February may be the shortest month of the year but that does not mean there is a shortage of great February inspired birthday party themes. Valentine’s is a traditional February birthday theme, but why not think outside the box? Many fun events occur during February that can serve as a theme base for any age of birthday party. A party theme allows the planner to have a point of focus for invitations, decorations, games, food and party favors.
* Queen of Hearts party.
For a Valentine’s birthday, choose something a bit different from the typical party filled with red and pink balloon hearts. Kids may enjoy a Queen of Hearts party inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Decorate the party area to look like the Queen’s court. For decorations, game and food ideas, look through an Alice in Wonderland picture book for inspiration. For teens or adults a Queen of Hearts costume party can be fun with each guest dressing as a favorite character from Alice in Wonderland. Another variation to this theme for older teens and adults is to have a Queen of Hearts casino party.
* Groundhog’s Day: Think Spring.
Any birthday party that falls on or near February 2 may take theme inspiration from Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog’s Day. Legend has it that if Phil the groundhog comes out of his burrow and does not see his shadow, winter is on the way out and we are in for a mild spring. No matter if the groundhog sees his shadow or not, be optimistic and plan a Think Spring birthday party. Decorate with flowers like tulips and daffodils. Other Spring elements may include butterflies, bumblebees and rainbows. This is a great birthday theme for girls. For a creative party activity consider purchasing several packets of flower seeds and plain flowerpots. Have the girls paint and decorate their pot and then plant the seeds for a take-home party favor.
* Winter Olympics theme.
The Winter Olympics usually take place in February during an Olympic year. For an action-packed birthday party theme perfect for kids, consider an Olympic party. Plan party games based on various Winter Olympic sports. For example, Bobsled Balloon Break challenges each child to be the bobsled, racing through a taped off area breaking balloons with their “bobsled bottom.” If you have a Wii console game and balance board accessory, you can rent one of the snowboarding or skiing games and the kids can compete in a virtual Olympics. Purchase prize medals from a party supply store or an online retailer like Oriental Trading. Pin the Goggles on the Skier is fun for younger kids and slightly older children may enjoy Winter Sports Charades. Planning mini-Winter Olympic games in your home or rental space may take a little creativity but can be done for minimal cost.
* Super Bowl theme.
For fans of American football the Super Bowl is the ultimate in football festivities. An early February birthday is the perfect time to celebrate with a Super Bowl themed party. This theme can work for kids, teens and adults. It can be kept as simple as organizing a general football theme with kids games like Hot Football, played like Hot Potato. If the weather allows take the kids outside for relay-style races based on football. Older children, teens and adults may enjoy a theme focusing on a favorite team. Consider choosing the birthday person’s favorite team plus a rival team and decorate in both team colors. Assign each guest as a member of one of the teams and play football trivia games and football-themed charades. Serve Super Bowl style snacks like hot wings, pizza, chips and dip. The birthday cake can be designed to look like a football or the playing field with a large goalpost.
* Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras often occurs about the middle of February. No matter what day of February a birthday falls on, having a Mardi Gras themed birthday party can be fun and festive. Mardi Gras colors are vibrant purple, gold and green. Decorations featuring these colors and the other Mardi Gras elements like Fleur de lis, beads and masks can all be found at party supply stores as well as online retailers. This is a great theme for teens and adults. Play jazz music and serve New Orleans-style dishes like jambalaya, red beans and rice, crabmeat appetizers and a King Cake. Be sure to provide plenty of beads and noisemakers as party favors.
February is a great month to celebrate a birthday as every age can find a theme to fit their personality. An inspired theme can add another element of fun to any party filling it with wonderful moments and memories.