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Top 10 Themes for Summer Birthday Parties

June 13, 2018

I may be bias because of my two summer babies, but summer birthday parties are the best! There are so many fun party themes you can host for a summer birthday, and lots of different options on venue and dates.  Summer just allows a lot more freedom and flexibility, which is something I definitely appreciate! […]

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I may be bias because of my two summer babies, but summer birthday parties are the best! There are so many fun party themes you can host for a summer birthday, and lots of different options on venue and dates.  Summer just allows a lot more freedom and flexibility, which is something I definitely appreciate! I don’t know about you, but some of my most cherished childhood memories are from summer birthday parties.

I’m going to break down the 10 hottest summer birthday themes for kid’s parties this year! 

I’m going to organize them by boy and girl parties so you can quickly skim and scan to find what you need faster (I see you, busy mama!), but you know all these themes can totally be customized to fit your little one and their interests. Each of these themes have a completely finished and ready to go party plan to go along with it too!  Everything you need, all outlined with links to purchase, so you can host a stress-free, memorable birthday for your kiddo this summer!

Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for Boys

1. Construction

What boy doesn’t totally dig construction vehicles? This party is filled with big rigs and dirt. Perfect for a summer birthday! Let the kids be kids outside, living their best lives as construction workers. One of the best parts of this party?  The activities are totally ones that enable the kiddos to entertain themselves! This plan also comes with a free printable game! Gotta love that!

2. Farm

This party screams summer. BBQ, hay bales, gingham. Adorable. Your little farmer will love all the down on the farm action, and you’ll love how easily this party comes together! A big bonus is how often you will be able to reuse the decor from this party.  Apple barrels, galvanized tubs, and burlap? Perfect to use all season long!

3. Pirates

Ahoy matey! This pirate party is a blast!  It is organized as a pirate school! Your guests are welcomed with some loot for them to carry around as they learn the ins and outs of being a pirate. Of course, the real treasure of this party is how simple, yet impactful all the little details that make it come to life are. So many fun and easy food options for this party too!

4. Puppy

Is there anything cuter than a bunch of puppies playing in the sun? I don’t think so. This plan is filled with bones, paw prints, and budget friendly tips on how to host a super fun puppy paw-ty at your backyard pound this year!

5. Rescue Vehicles

Sound the alarms! This party theme is a guaranteed hit and one that’ll be talked about for years! Transform your yard into different emergency vehicles stations (i.e the fire station, police station, helipad, etc.) with the outlines and supply guides in your plan. Super easy decor and activities will wow your guests and make them think they are the true heroes saving the day!

Honorable Mention


The dream party- LEGO. What better way to build a summer birthday party than to have it centered around LEGOs? This party plan includes some super clever, but SO easy dessert choices, tons of activities that’ll entertain your guests for hours, and some unique party favor ideas. This one is going to be a total hit this summer!

Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for Girls

1. Art

This watercolor art party is so bright and colorful, and perfect for summer! Lots of easy to execute art stations are outlined in the plan, both messy and mess-free, pick your adventure style. Menu plans and dessert table tutorials for the starving artists are super creative in this plan too!

2. Flamingos

Flamingos and summer- hello, match made in sunshine heaven! All the super fun, bright colors and textures really scream summer with this one.  Wait till you see the accessories the guests get to wear…too cute! It’s time to flamingle!

3. Ice Cream

I’m obsessed with this party! It is SO cute, and I have to be honest…when Evie chose another theme for her party I was super disappointed.  I plan every party as if I will be hosting it, but this one I really took that to heart. I am jealous of every mama that gets to host this darling party that literally could not be more perfect for summer!

4. Mermaids

What little girl wouldn’t love a mermaid party?  This under the sea wonderland compliments summer perfectly.  You can incorporate your pool, and plenty of the other fin-tastic party decor when hosting this spectacular shellabration!

5. Tuitti Fruitti

One of my favorite parts of summer is all the delicious fruit that is ready to be devoured!  All that colorful, juicy fruit lends itself so well to this fun, sassy summer party! And how easy is the food?? One trip to the grocery store or farmer’s market and you’re set!

Honorable Mention

Boho Flowers

I can’t not mention the theme Evie chose for her birthday party this July…boho flowers! She is OBSESSED with flowers and some how knows the names to every flower she sees.  I don’t really know how and when this happened being as I have a black thumb. This gorgeous feminine party is just lovely for an outdoor summer party. Fresh blooms, a couple sweet gardening activities, and delicious treats make this an instant summer theme winner!

There you have it! The 10 (well 12…) Hottest Summer Birthday Party Themes this year!  These themes are so much fun to host. I love how fun and bright they are, and all the decor, activities, and menu plans lend themselves to an outside party so well.  I can’t wait to see your summer parties!  

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  1. My birthday will be this coming September; that’s why I’m planning to throw a Summer themed party in my backyard, and since this will be the concept, maybe serving snow cones will be a great idea as well. I also like your idea of letting out a bunch of puppies in the yard because this will also make my guests happy. Although, your suggestion of having a pirate-themed party seems like a great option too!

  2. My dad would like to hold a fun Summer themed party this year, and that is why he’s currently looking for a wholesale gelato since this dessert will be served at the said party. Well, I also agree with you that it would be best to hold games too. We’ll keep in mind to serve yummy BBQs as well.

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