Growing boys are curious and playful, and their interests are always changing. It can sometimes be challenging to find a birthday theme a boy will love. Many times boys are also not as forthcoming about what they specifically want as girls are if they have a clear idea themselves.
Perhaps this is the reason why it seems so much easier to find creative ideas for girls’ parties on the internet than boys’ parties. To help you stress less, we’ve decided to put together this collection of birthday party themes specifically with boys in mind.
1. Cars Themed Birthday Party
Cars are a great flexible theme for younger boys. Most little boys are fascinated by cars, which is why many parents consider them a safe bet for a themed birthday party. Popular doesn’t have to mean boring, though. The key is to get out of the Disney movie mindset and look beyond the ever-popular Lightning McQueen, Tow- Mater, and friends.
Black and white checked tablecloths can give a racing flag vibe to the party table. You can also tape some black garbage bags or black tablecloths to the floor with a broken white stripe down the middle made from masking tape to create a mini roadway through the house.
If you have access to actual old tires, you can put a few in your front or backyard for an extra thematic flare.
A long piece of cardboard with race lanes painted or drawn on, and an easily accessible bin of cars is a welcome invitation for little boys to start racing Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars against each other. Don’t attach it to the floor or anything else; that way, they can move it around, lean it up against furniture at different inclines, and see just how fast the cars will go.
You can also set up play areas like a mechanic shop with some toy tools and toy cars that the children can pretend to fix, or even make a pretend car wash that the children can drive their vehicles through.
For snacks, you can go simple and serve car-themed foods like car tire chocolate donuts and Oreo cookies, or if you’re a little more adventurous, you can make fruit cars out of apple slices and grapes and candy bar race cars.
2. Construction Themed Birthday Party
Construction is another fun theme for a little boy’s birthday. A little creativity can go a long way with this theme. Pick up some caution tape from your local hardware or home improvement store and decorate your house with it. If you’d like, you could even offer your guests some toy hard hats to wear as they arrive.
You can also set up a block area with building blocks and toy tools and let the children build and knockdown, and rebuild to their hearts’ content. Or set up some small construction cones and something you can use for rings (pieces of tied rope, embroidery hoops, etc.) and make a fun ring toss game for the children to play.
If you don’t mind a little mess, or if the weather is dry and mild enough to set up outside, fill some containers with sand and add some toy construction vehicles or small shovels and let the children dig in the sand. Remember, small children often find joy in the simplest things, so don’t feel like you need to do anything extravagant or expensive for them to have fun.
You can make a lot of fun party theme snacks like jello construction barricades or wet paint paintbrush Rice Krispy treats. Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles cereal in cups also makes for some awesome edible gravel for a slightly healthier snack choice. Besides snack food, you can also set up a station where kids can build their own burgers or sandwiches.
3. Dinosaur Themed Birthday Party
Dinosaurs are a classic party theme that can work for many ages. Whether you’re looking for a more general dinosaur theme or something more particular like a Jurassic Park themed party, it’s hard to resist the appeal of these prehistoric reptiles. This party is also great for kids who enjoy Science by putting them in touch with their inner paleontologist.
Cut some dinosaur footprints out of construction paper or draw them with sidewalk chalk if your outside and scatter them throughout the house or backyard. To add a prehistoric touch, add touches of fake greenery (check your local dollar store or online) and spread toy dinosaurs around the house.
Hide small dinosaurs in a sandbox and provide brushes and shovels for young paleontologists to search for them. They can also press some toy dinosaurs into air hardening clay or playdough to make fossils. For older kids, you can make baking soda dinosaur eggs with toy dinosaurs inside. You can hide the eggs and have the children go on an egg hunt than using tools or squirt bottles of vinegar; they can break apart the eggs to “hatch” the dinosaur inside.
Keep party food simple with dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, Herbivore Veggie Cups, and Dinosaur Dirt Pudding Cups. Don’t forget some dinosaur deviled eggs. White chocolate covered pretzels make great dinosaur bones.
Another idea is to make fossil cookies. To make fossil cookies press the feet of clean dinosaur toys into unbaked cookie dough or you could press whole small dinosaurs into the dough to make the print, just remember to take them out of the dough before you put it in the oven to bake.
Many craft and kitchen stores also sell dinosaur-shaped cake pans if you decide you’d like to make a homemade dinosaur birthday cake, but your local bakery is also an option for more detailed designs.
4. Gamer Birthday Party Theme
For a boy who’s a little older, a gamer themed birthday party can be a lot of fun whatever their game or system of choice is; these ideas will win them over. Gaming is a broad and flexible theme, and it’s easily adapted to fit your child’s tastes. A gamer themed birthday can focus on video game characters or the video game systems themselves.
