September is more than back to school. Celebrate a September birthday by planning a theme party inspired by the month’s special events or days. A September birthday party can take its theme inspiration from several unique celebration days. For a hassle-free theme birthday, remember to use the theme to coordinate all the party elements including the invitations, decorations, games, food and party favors.
* Teddy Bear theme.
September 9 is Teddy Bear Day. For the child that has a birthday on or near this date, consider a Teddy Bear theme party. Check out the free, printable teddy bear invitations available at HooverWebDesign.com. Be sure to include on the invitations a request for each guest to bring his/her favorite teddy bear to the party. Decorate with the birthday boy or girl’s favorite colors and include balloons, streamers and even teddy bear paw prints. Create the paw prints from brown craft paper and line the walkway into the party place or inside leading the guests to the party room.
When the guests and their bears arrive, let the fun begin with teddy bear games including Pin the Bow on the Bear a version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Simply draw a teddy bear on a piece of poster board, have the birthday child do the coloring. Make several bowties out of construction paper and stick double-sided tape on each. For an active game, play Teddy Bear Freeze. Play some bouncy music and let the children dance around the room with their stuffed bears. When the music stops, the kids (and bears) must freeze. If a child forgets to freeze, he and his bear must perform a silly dance move and then the music can start again. Another easy game is to simply fill a clear jar will gummy bears and have each guest try to guess how many are in the jar. The closest guess wins the jar with candy.
Serve teddy bear inspired snacks and goodies like Beary Good punch (fruit punch), Bear Burgers, Teddy Tots (tater tots) and Bear Munch (snack mix with pretzels, teddy grahams, and Cheerios.) Don’t forget the teddy bear shaped birthday cake. In the party favors, be sure to include individual snack packages of Teddy Grahams and gummy bears.
* Mexican Independence Day theme.
Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 and makes for a fun theme for any age of birthday celebration. Introduce younger kids to another culture with this theme or use it is as great starting point for a fun fiesta for teens or adults. Begin by introducing the theme on the invitations, “It’s a fiesta for John’s birthday!” Follow the theme through by decorating in Mexican national colors of red, white and green. Use these colors for balloons, streamers and a big banner that states ¡Feliz cumpleaños!
Plan to serve Mexican-inspired foods that will appeal to even the most timid eater. Food ideas include a taco bar, tamales, homemade salsa, guacamole, and crunchy tortilla chips in red, white and green, which can be found at various grocers. Consider having the birthday cake shaped like a sombrero or a giant chili pepper. For an adult party, serve icy margaritas. Games may include Pin the Tail on the Burro (donkey) and a piñata is a must!
* Comic Book theme.
This is not your typical theme idea for a birthday party, but since September 25 is National Comic Book Day in the United States, why not use it for a fun September theme. This theme may be perfect for young boys who love to play like their favorite super heroes. You can choose to make it a costume party or simply list several comic book heroes on the invitations and have each guest choose his favorite. Ask the guest to tell you in the RSVP which comic book hero he has picked. For the party, prepare nametags for each Hero to wear. Heroes might include Batman, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, Superman, or Iron Man.
Decorate in red, white and blue with plenty of balloons and include several star-shaped balloons in gold and silver. Play action games, including relay races if space allows. Save the Citizen is a fun relay that only requires two LEGO people. Have the kids form two lines (teams). The first player must carry the LEGO person on his back (an adult can place the LEGO on the child as he bends) to a marked point and back again and pass the Citizen off to the next hero. The first team to Save the Citizen wins. Other fun might include having the heroes participate in a Superhero “Pose-Off” to show-off their best Superhero pose.
Decorate the birthday cake with the birthday boy’s favorite Superhero and don’t forget to caution him to be careful with his super-strength when blowing out the candles. For party favors, include one child-friendly comic book with the other treats.
September birthday party themes can be easily planned with a little time and effort. Birthday planners should always take consider their budget and the birthday person’s likes and dislikes when planning a theme party. Using the birthday month for inspiration can help create a birthday party that will be remembered all year.