Another year to celebrate, but this year may be a bit tricky. Your parenting challenge this year is to keep up with the ever-changing mind of your soon-to-be four-year-old. Just when you think you’ve nailed down a birthday party theme, your little one has a whole new plan in mind.
There may be new and trendy theme ideas that you would love to plan, however, you might be designing a party around a popular new kids' tv program. And for that, may the spirits be with you. But, if you have the opportunity to throw in some classic birthday party décor or on-trend color scheme, by all means, take it! Once you choose a theme, everything will begin to coordinate, from the colors to the cake, to the decorations.
Keeping up with your busy toddler and other life events can be exhausting. But we’re here to celebrate another year that both you and your partner and child have made it through. We hope as the years progress, it makes your job as a parent planning the birthday theme a bit easier.
At this age, there’s probably not a huge classroom invite list, but whether you’re planning a small gathering or a huge get-together, our birthday collection for the fourth year will help you find the best match to make your little ones birthday dreams come true!
How to Pick a Birthday Theme
Picking a birthday theme can be a tedious job, especially when you’re now at the point where your pre-k child is being invited to other birthday parties, so you now have to make sure you’re not duplicating a theme, but also adhering to your kid's wishes.
So, here are a couple of questions to help make your decision easier.
When is the Big Birthday?
A seasonal theme is easy to coordinate, from summer to winter you have so many options to choose from. Host the party at a park or at an event space that will allow ample opportunity for your little guests to run around.
Nobody said you have to be traditional! Whether you want to go with a seasonal theme or color palette, at the end of the day, this party is for your child, so anything goes!
Are You Allowed A Say Anymore?
Serious question, after the age of three, do you get an opinion anymore? If so, and you planned the first three parties with ease, then this year should be a piece of cake! But, if your child has different plans for you, then this might be the year you have to lean in to a favorite superhero or tv character.
No matter what the chosen theme is, we hope that you are able to sneak in coordinating colors and your favorite decor that will make the party epic and stylish!
Answering these two questions will help you pick out a theme or hopefully give you peace of mind that you don’t have a say and it’s just time to go with the flow.
The Top 5 Fourth Birthday Party Themes
Take a look at our top 5 fourth-birthday themes below to give you some inspiration!
May The Fourth Be With You Theme
If you have a Star Wars-obsessed toddler that is constantly playing a Jedi around the house, then this birthday theme is perfect! Have fun with all of the details from the birthday invitations to the decorations for a fun and memorable birthday celebration.
If your child loves Star Wars, I’m sure it is a shared obsession with the family. So, I’m betting that you already have some ideas for clever food details and either a full costume or maybe a cute shirt (or both!).
Your galactic adventure will incorporate a dark and moody color palette. Personalize with a fun backdrop, party favors, Star Wars cutouts, and other signs. There are so many fun details to design that will leave your little birthday person and all of their friends excited to join in on the festivities!
Need some more creative ideas and inspiration? Take a look at the fun details of this Star Wars-themed party and there is even an option for a printable collection to make your planning a bit easier! More? This blog has some phenomenal pictures to spark that creativity!
May the fours be with you!
Jump Four Joy Theme
Given the name of this birthday theme, this is the best choice to get some energy out for those very active kids! Whether you decide to hire out a bounce house for the day or host a birthday party at a trampoline park, your little guests will be more than excited to attend this party!
If you are celebrating a little one that has endless energy, I’m sure you are exhausted and need a birthday event space where your wild child can run free! This birthday bash will have your little ones ready to party and also ready to call it an early night!
With either hosting at home or at a trampoline venue, this birthday party should be an easy, yet memorable party for you to throw. Create some fun birthday invitations, provide some colorful non-slip socks, and be sure to have a delicious cake for all of those little guests! Hosting at home and feeling a little extra? Add on an “I Scream FOUR Ice Cream'' dessert table. Who doesn’t love a good ice cream bar?
For some party inspiration, check out our pastel rainbow balloon kit. We also have a wide range of options to customize a balloon kit to match your theme!
Reach Four the Stars Theme
Is your soon-to-be four-year-old a dreamer? Is their head in the clouds or do they already know what they want to be when they grow up? I’m sure you’ve seen the space-themed parties since you started researching ideas for the first birthday party. But, this theme takes a different spin to your normal outer space theme and is perfect for either a boy or a girl!
Design by @dallasballoonbabe
A reach for the stars birthday party would be incomplete without a supernova backdrop! Use a pastel palette, traditional blues and silvers, or choose moody purples and pinks to compliment the party theme. There are so many fun details that you can add to this dreamy theme.
This space theme gives you numerous options for picking your favorite colors and party arrangements. Pair a dreamy neutral vibe or bold color palette with accents that coordinate with your dream theme.
This party kit would be a perfect backdrop for a reach four-the-stars birthday party.
Roar for Four Theme
If you and your dinosaur-obsessed little one are looking for a roaring good time, then a dinosaur birthday is the perfect theme to celebrate with! Get creative with all of the dino-details from the birthday invitations to the party favors for a fun and memorable birthday celebration.
From T-Rex, and Jurassic Park adventures, to a jungle party, bring the tropical vibe to you with a dino-mite color palette. Think about using sage, blues, and neutrals or bold pink tropical colors. Another fun option, and perfect for a fall birthday, bash would be burnt orange with sage and neutrals.
Time to design all of those dino details! A luxe balloon garland behind the cake or gift table (of course), miniature dinosaur toys, faux palm leaves, and some fun dinosaur party hats for a rawr-some good time! Next, get creative with the snack table and use fun puns for the food and drinks!
One thing is for sure, this party will be a wild good time.
Four-Ever Groovy Theme
Is your little one a peacemaker? Do they love all things nature? If so, it’s time to bring out all of the hippie vibes with this Four-Ever Groovy birthday theme!
That groovy vibe starts with the 4-Ever Young birthday invites! Greet your guests with a fun welcome sign that will lead them into a totally far-out party! An easy party to host indoors or outdoors. Make it a picnic-style setting, with an adorable balloon arch, with added daisy flowers. The decor would include flowers, smiley faces, and peace signs. Have a dress-up table with flower glasses, flower crowns, and fake tattoos or stickers for everyone to feel super groovy!
Give us all of the peace symbols, flower power, and boho vibes at this party! This birthday theme is on trend for almost every age group! There will be no shortage of party supplies. Let’s talk decor! Start with your boho palette, with neutrals, pink shades, or soft blue hues! Then add in all of the fun details to create one far-out celebration!
This Four-Ever Groovy theme was designed by @marissascreations and will bring all of the peace, love, and happiness to the party!
What theme will you choose?
As time flies and you’re not sure where the last year went, it can be hard planning another birthday. We hope the above has provided some ideas for a celebration to remember, for you and all that attend. And if this year doesn’t provide enough time to plan a party, check back with us so we can help you plan for next year!
As always, we hope the above party themes gave you some inspiration. Cherish all the moments and make them memorable.
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Happy Birthday Planning!