If you’re looking for gamer ideas for a specific game, there are some great ideas out there for classic characters like Mario, Pokemon, Donkey Kong, and Kirby. Gamers who are interested in retro-type games can also find some fun ideas for games like Pac-man. For a more of a Fortnite or Minecraft type of kid, that’s also not a problem.
While pink balloons may not be the first thing you think of when planning a boy’s birthday, a package of pink balloons and some markers make very convincing Kirby and Jiggly-puff decorations. Hold on to empty cube-style tissue boxes. Square tissue boxes painted or covered with paper and hung up around the house are a clever way to make Mario Bricks.
The beauty of retro games like Pac-Man is that simple graphics are easy to recreate in the forms of party decorations and snacks. Yellow paper plates or brie cheese with a wedge cut out make adorable Pac-Man characters. The Pac-Man ghosts can be easily recreated from cut construction paper or by merely draping a piece of colored cloth over a circular object like a paper plate or an embroidery hoop.
You can also create Minecraft style dynamite bundles from empty Pringles cans wrapped in red paper or by tying a bunch of red licorice together. You can also make some supply drop bundles out of empty cardboard boxes or crates attached to balloons for a Fortnite themed birthday.
Snacks like sugar cookies and brownies are a fantastic canvas for almost any gamer party. Whether they want Pac-Mans, Pokeballs, or V-Coins, you can transform sugar cookies into most anything his heart desires. Brownies can become med-packs or Mario Bricks, or even decorated like a game controller. If you’d prefer a joystick to a game controller, you can do that too by adding a frosted pretzel rod or pirouette style cookie to the middle of the brownies.
5. Lego Party Theme
Whether your kid is at the Duplo or Lego stage of his life, a Lego-themed birthday party is an excellent choice for a themed party. You can use yellow balloons and markers for Lego Man Head. If the birthday boy is a fan of Ninjago, use different color balloons and add a yellow paper strip or yellow tape to the front of the balloon and make some eyes.
Create some Lego structures and sprinkle them strategically throughout the party area; the bright colored blocks lend themselves well to the party scene. If you need bigger Lego blocks, paint cardboard and tissue boxes like Legos for a variety of uses. With a little time and planning, you could build some Lego cubes to hold utensils and napkins for the party table.
If you’re looking for activities, you can set up a Lego building station or make your own Lego bean bags for a Lego Bean Bag Toss. For a fresh twist on the classic egg and spoon race, do a Lego Spoon race instead with plastic spoons and Lego blocks. You can also get free Lego man templates online. Anyone up for a game of pin the head on the Lego man?
Some brownies with brightly colored frosting and M&Ms make convincing edible Lego bricks. For a fruitier version, you can also make a few trays of Jell-O and cut them into smaller rectangles and add Skittles. You can also make a rectangular pizza with pepperoni and cut it into smaller rectangles for a savory snack. Some party and grocery stores even sell Lego shaped birthday candles!
6. Nerf Party
A Nerf party is a party that is suitable for older boys who are better able to understand and follow rules that will keep everyone safe and happy. While it is unlikely they’ll do any severe damage with Nerf guns; you still want to discourage and limit the chances of shooting eyes or breaking things around the house by laying down a few ground rules before setting them loose.
The classic orange and blue Nerf colors lend themselves well to brightly colored party decorations. Keep it simple with orange and blue balloons and tablecloths.
Invite the guests to bring their own Nerf guns but also have extras on hand at the party site for kids who either don’t have one or forget theirs. Just make sure all the weapons are labeled, so nobody ends up bringing home the wrong Nerf gun after the party. It’s also a good idea to have extra Nerf Ammo on hand since some ammo will inevitably get lost in the heat of battle.
While most boys will get endless entertainment from shooting their buddies, you can also hang up a piece of rope or clothesline and pin up some targets on a line or tape them on a wall for target practice. White paper plates painted with a bull’s eye lend themselves well to inexpensive DIY targets.
You can make edible Nerf darts out of baby carrots and olives or dip pretzel rods into melted orange and blue candy melts (available at most craft stores). A round birthday cake decorated with M&M’s to look like a target is a simple but effective touch.
7. Pirate Party
A pirate party can be fun for young to middle-grade age boys. It’s a popular theme, so you won’t have trouble finding pirate-themed decorations at your local party and dollar stores. If you plan far enough ahead, you can also find a lot of spooky pirate decorations around Halloween that you can buy ahead and save for later.
In addition to your local stores, you can find a lot of do- it- yourself pirate templates online as well. Black balloons or water balloons, if the weather is warm, make very effective cannonballs for little pirates to launch at each other.
