls! Start planning: How to throw a disco party


15 unique birthday party ideasPhoto: Erik Putz

Robot party

Fuel up, little bots! They can refill their tanks with homemade jet fuel (raspberry-cranberry lemonade). They can play robot games, like Robot Relay and Robot Freeze Dance, or decorate their own robot craft to take home. You can even make your own robot costume for the birthday kid! Start planning: Host a robot-themed party!


15 unique birthday party ideas

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This article was originally published on Apr 13, 2016
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