Throwing a children's party for your little ones should be an enjoyable experience. However, it can be surprisingly stressful, raising questions such as 'should I invite the whole class?' and 'how can I pick a theme that everyone will enjoy?"
Many small children will have both boys and girls as friends, and, of course, if you do decide to invite the whole class (often the most diplomatic solution) it will usually be a mix-gendered group.
With many common party themes, such as princesses or pirates, being gendered, it can be difficult to decide on a theme that will please everyone.
To give you a helping hand, here are three of our most popular unisex themes.
Ever since Finding Nemo splashed onto our cinema screens in 2003 (has it really been that long?!) kids have been fascinated by the colourful characters in our oceans. This party theme provides plenty of opportunity for creativity and is suitable for all ages.
Ask all of the children to come dressed as a sea creature - whether that is whales, sharks or fish. It may be helpful to theme the fancy dress on Finding Nemo, so that each child can come as their favourite character.
The outfits don't have to be overcomplicated. For example, you can create a great clown fish costume by pairing an orange t-shirt and tights, attaching fins made from orange painted cardboard and getting creative with face paint. Alternatively, you can try this great fish face painting idea.
To create your underwater kingdom, try hanging tissue paper streamers from the walls in different shades of green and blue. Buy seashells online or from craft stores (or pop down to the beach if there's one close by!) and dot them around the room.
A fun activity to do with the kids is making fish streamers - cut out fish and starfish shapes from coloured card, and then stick them to streamers of blue tissue paper to hang around the room.
Games: Going Fishing
This game requires a little preparation but is well worth it.
- Before the party, make a fishing rod by tying one end of a length of string to a magnet and the other to a pole.
- Cut out fish and at least one paper octopus from coloured card, and attach a paper clip to each one.
- Place all of the fish in a large container and blindfold each child when it's their turn to 'fish'. Whoever manages to 'catch' the octopus gets a prize.
Party Bag Fillers
For an ocean theme, beach buckets are the perfect containers for party bag fillers. Why not include:
- This Sealife Sticker Sheet
- This Magnetic Fishing Game
Jungle is one of the most popular children's party themes and should go down equally well with boys and girls.
Ask all of the children to come as an animal from the jungle such as monkeys, tigers or elephants. You could even pick an animal out of a hat for each child and include it in their invitation.
Costume ideas can be simple. For example, for a tiger, pair an orange top and leggings with a tiger mask.
You could also get creative with face paint at the party- try this great leopard face paint tutorial.
To create a jungle in your living room, try creating a palm tree wall mural. Use different shades of scrunched-up brown tissue paper to make 3D effect trunks, and cut out palm leaves from green card.
Games: Safari Animal Hunt
This is a great game for young children.
- Print out pictures of different jungle animals and then separate the pictures of their animal babies
- Hide the mummy animal pictures around the party area and then divide the baby animal pictures amongst the children
- The children then have to find, match and name the baby and mummy animals to win a prize
Party Bag Fillers
Some great fillers for jungle party bags include:
- These Stretchy Cheeky Monkeys
- These Wooden Safari Animal Key Rings
- These Animal Friends
Films such as Monsters Inc and the more recent Monsters University have made the monster party theme popular with boys and girls everywhere. Rather than the frighteningly gruesome monsters seen at adult parties, think colourful, hairy and altogether friendlier-looking.
Monster fancy dress is lots of fun - challenge the kids to be as creative as possible with their outfit, from tentacles to colour combinations. You can find some incredibly adorable monster costumes online or you can get creative - try this great face paint tutorial.
To make the decoration pictured, simply papier mache and then paint a balloon.
Games: Monster Designing
This is a great game for slightly older children:
- Provide each child with a selection of colourful play-dough and googly eyes
- Give them an hour to design their ultimate monster
- Whoever comes up with the most creative idea wins a prize
Party Bag Fillers
Some great monster-themed party bag fillers include:
- These Monster Tattoos
- This Monster Jigsaw Puzzle
- These Neon Finger Monsters
If you're throwing a party for boys and girls, these unisex party themes are sure to go down well with everyone.
Have you got any more unisex theme ideas? Let us know in the comments.
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