Lori Lori is a work-at-home mom of three living in Noblesville, Indiana.

It’s time to throw a toddler birthday party for your little man. Easy enough, right? Right. I promise. I’m a wanna-be crafty mom, but unfortunately Pinterest projects and I don’t tend to mesh well. So I’ve come to accept that and instead my parties are based on simplicity to avoid a birthday party disaster. I picked some ideas that are do-able for those of us who aren’t Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker.

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Your first step is to decide on a theme your child will love. You can even let him make the decision and help prepare for the bash by letting him help with tasks or pick out party favors for the guests. Check out these fun themes and ideas to help you have a little boy’s birthday party that will be one that’s remembered for years to come.

Toddler Birthday Party Themes


Go ahead and load up the snack table with ballpark goodies. Serve hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts and other ballpark-style snacks. Make or buy cupcakes decorated like basketballs, soccer balls, footballs and baseballs. You can serve some healthy snacks for toddlers, too. Set up a location in your yard to play stick the ball on the target (similar to pin the tail on the donkey) and fill a sports piñata full of candy for the toddlers to swing at.


Young boys typically love fire trucks, so this makes a great theme for a toddler birthday party. Buy red and yellow sand pails and decorate them with fire themed stickers. Create a game where party guests pin the fire hat on the fireman. You can even let children use the garden hose and put out a pretend fire. Don’t forget to give the child guests fire hats to wear during the party. Hats are also great favors for guests to take home.


This cute theme is a sure success! Games, bright colors and balloons – a carnival is similar to a birthday party but even better. So go ahead and invite your toddler’s friends to a carnival-themed party in your very own backyard. Supplies are inexpensive and simple to find. Use sheets and secure them to tree branches, or if branches are scarce use volleyball poles. Make simple games for the kids like a bucket toss, and have a place where toddler birthday party guests can redeem their prizes such as kazoos, balls, lollipops or sunglasses.

Mickey Mouse:

Chances are, if you have a child you’ll have a Mickey Mouse party at some point. Walt

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Disney’s mouse is a favorite in nearly every child’s heart. Heck, I still love him. Make your little boy’s birthday party a ball with Mickey Mouse balloons and give sheets of Disney stickers for the party favors. In addition to a cake, put a spin on some rice crispy treats by using a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter to make them into the shape of the beloved mouse.

These are just a few of many ideas you can use to create a special and memorable little boy’s birthday party. A toddler birthday party doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. It can be simple. Remember that your child is going to love any party you have in his honor, even if the cake isn’t in the shape of a pirate ship complete with fondant skull and crossbones flags.

What toddler birthday party themes were the biggest hits in your home?

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