Tired of the same bounce house and birthday cake? Go out on a party-throwing limb this year with a birthday party theme that is trending and totally fun! Whether it’s dueling with lightsabers for a Rogue One party or putting on crazy hair to hang with the Trolls, click through the gallery to see our favorite 14 birthday party trends for 2017.

Reptile and Amphibian Party

If you've got an animal lover that likes his critters on the scaly or slimy side, throw a Reptile and Amphibian party that's fun and educational! Some ideas: Top your cupcakes with swirls of green frosting designed to look like slithering snakes; make party bags made to look like "Live Cargo" shipments; and splurge for an animal handler to give intrepid tots the chance to see and touch live snakes, gators and more. Head to Catch My Party for all the surprisingly simple details.

Photo: Catch My Party

  • lego-ninjago-mask via Spaceships and Laser Beams
  • tow-maters-tater-tots via Hostess with the Mostess

What’s your favorite theme for a birthday? Tell us in a comment below!

—Melissa Heckscher & Jennifer Massoni Pardini