Your little baby is four already! It has been a whole year of accomplishments since your child was three and it’s definitely the time to celebrate that. Four is the age where the birthday party is just as much for your child as it is for their friends and parents who accompany them. By now they can indulge in sustained activity but not as much as a five-year-old would. However, that shouldn’t stop you from throwing a great party with lots of fun activities and games!
Birthday Party Ideas For Your Four-Year-Old
There’s a lot that goes into a great birthday party that stays memorable for years and it all begins with a good plan. Here’s all you need to know on how to plan your four-year-old’s birthday party:
Preparing The Guest List
By now you would have experienced that having too many guests is a recipe for things to quickly turn into chaos and you’d spend more energy keeping things in line than enjoying the party. So if your child attends preschool, get a list of the children they most associate with from the teacher. If you have friends who have kids then they would fill up the rest of the spots on the guest list. Design your invite after the theme of the party and distribute them to the intended guests. The invite should have all the instructions on the dress, schedule and even a map to the venue.
Deciding The Timeline And Venue
Say you decided to invite 10 of your child’s friends or maybe 15, the guest numbers would begin to approach 40 or more. If your house has enough room with a backyard to accommodate all, then it should suffice. If your guest count goes over 50 then you need to consider a separate venue. Since any party would get extended longer than expected, plan it for two hours with a timeline similar to this and improvise with the flow:
15:00- Guests arrive at the party. Have a game for the kids to indulge in until everybody arrives such as play dough, blocks, coloring sheets or something similar.
15:15- Start the party games! Have four or five games on hand in case the kinds don’t like what you offer or finish it sooner.
15:45 -Activity time! Have a bunch of activities prepared for them like crafts, or finger painting. If you have scheduled an entertainer such as a clown or a magician, this slot can take it up.
16:15 – Cake cutting time! Sing the happy birthday and cut the cake. Serve the guests cake and snacks.
16:45 – Opening presents. This is the end of the party where each guest sits with your child and opens the present they got. The guests also receive a goodie bag with party favors
Add an extra 45 minutes if you wish to serve lunch or dinner. Cutting the cake in the end also means you won’t have to contain all the sugar-high kids for too long before the party is over!
Choosing A Theme
The theme is what adds fun and direction to the party. Girls and boys would want different themes based on what they liked. So here are some 4 year old birthday party themes:
Themes for a Girl
1. Princess Birthday Theme
The princess birthday party is one of the most common that four year old girls love. The party involves your daughter being dressed as a princess and the venue decorated as a royal palace. Decorate a chair to look like a throne which is reserved only for your daughter. Have a Royal Ball for the birthday princess and the attending guests with music and dance. The birthday games can involve princess party games and party favors such as wants with a crown, pretty bracelets and necklaces. To make it more realistic make a royal invitation on marbled paper with the message written in medieval English.
2. Mermaid Birthday Party Theme
Dress your daughter up in a custom made mermaid dress and have the guests attend with aqua-themed colours such as deep blue, coral and white. Include games such as Sea Sand Dig where the guests dig for hidden items in the sand, and shark and fish game of tag. The venue can be decorated with undersea themes such as cardboard coral, nets on the wall, flotation tubes, seaweed made out of crepe paper and more. It’s even better if you can book a venue with a pool or get an inflatable pool.
Themes for a Boy
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Theme
A TMNT theme party is something that would resonate with both the dads and their boys. Since there are four turtles in the TMNT, your son can dress up as his favorite turtle. Include in the invite that the rest of the boys can dress up as all the other turtles except what the birthday boy chooses. As part of the TMNT 4th birthday decoration ideas, you can decorate the house with Ninja themed items such as swords, shields, shurikens and bamboo sticks. Include TMNT themes games such as Sword relay and an obstacle course that involves jumping, crawling somersaults and more.
2. Frosty The Snowman
This is one of the coolest winter birthday party ideas where your boy gets to dress up in a snowman costume. The cake could be a small-sized snowman and the venue decorated in white with cotton and white foam snowflakes. The kids will also love-themed games such as snow sledding down an inclined board which involves a wagon made to look like a snow sled. All the kids get a turn on the sled. The party favors can include scarfs, hat or mittens, candy canes and more.
A Nice Birthday Cake
The cake is the highlight of your party therefore it’s best to have it made by professionals who can tailor it to the specific theme. If you’re a pro at baking yourself then you can buy character cake pans and make it like however you child wishes it to be.
Your meal plan can include these:
- Home-made pizzas
- Macaroni and cheese in small cups
- Cakes and sandwiches cut to shape with cookie cutter based on the party theme
- Crackers and snacks like pretzels
- Fruit or vegetable salad
- Cookies, cotton candy and cupcakes
- Juice boxes
Games And Activities
Here are some fun games and activities to keep the kids on their toes the whole time:
1. The Outer Space Activity
This is one of the coolest 4th birthday party ideas boy that you can come up for your child who is interested in the sky and outer space.
How to Play
- From a hobby store buy Styrofoam spheres and planet figures along with plenty of cardboard, craft glue and colors
- The parents and their kids can sit and make planets, astronauts, spaceships and UFOs out of the stuff
2. The Paint Party
This is fun no matter what the theme is.
How to Play
- Provide your guests with a canvas and a palate with a paintbrush
- The guests will have to paint something original regarding the theme of the party
- If there’s an artist among the parents, they can even offer face paints
3. Lego Games
Besides the obvious, you can turn this into a treasure hunt.
How to Play
- Have an incomplete model built out of the Lego bricks and hide the parts that would complete it in the garden or the sandpit. Let them find the missing bricks and complete the build.
- Make a Lego Pinata
4. Games like musical chairs
There’s nothing like some high power activity to blow out all that energy.
How to Play
- Set up a number of games such as musical chairs and hot potato
- Set up nets on the wall and play basketball with foam balls
- Have an egg on a spoon or hula hoop contest
5. Under the Ocean
A cool game for a mermaid 4th birthday party ideas girl.
How to Play
- Offer your guests corrugated cardboard, scissors, streamers and glue.
- With the help of the parents, they make undersea creatures such as fish and octopus.
- They can also make and take home their own treasure chests.
6. Inflatable Bouncy Castle
Who wouldn’t love these?!
How to play
- Have a few adults supervise from the inside and the outside.
- Play music and allow the kids to dance.
- Take a break for a small sip of juice and get back to dancing.
Party Favors for four-year-olds can include:
- Playdoh and cookie cutters
- Crayons with a coloring book
- Soft toys
- Necklaces or bracelets
As your children get older they would love to have an elaborate birthday party. With careful planning and preparation, you can pull off a great themed party for your four-year-old and make it memorable for years to come.