21 Unconventional Kids' Birthday Party Ideas That'll Make You The Coolest Mom On The Block

by Yvette Manes

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When it comes to throwing your kids birthday parties, you could run to the local party store, buy some licensed character decor and a piñata, and call it a day. But why would you when you have the wonder of Pinterest at your fingertips? Not to mention the countless number of creative bloggers worldwide who love sharing their ideas. It's easier than ever to come up with unconventional kids' birthday party ideas for your little one's next celebration.

It's not hard for parents to dive into birthday party planning when they first have kids. Coming up with adorable themes and creating intricate decorations by hand can be really fun. But as your family gets bigger and your free time gets smaller, it becomes much more difficult to put that level of detail into each and every event. Just choosing a theme that hasn't been done before can seem nearly impossible after some time. And, of course, no matter how often parents offer to take their kids on a trip or other fun adventure for their birthdays, they always seem to prefer a party instead.

Here are some unique party themes if you're stuck for ideas, but aren't quite ready to make that trip down the party supply aisle.

1. Mermaid Beach Party

If you're tired of having to clean up your house for guests only to have to clean up once they've left, take your little one's next party out to the beach with this mermaid beach party by Natalme. She designed all of these paper products to make it easy for your to recreate the look.

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2. Pirate Beach Party

Mermaids aren't the only ones who can have a fun beach party. Check out Natalme's pirate beach party for the little matey in your life. Use her specially designed papers to design your very own pirate party this summer.

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3. Rainbow Birthday Party

I love the beauty and simplicity of Delia Creates' rainbow birthday party. Her daughter wanted rainbows but no unicorns, so they set out to design a perfectly colorful fifth birthday party at home.

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4. 'Old Fashioned' Paper Doll Party

This "old fashioned" paper doll party by WhiMSy love will give your kids a taste of how their grandmas and great-grandmas had fun back in the day. From handmade paper dolls, to paper crowns, to old school sack races, this party brings it back to a simpler time, but doesn't lack in fun.

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5. Forest Friends Party

Bears, and polka dots, and primary colors, oh my. This forest friends birthday party by Handmade Charlotte can work for any child, at any age, at any period of time. I can even see this working as a baby shower theme.

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6. Simple Winter Party

Parents tend to go all out for first birthday parties, but this simple winter party by Lovely Indeed proves that less is more.

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7. Luck O' The Irish Party

When your kid's birthday falls on a holiday, you can either ignore it or embrace it. Little Green Notebook embraced it, and designed this St. Patrick's Day birthday party for her March 17 baby.

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8. Ultimate Robot Party

Sometimes you just want to go all out for your kiddo's big day. Handmade Charlotte provides step-by-step instructions (complete with stencils and recipes) to recreate this ultimate robot party.

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9. 'Moana' Birthday Luau

If your little one is as obsessed with Moana as the rest of the world, check out Girl Loves Glam's Moana-inspired birthday party luau. She includes instructions for a tropical balloon arch, as well as a recipe for ocean punch.

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10. Sugar Rush Party

Kids love candy, and they will adore this Wreck It Ralph-inspired sugar rush party by Girl Loves Glam. Your little ones will love the DIY cookie decorating station and the candy table. There is also a link for a no-sew Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz costume.

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11. Let's Have A Ball Party

What brings you back to childhood more than going outside kick or bounce the ball around? Domestic Fits designed this let's have a ball party for her daughter's second birthday. She includes instructions for a yummy treat using apples and string cheese.

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12. DIY 'Star Wars' Party

A Star Wars party may not be considered a very unconventional theme, but DIY Candy found a way to make this 40-year-old favorite unique. By mixing licensed merchandise and DIY elements, you can guarantee no other Star Wars fan will have quite the same party.

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13. Pink Lemonade Party

Nothing says summer like pink lemonade. Rosyscription designed this pink lemonade party for her little one's first birthday. Fun fact: the party theme was inspired by the lemon flavored ice chips she was given in the delivery room when her daughter was born.

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14. Sledding Birthday Party

Delia Creates came up with the coolest party theme, ever for her son's eighth birthday: a sledding party. Instead of goody bags, they handed out plastic sleds. My absolute favorite detail of this party are the invitations which were made out of vinyl and glitter to look like snow globes.

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15. "Happy" Birthday Party

Crafterhours wanted a loose birthday theme for her little one's third birthday, so they decided to make it a "happy" birthday party. She decorated with happy faces and colorful fabric streamers. The cutest part were the cupcakes that were baked inside little mason jars.

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16. Bee Birthday Party

This bumblebee party Creative Green Living designed for her son's third birthday is not only adorable, but affordable to recreate. She designed almost everything using items for the dollar store.

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17. Little Lamb Party

Julie Blanner wanted a small and simple get together for her daughter's birthday, so she designed this little lamb party. She also incorporated light pink details with some balloons, flowers, and straws. Simply beautiful.

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18. Moon & Stars Party

If your little one loves looking up into the night sky, A Beautiful Mess' moon and stars party is the perfect inspiration for your next celebration. Almost all of the decor was handmade, and there are instructions on the blog to help you recreate them.

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19. Backyard BBQ Party

When her daughter wanted a party at home, A Pretty Life In The Suburbs designed this easy and fun backyard barbecue birthday party. The food and decorations were simple and easy to make, and the kids had a ton of fun playing together in the backyard.

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20. Half Birthday Party

Does your kid have a summer birthday, making it hard to round up friends? Why not consider throwing a half birthday party during the school year, like this one by 30 Minute Crafts? She designed a half birthday banner, half party hats, half cups, half plates, half a cake, and even half balloons for her son's 6 and a half birthday.

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21. Woodland Gnome Party

This woodland gnome party by WhiMSy love is super original, and exceptionally adorable. The kids got to wear pointy hats and beards, they bobbed for apples and roasted marshmallows for s'mores. It's perfect for little ones who love the camping and the outdoors.

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