Paper rolls and foil are great for making pirate swords. If you get a large enough roll of foil, you can also make some nifty pirate hooks by cutting a hole in the bottom of a plastic cup and sticking a roll of foil through it and bending the foil into a hook shape.
Tape a blue plastic tablecloth or tarp to the floor and put down a piece of plywood, so little buccaneers can take turns walking the plank.
For rations, you can serve hot dog pirate boats. Get some bamboo skewers to make the ship mast and cut plain white index cards to make sails for the pirate ships. Peel baby bell cheeses half-way and use a food marker to draw pirate faces on them.
Of course, Pirate Booty snacks and gold foiled chocolate are easy and appropriate snack options. Most bakeries will have pirate options for birthday cakes, but if you’d prefer to make your own, you can use black food dye in white icing or dark chocolate icing and some decorating frosting to make a simple Jolly Roger cake. If you’re of a more artistic bend, you can try your hand at a pirate treasure map sheet cake.
8. Sports Theme Party
If you’ve got an athlete at home, a sports themed birthday may be just the ticket. You can personalize it to your kid’s sport of choice, whether they are into baseball, soccer, football, etc. If he likes a lot of different sports than choose a couple of different sports to incorporate into the party. It can also be a fun idea to incorporate favorite team logos and colors into party decor.
Brown strips of construction and white crayons or paint can make a cute football paper chain. Miniature balls from the dollar store are great elements to add to the table centerpieces to continue the sports theme further. You may also find sports decorations in stores that you can use, but many of these types of decorations combine various sports into one theme rather than being focused on individual sports.
Classic sports snacks like Cracker Jacks, hot dogs, and chips and dip are always an option, or you can make some more creative options. Creative doesn’t have to be difficult either. Cupcakes with white icing can turn into soccer balls or baseballs with a little decorating gel or sprinkles.
Chocolate covered Oreos make convincing yet delicious hockey pucks. For a birthday cake, any round cake can work for baseballs, soccer balls, or basketballs. You can also decorate a sheet cake to make it look like a football field.
Looking for party games? Pick up some small footballs and a green tablecloth and let the kids throw the footballs to see how far they can get it. You could also turn it into a competition and give a small prize to the person who throws the ball the farthest. Another fun game they can play is balloon tennis.
Hot glue some paint stirrers to the back of paper plates for tennis rackets, divide the kids into teams and let them bat a balloon to each other. Of course, weather permitting they can always go outside and shoot some hoops or kick some soccer balls or similar activities.
9. Super Hero Birthday Theme
Superman? Batman? Hulk? Whether your kiddos wants to be the “Man-of-Steel” or one of the Avengers, there are plenty of superhero party ideas to go around. If he changes his mind regularly, combine them all for an unforgettable party experience.
Superheroes are another popular theme for boys’ birthday parties. You will find that party decorations are readily available online and in stores featuring the most popular superheroes.
However, if you want to be frugal dollar store balloons and crepe paper, go a long way. Most superheroes have signature colors from Batman’s black, gray, and blue palette, to Hulk’s signature green and purple that can easily get worked into party motifs.
For healthy and colorful thematic snacks, you can design a superhero fruit tray that looks like Captain America’s Shield, Bat Signals, or other superhero symbols. You can make generic superhero cheese sticks by drawing a face mask on the cheese stick wrapper and adding a paper cape.
Lime Jell-O is a good choice for Kryptonite Parfaits. The Jell-o can also get poured into clear plastic cups with faces drawn on, and Oreo cookie crumbs added on top for a Hulk face.
10. Train Themed Birthday Party
Many little boys enjoy trains making this classic birthday party theme endlessly popular. You’ll find there’s more to trains than Thomas the Tank Engine though he certainly is the most well-known. If you have a November or December baby, you can turn a general train theme into The Polar Express or a Spooky Ghost Train if you have an October baby. Whatever the situation, a general train theme is easily adapted.
You can use sidewalk chalk to create train tracks up to your front door from the street, to delight guests from the moment they arrive. Painters tape on the floor also works well for making train tracks inside the house. For a special added touch, you can also make railroad signs out of construction paper or poster board.
Disposable loaf pans are great for making train cars, line them up across your table, put a toy engine in front, and you have a super cute snack train that can be filled with party snacks to delight your guests. You can also use a train shaped cookie cutter to make train shaped finger sandwiches and add whatever fillings you like.
Cupcakes with yellow icing can become railroad signs with a bit of decorating gel. You can also crisscross to sugar wafers and glue them together with a dab of icing for railroad crossing signs.
With a little planning, you can also collect some empty cardboard boxes that you can paint and decorate to create a cardboard box train that little ones will be very excited to ride.