Tired of the same old bounce house and birthday cake routine? Go out on a party-throwing limb this year and do something new for your kiddo’s big day. Whether it’s dueling with lightsabers for a Rogue One party or putting on crazy hair to hang with the Trolls, here’s what’s sure to be hot (and what’s just plain fun) in kids birthday parties 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

  • Pokémon
  • Pete the Cat
  • Shopkins
  • Star Wars/Rogue One
  • Disney's Moana
  • Trolls
  • Reptile and Amphibian Party
  • Pastel Unicorns
  • Messy Art Party
  • Rainbows And Unicorns
  • Emoji Party

What’s your favorite party theme for 2017? Share with us in a Comment!

— Melissa Heckscher