December Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

It’s easy for birthdays that fall in December to get lost amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations. If your child has a December birthday, adopt one of these themes that celebrates the season while still highlighting the birthday as the main event!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

If you live in a cool climate, there’s no better inspiration for this party than looking out your own back door! But even if you can’t take guests outside for a snowy activity, there are plenty of seasonally-inspired crafts and foods that will help set the tone.

  • To Eat: Cut blue gelatin into jagged shapes to create edible icebergs, or sprinkle vanilla cake with powdered sugar for a snowy snack! For a more hands-on food option, set-up a hot cocoa bar with a variety of toppings, add-ins and stirrers, like chocolate, candy canes, sprinkles and a variety of flavored marshmallows.
  • To Do: If you’re lucky enough to live near a ski resort or ice skating rink, gather a small group of your son or daughter’s close friends together for snow tubing, skating, skiing or snowboarding. Or, if there’s snow outside, create an age-appropriate outdoor activity; it could be as simple as examining snowflakes with little ones or hosting a sledding contest for pre-teens.

    If you live in a warmer climate, create the magic of the season indoors by crafting gingerbread houses, making ornaments, or decorating cookies.

  • For Party Favors: Give guests their own take-home hot cocoa kit, complete with hot chocolate mix, a mug and mini marshmallows.

Let it Snow, Man!

Next to Santa, snowmen are one of the characters most closely associated with winter. Create a party that celebrates these rotund visitors—even if there’s no snow on the ground to make one!

  • To Eat: Scoop up bowls of vanilla ice cream and let each guest craft their own mini snowman right in their bowl! Provide a variety of candies that can be used to decorate, and set kids loose. The best snowman wins!
  • To Do: Use an old bulletin board to create a pin-the-carrot-on-the-snowman game! You cut out the snowman’s hat, eyes, smile, scarf and buttons out of construction paper and place them on the board. Kids will take turns pinning on the snowman’s nose! Or, break kids up into teams and have each team dress up one member as a snowman! Provide a hat, scarf, large black paper buttons and plenty of toilet paper. Kids can race to wrap their friend in toilet paper and dress them up in their snowman accessories!
  • For Party Favors: Fill a white paper bag with small treats or favors and use construction paper and markers to dress the bag up like a snowman! The birthday boy or girl can help with this fun, themed favor holder.

Candy Land

Goody, goody gumdrops! Indulge your guests’ sweet tooth with a soiree celebrating sweet treats!

  • To Eat: Well, candy, of course! But before guests can eat any confections, they’ll have to craft them. Read on for ideas.
  • To Do: Kids might be accustomed to candy that comes from the store, but show them how to make some of their favorite treats from scratch! Everything from candy apples to rock candy can be recreated with a few simple ingredients at home. For a few crafty ideas, check out The Elf on the Shelf’s recipe for the North Pole’s Perfect Peppermint Popcorn!
  • For Party Favors: Keep guests from bouncing off the walls during the party by sending them home with the creations they made!

This recipe may contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. Before using our recipes, always check the ingredient list and food labels of all ingredients and be sure to seek advice from a qualified physician if needed.

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