October Birthday Party Ideas

You don’t have to wait until Halloween to throw a great October birthday bash; take advantage of these fun fall themes for your child’s upcoming celebration.

Down on the Farm

Howdy, y’all! Sit back and enjoy the most rootin’-est, tootin’-est party your guests ever did see with a party that recalls lush rolling hills, fresh produce and things that go moo.

  • To Eat: Quick vittles that taste fresh off the farm are the way to go for this down home doozy. Serve up lots of fresh fruits and veggies from the garden, deviled eggs from the coop, barbecue from the pig pen and ice cold lemonade!
  • To Do: Rather than a needle in a haystack, have guests sift through the haystacks to find prizes! Spread several hay bales out in the backyard and stuff durable prizes in different spots. Let kids keep the prizes they find!
  • For Party Favors: Purchase stick horses, often found at dollar stores, and let kids choose their own trusty steed on their way out the door! Or, let your guests take the spirit of the Northwest home with accessories like bandanas and cowboy hats.

Pumpkin Party

Ring in the changing of the seasons with an autumn bash that celebrates the finest food and fun that fall has to offer.

  • To Eat: Pumpkins, with their relatively neutral and versatile flavor, will be the belles of the ball—dress up their mild sweetness in cupcakes, breads, cookies and drinks, or use them like you would veggies in a savory main or side dish. Don’t forget the seeds! Roasted and salted, pumpkin seeds make for a delicious on-the-go snack. Popcorn, caramel apples and apple cider are also the perfect treats to evoke the spirit of fall!
  • To Do: Purchase several large pumpkins and assist children as they carve and decorate their own pumpkins. Little ones will have a blast pulling out handfuls of the pumpkin’s squishy orange innards. For less mess, purchase smaller gourds and provide craft supplies—like paints, markers, googly eyes, feathers and pipe cleaners—and let children decorate them.
  • For Party Favors: Send children home with the special pumpkins or gourds they crafted during the birthday party.

Tea Time

Ask children to dress in their Sunday best for a backyard tea party fit for royalty! Pass the crumpets, please.

  • To Eat: This party won’t be complete without dainty finger foods like mini cupcakes, Petit fours and crustless cucumber sandwiches. Kids will feel fancy picking treats off of the trays hoisted up by their server. And don’t forget the tea, of course! Hot tea, however, might cause children to turn up their noses, so be sure to offer a variety of beverages. Kids will still delight in sipping them out of tiny teacups.
  • To Do: Once the snacks have been passed around, initiate craft time. Using beads, fishing wire and yarn, children can create necklaces or braid their own friendship bracelets to be shared with guests. Colorful paper can be used to make decorative fans. Once they don their creations, they’ll look like a proper part of high society!
  • For Party Favors: Grab decorative mugs and some tea (or lemonade) packets from the store and wrap them up in cellophane, secured with a fanciful bow!

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