How to make your kid’s birthday party extra special

Image of a custom t-shirt, canvas tote bag, and colored pencil set all with birthday-centric designs.

It’s easy to get carried away with birthday party planning for our young ones. We want their day to be as special and amazing as they are. And let’s be honest, a lot of the décor and details are more for our benefit than the kiddos’. Whether you’re aiming for a simple celebration or an all-out bash, one thing we can all prioritize is making sure the birthday kid feels extra loved and celebrated on their big day. Here are some fun and festive ways to make your child’s birthday party one they’ll never forget!

Image of two kids' personalized birthday party invitations. Next to them is a bowl of gold paperclips and pink flowers.

Set the tone

With every birthday that comes and goes, it’s great to look back at how much your youngster has grown and changed each year. With customized birthday party invites, it’s easy to include photos of your kid for a sweet, sentimental touch to every card you send out. Plus, it’s a great way to keep friends and family up to date on how much your child has grown!

Image of a custom yard sign on a lawn that reads "Happy Birthday Alex".

While you’re prepping for the party, think about your kid’s personality and what would fit them the most. Do they like basking in the limelight on their birthday? Check out these epic yard signs to let the whole neighborhood know your little (or not-so-little) one is another year older! 

Image of a living room sofa with a photo blanket and personalized pillow .

Or does your child prefer a more casual slumber party with just a few close friends? Customize some blankets and pillows for the occasion. Whatever you decide, take into account their preferences to make them feel especially loved and appreciated.

Image of two personalized placemats featuring birthday designs. Next to them are a pair of spoons.

Start new traditions

Birthday traditions don’t have to be complicated. They can be simple but still incredibly meaningful, like designating a seat of honor for the birthday kid, complete with a happy birthday placemat, a crazy crown, or a chair decorated with streamers and balloons… or all of the above!

Image of two personalized photo buttons with birthday-centric designs. Laying next to them are ribbon, confetti, and a pinwheel.

You can also create a special surprise for your child with a button pin or a custom tshirt they can sport all day long. With plenty of designs to choose from, you can add their name and age for a personal touch that proudly celebrates the birthday kid.

Image of two personalized colored pencil sets featuring birthday designs with confetti and party streamers next to them.

Get creative with party favors

Party favors are another way to add a dash of your kiddo’s personality to the details. Instead of the usual tchotchkes, think of age-appropriate keepsakes that will get additional use. Colored pencil sets are perfect for youngsters. They also stay on-theme for any arts and crafts birthday parties!

Image of two personalized photo mugs featuring birthday designs. Next to them are a pair of party hats.

For tweens and older, customize an everyday canvas tote bag with a pic of their friend group or a cute quote. Or give them each a personalized mug filled with candy or treats to take home! And of course, keep one for your child as a nostalgic reminder of their fun celebration.

When you’re done throwing the best birthday bash ever, don’t forget to share your party ideas with us on social media. You can tag us with @snapfishus in your photos on Instagram or Facebook or use the hashtag #snapfish. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, too.