Toddler Birthday Party Ideas

Toddler birthday girl eating cupcake at her party

Coming up with a theme for your toddler's birthday party can help add fun and interest. Toddler themes should be age and developmentally appropriate, as well as enticing to children.

Animal Theme

Toddlers love to pretend, and most of them love animals, so, why not invite your child's friends to an animal birthday party? Types of animal themes could include:

  • Farm animals
  • Zoo animals
  • Safari animals
  • Circus animals
  • Pets
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Creepy crawlies (snakes, spiders, and bugs)
  • Noah's Ark
  • Stuffed animals
  • Under the sea
  • Rainforest


You can purchase animal-themed invitations or create invitations from printables. If you need help downloading the printables, check out these helpful tips.

Toddler girl with butterfly face paint


Make the party special by inviting guests to dress up.

  • Have guests come dressed as their favorite animals, and have an animal parade
  • Offer face painting
  • Have children bring their favorite stuffed animal, and have a teddy bear tea party

Arts and Crafts

Short, simple animal arts and crafts are sure to be a hit.


Image of a birthday party bull pinata

Engage children in musical activities about animals.

Other Activities

You can engage in other animal-themed games such as:


You can serve all kinds of toddler friendly animal-themed foods such as:

Rainbow Theme

Toddlers are beginning to learn their colors, so a rainbow-themed party is the perfect theme to tie into this interest.


You can find an array of rainbow decorations for parties. For a toddler party, consider:

  • Streamers
  • Tablecloth
  • Paper plates and cups
Rainbow layer cake for a toddler's birthday party

Party Favors

Simple rainbow-themed party favors give children something to take home after the party.

  • Place chocolate gold coins in paper cups and place the pots at the end of a rainbow
  • Give children rainbow stickers


What party is complete without rainbow-themed food?

Invite your toddler's guests to come dressed in the colors of the rainbow. Let them eat rainbow cake with rainbow sherbet. Help them make their own rainbows to take home. Purchase some chocolate gold coins and place them in cups or little plastic pots, then help each child find his or her own pot at the end of the rainbow!

Cowboy/Cowgirl Party

Invite your little cowpokes to the cowboy/cowgirl rodeo party.


Young cowboys and cowgirls will love western-themed favors like these:

  • Purchase inexpensive western hats for each child
  • Wrap favors such as stickers or crayons in a bandanna

Arts and Crafts

Cowpoke fun abounds with these western-themed arts and crafts:


Homemade cowboy hat birthday cupcakes

These active-play suggestions will help your cowboys and cowgirls enjoy a real hoedown.


Cowboys and cowgirls work up a powerful appetite on the range. Try these fun western-themed party foods.

  • Make sheriff's badge sugar cookies by cutting sugar cookie dough into a star and writing 'sheriff' on them in icing
  • Top cupcakes with cowboy hats and boots
  • Serve food the way cowboys ate it - on metal pie plates

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Party

This party will focus on modes of transportation, which are endlessly fascinating to young children. You can focus on all aspects, or break it down into a single mode of transportation such as:

  • Trains
  • Airplanes
  • Fire trucks
  • Race cars
  • Construction equipment
Photo of a blue toy race car
Toy car


For toddler-friendly, transportation-themed decor, you can


Enjoy these cute transportation-themed party foods:


Simple transportation-themed craft projects and games will keep little hands busy.

Fun and Games

These are just a few of the many themes you can choose for your toddler's birthday. By picking an engaging theme and pursing age-appropriate party games and activities your toddler's party is sure to be a hit.

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