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.

LEGO NINJAGO Land

Once upon a time, there were LEGO parties or Ninja parties. Look for this season’s birthdays to be taken over by LEGO NINJAGO parties! Spaceships and Laser Beams is on the case with DIY LEGO NINJAGO Movie Character Masks, which make both a great craft for your battling guests and a creative head start on Halloween costumes.

Woodland Wonder

Foxes, owls, and squirrels, oh my! Nature themes continue to be a sure bet, and little is sweeter than inviting the forest’s cutest creatures to the party with a woodland theme. Head over to Catch My Party for great tips on how to bring the outdoors in for this adorable first birthday. For older partiers, modify this theme into a fall fairy bash or celebration for a little lumberjack dressed in buffalo plaid! Half Pint Party Design has sensational ideas for both.

The Race Is On

Speaking of movies, Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 has zoomed into theaters and is taking themes. Feed your pit crew in car-tastic style thanks to these 10 totally doable ideas from Hostess With the Mostess. “Pizza Tires,” “Stoplight Brownies,” and “Tow Mater’s Taters” for the win!

Pokémon

Pry the smartphone out of your kids' hands and throw them a birthday party that'll make them realize they don't need a mobile device to play. From DIY Pikachu balloons and homemade Pokeballs to Pokémon billiards and "Pin the Tail on the Pikachu" games, the Mamas at Spaceships and Laserbeams have tons of ideas on how to throw a Poke-tastic party for your little trainers.

Pete the Cat

Your little book lovers can party with their favorite groovy blue feline with this Pete the Cat party based on the adorably funky series by James Dean and Eric Litwin. Check out this post from Twinkle Twinkle Little Party to learn how to throw a party that incorporates all of Pete's cool style without going overboard on party decor.

Shopkins

For kids on board with the Shopkins craze, there's a party filled with adorable food items in your future! Shopkins figurines are all about food—tiny jars of jam, little smiling fudgesicles, adorable ice cream cones—so it's easy to Shopkin-ize a party. Just ask Mama-of-four blogger Natalie, who put together this deliciously charming party for her two girls. The focal point, of course, was the dessert table, which was covered with cupcakes, Rice Krispy treats, lollipops, cotton candy ice cream cones, and more (Dentists, beware!). Get all the yummy details (plus free printables to help pull it off) from At Home With Natalie.

Star Wars/Rogue One

The Star Wars franchise may be decades old, but the force is still going strong thanks to Rogue One and its newest generation of rebel fighters. Young Jedis will love this party plan that includes DIY light sabers, a droid-decorating station, and a Death Star piñata. Spaceships and Laser Beams has all the details.

Want something girl-centric for your budding Rey (she's the Jedi from The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode Episode VIII, scheduled for release late 2017)? This Millennium Falcon party from Kara's Party Ideas will get your little girls ready for action.

Disney's Moana

Thanks to its great reviews and booming numbers at the box office, expect to see Disney's Moana making the rounds on the birthday circuit this year. With its tropical, floral setting, a Moana party is a gorgeous one, especially if you use some of these fun ideas from Catch My Party founder Jillian Tobher Leslie. Her Moana party recommendations include a layered hibiscus flower cake (it's like eating a rainbow!), frosted flower cookies, and adorable crab-shaped croissants. If you're looking for activities, check out these fun (and free!) printables from Virtually Yours.

Trolls

They're colorful, they've got crazy hair, and they love singing, dancing, hugging, and cupcakes. Yep, everything about Trolls sounds like a party to us! Don't know where to start with the planning? This idea we spotted over at Soiree Event Design includes a Trolls Beauty Bar (the hair!), tie-dye cupcakes, and a fabulous Trolls candy and dessert bar.

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.

Pastel Unicorns

What girl doesn't love unicorns? Get some ethereal inspiration from San Diego's Starry Eyed Events' gorgeous Elegant Pastel Unicorn Soiree gallery (because, you know, unicorns don't do parties. They do soirees, of course).

Want to keep young unicorn lovers busy? Try this DIY unicorn horn headband that is an absolute must for your little guests.

Messy Art Party

Ditch the nice clothes and let your kids get messy! Our original messy art party uses things like squirt guns, mega-canvases, shaving cream and paint-filled eggs, to get kids' creative juices flowing. Click here for all the details.

Rainbows and Unicorns

Speaking of unicorns, this Rainbows and Unicorns party from Maggie at Sandy Toes Photography is perfect for kids (and parents) who want something bright and cheery for the big day. Magical snacks include chocolate dipped pretzels dipped in rainbow sugar, rainbow lollipops, and rainbow chocolate covered Oreos. And, young guests will love adopting their own pony at the party's end.

Emoji Party

Do emojis make your kids go :-)? The pros over at Spaceships and Laserbeams have all the inspiration you need to throw your little guy or gal a party that'll make everyone in attendance want to go completely emoji-crazy. Whether they're playing "Pin the Face on the Emoji" or feasting on emoji-faced pizza, your kids (and you, too) will have a blast with this one. ;-)

 

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

—Melissa Heckscher & Jennifer Massoni Pardini

 

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