3 year old birthday party ideas can be very interesting and exciting and kids will certainly enjoy a party with lots of cool and fun ideas. Some considerations for this kind of party include the themes, decorations, food, as well as the party activities.
Birthday parties for young children should be simple and fun. Plan the party around the naptime and mealtime routines of your child, so he can enjoy the festivities more, without being tired and overstimulated.
By three, children are old enough to listen and understand the concept of a party theme. Involve them in the process of planning the event by selecting the theme and decorations together. Keep in mind that 3-year-olds are fickle so set aside a certain day to pick the theme, then stick with it once it’s set. Future discussions of the event with the birthday boy or girl should always mention the theme, for example “your cowboy party” or “your princess birthday.” This solidifies the concept in their minds while leaving no wiggle room for change. Keep the decoration budget low by purchasing generic balloons, streamers and cardboard decor items that can be used for future events rather than selecting a bunch of decorations printed with the party theme.
Find a theme for your 3-year-old’s birthday bash. Your child probably has a favourite storybook, TV or movie character. Decorate the house accordingly. If your daughter likes “Dora the Explorer,” find napkins, plates and other party favours that have characters from Dora on it. Themes can be more general as well. If your child enjoys superheroes, pirates or princesses, decorate accordingly. A theme gives the party structure and something for the birthday celebrant and guests to look forward to.
A birthday party for a 3-year-old should engage the young guests. Children will need something to do before opening presents and eating cake. Plan something that guests can make and take home with them. Kids like to get messy. Encourage guests to finger paint or create pudding paintings. By the time the party is over, the art will be dry. If the party has a specific theme, activities can centre on it. If the party has a pirate theme, guests can make pirate hats using construction paper and glue. Rent or find a parachute. Kids love colours and can play games with the parachute, such as running underneath it.
Although full of energy, three-year-olds usually don’t eat that much at birthday parties. Serve small bite-sized food that is easy to handle such as pink cookies or cupcakes. Consider serving mini hamburgers and hotdogs to your guests. Other popular food choices include mini sandwiches, chicken nuggets and sausage rolls. Allow the kids to munch on seedless grapes, cucumber slices or carrot sticks. Pouched fruit juices with straws work well for this age group.
Party activities at this age should include a few tables that offer different things. Set up a table that has different colours of play dough that your little guests can play with. Another table should have a large tray or a roasting pan that contains bubble mix and several wands. Hire a clown to do face painting. Another table should offer stickers, crayons and colouring books. At this age, it is best to allow the children to decide how long they want to participate in an activity.